...We share a profound concern over terrorist radical Islamic groups with many of our neighbors. And the purpose of these interactions with our neighbors on these matters isn't to collect selfies for our scrapbooks.
IMRA Weekly Commentary..
10 September '14..
We are in the thick of it.
We provide and share intelligence.
And we don't do all of this only via a third party.
We meet face-to-face.
But our country isn't likely to be mentioned in any official press release.
And the odds are good that we won't be openly attending any high profile conferences.
But that's not the purpose of the exercise.
We share a profound concern over terrorist radical Islamic groups with many of our neighbors.
And the purpose of these interactions with our neighbors on these matters isn't to collect selfies for our scrapbooks.
It is to address a serious challenge.
The most counterproductive thing an Israeli politician could do is to attempt to somehow link these efforts to the realization of their vision of a "final solution" to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
This cooperation has everything to do with a shared concern: terrorist radical Islamic groups and absolutely nothing to do with Palestinian sovereignty in Ramallah (or Jerusalem).
Any attempt to try to leverage this vital joint effort for such extraneous purposes will only serve to discourage our neighbors from working with us out of concern that they are being sucked into something that will ultimately raise the ire of their own populations.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
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