By Cal Thomas
Jewish World Review March 18, 2010 / 3 Nissan 5770
“Enemy: “a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or
engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or
opponent.” – Dictionary.com
Despite Vice President Joe Biden’s recent pledge of unswerving fidelity to
Israel during his recent visit there, the rhetoric and pressure directed by
the Obama administration against the only fully functioning democracy in the
Middle East more accurately resembles the behavior of an enemy. Increasingly
under this administration – but also present in Republican administrations –
America’s policy toward Israel is full of “harmful designs” and
“antagonistic activities.” The intentions may not be deliberate, but the
outcome would lead to the same injurious end.
The latest pretext for putting more pressure on Israel to do more in the
“pursuit of peace” comes from a decision by Israel’s Interior Ministry to
construct 1,600 new housing units in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of
Ramat Shlomo, which is located in “disputed territory.” To the Palestinians
and their Arab and Muslim neighbors, most especially Iran and Syria, all of
Israel is “disputed territory.” It is difficult to understand why the U.S.
State Department thinks not building a few houses is going to dissuade
Israel’s enemies from wanting less than they want now.
The failure of this formula has been evident for decades, but U.S. policy
continues to employ it, always with the same results. Whether Israel’s
concessions have been unilateral – most recently with its abandonment of the
Gaza Strip, which predictably led to terrorist attacks from that territory –
or negotiated deals which the Palestinians have never lived up to, Israel
always ends up getting its pocket picked. Then, the United States, the U.N.,
Europe and Russia demand that it put more valuables in its pocket so the
thieves can continue their thievery.
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A Washington Post headline illustrates the deteriorating relationship
between the two nations, “U.S. Pushes Netanyahu to Accept 3 Demands.” There
is no similar demand that the Palestinians and especially Hamas, which has
said it will agree to nothing less than the eradication of Israel, should
accept anything, not even the minimal acceptance of Israel’s right to exist.
Meanwhile, Hamas has called on Palestinians to launch a third “intifada.”
After apologizing to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the “offense” of
the housing announcement during Biden’s visit, Netanyahu reminded the
Israeli parliament that Israel has been building in east Jerusalem for four
decades. He said, “The building of those Jewish neighborhoods in no way hurt
the Arabs of East Jerusalem and did not come at their expense.”
That doesn’t matter when the wrong formula is employed. In this twisted
thinking, whatever Israel does is unjustified so long as the
Palestinian-Arab-Muslim side is unhappy. What part of annihilation does the
State Department not understand? What State is blind to is that the
“Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” as it is erroneously labeled, is part of a
worldwide religious war against all things Jewish, Christian, secular,
modern and Western.
Making demands of only one side before serious negotiations begin,
especially on matters of Jerusalem, so-called “refugees” and borders,
effectively pressures Israel into making concessions on all three, which
would severely damage its prospects for continued existence.
How about first making these demands of the Palestinian-Arab-Muslim side:
(1) A pledge of no more war with Israel, or terrorism; 2) a declaration by a
powerful Islamic cleric that their God no longer requires them to kill
people who don’t believe as they do; and 3) no more teaching in Palestinian
textbooks and in their media that Jews created AIDS and descend from monkeys
After those three demands are met, the State Department can start making
demands of Israel. Not before. Anything less puts America on the wrong side,
along with Israel’s (and America’s) enemies. Or hasn’t State noticed that we
share the same enemies?