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Dimi Reider is the New Statesman's special projects editor.
The long-serving prime minister has made himself so indispensable that politics in Israel and Palestine will likely be shaped around him for years to come.
The two-state solution favoured by global leaders is out of sync with the lived reality of Israelis and Palestinians.
The worst intercommunal clashes in years could mark the start of a new era of decentralised violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
If the Israeli government was at all committed to a two-state solution, it would have welcomed the agreement between the PLO and Hamas.