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Yair Lapid Is Right, Israeli Diplomacy Has to Move Forward

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The first 100 days of the new government have without a doubt improved Israel’s global image. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid scored an impressive achievement in convincing so many countries to boycott the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, thereby sending a message of hope of mutual trust between nations and marking a break in the idea of “us against the world.”

In an article appearing in Haaretz on September 20, Lapid called for substituting political pessimism for optimism and for establishing a dialogue based on shared values. He is right, but we mustn’t forget: The enthusiasm of the democratic world over the replacement of the Benjamin Netanyahu government is temporary. The moment it becomes clear Netanyahu won’t be returning to power, the world will start expecting diplomatic initiatives from Israel. These expectations will influence public opinion in the United States, which over the last decade has grown increasingly critical of Israel.

Netanyahu did damage to Israel’s relations with the U.S. not only by his crude involvement in America’s........

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