World's View of Israel Is Shifting

(Israel Hayom) Dr. Dan Schueftan - The implications of Israel's peace deals with Arab countries go far beyond the issue of the Palestinians. It's about Israel's decades-long struggle to shift the diplomatic paradigm that seeks to undermine Israel's standing in the world and force it into reckless compromises. Having failed to eliminate it through terrorism and war, Israel's enemies have successfully delegitimized Israel by taking advantage of post-colonial guilt in the West and the anti-Semitic tendencies prevalent in Europe. Europe and the U.S. came to believe that forcing "the will of the international community" on Israel, the conditions of which crippled Israel's ability to defend itself, would end hostilities in the region. Egypt is in partnership with Israel against three common enemies - the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, and Turkey. Jordan is aware of the dangers of the Palestinian national movement and knows that its very existence depends on Israel's strength. The Gulf states understand the existential threat from Iran. The democratic West no longer needs to choose between Israel and the Arabs: Israel and the core states of the Arab world are on the same side. The writer heads the International Graduate Program in National Security Studies at the University of Haifa.

2020-12-17 00:00:00

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