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Opinion: Israel and the Iranian bomb

Israel is bound to its doctrine that force can solve its problems in a world where force is less and less likely to do so.

Then there are the long discriminated-against Arabs who are Israeli citizens. Their loyalty is being stretched by the continued occupation next door. Israel Arabs represent 21 percent of the Israeli population, and, according to the Taub Center report, by 2040 ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arab students will make up 78 percent of pupils in Israeli elementary schools.

There is already a brain-drain taking place. According to the Financial Times one out of every four Israeli academics is currently employed in an American university. According to the Taub Center the number of senior staff at Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University has fallen by 14 percent and 21 percent respectively since 1973 although the population has more than doubled. This has more to do with economic considerations than it does from nuclear threat.

The most interesting aspect of the Goldberg article is the influence Netanyahu’s 100-year-old and ultra right-wing father has on the Israeli prime minister. Goldberg quotes the senior Netanyahu as saying on the occasion of his birthday: “The Jewish people are making their position clear and putting faith in their military power. The nation of Israel is showing the world today how a state should behave when it stands before an existential threat." And according to one of Goldberg’s sources, Netanyahu could never give away territory to Palestinians as long as his father still lives.

Israel is bound to its doctrine that force can solve its problems in a world where force is less and less likely to do so.

Israelis have their own theocratic doctrines to deal with: the concept that God promised the West Bank to the Jews. The strength of the settler movement and the defeat of a two-state solution will almost certainly lead to another Palestinian uprising, and the resulting bloodshed will do more to eat at the quality of life in Israel than all the fulminations of Iranian leaders could ever do.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/100901/israel-palestine-middle-east-peace-talks-netanyahu