Its Own Worst Enemy? Israel
Palestinian radicals antagonized the West, and, when militant leaders turned to hijackings and rockets, they undermined the Palestinian cause around the world. They empowered Israeli settlers and hard-liners, while eviscerating Israeli doves.
These days, the world has been turned upside down. Now it is
Nothing is more corrosive than
With that diplomatic fight at the United Nations under way,
O.K., I foresee a torrent of angry responses. I realize that many insist that
Former President Bill Clinton said squarely in September that Mr. Netanyahu is to blame for the failure of the
Granted, Mr. Netanyahu is far from the only obstacle to peace. The Palestinians are divided, with Hamas controlling Gaza. And Hamas not only represses its own people but also managed to devastate the peace movement in
We’re facing a dangerous period in the
The Palestinians’ best hope would be a major grass-roots movement of nonviolent peaceful resistance aimed at illegal
The Israel Defense Forces can deal with suicide bombers and rockets fired by Hezbollah. I’m not sure that they can defeat Palestinian women blocking roads to illegal settlements and willing to endure tear gas and clubbing — with videos promptly posted on YouTube.
Mr. Netanyahu has also undermined Israeli security by burning bridges with
So where do we go from here? If a peace deal is not forthcoming soon, and if
That’s what democracy means: people have the right to vote on the government that controls their lives. Some of my Israeli friends will think I’m unfair and harsh, applying double standards by focusing on Israeli shortcomings while paying less attention to those of other countries in the region. Fair enough: I plead guilty. I apply higher standards to a close American ally like
Friends don’t let friends drive drunk — or drive a diplomatic course that leaves their nation veering away from any hope of peace. Today,
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs