Israel’s announcement that it will build 1,300 units of housing in a contested sector of Jerusalem has touched off yet another crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations. But the hot topic of Israeli onversation is neither the stalled peace process nor the expanding settlements but Pamela Anderson—the semi-clad celebrity who has been sashaying across an Israeli stage and television sets in her own inimitable version of Dancing with the Stars.
While President Barack Obama fumed in Indonesia, calling Israel’s latest action unhelpful to peace, Israelis yawned.
Many Israelis, even many in the peace camp, have all but given up on efforts to revive the on-again, mostly off-again “peace process” that has limped along for the past 17 years. The time has come, they and their American supporters say, to acknowledge that the effort has failed and to search for strategic alternatives—a “Plan B,” as John Bolton, President Bush’s former ambassador to the United Nations, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
“The patient died a long time ago,” Johns Hopkins University’s Fouad Ajami said of the peace process. “We’re just finally getting around to officially declaring him dead.”
Read the rest of Judith Miller's column in the Manhattan Institute's City Journal.
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