Ten days ago I referred readers to an insightful column by New York Times opinion columnist Thomas L. Friedman. Yesterday his column, “Israel Is About To Make a Terrible Mistake,” was even more urgent. (Again, this link has no paywall.)
There will be no one to extract Israel and no one to help Israel pay the cost of caring for more than two million Gazans — not if Israel is run by a government that thinks, and acts, as if it can justifiably exact its revenge on Hamas while unjustifiably building an apartheidlike society run by Jewish supremacists in the West Bank. That is a completely incoherent policy.
Friedman closed with this plea:
The hour is late. I have never written a column this urgent before because I have never been more worried about how this situation could spin out of control in ways that could damage Israel irreparably, damage U.S. interests irreparably, damage Palestinians irreparably, threaten Jews everywhere and destabilize the whole world.
I beg Biden to tell Israelis this immediately — for their sake, for America’s sake, for the sake of Palestinians, for the sake of the world.
Please read and consider carefully what Friedman says. If I could say it as well as he has, I would have.