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Can Israel Survive its Assault on Gaza?

Israeli defense forces“Can Israel Survive its Assault on Gaza?” – what a provocative headline! But in service of what? The sensationalism in this Time article by Tim McGirk is ultimately meant to advance the overtired we-need-a-two-state-solution mantra. Not that there’s anything wrong with believing in the feasibility or desirability of a two-state solution, as long as one doesn’t lose touch with reality and acknowledges the actual steps needed to achieve this goal.

However, when Time reporters and editors choose to focus on Israel’s “survivability” in covering the Gaza situation, chances are they merely mean to provoke rather than engage in sober and productive analysis:

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Israel’s Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, has promised a “war to the bitter end.” But after 60 years of struggle to defend their existence against foreign threats and enemies within, many Israelis may be wondering “Where does that end lie?” The threat posed by Hamas is only the most immediate of the many interlocking challenges facing Israel, some of which cast dark shadows over the long-term viability of a democratic Jewish state.

Did McGirk actually ask “many Israelis” what they think, or did he simply project his own musings onto the minds of an unspecified multitude? Here’s more of McGirk’s version of reality:

Israelis will have to choose between living with an independent Palestinian state or watching Jews become a minority in their own land.

False dilemma aside, Israelis have already made their choice. The official policy of the Israeli government favors a two-state solution, as does the majority Israeli opinion. Could McGirk be genuinely oblivious of these facts?

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Source: By Shmuel Rosner Jerusalem Post


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