Ehud Barak learns to stop worrying about the Iranian bomb

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed his views in Tel Aviv today on Israeli security, and he certainly made them interesting: It must be understood that if between the Jordan [River] and the [Mediterranean Sea] there is only one political entity called ‘Israel,’ it will by necessity either be not Jewish or not democratic, and ...

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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed his views in Tel Aviv today on Israeli security, and he certainly made them interesting:

It must be understood that if between the Jordan [River] and the [Mediterranean Sea] there is only one political entity called 'Israel,' it will by necessity either be not Jewish or not democratic, and we will turn into an apartheid state.

The use of apartheid is a rarity among Israeli officials, but Barak was underscoring what he believes to be Israel's most serious threat:

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed his views in Tel Aviv today on Israeli security, and he certainly made them interesting:

It must be understood that if between the Jordan [River] and the [Mediterranean Sea] there is only one political entity called ‘Israel,’ it will by necessity either be not Jewish or not democratic, and we will turn into an apartheid state.

The use of apartheid is a rarity among Israeli officials, but Barak was underscoring what he believes to be Israel’s most serious threat:

The lack of defined boundaries within Israel, and not an Iranian bomb, is the greatest threat to our future.

Andrew Swift is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.

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