Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Israeli policy

Caroline Glick argues that Israel needs a new strategy, one based on the understanding that an unprecedented - and highly successful - information war is being waged against it worldwide.

She notes that the anti-blockade flotilla arrived just days after the entire United Nations, including the United States, singled Israel out for censure for not declaring its nuclear weapons - of course, completely ignoring the danger posed by Iran. She faults the Israeli government for not assessing, more soberly, what it means when the United States turns against Israel.

The best response, in her view, to a propaganda campaign is to tell the truth. For example: "Israel should have stated loudly and consistently that as currently constituted the [UN's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] serves as the chief enabler of nuclear proliferation rather than the central institution for preventing nuclear proliferation it was supposed to be." Similarly, the Israeli government should have criticized Turkey for facilitating terrorism, and exposed the radical nature of the groups participating in the flotilla in advance. (Glenn Beck's TV show today had a lot of info on the groups sponsoring the flotilla.)

Meanwhile Ronen Bergman, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, argues that the Israeli government is suffering from siege fatigue: the feeling that, since the entire world will oppose any Israeli effort at self-defense, it doesn't particularly matter what that effort is.

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