Israel Looks a Lot Like North Korea

Both are isolated except for a superpower
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2010 12:14 PM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media Monday.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

(Newser) – Be careful, Israel, you're starting to look like "gulp—North Korea," writes Daniel W. Drezner. Israel may not be in similarly dire financial straits, but the parallels are "pretty eerie" beyond that, writes Drezner in Foreign Policy. Let us count the ways:

  • "Both countries are diplomatically isolated except for their ties to a great power benefactor."

  • "Both countries are pursuing autarkic policies that immiserate millions of people."
  • "The majority of the population in both countries seem blithely unaware of what the rest of the world thinks."
  • "Both countries keep getting referred to the United Nations."
  • "In the past month, the great power benefactor is finding it more and more difficult to defend their behavior to the rest of the world."

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