Magazine article The Wilson Quarterly

No "Ands" about It

Magazine article The Wilson Quarterly

No "Ands" about It

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The conjunction and seems to be permanently affixed to Israel. Israel and the Palestinians, and the Arabs, and the United States. Now, in the wake of Israel's bloody clash in May with a Turkish aid flotilla trying to break the blockade of Gaza, there is Israel and Turkey. Such conjoining is almost unavoidable in regard to a country that is surrounded by hostile neighbors and can be crossed, at its narrowest point, in less time than it takes many Americans to get to work. But in this issue of the WQ, we dispense with the conjunction, insofar as it is possible, and look at Israel itself.

There is a lot to see. Yoram Peri's political portrait reveals an Israel that is blessed with extraordinary democratic vigor and cursed with paralyzing political gridlock. Dan Senor and Saul Singer, authors of the bestseller Start-Up Nation, show how Israel has capitalized on adversity to transform itself into a global hub of technological innovation. …

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