Keeping the Status Quo, and Improving It

Trapped between certain chaos in the West Bank if it withdraws and loss of international legitimacy if it doesn’t, can Israel still act affirmatively? Can we?

An IDF soldier peers into a Hamas tunnel in the Gaza Strip in July 2014. Photo by the IDF Spokesman Unit.
An IDF soldier peers into a Hamas tunnel in the Gaza Strip in July 2014. Photo by the IDF Spokesman Unit.
Response
Sept. 21 2014
About the author

Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he maintains a blog, Pressure Points.


I’m grateful for the insightful responses to “What Now for Israel?” by Robert Satloff, Amos Yadlin, Haviv Rettig Gur, and Michael Doran. I have a few general points to make, and I trust they will emerge as I reply to each of them in turn.

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