Op-Ed: US and EU: Bad Cop, Worse Cop
Mark LangfanThe writer, who specializes in security issues, has created an original...
Some Israeli ministers are in shock at the European Union (EU) diktat attempting to impose the 1949 ceasefire line, also known as the pre-1967 lines, as the proposed Israeli/Palestinian Authority border. The ministers, including Prime Minister Netanyau, protest that the EU is "undermining" the Kerry Mission.
I posit that these complaining ministers are deluded; I believe Obama co-planned the EU diktat. The EU diktat and the Kerry mission are the right and left hand of Obama and the EU's strategy announced by Obama on 19 May 2011:"The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential in a sovereign and contiguous state."
The Israelis are too naive to understand that they have been double-crossed by "no better friend than" President Obama.
The acid proof of the US double-cross is that the only people who are claiming the EU diktat is "undermining" Kerry's mission are the Israelis. No US official is saying anything of the sort. In fact, they are pronouncing the exact opposite.
The Americans are actively using the EU diktat as a taser to electrocute Israel into the 1949 "Auschwitz borders" before talks even start. US officials even admitted they were coordinating with the EU when they were reported as saying, "’The Europeans are giving us the time and allowing us to try and get the talks going,’ the official said. ‘But if we don’t succeed, they would want to go in other directions and take steps. The Israelis know it very well.’”
On the 17th of July, the US State Department spokesperson "declined" to issue rebuke of the EU diktat, adding “We do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity.”
It's a coordinated, concerted US-EU 'bad cop-worse cop' strategy to force Israel to at least the 1949 lines, vis a vis both the Palestinians and the Syrians, before the real negotiations to the "partition" begin.
The US-EU double-crossers are really the least of Israel's problems. They make up part of Israel's external enemy. Israel's real problem is its Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is the "inside-man" double-crosser. Instead of rejecting the EU diktat, Livni is using it to bludgeon Israel into her "two-state" pipe-dream. That's why she has been promising the EU diktat for weeks.
On 1 July, a headline read, "In wake of Kerry's shuttle diplomacy, Livni warns of EU boycott if peace with Palestinians isn't reached." Livni's exact reported quote - in a speech to an Accountants' Convention - was as follows:
"Livni also urged young activists to rally in favor of a peace agreement with the same fervor that they devoted to protesting against plans to export Israel's gas. ‘We must ask what kind of state will be the benefactor of these gas reservoirs,’ she said. ‘A democratic, Jewish State of Israel? A binational Arab state? Or perhaps an apartheid state? We can't deal with the economic issues while ignoring the diplomatic issue and the importance of the two-state solution.’"
So, the sitting Justice Minister of Israel, and minister of Palestinian Negotiations, Livni, practically called Israel an "Apartheid state" if it doesn't satisfy the Palestinian's demand for a pre-1967 border state. Livni's quote makes her the ultimate friend of BDS movement.
On 17 July, Livni further empowered the EU's diktat, saying that "the decision is a jolting wakeup call. It saddens me that we have reached this point, but I hope that it will motivate all those who think we can live with the current stalemate."
The clear implication of 'Justice' Minister Livni's statements is that without the two-state solution, Israel is a bi-national, apartheid illegal undemocratic state. So, accept it now no matter what the security risk, or else!" Hence, compared with the EU and the US, Israel's Livni is really the "Worst Cop."
Which brings us to the real question: Is Prime Minister Netanyahu any different from Livni? In a recent 20 June 2013 Washington Post interview, Prime Minister Netanyahu laid the foundation for Livni's "peace-at-any-price" due to "bi-national state" logic analysis by answering the following:
WashPost Question: So what do you think is the reason you need to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
PM Netanyahu answer: The reason we need to solve the Palestinian conflict is not because it would substantially improve our standing in the world. The reason we have to resolve it is that we don’t want a bi-national state. I don’t want a bi-national state...
Objectively, the Netanyahu quote can clearly be taken to mean that to Netanyahu, the threat of a bi-national state trumps everything, including security and the threat of Palestinian rockets into Tel Aviv. If this is truly Netanyahu's theory then there really is no Israeli security "red line" he would not be willing to cross to avoid a "bi-national state."
With rumors of Netanyahu having "caved" on many of the Palestinian track issues, the situation looks bleak.