Op-Ed: America’s Desperately Wrong Foreign Policy
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Op-Ed: A World in DenialIsraeli author Barry Shaw weighs in on the statements related to Israel and the Palestinians that US President Barack Obama made during his final speech in front of the UN General Assembly.
I am gravely concerned that the Obama-Clinton team is involved in an ongoing subversion policy not only on a national scale but on a global one. Certainly, as far as Israel is concerned, there is a grand deception going on.
In his UN General Assembly speech, US President Barack Obama spoke about “deep fault lines in the existing international order.” He’s right. He’s responsible for a lot of the mess.
Unfortunately, politicians like Obama like to see what they want to see and ignore gross realities that do not jive with what they want to achieve. Take the Israeli-Palestinian issue, for example. On the UN podium, Obama said, “Surely Israelis and Palestinian will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel but Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.”
To the uninitiated (i.e. the progressives who live in a virtual world that enables them to block out sounds and truth that invades their cocooned ‘safe spaces’) like Obama, massive and ongoing Palestinian terror coming at Israeli civilians from the Hamas political front based in Gaza and the Fatah political front based in Ramallah is ignored, erased out of his song sheet. In his narrative, it simply doesn’t exist.
In this he is backed by Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who sang off the same song sheet: “Ten years lost to illegal settlement expansion. Ten years lost to intra-Palestinian divide, growing polarization and hopelessness. This is madness.”
Yes it is, Ban. It’s madness not to see the violent passion to destroy Israel. He spoke as Israel endured another weekend of Palestinian terror attacks, eight in number. It’s madness for them to talk about Israel “illegally occupying Palestinian land” when 2,000-year-old Jewish coins were recently dug up on land that was evidently Jewish.
If you want to hear three lies in four words try “illegally occupied Palestinian land.” As long as Israel does not build on private land owned by an Arab it’s not “illegal,” it’s not “occupied,” and it’s not “Palestinian land” until we say it is, and no false talk about “international law” can make it so.
After fifty years of failure in trying to impose a two-state solution, isn’t it time for these diplomatic experts to wake up to the fact that the so-called Palestinian society is so divided the chasm looks wider than the Grand Canyon.
So what Palestine are they so desperate to create? Is it one headed by the corrupt, undemocratic Fatah rule of Mahmoud Abbas, he of the “Palestine must be Jew-free” and “Haifa, Jaffa, the Negev and the Galilee is Palestine” persuasion? Or is it the one headed by the “Oh Muslim, there’s a Jew hiding behind me. Come out and kill him” Hamas regime?
Either way, by the ballot (if they should ever hold free and open elections) or the bullet (a more likely outcome if Gaza is an example) Hamas would inevitably usurp control of this Palestine should Israel be foolish to retreat to a defenseless slim coastal strip wedged between a lethal Hezbollah in the North, a rampant Hamas in the South and a seething new entity, a forced creation of a blind, deaf international community that chooses not to use their Realpolitik spectacles and see things as they really are, to the east, a short fifteen minute car ride from the cliffs of the Mediterranean, and within RPG range of our major Ben Gurion Airport, not to mention having us poor suckers sharing a capital with these malcontents.
Anyone who thinks that the imposed creation of a Palestinian state will turn these people with an ongoing agenda for the termination of the Jewish state into liberal democrats is in such a radical form of denial that they need psychological therapy.
Anyone who thinks that such a state will remain demilitarized for longer than five minutes is delusional. What, you mean demilitarized like the Gaza Strip, or Southern Lebanon that was supposed to be patrolled by United Nation peacekeepers? Peacekeepers? Give me a break!
The problem is these career politicians have mortgaged their personal and professional prestige to the cause of a Palestinian state. They will discover after they have forced a rapidly anti-Semitic, even Islamic, regime onto the world, that they will cover their embarrassment by washing their hands of any responsibility for the inevitable inability of Palestine to be a pragmatic, peace-loving democracy.
Why should it? Show me one Middle East regime that is a tolerant liberal democratic society sharing the free values of the West. Even when they head to Europe in their millions, they do not leave their culture and traditional hatreds behind, they bring them with them into Europe. So why is Palestine being touted in the highest diplomatic circles? What is the inevitable outcome of such a phenomenon? Polls, surveys and historic evidence show us that it will be a repressive regime that will not abandon their determination to continue their struggle to liberate the rest of Palestine (i.e. Israel). This is why they continue to call Israeli Arabs “Palestinians of the Interior.”
When they insist that Israel must sign a deal with Abbas, make dangerous concessions to him and then let the chips fall where they may, what they are ordering us to do is to go to bed with Mahmoud and wake up in the morning with Hamas.
The international community headed by Obama and Ban may be in denial but Israelis, having to deal real politics and gruesome facts on the ground, are not.
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is the author of “Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.”
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