NEW YORK, July 31, 2013 — The latest from John Kerry is that the current “peace process” between the Israelis and the Palestinians will be “difficult” – and so it has been from one secretary of state to another, and from one Israeli prime minister to the next, up to Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israelis always make it “difficult,” but in the end – oh in the end they always cave in.
Every secretary of state of recent vintage has tried and succeeded to “bring both sides together” and it is always Israel that finds itself with less yardage than it had before, with nothing but more Palestinian hatred gained in return. First, though, Israel must make “concessions.” That is the first trick to rip Israel to shreds peace process by peace process. No concessions are demanded from the other side.
The real goal is to destroy Israel with one punch, but Israel’s appeasement-happy leaders are not quite that stupid, so they drag it out, making themselves appear “tough” and “intransigent,” and this angers the “international community,” which turns to the United States to browbeat Israel into submission.
Releasing prisoners, murderers all of them, is the first requirement that falls on Israel, and as expected, Israel says no, and next day capitulates.
The next demand from all of our secretaries of state is that Israel must stop building in and around Jerusalem, and here we go again, Israel says that it will not do this, absolutely not, and next morning the prime minister – whoever it is at the time – announces a building freeze.
“Hawkish” Menachem Begin swore that he would never give up the Sinai. He did.
Yitzhak Rabin promised his constituencies that he would never shake the homicidal hand of Yasser Arafat. He did.
Ehud Barak declared that he would protect Israel on all fronts. Virtually overnight he vacated Israel’s military presence in South Lebanon. This immediately deprived Israel of valuable strategic depth and opened up a new front, which bloodied Israel in war after war against Hezbollah.
Ariel Sharon, the toughest of them all, vowed that he would never give up Gaza. He did.
Israel is still reeling from the thousands of Hamas rockets coming from that “peace gesture.”
Ehud Olmert likewise came in as a “strong leader” and swiftly offered Yasser Arafat the entire “West Bank” and most of Biblically-sacred Jerusalem, plus the kitchen sink. Olmert forgot that he was only prime minister. He told the Palestinians, “I can be very generous,” as if the Jewish State were his to give.
Onward from Henry Kissinger, nearly every secretary of state has tried to diplomatically shuttle Israel out of existence. Even at this moment, as talks are in progress, Mahmoud Abbas proclaims that once his precious state is achieved, “No Jews will be allowed.” Some call this peace, and never apartheid.
Would it then be fair to expel the million and a half Arabs who live freely in Israel?
No Jews for the Arabs, hence no Arabs for the Jews. This sounds like a fair exchange, no, Mr. Kerry? Why not?
So now indeed it is John Kerry’s turn. Perhaps he can explain what this Palestinian state would look like. Egypt? Syria? That is a sure bet.
Of all the oddities – only Israel is at peace. So let’s keep fixing what ain’t broke.
Why, then, is it that with 100 hot spots around the world, the minute a new secretary of state steps into office, he or she heads immediately to Israel?
Or is it that 22 Arab countries are never enough, and that one Jewish country is simply too much?
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