`The canary in the coalmine.'
That's how many commentators refer to Israel when it comes to the health of western democracies.
Here's a list of the problems, raised by David Harris at the Jerusalem Post in response to the usual ignorant maunderings by an NYT columnist.
Let me just quote the closing paragraph:
When a serious and determined Palestinian peace partner emerges as the examples of Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Jordan's King Hussein amply prove, the Israeli people will not need coaxing from an American journalist. Rather, they will embrace that partner in their deep and abiding quest for peace and an end to the decades-long conflict.