If You Start to Take Vienna, Take Vienna

The master of military conquest, Napoleon Bonaparte, defined a simple but classic truth which eludes the modern state, in this case Israel. If one seeks to take a territory, then take it. Right now, nations are starting to insist that products made in Judea and Samaria (called by the political neologism of the West Bank) be labeled as made in the West Bank or the territories. Britain and the EU may soon require it; and the trend for relabeling is growing as part of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement. The idea is to hammer Israel economically until she accepts a two-state solution based on 1967 borders. I will argue that the chief culprits here are not BDS Anti-Semites but rather the members of the Israeli government. Namely: if Israel wants Judean and Samarian settlements to be recognized as Israel, then the Israel government must annex Judea and Samaria. It is that simple. This failure of nerve gives Israel's opponents a legitimate opening to criticize. The...(Read Full Article)