Israel's "pleasant isolation" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • WallyS
    • 20.03.13 | 18:25 (IST)

    Can I assume the adjective here is facetious? Pleasant for whom? Is the status quo acceptable, long-term, on ANY front? With Iran, with the Palestinians, with the fast-changing Arab political landscape? No. To an empathetic outsider, Israel seems to be sleepwalking,dreaming in delusion. Expand the settlements, build a wall, let the dream of a peaceful two-state solution fade (we know it's no longer an option, we just can't say so publicly)... The government does nothing to nurture its alliances, open dialogues with neighbours, revive talks with the Palestinians. If the US President takes care of Iran's nukes, diplomatically or militarily, his Administration will have done Israel a huge favour with considerable risks and costs to his country. What will he get in return? Nothing much. Not from his 'friend' Bibi. No one in Israel should believe that, long-term, this lopsided friendship will not wear on American resolve. The public mood in the US is shifting. Even Republicans are becoming much more wary of ill-advised, costly and unrewarding, foreign entanglements.

    from the article: President's visit marks the end to Israeli insularity
    First published 05:02 20.03.13 | Last updated 05:02 20.03.13
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