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    • J.J. Surbeck
    • 15.04.12 | 09:42 (IDT)

    In his usual masochistic and self-berating style, Levy fails once again to realize the extent of his own terminal myopia. Israel has never felt better nor more confident. The climate he described was indeed the one the country went through in 1948, 1967 and 1973, when no one knew for sure whether the Arab onslaught would succeed. It could have. 1973 in particular was a very close call. No more so. Any aggressor today still fantasizing about throwing the Jews into the sea and annihilating the rest will pay the ultimate price in short order. The other aspect of Levi's myopia (in his case, it's more like a terminal condition of macular degeneration: he can't see anything any more) is grounded in his inability to see or even admit the Palestinians' own responsibility for the condition they're in today and that they complain so loudly about. 80% of Israelis were in favor of the Oslo accords and vacating the West Bank. Not any more. Wonder why? Don't ask Levy, he will never admit it: Palestinian terrorism and systematic rejectionism of every peace offer made by Israel. There is a point where one gets tired of trying to mend fences and to make concessions when the other side never makes any and keeps demanding more. He should not have been surprised by the reaction of his fellow bus riders on their way to Hebron. That's why Israel is doing so well: it has stopped looking at the Palestinians as legitimate peace partners. Rather, they are becoming irrelevant, stuck as hey are in the narrow, self-maintained prison of their delusional mind. And Levy is not doing anything to disabuse them. So the question in the end is: is he himself relevant any more?

    from the article: A lack of vision is making Israel a short-term state
    First published 01:04 15.04.12 | Last updated 01:04 15.04.12
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