Bibi Netanyahu spoke in tones that left one longing for Jeane Kirkpatrick.
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Only four months ago, Mahmoud Abbas signed a “unity agreement” with the Hamas terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip. The Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel, and bars any compromise.
The differences between the Palestinians and the Israelis are as stark as the Cold War differences between us and the Soviets. The moral equivalency is as false — and as dangerous — now as it was then.
President Obama also spoke at the UN last week. His speech garnered almost as little attention as it deserved, which is to say none at all. The only notable element was Obama’s reaffirmation of his belief in the moral equivalency of the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Obama’s sin of moral equivalence is not new. It is a foundation stone of his entire foreign policy. He has repeated that sin so often on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that it is a cliché.
This time, it was almost different. Obama seemed to be saying that he was for a Palestinian state before he was against it (or at least before the Republicans won the NY-9 special election). And despite the implicit threat of vetoing the Palestinian application in the UN Security Council, Obama once again resorted to the same old sin.
He said, “Each side has legitimate aspirations. And that’s part of what makes peace so hard. And the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in each other’s shoes, each side can see the world through the other’s eyes. That’s what we should be encouraging. That’s what we should be promoting.”
This is the President of the United States, comprehending his role as superpower head of state to be a combination of high school guidance counselor and 1960s’ folk singer. Hey, Netanyahu: walk a mile in Abbas’s shoes.
Netanyahu has been in the UN too many times to either ignore the danger it poses or to take it too seriously. Twenty-seven years ago, before becoming Israel’s UN ambassador, he got some advice from a prominent rabbi. As Netanyahu recounted it, “He said to me, you’ll be serving in a house of many lies. And then he said, remember that even in the darkest place, the light of a single candle can be seen far and wide.”
Today, the House of Many Lies will take up the Palestinian statehood application in the Security Council. The debate, long or short, will end with the application failing either because of a U.S. veto or because it has failed to get enough votes before the veto needs to be cast.
And while this is going on, in the economic leper colony that calls itself the “Eurozone,” the members will feverishly debate whether Greece’s nose will fall off before Portugal and Spain lose their ears. Russians will cheer the new candidacy of Vladimir Putin to succeed the placeholder who succeeded Putin as Russian president. (And, as in the good old days, those who don’t cheer will be found beaten to a pulp in Moscow alleyways).
Here at home we’ll seek solace from the Obamalaise by speculating about whether Rick Perry’s awful debate appearances will bring his campaign to a premature end and wondering if Congress will force a government shut-down. Few will pay attention to the UN.
When I was researching my book on the UN several years ago, I had the good fortune to interview British historian Paul Johnson who — with his wife — received me graciously in their London home. His verdict on the UN was compelling. “The UN is now a central problem for the world, because we take too much notice of it.” Fortunately, that truth is eroding.
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