Monday, May 04, 2009

Words from Israel's US Ambassador-Designate maintain Israel’s demographic integrity, measures must be taken to separate Israel from the densely populated areas of the West Bank. In the absence of effective Palestinian interlocutors, Israel may have to draw its eastern border unilaterally. The new borders should include the maximum number of Jews, of natural and strategic assets, and of Jewish holy places.

in an otherwise great article here.

But consider:

Unilateralism brought us the post-Lebanon 2000 fiasco and the 2005 Gaza Disengagement fiasco.

The Galilee is also densely populated with Arabs.

Natural assets is an Israeli security presence on the hill plateau (gav hahar in Hebrew).

Jewish Holy Places is the Temple Mount, Cave of the Patriarchs and Joseph's Tomb.

Oren might be, at present, not quite a measured success.


Suzanne Pomeranz said...

While I like his book on the Six-Day War... Michael Oren is a BAD choice for Israeli Ambassador to the US. This appointment must be stopped before it gets any worse.

Ben-Yehudah said...


I, too, am very disappointed with this choice.

Angel said...

I think the appointments of Sharansky and Oren are excellent choices of the new administration. Proven hardcore zionists with massive credibility and intellectual capacity

Angel said...

...And these are his credentials:

Ben-Yehudah said...

Can anyone supporting unilateral expulsions of Jews still be called a Zionist, let alone hardcore Zionist?