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Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is http://tuviainil.blogspot.com He publishes 4-6 times a week on his blog. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.
On Saturday, February 1, 2014, US Secretary of State John Kerry upped the ante in the game called, ‘peace talks with Israel’. He warned Israel not to let the talks fail.
He’s not a good negotiator. He has a faulty memory. He forgets that Israel isn’t the only participant in these talks. He forgets to warn the Arabs not to let the talks fail.
When only Israel gets warned, you know it isn’t a good day for justice. When John Kerry threatens the Jewish State, you don’t see an honest mediator working fairly with both parties in a conflict. You see an 800-pound gorilla threatening the Jew.
By threatening only Jews, Kerry reveals that he tilts judgment to favour one side over the other. That’s not honesty. It’s what our Torah calls the perversion of justice.
Do you do business with someone who perverts justice?
Kerry suggested that if Israel failed to reach an agreement with Abbas, it will suffer. He warned, “People are [already] talking about boycott. That [talk of boycott] will intensify in the case of failure”(“Kerry: Mideast peace hopes not ‘quixotic”, Times of Israel, February 1, 2014).
As if to buttress his warning, news reports circulate that two European Banks have ended all ties with Israeli banks doing business in the ‘West Bank’. Another report said that one European bank has now demanded that two Israeli banks reveal immediately details of their operations in the West Bank.
This juxtaposition of Kerry’s reference to a boycott with the announcement of these banks boycotting Israel may not be coincidence. Remember, Kerry’s not a good negotiator. He has a faulty memory.
He forgets that we know how he works to ‘help’ Israel. He helps by cheating.
Do you do business with a cheat?
In July, 2013, he orchestrated a European Union (EU) boycott threat against Israel ("Report: Kerry is Behind European Boycotts", Israel National News, January 7, 2014). He then went into these negotiations as the ‘mediator’ with that anti-Israel boycott in his pocket.
That’s like playing poker with an Ace hidden up your sleeve. Kerry used that hidden Ace in September, 2013 just after the talks began: he threatened Israel ("Kerry warns of third intifada, Israel's isolation, if peace talks break down", Jerusalem Post, September 7, 2013). Now he warns Israel again as he prepares to return to the Middle East.
Israel’s Left, including Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid, falls for Kerry’s gimmick every time. They’re suckers for the old ‘hidden Ace’ cheat. They want so much to be loved, they’ll fall for any trick the US uses to frighten them.
Israel’s Left yearns to be loved by others. They are terrified by a boycott threat. The very mention of a boycott gives them a panic attack. Say,’boycott’, and they’ll demand that Israel must give Kerry exactly what he wants—immediately, if not sooner.
For example, the terrified Lapid went so far as to warn that the EU is so ready to harm Israel it is prepared to cancel important agreements with Israel. Cancelling those agreements, he claimed, will cost Israel more than a billion NIS (“Lapid: EU considering striking central treaty with Israel if peace talks fail”, Jerusalem Post, January 29, 2014).
But the EU denied they were even thinking such a thing. It looked as if the moment Lapid had cried ‘wolf’, the ‘wolf’ wasn’t around.
It was quite a show: Israel faces a threat and Yair Lapid pushes the panic button--in public.
That’s not leadership. That's raw fear.
That kind of fear has another name: cowardice.
While Lapid shows the world how terrified he is, Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon had a different response to Kerry's threats. He said, "we respect Secretary of State Kerry but will not hold talks with a gun to our head. Friends don't” use ultimatums with friends (“John Kerry Threatens Israel With Boycotts if Talks Fail”, Arutz Sheva, February 1, 2014).
We need people like Danon if we are to survive. Cowardice won’t help us.
Lapid and the Left are so frightened they render themselves useless. Do not follow their fear. Forget them. They are terrified. They spend so much of their time worrying about ‘the other guy’ they can’t figure out how to defend us.
Actually, if you listen to them, you’ll realize that they do not defend us. They surrender.
That’s not leadership. That’s panic.
The Left reminds one of the fictional attorney, Perry Mason (see “The Perry Mason school of life”, Sarah Honig, Jerusalem Post, January 27, 2012). In this 2012 essay, Honig gives us a piece of Perry Mason advice: the best fighters don’t worry about what the other man may do.
That’s good advice. It’s something the Left doesn’t understand. All they do is worry about the other man.
Here’s some advice for you: don’t follow the Left. Don’t believe anyone who is terrified by the other guy.
If you do that, you’ll lose.
The essay was first posted on Tuvia Brodie blog on February 1, 2014