Category: Israeli diplomacy

The deep “psychological asymmetry” employed by Hamas and Fatah as a strategic weapon against Israel is working. How to handle this? Here are five strategies, including this: Don’t be embarrassed by Israel’s strength. Admit to it. Flaunt it. Better shock-and-awe than shrink-and-whimper.
Despite military threats and other challenges, the State of Israel is winning on all fronts. Israel is stronger and healthier than all its enemies combined. At Israel’s 70th, it is important to emphasize and re-emphasize this perspective: The Heavens are shining, not collapsing, upon Israel.
Nobody in the world has the right to criticize Israel’s defensive actions on the Gaza border, even if Israel had used significant force against the Hamas mobs – which it didn’t.
There are between competing narratives about Israel: that it is flying-high, or that it is heading towards disaster. Wise and important actors around the world are coming to the conclusion that the first assertion is true. Israel is an anchor of sanity and a source of ingenuity in an unruly world. Israel’s strategy of vigilance, patience, and looking over the horizon for new partnerships is working.
It is no longer acceptable just to sit back and sigh that “Israel’s hands are tied” in response to terrorism and lawfare. Israel should build massively in strategic consensus settlement zones.
A diplomatic and political forecast for the year: No war, no elections, no division of Jerusalem, no European support for the protesters in Iran. Perhaps a real Arab-Israeli peace process, with Saudi women driving… to Israel.
Foreign critics have already begun to crank-out a nasty and false story for the fiftieth anniversary of the "occupation" – that "Israel’s soul has been corrupted.” In response, Israel must assert loudly and clearly that its soul is just fine. Its temperament remains enlightened. Its democratic institutions are ferociously robust. Its return to Judea and Samaria is legitimate, not immoral.
There is an Israeli “grand strategy.” Washington misunderstands this. Israel should be expounding its worldview forthrightly. Its strategic posture makes a lot of sense in the totally transformed regional landscape.
EU brawling on behalf of the Palestinians has reached extreme heights of hutzpah. Every Monday and Thursday the EU has taken to shelling-out threats to downgrade diplomatic and economic ties with Israel. Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Netanyahu should repulse the escalating European intimidation.
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