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Let’s start at the end and work backwards. In Thomas Friedman’s latest op-ed, he says this about the issues facing Israel today:

I have great sympathy for Israel’s strategic dilemma and no illusions about its enemies. But Israel today is giving its friends — and President Obama’s one of them — nothing to defend it with. Israel can fight with everyone or it can choose not to surrender but to blunt these trends with a peace overture that fair-minded people would recognize as serious, and thereby reduce its isolation.

With a UN vote on Palestinian nationhood looming, with Egypt angry and Turkey even angrier, Friedman’s op-ed is a good take on how Israel is screwed right now, because of circumstances it currently faces and the leaders present to face them. The rest of the op-ed