Op-Ed: Obama's Appointments a Harbinger of Things to Come
Gerald A. HonigmanThe author is an educator who has done extensive doctoral studies in Mid-East...
Leading analyst Carolyn Glick wrote an article recently dealing with the probable appointments of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State and Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
There have been quite a few articles about Hagel's views making the rounds as well. So, I'm not about to add to this list.
Obama is setting the stage for extracting payback bigtime for his non-support support of Israel during the recent United Nations vote over Palestine, the renewed Gaza mess, and so forth. The assorted backstabbing and other problematic Obama Administration decisions regarding those events are indeed revealing to any who take the time to do any delving.
First of all, Israel's team needs to get its act together and speak with one voice. No more pretending that a backbone exists and caving in when the going gets tough. No more evicting Jews who dare to live beyond the pre-'67 armistice lines while allowing Arabs to settle anywhere they want. Furthermore, Israel must provide protection to these Israelis, and none of this should be done haphazardly.
And if the past is any indicator, while Bibi will blow some hot air, he will likely yield and accept far less than what Israel needs to make the promise of 242 effective and meaningful. No more repeat performances where an Israeli leader is left to simmer in the White House while an American leader dines.
Israel must circle its wagons at this time. It must have its new security lines solidly drawn--beyond which it will not retreat further; lines which will not simply turn Tel Aviv and Haifa into the next Sderot and Ashkelon. Lines which will give Ben Gurion Airport a reasonable buffer--and the Knesset too.
When Hagel demands Israel takes steps to commit virtual suicide, Israel must have leaders who will tell him...(For some reason, James Baker III's comments about Jews come to mind when finishing the above sentence).
And if it means Israel having to take a cut in American support, well, Caroline Glick is correct - then "bring it on". It's fight at least 30% of American Jews knew would be inevitable if Obama was re-elected.
Amidst the barbarism and non-stop turmoil in the Middle East, the State Department's love affair with Islamists and deliberate neglect of real, more inclusive opposition groups in the region, and so forth, is blatant.
About twenty years ago, news of agitation began to reach the outside world. There were riots in Tizi-Ouzou that were reported in France, but hardly anywhere else in the Western world. In America, of course, we had all been sufficiently subject to ARAMCO propaganda (performed as a "public service" by the big oil companies, as part of their propaganda payoff to the Saudis for allowing them to find, produce, and then pay exorbitantly for the oil that happens to lie under the malevolent sands of "Saudi" Arabia), to believe that there is something called "the Arab world" and in this "Arab world" there are no Copts, no Armenians, no Assyrians, no Chaldeans, no Turkmen, no Mandeans, no Maronites, and of course no Berbers, no Jews (no, there never were any Jews in North Africa or the Middle East -- they all came to Israel, you see, from Europe), for everyone in the Arab world was an "Arab" (The Arabs, The Berbers, and Africa," New English Review, February 2008).
Still, it's hard to believe that Congress will give Obama's crew a free reign in turning the screws on the only faithful, dependable, democratic ally America has in the region--one which, despite its own human flaws, still shines brightly when compared to anything else in its neighborhood.
Glick made the point that perhaps such additional blatantly anti-Israel appointments may be a blessing in disguise since the mask will have at long last fallen--if there still was one. It's a shame that it has come down to this, but the results of November 2012 are what they are, and there's no turning back the clock. As an earlier great Israeli leader stated, it's not what the non-Jews say, but what the Jews do which will determine Israel's future.
Most American Jews, unfortunately, have shown what they'll do for the sake of their own comfort level.
Let's hope Israel's own Jewish citizens can follow David Ben-Gurion's advice..