Applied confrontation 101

What a strategy of confrontation would look like in practice on the Iranian and Palestinian issues.

December 30, 2013 14:48
E1 area linking Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim

E1 area linking Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim 370. (photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)

A reader posed a relevant question regarding last week’s column on the value of confrontation in achieving Israel’s diplomatic goals: Granted, confrontation sometimes works, but how could it work today to persuade the West to address Israeli concerns on either the Iranian or the Palestinian issues?

Regarding Iran’s nuclear program, the answer is relatively simple: Israel must make clear that its military option remains on the table if the current talks either drag on too long or produce a deal that doesn’t address Jerusalem’s concerns. Since Western leaders have repeatedly proven their deep desire to avoid an Israeli attack on Iran, a credible threat to attack creates a powerful incentive to take Israel’s interests into account.


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