Israelis rather like being loved (but don’t care too much who is paying for this comfort)

Tony Karon in Time argues that Israelis don’t really have a strong desire for peace with the Palestinians; the status-quo is too comfortable:

The situation may be intolerable for the Palestinians, but for Israel there simply is no immediate downside to maintaining the status quo. Telling Israelis about the specter of apartheid and demographic “time bombs” is like telling Americans that they must fix social security. Nobody disagrees, but don’t hold your breath.

But in the National he continues this argument and underlines the fear in the Jewish state:

The apartheid fear for Israeli leaders is not of the moral turpitude of maintaining such a system – which they already do – it’s a fear of this being recognized for what it is.

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