Those of us who regularly observe and try to make sense of the madness
sweeping the Middle East often find ourselves, perhaps out of desperation,
engaging in wishful thinking, hoping that in the end, reason will prevail over
lunacy. We analyze unfolding events, dissect patent facts, reassess our
assumptions, and try to discern where we were right and where we erred, but we
often find ourselves exactly where we began.
Nevertheless, this self-agonizing search for reason and understanding
still reveals another dimension to our human frailty. We choose to live in the
cocoon we have grown accustomed to out of fear or complacency, however stifling
or even deadly it may be, rather than break out and seek new horizons,
regardless of how necessary and promising they could be.
I lament the results of the Israeli elections, not because I disrespect
and distrust Netanyahu, but because a relative majority of Israelis choose to
continue living in the bubble, fearful of changing the status quo even though
it will inevitably burst.
The damning consequences Netanyahu’s new government will inflict on the
country are as certain as night following day. Israel, which has been led astray
by Netanyahu for so long, is fast approaching a new precipice unlike any other
it has faced in years past.