Israeli insistence that they have no peace partner on the Palestinian side has turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy with Palestine becoming a house divided that cannot possibly negotiate much of anything with anybody.
On the other hand, Netanyahu is following Hamas’s playbook by announcing that he will refuse to honor agreements that Olmert has made:
Likud Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said he would not be bound by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s commitments to evacuate West Bank settlements and withdraw from the territories.
“I will not keep Olmert’s commitments to withdraw and I won’t evacuate settlements. Those understandings are invalid and unimportant,” Netanyahu said.
Together with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Olmert arrived at these understandings in final status talks with the Palestinians, which included settlement evacuation, dividing Jerusalem and returning to 1967 borders.