Published Apr. 11, 2015, in the Waterloo Region Record.
In discussing the future of Middle East peace, it should be stipulated that whether it takes a year, a decade or a century, at some point a partition and "two state" solution of some kind is inevitable.
Unfortunately, the implementation of this is nowhere on the horizon, and in fact prospects have regressed in recent years as the optimistic memories of the Oslo Accord fade. That said, the ramifications of the Barack Obama-Benjamin Netanyahu spat for the future of Middle East peace seem neither as revealing nor as significant as the initial media outburst would suggest.
An important part of Netanyahu's motivation in criticizing the Iranian nuclear deal was probably an attempt to stiffen the U.S. bargaining position, rather than simply scupper the negotiations, much as he might have wished to do that as well.