Category: Israeli diplomacy

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.
It is tempting to view the Gilboa jailbreak as a tale from Chelm. But the negligence that allowed six top murderers to escape exposes abysmal political-conceptual dysfunction: The desperate desire to “avoid escalation” and not wanting “to heat things up.”
From the Chief Rabbinate to Hamas, and from the Negev to the Temple Mount, it is time to break the syndicates that undermine Israeli sovereignty and governance.
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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