Hamas ‘must renounce violence, recognise Israel and accept previously signed agreements’; since it hasn’t, ‘we do not have any direct contact with Hamas‘.

The Israeli government has under Prime Minister Netanyahu has, for two years, engaged in ‘what feels and looks like a deliberate campaign of trying to sabotage the delivery of a two-state solution‘.

Ominously, ‘[m]any of the ingredients that we witnessed in the build-up to last summer’s conflict [in Gaza] are beginning to re-emerge‘.

But in the wake of Netanyahu’s victory – ‘congratulations‘, by the way! – we are ‘tempted to call in aid the wisdom of the Ents and say that we should not be hasty‘. Certainly, the time is not ripe for recognising a Palestinian state, and we do ‘not believe… [in] imposing an arms embargo on Israel‘.

Alas, ‘the situation is bleak and our levers for change are few‘!

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