Israel Should Be Proactive


In reference Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Israel’s West Bank Grab: More Than Bad Timing” (Sept. 12), I’d like to add another dimension that 
relates to what Israel should do, as opposed to what it shouldn’t do. The
 status quo in the long run is not sustainable, both in terms of maintaining 
Israel as a homeland for the Jewish People and in terms of the increasing 
global challenges that Israel confronts.

Now that the fighting with Hamas has
 ended, for now, this is the opportune time for Israel to
 be proactive and
 strategic in its thinking. This ongoing battle is a multi-dimensional chess 
game and needs to be fought on every level: military, economic and 

Clearly Israel can defend itself militarily from
 current threats, but if Israel hopes to secure its goal of living in peace 
and security, it must take the initiative on the diplomatic front and forge a 
peace agreement with the Palestinians. Israel should formulate its own
framework for peace and not react to the proposals of others, be they the
 United States, Saudi Arabia, the EU or the UN. Israel should articulate its 
vision of a two-state solution clearly and realistically, working together with its natural and perhaps not so natural partners (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, the EU) to put an end to the corrosive situation
 that exists. Israel is no longer the underdog David; it is a 
formidable power economically, militarily, culturally and scientifically. 

It’s time for Israel to assume its rightful place in the diplomatic arena. 
Given the chaos in the Middle East, the convergence of interests with the 
conservative Arab states, and Israel’s strength, perhaps Israel can now 
realize the
 fulfillment of the traditional Jewish prayer: “God give strength to His 
People, God bless His People with peace.”

Baltimore, Md.