Israel's Losing Diplomatic Strategy: Play Only Defense

Every frustrated sports fan knows the risk of abandoning a winning offensive game plan and adopting instead a strategy of playing to "not lose": as often as not, a game well in hand is squandered.  Yet, inexplicably, Israel employs just such a "not-lose" public diplomacy/hasbara playbook.  Israel's default diplomatic posture is reactive and defensive, never affirmatively asserting its positions.  With major addresses regarding Israel by both President Obama nad Prime Minister Netanyahu fast approaching, Israel had better upgrade its diplomatic orientation quickly.The results of Israel's reactive strategy have been predictably bad.  Consider the recent diplomatic "victory" in which the United States grudgingly vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution, unanimously supported by every other country, declaring illegal any Jewish homebuilding in Judea, Samaria, and most of Jerusalem.  Simultaneously, the Obama administration ripped...(Read Full Article)