December 2, 2017

THE ONLY EXISTENTIAL THREAT IS INTERNAL:

We Must Save Israel From Its Government (Ehud Barak, Dec. 1, 2017, NY Times)

For anyone who cares about Israel, this is no time for niceties. What we need now is plain speaking, even pained speaking -- and action. For all of Israel's great achievements in its seven decades of statehood, our country now finds its very future, identity and security severely threatened by the whims and illusions of the ultranationalist government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In its more than three years in power, this government has been irrational, bordering on messianic. It is now increasingly clear where it is headed: creeping annexation of the West Bank aimed at precluding any permanent separation from the Palestinians.

This "one-state solution" that the government is leading Israel toward is no solution at all. It will inevitably turn Israel into a state that is either not Jewish or not democratic (and possibly not either one), mired in permanent violence. This prospect is an existential danger for the entire Zionist project.

That's the reason they're cozying up to regimes that oppress their populations and oppose democratic regimes and movements.

Posted by at December 2, 2017 6:27 AM

  

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