Thursday, January 12, 2017
A COMMENT TO JOHN KERRY REGARDING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ISRAEL POLICY AND LEGACY
DESPITE the apparent reasonableness of the point of view expressed by SOS Kerry about American Policy regarding Israel, the fact is that he, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes, and President Obama have either failed to understand the meaning of Israeli independence and Jewish Settlements in Judea-Samaria in the face of monolithic Arab terrorism, or, they have chosen to undermine the State of Israel. At best, the decision by the Obama Administration -- to abstain from the UNSC vote, thereby enabling passage at the UNSC of the anti-Israel Resolution regarding "settlements" -- is a warning shot to Israel, that Israel cannot rely on the USA as a protector.
SOS Kerry's apparent reasonableness or "plausibility" ought not be taken as expressions of fact nor of correct interpretations of fact; his words should be perceived as a tactic of rhetoric, used in a campaign of propaganda to undermine an opponent, and for the Obama Administration the "opponent" is Israel.
The saccharin sweetness of Obama, Kerry, et al, provides Israel no real calories, no nutrition. The Obama Administration even takes credit for the current American next-ten-year military support budget for Israel, credit taken that may best be understood intellectually as politically pragmatic avoidance of the embarrassment that would come to the Obama Administration, had it sought to veto budgetary legislation by Congress in support of Israel. One need only look at the very fresh and recent vote [in opposition to the UNSC anti-Israel Resolution] across Party lines in Congress to perceive the extremity of the Obama Administration's perspective regarding Israel. As well, the Obama Administration trumpets it's alleged support of Israel in order to create an appearance of fairness and even over-fairness of it's Administration's support for Israel.
THE SHAMEFUL ABSTENTION of the Obama Administration with respect to the UNSC vote against Israel speaks volumes about the Obama Administration and will be the blackest mark on the historical record of the Obama Administration.
ISRAELI POLICY has for decades quite publicly made clear, that for every act of terror committed against Israel, the consequence will be expansion of Jewish life. There is a continual fiction, that there is an entity of People, who may be known as the "Palestinian People", who have a distinct right to a State (even though there has never been such a People nor such a State in history); this fiction seeks to separate out the "Palestinian People" and to compartmentalize this fictional entity from the existing 400-million population of Arab States surrounding Israel -- States which remain in an official state of war with Israel, States which still deny any peace with Israel since 1948, States which still do not recognize any existential right of the State of Israel. There may have been a moment in time, proximal to the cold peace made between Israel and both Egypt and Jordan subsequent to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when a window of opportunity may have been imagined to exist for the "Palestinians" to agree to make peace with Israel and thus realize a "State of Palestine" on the "West Bank" (Judea-Samaria). This idea has proved to be a Western illusion, an illusion still maintained everywhere but in Israel, where the daily struggle for life and death does not allow for such an illusion.
IT IS LONG PAST DUE for the West to properly frame the Arab-Israeli Conflict as a conflict inclusive of the "Palestinians" (Palestinian Arabs). It is long past due for the West to properly understand the "Palestinians" -- in rhetoric and on the ground -- as the tip of the spear of Arab aggression against Jews and Israel, an aggression maintained for more than a hundred-years with one goal in mind: the annihilation of Israel.
AND A QUESTION MUST BE ASKED: Should Egypt be held accountable for it's authorship of the recent anti-Israel UNSC Resolution? Or, should the Obama Administration be held responsible for failing to veto that UNSC Resolution? On the face of it, all those States voting unanimously in favor of the anti-Israel UNSC Resolution should be held accountable; yet, in the world of realpolitik, every one of those nations -- including Egypt -- faces the extortion and terrorism of Jihadism on their own soil every day far in excess of anything the USA faces; so,it is not unreasonable to think that every one of those nations -- especially Egypt -- never in wildest dreams expected that the USA would fail to veto.
NOW, there is all kind of conspiracy theorizing going on about who may have orchestrated the UNSC vote. In fact IAN BREMMER suggested such a probability on the Charlie Rose Show only a month or two ago, when he said that the Obama Administration could vote against Israel in the UNSC (and, the abstention that actually occurred is tantamount to a vote against Israel). Sadly, Ian Bremmer was spot on.
YET, the fallout from the UNSC vote could conceivably have a positive effect, if other nations take their own rhetoric and public positions more gravely and more responsibly, such that they change the pattern of their behavior of relying on the USA to be the sole pillar of world security at the UNSC.
ISRAEL may have no choice but to regard itself as being entirely on it's own.
SOS Kerry did frame the question of Israel's future in terms of "democracy" (as the West understands democracy) versus some other form of non-democratic government; SOS Kerry takes it for granted that "democracy" means that a One-State Solution must needs grant equal citizenship to the "Palestinians" (this is the "demographic problem"). SOS Kerry does not acknowledge that there may be a Jewish Democratic State of Israel, which may create a Resident Alien, semi-autonomous, non-Israeli-Citizen status for the "Palestinians". This would be the most obvious democratic and peaceful path to a One-State Solution.