“Disappointed”

That’s the US and Israeli reaction to a deal between Hamas and Fatah to form an Arab Palestinian “unity” government in the West Bank and Gaza.

Since a “two-state solution” is the avowed goal of both Israel and the US, the continued “disappointment” of both governments at every step toward creation of that second state is … well, puzzling.

Of course Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants Israel to retain control of  that second “state’s” borders, military, and foreign policy, so it’s hard to say that what he’s talking about is a “state” in any meaningful sense of the word.

And of course the US government has no business being involved in the matter in any way, shape, manner or form.

But still, why have a “two-state solution” policy if you don’t want two states and plan to throw a hissy every time the second one manifests itself in any way?

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