June 19, 2019

Israel and Trump: A Missed Opportunity

“The 1967 Six-Day War ended with what many people considered a miracle. It allowed Israel to do what it could not do during the War of Independence 19 years earlier: Liberate Jerusalem and unite the capital; take control over the ancient parts of our homeland in Judea and Samaria, and get defensible borders.

But the Cold War at the time, and the fact that Israel’s stunning victory happened so fast, made it virtually impossible to translate the decisive military a new geopolitical reality that favors Israel.

It took dozens of years until the scope of the victory finally dawned on Israeli leaders, and only then did they start to harness the victory, with baby steps.

Israel annexed Jerusalem, then it extended sovereignty to the Golan Heights, and built communities in Judea and Samaria. But this has been a drawn-out process. In fact, even today, some on the Left think they can make Israel go back to the pre-1967 lines, or what former Foreign Minister Abba Eban referred to as “the Auschwitz borders.”

The notion that Israel should withdraw from the West Bank was a folly that was promoted during the 1990s.”

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