No, Israel Is Not Doomed – David Harsanyi
(Daily Alert, Mar. 6, 2014)
Jeffrey Goldberg’s lead paragraph in his interview with President Obama on the future of Israel sums up the conversation well: “Obama will warn Netanyahu that time is running out for Israel” and that “Netanyahu, alone among Israelis, has the strength and political credibility to lead his people away from the precipice.”
But any backlash Israel faces today is far less threatening and consequential than what it faced in the past when the UN General Assembly went so far in 1975 as to declare “Zionism is Racism,” a resolution later rescinded.
As far as European economic sanctions go, those threats typically amount to a lot more haranguing than action. Israel is more economically resilient today than it was in decades past: less isolated and less reliant on European markets. It’s experienced a booming economy – even through the worst of the worldwide downturn.
The president’s posture is also confusing when we consider that nearly all reports indicate it is Mahmoud Abbas’ stubbornness that’s slowed down the process toward a deal. (The Federalist)