A sane Israeli government would have tried to use the Palestinian drive for United Nations recognition as an opportunity for creative thinking about how to achieve some goals, but instead, the quest to find partners who’ll back them up in saying no to anything has left them with guys like Rep Joe Walsh (R-IL) who’s pushing a plan for the elimination of Israel:
One such measure supports “Israel’s right to annex Judea and Samaria,” the biblical name attached to the area otherwise known as the West Bank. The resolution, which was submitted last week by tea party firebrand Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), accuses the Palestinians of breaking past agreements with the U.S. and Israel. [...]
“My hope is that this will help buck up Israel,” Walsh said in an interview last week. “We’re not going to get peace until the other side realizes that they’re dealing with strength, that Israel and the U.S. are not going to back down.” [...]
Walsh asserted that “there is no such thing as a two-state solution, and no such thing as land for peace. The ultimate peace is going to come through annexation, through Israel having sovereignity over the whole land, from the Mediterranean to Jordan.”
You can have a single state with sovereignty from the Mediterranean to Jordan, but that state can’t possibly be Israel. Or if it is Israel, it would have to be a sovereign state that’s formally committed to denying citizenship to a large and growing minority of its residents. Walsh would, in other words, take exactly what’s so anomalous and problematic about the occupation of the West Bank and exacerbate it. This is fine if you’re playing partisan games or think you read something about it in the Bible, but it’s a ludicrous foreign policy strategy.