We all know that Israel faces an outrageous double standard in the international community. The Jewish state is routinely attacked by enemies, as it was over Passover Eve this year.
- If Israel fails to respond harshly, those enemies are encouraged and carry out more attacks.
- If Israel does respond with great force, it is condemned by the world for protecting itself in a “disproportionate” manner.
The Jewish state is damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t.
But this situation also plagues Israel internally.
- On the one hand, the opposition accuses the government of harming relations with Israel’s most important ally, the United States, by ignoring the White House’s concerns over its policies.
- On the other hand, the opposition blames the government of failing to keep its promise to provide greater security by hitting back hard at Israel’s enemies.
The problem is that America is now telling Israel not to escalate its rather weak response to the Passover rocket fire from Gaza and Lebanon.
So, which is it to be?
- Does the opposition want Israel to conduct itself in accordance with American interests so as to not upset that “special relationship”?
- Or is security paramount, American feelings be damned?
This is the catch-22 that Israel so often finds itself in, both externally and internally.
It’s not easy to be a prime minister in the world’s only Jewish state.
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