This analysis is incridibly naive and one sided. Of course we believe in a strong military, it has saved us from catastrophe over and over again. But to say that Israelis "venerate" their military might is a gross exageration. If we were dealing with fellow democracies on our borders and in our region, of course we would use diplomacy to solve every conflict. But we have terrorist thugs who would annihilate Israel if given the smallest oppurtunity. Nevertheless we tried, in a desparate attempt to reconcile with our enemies, namely Arafat and the PLO, diplomacy, and it got us the worst terrorism and violence against our civilian population in our history. It is so obviously clear that Israel would do just about anything, including actions approaching suicide, in order to achieve a negotiated peace with our neighbors. I pray that this country sees that diplomacy must be backed up with unmitigated power, and when negotiated agreements are broken, "diplomacy by other means" is used.
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from the article: 'Quiet, they're shooting'