April 30, 2012
Speaking Truth to Power in Israel
Paul Pillar, The National Interest
Emanating out of Israel over the past several months has been a remarkable series of dissents against lines taken by the current government of Benjamin Netanyahu from senior and respected members of the Israeli national-security establishment. The dissenters are individuals whose dedication to the security of Israel is, given their careers, beyond question. They also are men whose experience and expertise make them worth listening to. Some have commented on the long-term peril to Israel of letting the conflict with the Palestinians fester while indefinitely occupying all of the West Bank. More recently, they have addressed the subject the Netanyahu government has put at the top of its public agenda, which is Iran and its nuclear program.