Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Full Israeli Experience

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who I mentioned on Monday in a piece on Age cartoon artist Leunig is not averse to criticising Israeli policies from titme to time.

He has however, written this insightful piece The Full Israeli Experience

How does a country deal with failed or failing state authority on four of its borders — Gaza, South Lebanon, Syria and the Sinai Desert of Egypt — each of which is now crawling with nonstate actors nested among civilians and armed with rockets. How should Israel and its friends think about this “Israeli experience” and connect it with the ever-present question of Israeli-Palestinian peace?
What a pity it is that the many so-called experts on the conflict simply won't understand the complexities of the situation and the nasty neighborhood within which Israel, for all of its faults, stands out as a beacon of democracy? 

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