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IN MID-MARCH, EHUD BARAK DECIDED ENOUGH was enough. Israel, the defense minister
warned, was facing a “diplomatic tsunami” with potentially horrendous
consequences for the country’s future and time for bold government action to
meet the gathering storm was running out.
Speaking at the Institute for
National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Barak argued that unless Israel puts a
credible plan for peace with the Palestinians on the table within the next
several weeks, its status as an upstanding member of the international community
would be in jeopardy.
“It would be a mistake to ignore this tsunami.
Israel’s delegitimization is just over the horizon, even if the public doesn’t
see it. It’s very dangerous and we need to act,” he declared.
worries Barak is a scenario in which, with Israel failing to offer any
alternative, the Palestinians take their case to the UN in September and get
wall-to-wall international backing for a state along the 1967 lines, without
their having to make concessions on borders, refugees or Jerusalem or even to
declare an end to the conflict. Once that happens, Israel will find itself under
increasing international pressure to withdraw to the 1967 lines, without its
most basic security demands being taken into account. Worse: The longer it
refuses to comply, the more it will find itself facing delegitimization as an
occupying power in defiance of the international will.
In Barak’s view,
to preempt that outcome, and for Israel to have a say in shaping its future
alongside the Palestinians, it urgently needs to put a peace plan of its own on
the international agenda.
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