For 17 years Israelis and Palestinians negotiated directly. In the end of 2008, in preparation for Barack Hussein Obama’s presidency, the Palestinians walked out on those talks. It took them two years but they have finally sold that used car again. I am not sure they will benefit much from the sale. But the drowning (not Muslim!) American president may. This morning everybody is talking about a major Clinton/Obama “achievement:” the renewal of direct Israeli/Palestinian talks. And reading about the imminent firing up of Iran’s first nuclear facility led you thought nuclearizing Iran is the real problem? No way! The US has just assured Israel that nuclear Iran is not imminent.
Yes, these are the same “experts” who in 2007 declared that Iran has stopped developing nuclear weapons in 2003. It seems they were fooled by double agent(s), the poor things. Once again, they are doing their best to make life for Ahmadinejad’s Islamist theocracy and it’s Russian enabler as worry free as possible in a run up to the launching of Bushere. No wonder, Iran celebrates with a broadcast of a test firing of a new surface-to-surface missile.
In addition to needing to distract attention from Iran and Afghanistan, the Obama administration badly needs to improve the Muslim image in the US and American image in the Muslim world. As Osama warned, Muslims like strong horses and Obama is far from being one. Indeed, his weakness coupled with Iranian machismo may be behind the Arab League insistence that the Palestinians return to direct negotiations. The kings hope Israel will save them from Ahmadinejad just as she has saved them from Nasser in 1967.
They are not the only ones. George Will asks: Will Israel do what the world won’t? and answers: “If it attacks Iran, the world was warned. If not, the world may regret it.” Of course, Israel must survive such operation and having Barack Obama in the White House increases significantly the risks to its survival. An annoyed George Will is right remind Obama and the rest of the world that Israel needs no patronizing lectures about taking risks especially since those lecturing are adding to the risks.
Israelis less than 50 years old have no memory of their nation within the 1967 borders set by the 1949 armistice that ended the War of Independence. The rest of the world seems to have no memory at all concerning the intersecting histories of Palestine and the Jewish people.The creation of Israel did not involve the destruction of a Palestinian state, there having been no such state since the Romans arrived. And if the Jewish percentage of the world’s population were today what it was when the Romans ruled Palestine, there would be 200 million Jews. After a hazardous passage through two millennia without a homeland, there are 13 million Jews.
In the 62 years since this homeland was founded on one-sixth of 1 percent of the land of what is carelessly and inaccurately called “the Arab world,” Israelis have never known an hour of real peace. Patronizing American lectures on the reality of risks and the desirableness of peace, which once were merely fatuous, are now obscene.
I beg to differ. The world remembers very well the long history of Jewish victimization. It merely wished to continue it with impunity and clear conscience. The world did nothing to prevent nothing to stop the Nazi murder of European Jewry and will do nothing to prevent the Islamist murder of Israeli Jewry. It only wishes to feel good about it.
Israelis know this just too well. As an Israeli commander explained to Cliona Campbell, a young Irish Jewish volunteer, Our Only Resource is Our People and what a resource they are?! For 61 years they have successfully managed to fight the enemy with one hand and create a new world with another: