For anyone struggling to understand what has happened in the Middle East since the Oslo “Peace” Accord, I cannot recommend anything more highly than Evelyn Gordon’s Commentary magazine article, The Deadly Price of Pursuing Peace. The so-called peace process, by destroying Israel’s long-standing legal rights, caused her to lose focus and room to negotiate. The fact that demands were made only on Israel, and never on the Palestinians, allowed the latter to engage in ever more extreme and violent conduct, forcing Israel into acts of self-defense that played badly on televisions around the world. And on and on. In every way, the “peace process” disabled the Democracy and empowered the totalitarian, genocidal, corrupt, increasingly theocratic, and yet still remarkably anarchic collection of people around and within her borders.
“Peace” as mandated by one Democratic president (that would be Clinton), has not served Israel well. Obama, typically, is taking the whole so-called peace process to a whole new level, asking Israel to commit suicide, or else he’ll try, slowly and bloodlessly, to kill her:
Mideast envoy George Mitchell has threatened that the U.S. could freeze aid to Israel if the country fails to advance peace talks, YNetNews.com reported.
Mitchell said the U.S. can legally cut its support for aid to Israel and that all options must remain open, YNet reports, though he clarified on PBS that the U.S. wants to put pressure on both sides in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
78% of American Jews voted for Obama. American Jews, obviously, are idiots. I am that rare American Jew who is not, because I see very clearly what is going on here: as was manifest during the entire campaign, Barack Obama is not only not a friend to Israel, he is an active enemy.
The one thing that gives me hope is that, as the administration’s hostility becomes more and more apparent, Israel is going to feel herself less obligated to tow the American line. Israel trusted George Bush, and abided by his requests, even when they were bad for Israel. With Barack Obama, there is no such good will to sustain Israel. Right now, Israel has a brilliant hawk leading her; she has a population that, for the first time, isn’t riven by a peace movement that keeps thinking you can negotiate with people who want only to kill you; and she has an increasingly clear understanding that nothing that the Obama administration requests or suggests will be good for her. She may, therefore, start moving unilaterally and wisely in her own defense.