Isolated abroad, torn apart at home, Israel must face the future it dreads: a Palestinian state


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The catastrophic collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore was shocking. Local people expressed dismay at the sudden disintegration of a familiar landmark they had known all their lives. The post-1945 international order is a bit like that bridge. It was always there. Its authority, rules and resilience were taken for granted. Now, alarmingly, the entire global edifice is in freefall as the usual supports are kicked away. The sense of things breaking apart is profound – and the negative ramifications are everywhere. The UN charter, bedrock of international law, is routinely flouted. The UN security council finally...