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This is now the conventional wisdom in Europe. Tony Judt said it a while ago. I guess the NYRB has echoed it, somewhat. But I wish it were in the big American papers, and not just the Financial Times: Sir Max Hastings on how "a deaf and defiant" Israel is "gambling with its future."

Yet Israel’s claim upon East Jerusalem is rooted in a sense of moral entitlement, which the rest of the world increasingly rejects. Some day Americans will awaken to the heavy strategic price their own nation pays for indulging Israeli excesses. Israel may be successful in securing all of Jerusalem within its own borders. But it runs the historic risk of making itself, by a ghastly irony, a pariah state.

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