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Efraim Halevy in WSJ: “We don’t need their recognition”

This was in the Wall Street Journal last week: 

"We signed armistice agreements with all of the Arab world," Mr. Halevy says, adding that many Arab nations agreed to end hostilities without formally recognizing Israel. The U.S. and Israel have pushed for a formal recognition of Israel from Hamas before agreeing to possible talks.
 
"We don't need their recognition," he says. "We are a sovereign state...They need us to recognize them. The shoe is on the wrong foot."

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Mr. Halevy says the stakes in the debate over how to handle Hamas now go far beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories. He says negotiating with the group is necessary in order to stop the spread of the even more radical ideology espoused by al Qaeda, which he sees gaining adherents in the Palestinian territories.
 
"We're dealing in issues which are existential to free society," Mr. Halevy says. "When you look around for potential allies in this war, sometimes you have to settle for strange bedfellows."

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John Yorke:

Yorke,

"We're dealing in issues which are existential to free society," Mr. Halevy says. "When you look around for potential allies in this war, sometimes you have to settle for strange bedfellows."

As a potential ally in this war, has anyone ever considered that the war itself could become, given only the proper motivation, the strangest bedfellow of them all?

http://yorketowers.blogspot.com


Strange would it be indeed if, after so many generations of conflict, the answer turned out to be so obvious.

John Yorke

The Other Alan:

What kind of free society is Mr. Halevy talking about? A society free to exorcise whoever it doesn't want to be part of it? A society free to dominate and dispossess whomever it chooses? This isn't a free society, it's a society chained to fear and afraid of the shadow it casts.

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