How did you manage to miss Yoffe's main point? I've quoted it below. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • bronxite10
    • 11.12.12 | 20:19 (IST)

    What possible good can come from a settlement proposal for the E1 area—a proposal opposed by Presidents Bush and Obama and certain to infuriate Americans and Europeans alike? How can Israel remain strong without the diplomatic legitimacy that is now being undercut by settlement activity? Why endanger the goodwill that at last is being restored between Israel and the United States by defying American wishes on less-than-critical matters? Why let the Palestinians—both the PA and Hamas—off the hook for their multiple sins by “punishing the Palestinians,” since Israel is the one that ends up being punished? What happened to the Iranian threat—the existential issue to which the Jewish world has devoted itself for years and that now appears to have taken second place to everything else? Does anyone remember, when considering American and European reactions to settlements, that the Europeans are essential to the sanctions against Iran and the Americans are essential for a military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities? And most important of all, even if we assume—as Rabbi Gordis does—that there will be no peace for years to come, what is the end game of Israel’s government?

    from the article: Israel's leaders' defiance of reality is the real danger
    First published 12:33 11.12.12 | Last updated 12:33 11.12.12
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