Is Israel Truly Isolated?

(Israel Hayom) Dore Gold - There is a mistaken conventional wisdom that it is within Israel's power to alter fundamental political trends across the Middle East. Unfortunately, there are many tectonic shifts that are occurring in the region that Israel cannot influence. Resuming a dialogue with the Palestinians has a value in its own right, but any new peace talks will not stop Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan or stabilize Egypt. Israel, which welcomed visits by a third of the U.S. House of Representatives and most of Europe's top leaders, cannot be called isolated. Regardless of how they vote at the UN, many states also seek out intimate bilateral relations with Israel based on security and intelligence ties. India will inevitably vote against Israel at the UN, but India views Israel as an important strategic ally. During the last 18 years, while Israeli governments negotiated with the Palestinians, the PLO observer mission at the UN kept initiating anti-Israel resolutions every year with the backing of the Arab group and the states of the Non-Aligned Movement. The Palestinians are not about to change. When Israel and the PLO signed the Oslo Accords on Sept. 13, 1993, it took three months and one day until the anti-Israel resolutions were resumed on Dec. 14. Mahmoud Abbas does not want to let go of his diplomatic hammer at the UN, just like Arafat.

2011-09-20 00:00:00

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