Jerry Gordon comment: This opinion piece by Israeli Ambassador designate to the US, Dr. Michael Oren should be mandatory reading by Rham Emanuel, Gen. James Jones, NSC chief, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton and every Member of Congress. His seven existential threats include: loss of Jerusalem; Arab demographic threat; delegitimization; terrorism; a nuclear armed Iran; and, the hemorrhaging of Sovereignty.
by Michael B. Oren, Commentary, May, 2009
Rarely in modern history have nations faced genuine existential threats. Wars are waged to change regimes, alter borders, acquire resources, and impose ideologies, but almost never to eliminate another state and its people. This was certainly the case during World War II, in which the Allies sought to achieve the unconditional surrender of Germany and Japan and to oust their odious leaders, but never to destroy the German and Japanese states or to annihilate their populations. In the infrequent cases in which modern states were threatened with their survival, the experience proved to be traumatic in the extreme. Military coups, popular uprisings, and civil strife are typical by-products of a state’s encounter with even a single existential threat.
The State of Israel copes not only with one but with at least seven existential threats on a daily basis. These threats are extraordinary not only for their number but also for their diversity. In addition to external military dangers from hostile regimes and organizations, the Jewish State is endangered by domestic opposition, demographic trends, and the erosion of core values. Indeed, it is difficult if not impossible to find an example of another state in the modern epic that has faced such a multiplicity and variety of concurrent existential threats. (Continue Reading this Article)