Category: Israeli diplomacy

My Buby (grandmother) taught me that Jews should never be a “shmatte,” a dishrag; never allow others to treat Jews like dirt. That truism certainly applies to the modern, sovereign state of the Jews, the State of Israel. Other countries can legitimately disagree with policies promulgated in Jerusalem, but the leaders of this country must never allow others to treat Israel as dross....
A Passover eve celebration of Israel’s blessings. In grand perspective, see how many benefits and blessings the Heavens have showered upon Israel! It enjoys a strong economy, coronavirus and political stability (at least for the past year), diplomatic and security heft, renewed Aliyah, national resilience that stems from faith, and global Jewish support.
The Strategic Survey for Israel 2022 published this week by the Institute for Strategic Studies (INSS) misses the mark. Where is the Zionist fervor to upgrade Israel’s security situation by taking the offensive against our enemies?
Looking ahead, this is what I see: A rotten nuclear deal with Iran, conflict with Hamas and Hezbollah, government stability but stagnation, and despite it all – a banner economic year for Israel.
The specter of Israel’s sequestration and boycott by the world is exaggerated, often purposefully so by the Israeli Left. This includes FM Yair Lapid, who this week warned that Israel had better open a diplomatic dialogue with the Palestinians, otherwise the threat of Israel being designated an “apartheid state” will grow severe. You would think that BDS and lawfare are greater “threats” than, say, the Biden administration’s capitulation to Iran on the nuclear issue!
For the moment, the Bennett-Lapid government seems to answer the desire of many Israelis for leadership that is neither radical left nor radical right, neither anti-religious nor obnoxiously religious-coercive, neither feeble nor fierce. And it has six real achievements so far.
David M. Weinberg is a think tank director, columnist and lobbyist who is a sharp critic of Israel’s detractors and of post-Zionist trends in Israel. Read more »
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