5 May, 2016
One thing is certain: the era of “managing the conflict” is over. This privilege, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sucked dry during his long years in power, no longer exists. The volume of displeasure over his foot-dragging increases as the eroding relations between Israel and its allies becomes ever more visible. In retrospect, many suggest that the South African regime lifted its ban on the African National Congress when the Soviet Union disintegrated and the Americans stopped viewing the apartheid regime as a vital barrier against Soviet dominance in Africa. What would happen if, in the unpredictable Middle East, Israel stopped serving American interests, and American Jews would find it difficult to continue supporting an immoral and irrational leadership? And, at the same time, European countries, particularly Germany, would recover sufficiently from their historic guilt feelings to demand that Israel make significant concessions?