Israel is heading for what could be its most severe confrontation with the
United States, despite reassuring words from the Obama administration to the
President Barack Obama’s policies have led to a US retreat at
all levels in the global arena, particularly in the Middle East where his
disastrous policy of “engaging” with rogue states coincided with alienating,
even abandoning, traditional US allies like Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
administration has also totally failed to mitigate the rampant bloodshed, with
hundreds of civilians being killed daily in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the
However, despite all evidence to the contrary, the
administration persists in its mantra that the principal problem in the Middle
East is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and displays a determination to impose
a settlement on Israelis and Palestinians. It does so – even setting aside the
problem of Hamas – despite the fact that the undemocratic Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, whose term expired years ago, is neither willing nor
has the authority to make any meaningful concessions to Israel.
chooses to disregard to the extreme intransigence of the Palestinians and the
massive ongoing incitement by the PA against Israel and continues to pressure
the Israelis, their only regional democratic ally, to make additional unilateral
concessions, many of which have long-term negative security implications for the
future viability of the Jewish state.
US Secretary of State John Kerry
presents himself as a “friend” of Israel. Yet his offensive off-the-cuff remarks
not only depict him as somewhat of a buffoon, but demonstrate that he now openly
sides against Israel in the confrontation with the Palestinians.
utterly failed to act as an honest broker in his November 6 joint interview with
Israel’s Channel 2 News and PA TV, when he targeted Israel for criticism and
failed to even relate to Palestinian intransigence.
asked “whether it [Israel] wanted a third intifada,” which he declared would
eventuate if the talks failed. He warned that the Palestinians would “wind up
with a leadership committed to violence.”
Following a meeting in
Bethlehem with President Abbas, brushing aside the venomous incitement to hatred
manifested daily by the PA, Kerry stated unequivocally that “President Abbas is
100% committed to these talks.”
He reiterated that the US considers
construction in settlements, including Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem, to be
“illegitimate,” and went so far as to state that Israel was sending “a message
that perhaps you are not really serious.”
He never even referred to the
PA demand that Palestinian refugees and their 5 million descendants be given the
right of return to Israel. He refused to confront the Palestinian leadership
over their refusal to reconcile themselves with the reality of Israel as
sovereign Jewish entity.
There have been hints, subsequently denied, that
if progress was not achieved by 2014, the US would propose bridging proposals –
an ominous signal to Israel.
Kerry also threatened that if Israel could
not find an accommodation, the US would not be able to deter the rest of the
world from imposing real sanctions against Israel.
effectively guarantee Palestinian intransigence by declaring that after the
talks collapse, the world will in any event seek to impose a solution on Israel
and shall not blame the Palestinians for once again reverting to
And this is following Israel’s capitulation to intense
American pressure resulting in the outrageous release of Palestinian mass
murderers who were subsequently glorified by the Palestinians as
These statements by Kerry parallel other negative vibes from the
US: Obama’s failure to condemn Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s
provocative anti-Semitic remarks and the repudiation of his commitment to set
aside the confrontation with Israel after Netanyahu had been pressured to
apologize to him; the US effort to divert attention from its cyber-attacks on
the French government’s communications network by hinting that the Israeli
Mossad was to blame; and, most damaging of all, despite deliberate Israeli
silence over the issue, the formal US announcement that Israel was responsible
for bombing the Syrian military base in which missiles en route to Hezbollah
were located. That is not how one treats an ally.
Over the past few
months, there has been immense pressure directed at Israel and American Jews to
ease up on Iran. Although accused of seeking to sabotage American diplomacy with
the “moderate” President Hassan Rohani, Netanyahu has never challenged the role
of diplomacy. He merely reminded the Americans of the proven duplicity of the
Iranians and Rohani himself as he engages in protracted negotiations while
proceeding to advance Iran nuclear status.
On the basis of Obama’s recent
track record, Israelis were increasingly skeptical as to the fulfillment of his
repeated commitment to employ military force if necessary to prevent the
Iranians from becoming a nuclear power.
These concerns were confirmed
when, despite repeated assurances by Kerry that “no deal is better than a bad
deal,” the US and the Europeans (other than France) demonstrated a willingness
despite all evidence to the contrary to ease the sanctions on the Iranians
without receiving anything tangible in return.
Clearly, the US
administration lied when it promised to brief Israelis in advance of any deal,
so as not to surprise them, and gave repeated reassurances that short of an
agreement by the Iranians to end their nuclear objectives, no partial deal was
A shocked and distraught Netanyahu publicly admonished
Kerry for making a “monumental mistake,” accusing him of providing the Iranians
with “the deal of the century” and “in no way reducing their nuclear enrichment
Netanyahu stated that under such circumstances, Israel did
not consider itself bound by any agreement between Tehran and the six world
powers and “will do everything it considers necessary to defend itself and the
security of its people.” There is of course the outside possibility that by the
time the talks resume next week, Netanyahu’s warnings are heeded and a
Munich-like capitulation is averted. But we should be under no
The next three months will be seriously challenging for
Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu will need to marshal all his resources and seek
to salvage what he can of the likely capitulation to the Iranian mullahs in a
deal which in no way guarantees that the centrifuges will not soon again resume
In addition, Israel must resist American pressures to make
further concessions to the Palestinians which may well have devastating
repercussions our future security.
To confront these threats, it is
imperative that the prime minister devise a strategic plan, engaging the
broadest possible coalition, providing a united front, and work closely with the
American Jewish community and other pro-Israel groups to orchestrate a major
campaign to enlighten the American public and seek congressional support to rein
in the appeasers.
For American Jews, this will be a real test of their
commitment to the security of the Jewish state. There have been conflicting
reports that leading Jewish organizations and representatives of the
administration had agreed to defer for two months efforts to intensify sanctions
on Iran, but this was adamantly denied by AIPAC and AJC
Regrettably, American Jews committed to the security of the
Jewish state appear to be heading toward a direct confrontation with an
administration willing to diplomatically abandon Israel and appease the most
lethal global terrorist state.
ADL head Abe Foxman predicted that Kerry’s
“outrageous behavior” and his “chutzpah” in lecturing Israel about peace would
unite the American Jewish community. The question is will they have the courage
to stand up and be counted?
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