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AJC: Palestine State Just Hours Away! Send Money!

AJC: Palestine State Just Hours Away! Send Money!

The Palestinians’ United Nations statehood ploy has drawn an array of responses around the world, from enthusiasm in Turkey to anxiety to Washington and panic in Jerusalem. And one prominent Israeli center-left politician, Isaac Herzog, proposes a counter-intuitive Israeli gambit of voting for the statehood bid—under certain conditions (as I’ll explain below).

Nothing, however, quite matches the sublime pragmatism of the American Jewish Committee. The organization, once known for its patrician reserve, sent out an e-mail fund-raising pitch today urging readers to click on a link to donate money and save Israel from imminent disaster.

How will a gift to AJC stop the apocalypse? Simple:

The Palestinian leadership, the letter explains,

A very different approach to empowering cooler heads came over the weekend from Isaac Herzog, a leader of the Israel Labor Party’s centrist wing. Writing on CNN.com’s Global Public Square blog , the former senior cabinet minister (in the Sharon, Olmert and Netanyahu governments, until Labor quit last January) offered the following proposal:

His logic? The resolution will almost certainly pass, at least through the General Assembly. If Israel rejects it, as it has vowed to do, it could well lead to “violence on the ground.” If that happens,

Even without an outbreak of violence,

On the other hand,

Written by

J.J. Goldberg

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