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Diplomacy is about the Next Move

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Submitted by Jonathan Pfeffer (Canada), May 1, 2013 at 10:58

Foreign policy is almost always about, maneuvering one's position to set up the next move, and not as naively believed by some, a clear statement of absolute belief. We, the observers are often surprised by the lack of moral clarity. We often are left to complain about the moral inconsistencies these policies demonstrate.

Foreign policy makers rarely ask what is absolutely correct from a moral point of view, rather they ask, what do I need to do to maneuver and influence those that can be maneuvered?

Whether Jews can or should be allowed to live in the West Bank is less important than, can I get movement from the Israeli side on this issue, and how much will it cost me?

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