If it retains the West Bank, Israel can be Jewish, but no longer democratic. Or, it can be democratic, but no longer Jewish. For those who love Israel, time is running out.
S. Daniel Abraham
S. Daniel Abraham is an American entrepreneur and founder of the Center for Middle East Peace in Washington. Follow the Center on Twitter:@AbrahamCenter.
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