A provocative look at Israel’s psyche

 I missed this on Friday, but it’s definitely worth a read.

Ha’aretz columnist Carlo Strenger speculates about why Israel, in his view, keeps electing leaders who shrink from compromise and reject “win-win” solutions to the region’s conflicts.

“The reason is that, for many years, Israel has been under the basic assumption that there is no common ground to be found in the Middle East,” he writes. “This assumption is derived from the beginning of Israel’s history; when it turned out that the Arab world did not accept the existence of the Jewish homeland, the basic equation became ‘If Israel exists, the Arabs lose, and vice versa.’”

The result, he said, is that “more and more Israelis have a premonition of doom. A society without any vision of a common good is unlikely to prevail. Paradoxically, only moving toward peace with the Palestinians and engaging with the Arab League Peace initiative can save Israeli society from falling apart completely.”

Provocative stuff, for sure.

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