The Danger of Normaliut
In her groundbreaking lead article this month, which begins on page 17, Evelyn Gordon explores the catastrophic decline in Israel’s global standing despite 16 years of “taking risks for peace” (Bill Clinton’s demand of the Jewish state), which is entirely unprecedented in the annals of statecraft and diplomacy. Israel undertook these risks in large part to win the world over. Instead, its actions have generated nothing but anger, outrage, contempt, violence, and open explosions of the vilest anti-Semitism to be seen in respectable European company since the end of the Second World War.
The relative positions of Israel and the United States could not be more different, of course. Israel is tiny and isolated; the United States is gigantic and populous and still the richest and most powerful country in the world, offering a global lifeline to and gaining succor from every continent. And yet there are lessons the United States might learn from the example of the failure of Israel’s outreach and the conceptual flaw behind it.
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