Israeli Jews assume diplomacy to be less the art of the possible than the ritual forestalling of disaster. This is, I suppose, a subtle distinction. Still, it helps to account for Israelis’ earnest celebration of the Camp David agreement despite their skeptical attitude toward its provisions.
Consider the polls. Almost four-fifths of Israelis polled in September endorsed the two framework documents, and an even larger number approved the performance of the political leadership that engineered the compromise. Ninety-two percent approved the comportment of Defense Minister Weizman, who is most identified with the American-backed land for peace strategy in the Sinai.
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