You knew it was coming. The concerted push to put a smiley face on the incoming far right Israeli government has begun on the front page of The New York Times.
In addition to making Netanyahu's future government seem more palatable to Times readership, the article ignores or elides the actual platform Netanyahu supports. In the past week Netanyahu has supported loyalty oaths for Israeli citizens and told US Jewish leaders that he opposes a sovereign Palestinian state. Bronner puts this opposition forward simply as an alternative plan:
For Mr. Netanyahu, that has meant accepting that much of the West Bank will be part of a future Palestinian state, but with Israel keeping control of the borders, airspace and electromagnetic frequencies. The state would also have no military, by his reckoning.
Whether such a deal would ever be acceptable to the Palestinians is far from clear.
Is it really that "far from clear"? This is clearly the same Israeli plan to make the occupation permanent that Palestinians have been resisting for at least the last decade, not the creativity of a "flexible opportunist."