Thomas Friedman: BE, AE

(Community Matters) Thomas Friedman in the NYTimes: B.E., Before Egypt. A.E., After Egypt

[a retired Israeli general:] “Well, everything we thought for the last 30 years is no longer relevant.”

This is a perilous time for Israel, and its anxiety is understandable. But I fear Israel could make its situation even more perilous if it succumbs to the argument one hears from a number of senior Israeli officials today that the events in Egypt prove that Israel can’t make a lasting peace with the Palestinians. It’s wrong and dangerous

To put it bluntly, if Israelis tell themselves that Egypt’s unrest proves why Israel cannot make peace with the Palestinian Authority, then they will be talking themselves into becoming an apartheid state  they will be talking themselves into permanently absorbing the West Bank and thereby laying the seeds for an Arab majority ruled by a Jewish minority between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

[and that will not sustain – the price potentially cataclysmic]

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