The progressive Jewish leadership calls for peace while Hamas calls for hatred. When will these Jewish leaders stop denying reality and start grappling with the dangers in the real world in which Israel has to try to survive?
Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. His book, Saving Israel, won the 2009 National Jewish Book Award. The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness is Actually Its Greatest Strength will be published in August 2012.
A recent New York Times editorial lamented Israels fragile democracy, faithfully reflecting the attitudes of Americas elites. But Israels democracy would be better strengthened by reading Israel with greater nuance, and to apply pressure also on the Palestinians rather than only on the Israelis.
To state publicly that what we have in Judea and Samaria is not an occupation might be legally justifiable. But it would also signal that it is time to give up thinking about a different Middle East.