What friends need to hear

Tom Segev, Haaretz, December 14:

One reason the [Jimmy Carter] book is outraging “friends of Israel” in America is that it requires them to reformulate their friendship: If they truly want what’s good for Israel, they must call on it to rid itself of the territories. People don’t like to admit that they’ve erred; therefore, they’re angry at Carter. But the belief that a withdrawal to the Green Line will bring peace has been around ever since the Six-Day War. What else is new? Israel has remained in the Palestinian territories and the Golan Heights mainly because the United States has not compelled it to withdraw.…