I’m tired of everyone acting like it’s clever to ask “Does Israel have the right to exist?” It’s such a nonsequitur. It reminds me of that moronic yet strangely persistent pop-philosophy 101 question “Does the chair exist?”

It a non-productive question. We never ask, for instance, “Does Gabon have the right to exist?”

Strictly, no state has a real “right” to exist or continue existing in the way a human has the moral right to remain alive. A state is established when certain geopolitical conditions are met and is disestablished if those conditions cease to be.

But in the real world, even if you think the circumstances of the establishment of the modern Israeli state are not just, the fact of the matter is that a stable, relatively free and democratic state that has existed for 66 years and has 8 million residents who actively participate in its polity cannot justly be disestablished by external force!

The “statute of limitations” has long since passed.