We are in a land surrounded by the enemy, real and imagined, forthousands of miles on all sides... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Hiram
    • 05.12.12 | 14:13 (IST)

    Our country is but a sliver in vast Arab ocean. From the inception of the state, our leaders realized we needed to come to an accommodation with our neighbors. But our neighbors were implacable at the start and we needed to be strong. However, overall, our neighbors have softened over the decades and have shown signs of flexibility while Israel has grown strong. For at least 20 years we have been in a position to more or less impose our will on our neighbors.This situation has fooled us into believing that this modus operandi is sustainable. However, we should remember what the founding fathers always knew and that we seem to have forgotten. Israel is a sliver in an Arab ocean. It is imperative for Israel's survival to seek accommodation with our neighbors. Repression of our neighbors based on our fears of survival is and always has been a futile strategy for the long term. It is best to start "biting the bullet" now, and start seeking an agreement and reconciliation with our neighbors, or we will decline dreadfully.

    from the article: Merkel to warn Netanyahu: Promote peace process or face world seclusion
    First published 01:02 05.12.12 | Last updated 01:02 05.12.12
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