An interesting idiom; one I had never heard before until I came across it in a novel I was reading recently. It struck me that it described perfectly the situation in which Israel finds itself. One does not have to think very hard to see see just how it does.
I found two reference to this idiom. The first, Auribus teneo lupum, is attributed to the Roman Emperor Tiberius commenting on the dangers that threatened him on every hand in ruling the Roman Empire. The second was Thomas Jefferson discussing
slavery and the Missouri question/compromise (admitting
Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state to keep the balance
in Congress between slave and free states). We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely
let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.
Surely Israel has been holding a wolf by the ear for a long time and to let go, as it eventually must, is fraught with danger.
Now the wolf is a ferocious beast and once you let go it will tear you into pieces. Palestine has been nipping at Israel for a very long time. The solution is to have never have taken hold of that wolf, especially by the ear but I think we know how and why that happened. Nevertheless, it's time to let go.
In my mind, the only way not to get torn to pieces is to kill the wolf before you let go. And I mean this literally. You can't make peace with a wolf. Wolf lovers will call you cruel and insist you got yourself into this mess in the first place and will just have to take your chances or what's coming to you. I say ignore them. Self preservation takes precedent. Kill the wolf soon.