By Ted Belman
When is Israel going to wise up? Israel’s preferred policy is to play defense and make as few waves as possible.
Whether its Obama insisting on a building freeze, or negotiations based on ’67 lines with swaps or the EU encouraging the Arabs to violate the Oslo Accords and build in Area C, Israel is always reacting. Thus when we wait to be diplomatically attacked we end up fighting on our own territory.
It used to be that we had a policy of fighting on the other guys territory which means pre-emptive action.
In diplomatic terms this means claiming ownership of the other guys territory or at least what he thinks is his, and building on it. Let the other guys, the Arabs, the EU and the US play defense.
For example if we claimed sovereignty over Area C, our enemies would be concerned with undermining such contention. As it is we have conceded too much territory in negotiations and we are debating over whether we get to keep 1% or 6. This is madness and idiocy.
“The Amman talks are intended to obtain a colony freeze and the use of the 1967 lines as a reference for any future talks, and will be given a chance to succeed until January 26,” Erakat told AFP.