...Now, just before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is set to seek nonmember observer state status at the U.N., Netanyahu has come upon an opportunity to return to his previous position, more true now than ever, as "reality" has changed beyond recognition over the past three years.
The Arab Spring has turned into a dark Islamic winter...Israel cannot afford the creation of a second Hamastan, this one located next to Israel's narrow waist between Tel Aviv and Netanya.
The American public and the two houses of the U.S. Congress would be able to accept a new Israeli position opposing a Palestinian state...Abbas has refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, both as a Zionist entity and as a political reality, a position shared by Palestinian religious and educational leaders.
There are many other reasons to oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state, starting with the low likelihood that it would be able to develop as a normal independent state (due to serious territorial limitations and economic factors). There is the threat that Israel will be flooded with returning Palestinian refugees that a new Palestinian state would not be able to absorb. There is also the concern that the Palestinian "moderates" would not be able to overcome the pressure cooker of Islamic extremism and terrorism in their backyard...
...Moreover, it is impossible to escape the simple truth: The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people, who returned after a 2,000 year exile. The parts of the Land of Israel that the Palestinians are claiming for themselves comprise the cradle of the nation's existence. The 1967 lines are not up for discussion and they are not even borders. The Rhodes Agreement of 1949, which set the cease-fire line (which came to be known as the Green Line), stated this explicitly. The Bible is also relevant, even today.