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Jerusalem Denial Complex, by Bret Stephens (NYT via Arlene Kushner)

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Dec. 8, 2017

From Arlene Kushner’s blog:

“Bret Stephens had an excellent piece – “Jerusalem Denial Complex” – about this situation in the NYTimes on Friday (all emphasis added):

In this context, the ultimate piety for Stephens is that “pretending it isn’t what it is can be a formula for anything except continued self-delusion.”

But he fingers other pieties as well:

That “only an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal could reconcile the wider Arab world to the Jewish state,” when the fact is that “relations between Jerusalem and Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], Cairo [Egypt], Abu Dhabi [UAE] and Manama [Bahrain] are flourishing as never before, even as the prospect of a Palestinian state is as remote as ever.”

And that that “intensive mediation by the United States is essential to progress on the ground. …recent American involvement…has had mostly the opposite effect: diplomatic failure, followed by war.”

This recognition will have no effect on whether or not a Palestinian state comes into being: that will happen when the Palestinians “aspire to create a Middle Eastern Costa Rica — pacifist, progressive, neighborly and democratic.”

But the “recognition does several genuinely useful things…

For the international community, that means helping Palestinians take steps to dismantle their current klepto-theocracy, rather than fueling a culture of perpetual grievance against Israel.””

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