This looked like such a promising piece I jumped right to it. Unfortunately I misjudged. What Israel needs to stop pretending is that the observations of United Nations and virtually every government in the world concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are irrelevant. There's virtually no debate anymore, outside Israel, about what justice and international law calls for. And the reason for this unanimity is not (with some exceptions) anti-Semitism. The reason is that the US no longer has the standing to tell the rest of the world, "Never mind what you see. I'm telling you: what you think is black is actually white. Trust us. We're the United States." One thing that hasn't changed is America's commitment to Israel - or if it has changed, it's grown. Because the current administration refuses to endorse the charade that has played out through the preceding administrations and which has dug Israel into a deeper and deeper hole in which expectations, perceptions and reality and are wildly out of synch. If you want to stop pretending something, stop pretending that the world has it wrong and that ignoring world, covering your ears, and putting on blinders to world opinion is a responsible long term strategy.
First refugees travelling on Hungarian bus arrive at Austrian border (Reuters)
from the article: Let’s stop pretending