Despite the fact that two people who pledged their allegiance to ISIS murdered 14 Americans at a Christmas party, President Obama could barely muster any anger at ISIS except perhaps at Congress for not enacting at more gun control measures and at the American people for our alleged Islamophobia.
But when it comes to Israel, the Obama Administration has no shortage of anger. Secretary of State John Kerry is but the latest example. Over the weekend, Kerry excoriated Israel in a speech before the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. for being insufficiently committed to a two-state solution and blaming it for the impending collapse of the Palestinian Authority:
I’m just asking questions.
How does Israel possibly maintain its character as a Jewish and democratic state when from the river to the sea, there would not even be a Jewish majority?
Then, next question: Would millions of Palestinians be given the basic rights of Israeli citizens? Including the right to vote? Or would they be relegated to a permanent underclass?
Let me stop right there. Kerry is complaining about the Palestinians’ not having the right to vote in Israel. What about Palestinians having the right to vote in the Palestinian Authority? Palestinians haven’t voted for a president since 2005. Mahmoud Abbas is acting very much like a “president for life.”
Kerry carries on:
Would Israelis and Palestinians living in such close quarters have segregated roads and separate transportation systems, with different laws applying in the Palestinians enclaves?
Would anyone really believe they are being treated equally?
What would be the international response to that, my friends?
Or a decision by Israel to unilaterally annex larger portions of the West Bank?
The international response to Israel would be the same as it always is. Glad to see Kerry still has his global tests.
I think the answer ought to make it clear to all. The one state solution is no solution at all for a secure Jewish Democratic Israel living in peace, it is simply not a viable option.
This is surely not a surprising statement from Kerry. This is after all a man who earlier this year said that settlements were a cause of violence and has previously compared Israel to Apartheid-era South Africa. Given that Kerry views Israel through such a blurry lens, it might have eluded him that it was Mahmoud Abbas who declared the Oslo Accords to be a dead letter at the UN General Assembly and that he would no longer be bound by them.
The fact that Kerry is more concerned with the possibility of Israel annexing the West Bank than the reality of ISIS annexing much of Iraq and Syria tells you everything you need to know about the foreign policy of the Obama Administration.
Yet things could always get worse. While many are looking at Donald Trump as the savior of the country, his position towards Israel differs little from the Obama Administration. In a recent interview with the AP, he questioned Israel’s commitment to peace:
A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make a deal – whether or not Israel’s willing to sacrifice certain things. They may not be, and I understand that, and I’m OK with that. But then you’re just not going to have a deal.
Trump would later draw jeers when he told the Republican Jewish Coalition last week, “I don’t know that Israel has the commitment to make it (a peace deal).”
I could swear it was Israel that returned the Sinai to Egypt, that returned land to Lebanon and that signed a peace deal with Jordan. With regard to the Palestinians, it was Israel that accepted the Camp David Accords 15 years ago, that offered the Palestinian Authority 93% of the West Bank in 2008, and offered to restart peace talks with the Palestinians last year. The Palestinian Authority said no all three times. The word yes is not in the Palestinian vocabulary, yet neither the Obama Administration nor Trump question the PA’s commitment to peace. It would be a classic case of meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
When it comes to criticizing Israel over ISIS, what it all comes down to is that it is easier to fight a real friend than it is to fight a real enemy.
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