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The People vs. the Experts

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Writing at JNS, our friend Jonathan Tobin says the Israeli people know very well the complicated issues facing their nation – and it’s time to listen to their voice:

In a democracy, the people—and not classes of experts—rule. So while Israel’s retired military leaders are entitled to a respectful hearing, their views on the peace process or Iran are by no means dispositive, let alone so authoritative that they should be given a veto over civilians who are elected by the voters. In these circumstances, it’s time for the Jewish state’s friends to recognize that the voice of the Israeli people can be one of great wisdom.

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