“So, before Israel gets further lectures on what needs to be done, perhaps we should take stock of what’s transpired — and why”

The ‘If only Israel syndrome’
by David Harris
Febrary 9, 2021

“If Only Israel (IOI) syndrome,” a term I began using several years ago, is the misguided notion, peddled in the name of Israel’s “best interests” by some in the diplomatic, academic, and media worlds, that if only Israel did this or that, peace with the Palestinians would be at hand. Poor Israel. If only it had the visual acuity of these “enlightened” souls, everything would be hunky-dory. After all, according to them, Israel holds all the cards, yet refuses to play them. The thinking goes: Why can’t those shortsighted Israelis figure out what needs to be done — it’s so obvious to us in Brussels, Paris, Dublin, and Stockholm, in our ivory towers from Cambridge to Berkeley, and as commentators on BBC and CNN — so the conflict can at long last be brought to a screeching halt? READ MORE

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