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What if Time is Not Israel’s Enemy?

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Writing at JNS, the always thoughtful Jonathan Tobin asks whether the change of U.S. administrations, coupled with the fact that European leaders may be getting wise to the true intentions of Palestinian leadership, puts Israel in a stronger position internationally:

Although critics of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu government insist that Israel must surrender territory even without a guarantee of peace, the country’s diplomatic position isn’t so weak as they think. Israel will never have the love of the international community, but the Palestinians are wrong if they think the U.N. is going to give them what they want—unless they give up their extreme demands and show a willingness to recognize Israel’s legitimacy.

What we’ve just learned is that with the world getting sick of the Palestinians’ intransigence—a sentiment that is shared by many Arab nations—and the U.S. determined to stick by its sole democratic ally in the Middle East, Israel can afford to wait for real peace rather than surrendering its rights for a deal that will give them neither peace nor security.

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