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Israel’s Only Alternative is a Good One

Living well, as the saying goes, is the best revenge, even if it comes at the cost of international criticism.
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There are only three ways, which must be combined, to survive: to believe truthful things, do constructive things, and laugh at the absurdity of the situation.

For such a set of alternatives to exist–the fictional world of hypocritical and misinformed Israel-bashing or the real world –is ridiculous, empowered by the behavior of the world and especially by the West.

But that’s what does exist in this early twenty-first century era.

Truly, as the Israeli saying puts it and as the story of the Oslo agreement so vividly proves, en breira, there’s no choice. Fortunately, the real-life alternative available is a good one. Go ahead; do what’s necessary; reconcile everyone possible; but don’t let that stand in the way of survival.

And, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, Time will tell just who fell and who’s been left behind. When you go your way and I go mine.

Originally published at Rubin Reports.

About the Author: Professor Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. See the GLORIA/MERIA site at www.gloria-center.org.


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3 Responses to “Israel’s Only Alternative is a Good One”

  1. Jan Bauman says:

    “Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.”.

    The cynicism and treachery of the Israeli side was clearly evident during the Oslo talks when then Housing Minister Ariel Sharon proudly announced that Israel was "creating facts on the ground" and would be doubling the number of settlements. Since that day more settlements have been created ensuring that there can never be a viable Palestinian state.

    It is past time for Israel to confess and tell the truth. They have done whatever they can to ensure that there will never be a Palestinian state. Israel wants it all and more.

  2. Israel's Only Alternative Is A Good One!

  3. Bill Bilek says:

    In no way does Jews choosing to build homes on unowned land in Judea and Samaria change the status of those disputed territories. That is why Arafat signed (in the name of the P.A.) the Accords without requiring an end to settlement construction.

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