If you search the party's website a bit, you will find references to "peace" if you click on the "National Security" issue and scroll down a while, well below the most prominent issue, Iran. And here's what you'll learn at the Likud website:
- A Likud-led government won't carry out any unilateral withdrawals
- A Likud-led government would reject any compromise on Jerusalem
- A Likud-led government would express no-confidence in negotiations with the Palestinians, since the process is "misguided". Since the Palestinians aren't ready for a historic compromise, goes the Likud argument, Israel should abandon the diplomatic track, and turn to developing the Palestinian economy instead.
Internationally imposed solution, assertive/coercive American diplomacy, a decision to move past the old Oslo process, the consideration of international trusteeship for the Palestinian territories. Desperate times require desperate measures, Prof. Chazan seemed to be hinting.
Perhaps we will yet be spared the image of a Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu coalition, in which Avigdor Lieberman, now revealed by Haaretz to be a former member of the racist "Kach" movement, would certainly play a senior role. But unless all the pollsters have it wrong (and it's happened before!) or the Israeli voter gets a quick change of heart, we will be looking at an Israeli government that - at best - is proposing to put the peace process into the deep freeze.
With the two-state solution in danger of diplomatic extinction if we don't move fast, Prof. Chazan's emphasis on new "creative" strategies for peace must be taken to heart.