|Israeli National Consensus
||[Jul. 20th, 2009|11:12 am]
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One of the most common questions I'm asked by people abroad (outside Israel) is what the mood is like in Israel. I would say that this article, by Barry Rubin, pretty much captures what most Israelis are thinking and feeling. I think the essence of the mood can be captured in this quotation:
"This new posture is not one of desperately asserting Israel's yearning for peace but rather saying: We're serious, we're ready, we're not suckers but we're not unreasonable either. We want peace on real terms, not just more unilateral concessions and higher risk without reward. Not experimenting with our survival to please others. Not some illusory celebration of a two-state solution for a week and then watching it produce another century of violence."
And in this one:
"A second notion this new paradigm rejects is the argument that either Israel is so strong that it can give without receiving or so weak that it must do so. Equally wrong is the notion that time is against Israel, a strong and vibrant society surrounded by weak and disorganized neighbors. The strategic situation has dramatically improved over the decades. It is a strong, confident society visibly meeting the challenge of the modern economic and technical environment."
To re-phrase into my own language: We're ready to make REAL peace when our neighbors are willing to make reasonable compromises and recognize our right to exist, ending all hostilities. We're not suckers, but we're not unreasonable. If our enemies are not willing to do what it takes, screw 'em. Time is on our side, and we're doing just fine.