There is a paradigm that puts Israel on the right side of history. It is Immanuel Kant's conception of international politics.
Kant’s paradigm is decidedly liberal. By "liberal", I mean a framework of accountable government in which individual rights are paramount. This is something broadly compatible with democratic currents from social democracy to modern conservatism.
To begin with, Kant's thought does not wholly militate against nationalism, even if he does serve as an early example of cosmopolitanism. The great scholar of the Middle East, Elie Kedourie, regarded Kant's idea of self-determination, his signal contribution to the philosphy of the Enlightenment, as central to the intellectual development of nationalism.
Kedourie was not hugely enamored of Kant. But its worth noting that when Kant's followers turn their attention to international affairs, what bothers them is not so much the existence of nation-states as the widespread absence of lawfully-constituted states.
With Kant, everything flows from the "categorical imperative," the most fundamental of all principles.
Since human beings possess reason, they are, as the philosopher Thomas Donaldson puts it in an essay on Kant...More >>