An Israeli consensus?Barry Rubin sets out what he terms a 'new Israeli consensus.' These are its elements.
# Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Without this step, the aftermath of any "peace" agreement would be additional decades of Arab effort to destroy Israel in all but - temporarily - name.While most Israelis would likely agree with these points, I would add a couple of others that seem to reflect a broad consensus of Israeli society. First, that Jerusalem will remain the undivided capital of Israel with Jews free to live anywhere in Jerusalem that they choose. Second, that Israel will not return to the 1949 armistice lines and that it will continue to hold whatever territory is necessary to guarantee its own security.
# Absolute clarity that a peace agreement ends the conflict and all claims on Israel. Otherwise, the Palestinian leadership and much of the Arab world would regard any "peace" agreement as a license for a new stage of battle, using Palestine as a base for renewed attacks and demands.
# Strong security arrangements and serious international guarantees for them. Have no doubt, these will be tested by cross-border attacks from Palestine.
# An unmilitarized Palestinian state (a better description than "demilitarized"), with the large security forces they already have, enough for internal security and legitimate defense but not aggression.
# Palestinian refugees resettled in Palestine. The demand for a "right of return" is just a rationale for wiping Israel off the map through internal subversion and civil war.
The events of the last 24 hours - even the opposition Kadima party has rallied around Prime Minister Netanyahu's standing up to President Obama - show that these two additional conditions also reflect a broad national consensus.