Mar 10 2010

Madman Deterrence Works for Israel. But For How Long?

Published by at 4:39 pm under Israel-Palestine,Middle East,politics

Having a well-publicized reputation as the most unpredictable and ultra-violent maniac in the neighborhood seems like a decent strategy for getting others to leave you alone. But for Israel, can this strategy translate into long-term security from a nuclear Iran or the threat of being singled out as a pariah state?

From my latest essay in Rediscovering Israel: Little Bombs, Big Bombs and Washing Machines

Who you tryin’ to get crazy with, ese? Don’t you know I’m loco?

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2 Responses to “Madman Deterrence Works for Israel. But For How Long?”

  1. real conservativeon 10 Mar 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Have to agree with you, although not a popular policy I’m sure amongst many here at BT. Fact is Israel has to learn to get along with its neighbours cauae I’m tired of always having to ‘stick-up’ for them.

  2. Judithon 11 Aug 2010 at 7:03 am

    “Fact is Israel has to learn to get along with its neighbours”

    I was once married to a drunk and a lot of people said to me “You just have to get him to quit drinking.” The sheer irrationality of that statement often left me speechless because, as anyone who has ever lived with a drunk will tell you, you can’t make them do anything.

    What exactly is it that Israel has not done to “get along with its neighbours” like Hamas, Hezbollah, and in the past PLO? Israel gets along just fine with Jordon and does a fair job with Egypt as well.

    I think “Fact is Israel has to learn to get along with its neighbours” translates to, “Don’t bug me with facts here.”

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