Statecraft is all about how state power is applied. With his emphasis on successful economy, Bibi will clearly try to buy over as many Arabs as possible with the good life, on the one hand, and with the other hand be quite coercive in punishing the pursuit of Arab political self-interest. Bibi's main objective of course is keeping Bibi in power. If he succeeds in doing that, he may well succeed in keeping Arab agitation for what will be for him and his government within acceptable limits. Bibi's current emphasis on economic opportunity for Israel's Arabs confirms this scenario. Bottom line for Bibi is "it's the economy stupid." What Sullivan and the left ironically fail to comprehend is that this is indeed the case. All economic players, be they states, corporations, or individuals have plenty of reason to continue engaging and trading with Israel. Utopians like Sullivan assume that which they seek to demonstrate. But the facts speak otherwise.
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