ISRAEL, June 28 — In 1972 two school pals from Scotland, Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan, wrote a song for their band, Steelers Wheel, that they thought would be a fun play on Bob Dylan’s unique sound. They had no idea that their song, “Stuck in the Middle With You”, would propel them to the top of the charts and remain a relevant and popular song four decades later.
What they anticipated even less, surely, was how prophetic their lyrics would be with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in June of 2013.
With US Secretary of State John Kerry on his way to the region for the fifth time since taking office in February, with absolutely nothing to show for it, he must be able to commiserate with the song’s opening exasperated narrator, who decries “Well I don’t know why I came here tonight, I got a feel that something ain’t right.”
The reason for Kerry’s futility is no secret. His statement in Kuwait just ahead of his visit exemplifies exactly why his efforts continue to flounder. “I believe [that] they believe the peace process is bigger than any one day or one moment, or certainly more important to their countries than some of their current political challenges,” Kerry said. “That is why both of them have indicated a seriousness of purpose. I would not be here now if I didn’t have the belief [that] this is possible.”
If the peace process was ever “important” to Mahmoud Abbas and the PA would he continue to insist on irrational preconditions and unilateral actions at the United Nations? Would he continue to attend ceremonies where streets, schools and other PA-area landmarks are named after suicide bombers? Would he doggedly pursue a unity agreement with the murderous terrorist organization Hamas?
Kerry is undoubtedly a “clown to the left”.
Sadly for Israel, the tiny little state that, like the man in the song, “started out with nothing” and certainly should be “proud that [it’s] a self-made man”, it is not just left-wing jesters it must grapple with. It must also deal with plenty of misguided fools on the right.
In apparent efforts to impress Kerry, Housing Minister Uri Ariel announced “I’ll give you the facts: in Jerusalem, since the beginning of the year, there have been no tenders except for one …and the same goes for Judea and Samaria.” While the validity of this statement is a subject of heated debate, bragging about unilateral moves to appease the PA or the US is as stupid as it is useless. This won’t convince Abbas to make peace and it won’t make Israel safer.
Additionally, why this statement needed to be confirmed by the clown of all clown organizations on the left, Peace Now, reported by the Jerusalem Post, is puzzling in the least and troubling at worst. Yariv Oppenheimer and his rag-tag turncoats should not be consulted in any capacity when Israel is forming its foreign policy and even the slightest hint of such dealings is troublesome.
What’s worse, however, is that Israel’s very own ‘right-wing hawk’ Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, has apparently drunk the Kool-Aid as well. The Jerusalem Post reported that “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not publicly confirmed [that] housing starts have been suspended. But he said last week Israel had to be “smart about” where it built and hinted it was ready to limit expansion to settlement clusters it intends to keep in any future land-for-peace deal.”
In one of his first actions as Prime Minister four years ago Netanyahu froze settlement activity for 10 months. Did the Palestinians come back to the table? Does Israel have a peace agreement with their hate-loving neighbors?
Bibi’s pathetic attempts to curry favor with the international community at damaging costs to his own people (who have endured a number of rocket attacks over the past week garnering virtually no news coverage) certainly make him a “joker to the right”.
With a clown like Kerry on the left and a joker like Bibi on the right, Israel has tragically found itself, yet again, stuck in the middle, and its chances to extricate itself from such insanity appear nowhere in sight.
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