Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting with EU ambassadors. In a kind of variation on "if they give, they’ll get," he declared that "Israelis are not willing to be suckers."
Netanyahu and Barak, who now hold our fate in their hands, would not have achieved such positions of power for a second time if they did not, despite everything, represent at least two outstanding traits of Israeliness: aggressiveness and paranoia. … They reflect two sides of the same coin – the fear of being considered weak and, the only thing that’s worse, being considered naive.
When the only expectation in Israel is that "Obama will wise up from his naivete," it is doubtful whether we will see any metamorphosis in our leadership. It is more likely that we will return to the usual default option, in which military aggressiveness and diplomatic suckerhood go hand in hand in perfect harmony.