Israel is surviving against all odds, however the odds are increasing. The threats go beyond enemies without to include homegrown dilemmas.
Michael B. Oren, is a professor at the School of Foreign service at Georgetown University and a distingushed fellow at the Shalem Center, writes of Israel’s existential threats, at least seven:
The threats according to Oren are: the lose of Jerusalem, the Arab demographic threat, de-legitimization, terrorism, the nuclear-armed Iran, the hemorrhaging of sovereignty, and corruption.
Oren, however, also notes:
Israel in 2009 has treaties with Jordan and Egypt, excellent relations with Eastern Europe, China, and India, and a historic alliance with the United States. By virtually all criteria, Israel in 2009 is in an inestimably better position than at any other time in its 61 years of independence.
Though the severity of the threats jeopardizing Israel’s existence must never be underestimated, neither should Israel’s resilience and national will. That persistence reflects, at least in part, the success of the Jewish people to surmount similar dangers for well over 3,000 years. Together with Diaspora Jewry and millions of Israel supporters abroad, Israel can not only survive these perils but, as in the past, it can thrive.