Mr. Orens and the Future of Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Richard
    • 27.06.10 | 06:26 (IDT)

    Once cannot really have much to say about the utterances of Mr. Oren. They are patently contradictory, at times simply untrue and most of the time have a hidden agenda he is trying to service. Only emperors of decaying empires behave the way the Israeli government does. That is not entirely their fault. The US Likudists helped that to develop, as if President Bush and his Neo-Conservative entourage will last in the White House for ever. In maintaining this imperial posture, Israel alienated many friendly states, and demonstrated a regional appetite that is enough to drive its only ally in the region, Turkey, seeking cover in taking an anti-Israeli posture. Instead of reconciling itself to its region, and attempting to build a viable future within the Middle East, insisted on remaining an outpost for the US, and as such dependent on the US for even its existence - material and psychological. There is no place in the 21st Century for a country that behaves like Israel - a country that prevents an international academic from entering occupied areas, where assassinations are the order of the day, and roads are designated: Arab Roads and Jewish Roads... The Internet closed the gap in the information delivery around the world. Israel is growingly a pariah and a rogue state for probably the vast majority of inhabitants of this planet. The interests of the US and Western countries are, themselves, changing, and in a direction that would not require the 'outpost.' This means Israel has to stand on its own feet. And Israel, in its pseudo-Imperial posture is simply unable to do so. Witness the 2000, 2006 and the Gaza defeats at the hands of what Israeli leaders described variously as 'rag-tag' bandits! So whither Israel? Mr. Orens may have a point, but one cannot be sure it is the same as any reasonable analyst would have. Whither Israel, Indeed!

    from the article: Envoy to U.S. Michael Oren denies saying Israel, U.S. drifting apart
    First published 01:50 27.06.10 | Last updated 01:50 27.06.10
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