But Is­raeli MKs were wrong to at­tend

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News -

sys­tem, not the Amer­i­can one. Ap­pro­pri­ate in­stru­ments in­clude the Prime Min­is­ter and his cab­i­net, the Knes­set, the Supreme Court and the me­dia. Is­rael is a thriv­ing democ­racy that does not need to be sub­verted as if it were a ba­nana repub­lic in des­per­ate need of Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal polic­ing.

Labour MKs Peretz and Tamir have joined the coali­tion led by Likud’s Binyamin Ne­tanyahu. If they be­lieve that the way to ad­vance Is­raeli in­ter­ests is to freeze set­tle­ments, let them con­vince the chair of their party, De­fence Min­is­ter Ehud Barak, to take down the out­posts.

It is po­lit­i­cal cow­ardice to try in­stead to con­vince an Amer­i­can lob­by­ing arm to con­vince Barack Obama to ex­er­cise tough love.

Notwith­stand­ing their years in suc­ces­sive Is­raeli gov­ern­ments, Mr Peretz, Ms Tamir and their col­leagues are also naïve. J Street is a crap­shoot tied to the for­tunes of Pres­i­dent Obama, whose pop­u­lar­ity in the United States is de­clin­ing at the mo­ment and, in any event, is, like that of all pres­i­dents, tran­si­tory.

Is­raelis from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum recog­nise that their na­tion is in a lead­er­ship cri­sis. But for both demo­cratic and prac­ti­cal rea­sons, the so­lu­tion can­not be found in Wash­ing­ton. Is­raeli jour­nal­ist Yoav Sivan is at­tend­ing the Columbia Jour­nal­ism School in New York City

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.