Daniel Taub, an Israeli diplomat and expert in international affairs, explained about the peace aspirations of Israeli people, but not under any pressure tactics.
The former Israeli Ambassador to the U.K confirms that many countries mistakenly think that pressurizing the Israeli administration is the only solution for the peace process.
He reminds that there were too many such strategies in the recent years, including boycott campaigns, resolutions, and more, but none of them could change the mind of Israeli people as they reelected the government two times showing rebellion towards pressure tactics of the external world.
As an expert in the Middle East conflict matters, Daniel Taub says that while pressure groups think that conciliatory approach towards Israel only creates status quo, people of Israel took some of the boldest steps pointing towards peace when the international community openly considered the concerns of the people of Israel.
Taub quoted the example of the peace treaty with Egypt and confirmed that it was approved by the people of Israel when the United States assured security as well as continued oil supply to the country. Similarly, when the UN committed to placing peacekeeping forces to block Hezbollah against Israel, it helped Israel to withdraw troops from Southern Lebanon confidently.
Daniel Taub thinks that if any progress towards peace got stopped, it does not mean that people of Israel lost their ability to make bold decisions. Several polls have shown that a large majority of the people aspires to live in peace that is lasting with the Palestinians.
But, such polls also showed that Israelis are apprehensive about the international assurances due to various incidents in the recent past. For instance, UN peacekeepers could not effectively block the rearming of Hezbollah including its attacks on the northern areas of Israel.
Similarly, the International community could not stop Hamas from smuggling weapons to Gaza. Taub says that while the Israeli community looks at the peace progress with optimism, they also evaluate the international assurances made earlier and the impacts. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/13/israel-peace-pressure-israeli
According to Daniel Taub, the situation of ungoverned spaces are being controlled by Iranian proxies or jihadi extremists are worrying the Israelis and does not provide the peace the people of Israelis wanted – peace without any attacks or threats.
However, Taub confirms that the people are now more thoughtful about collaborating with states and improving the cooperation.
He concludes that Israelis are now more aware of the current-day realities and getting ready for debates on peace processes, but brute forces do not yield any result.