Israel's security is more important than any peace agreement.
We know that pro-Israel does not mean blindly supporting policies that are irrational, reckless, and counter-productive. Pro-Israel means supporting policies that are consistent with Israel's interests and promote its survival as a Jewish, democratic state.
You've heard the arguments of the religious and political right-wing, and so have we. They've had their say. Now, we'll have ours.
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Is Peace Possible?
Israel's security is more important than any peace agreement. Pushing Israel to "make peace" is leading it into a trap that will only cause it harm.
Israel's peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan have delivered a level of stability and security to Israel that it would not have been able to achieve otherwise. The historical record is indisputable: both of these treaties improved Israeli security by every possible measure.
With respect to future peace agreements, nobody can ask Israel to gamble with its security. Israel lives in a tough neighborhood and has legitimate security concerns. Nobody could seriously suggest that Israel should sign on to peace agreements that do not address these security concerns to Israel's satisfaction
In truth, the real existential threat facing Israel today is not external military power, but rather the perpetuation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the continued occupation of areas that must become a future Palestinian state. Israel cannot remain a Jewish state and a democracy if it rules, in perpetuity, over millions of Palestinians. And Israel will suffer increasing international isolation if it does not end the occupation. Alarmingly, the window is closing on a two-state solution, which is the only solution that can allow Israel to remain both a Jewish state and a democracy, and a respected member of the family of nations. Moreover, there is a direct line connecting right-wing efforts to defend the settlement enterprise and expand it, and the frightening erosion of basic democratic values and rights taking place in Israel today. Israel's viability as a Jewish state and a democracy is in genuine and immediate jeopardy.