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Learning From Mistakes: A Counterintuitive Approach

It was the late Abba Eban who famously said that "the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." In his time that was for the most part true, and it arguably worked for Israel's benefit, particularly when Israel found itself in a tight diplomatic squeeze.

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Going forward, Israel may want to go beyond rejection when confronted by antagonistic diplomacy and world opinion. Outright rejection might be correct policy but it doesn’t work. Co-opting and other techniques might better serve Israel’s interests.

Israel likely would be none the worse for responding differently to the international community’s effort to do it harm, because while much of it is foolish and without meaning, it is important. It’s the war, and one that Israel must win.

About the Author: Arnold Mazur is a retired attorney and business executive who, defying the Arab boycott office, was first to establish in Israel a subsidiary of a major U.S. software company.


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