Israel’s Losing Diplomatic Strategy: Play Only Defense

This column was originally published in American Thinker magazine.

Why not play some offense? Why not play to win? The Jewish people have moral, historical, religious, and legal claims to disputed lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea that are every bit as strong — stronger, in fact — than Palestinian claims. These claims are recognized by left and right alike; remember, the settlement enterprise was initiated by Labor governments.

Why not state these claims publicly? Not just once, but repeatedly, until they are as much a part of the reflexive public consciousness as Palestinian claims? And repeat that in spite of Israel’s rights, it is Israel that is willing to forego many of its claims as part of a peace agreement; what reciprocation is forthcoming from the other side? Continue reading