The Debate over Defensible Borders in the Era of Missiles

Yossi Beilin commented last week that Israel was returning to the idea of “defensible borders,” which in his words was “anachronistic” and had been “disproven” since it was first introduced through UN Security Council Resolution 242 in 1967. Today, he argued it was a completely “ridiculous” concept in light of the technological changes that have been introduced by the IDF–and among our enemies.  Beilin asks how this idea could be relevant when we are  in “a world of missiles.”

2 responses to “The Debate over Defensible Borders in the Era of Missiles

  1. By Beilin’s logic, the US with its thousands nuclear worheads, does not need Diego Garcia to defend itself, yet the US clings to the island thousands of miles away from its mainland. Russia with its thousands of nuclear warheads does not need the Sakhalin peninsula (which it took by force from the Japanese during WW2) to defend itself, yet it refuses to consider returning the area back to Japan. The Syrians have thousands of short and mid-range missiles to defend themselves, yet they want the Golan Heights badly. The UK with its hundreds of nuclear warheads does not need the Falkland Islands (ten thousand miles away from London) to defend itself, yet it went to a war with Argentina over them.
    By Beilin’s warped logic, only Israel, constantly under clear and present danger originating some twenty miles away from the heart of Tel-Aviv, has got “anachronistic” ideas about defending its borders.
    This is something that I would call BDS – Beilin Derangement Syndrome.
    What an idiot !!

  2. Dore Gold does a great job explaining the obvious in simple terms.

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