The United States continues to drop hints that it will accept nothing less than a Palestinian state aside Israel west of the Jordan River – considered a dangerous option by many experts (see below).
Morton A. Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, is just one of many supporters of Israel who say that Hillary Clinton, an outspoken supporter of a Palestinian state, has made an anti-Israel switch of late. Klein writes that the U.S. Secretary of State, once a “reliable and vocal supporter of Israel,” has now taken many positions that are not in Israel’s interest.
For instance, Klein writes in an op-ed for JTA, she has stopped speaking out against Palestinian incitement to hatred and murder, choosing to concentrate on building a PA state instead. Klein wrote:
“When [Secretary Clinton was] interviewed this week on a PA teen television show and asked, ‘What would you do if your daughter was unfortunate enough to have been born under occupation, born deprived of freedom and liberty?’ [she] legitimized the question’s false premise and actually helped incite hatred against Israel by not refuting it and ignoring the fact that 98 percent of Palestinians actually live under the Palestinian Authority or Hamas, not Israeli control. [She] responded, ‘Well, I would do what so many parents here in the West Bank and in Gaza do. I would love her… I would get the best education I could for her… I would never give up on the dream of a Palestinian state.’ That an alarming number of Palestinian parents have encouraged their children to become suicide bombers was somehow lost from Secretary Clinton’s response.”During her visit to Israel last week, Clinton demanded that Israel take no action against illegally-built Arab homes in eastern Jerusalem – and that Israel disallow legally-built Jewish homes in eastern Jerusalem.
MK Eldad: Respect Israeli Democracy
MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) has also taken Clinton to task, chiding her in a direct letter for promoting a Palestinian state: "You came here from the world’s greatest and strongest democracy... Well, Israeli democracy has spoken: Most Israeli citizens do not wish to establish an Arab terror state in our homeland. If your democracy is real, you should of course respect the democracy of others as well."
Eldad continues, "At this time, it appears that the U.S. is planning to appease the Iranians, Syrians, and Palestinians by paying with ‘Israeli currency.’ As you recall, dear Ms. Clinton, we have too much history. We remember what happened when the Free World was willing to sacrifice Czechoslovakia in order to appease Hitler. We are unwilling to risk our very existence in order for the U.S. to buy itself a quiet withdrawal from Iraq."
Eldad directly rebuffs those who blame Israel for American problems with radical Islam: "The U.S. is not fighting Jihadist terror in Afghanistan and Iraq because Israel is building houses in the West Bank."
UCI Email Campaign
The Unity Coalition for Israel (UCI) notes that Secretary Clinton indicated on her trip to the Middle East that, regardless of Hamas terror activities, the Palestinian state is a priority issue for the new Obama Administration.
UCI, an alliance of Christian and Jewish organizations representing more than 40 million Americans, has organized an anti-Palestinian state email campaign to top officials of both the Israeli and U.S. governments. The organization states that its emails “question the wisdom of carving a 23rd Arab state out of the heartland of the tiny, freely-elected democracy of Israel.”
Zuckerman and Hikind
Another one who is surprised by Secretary Clinton’s apparently about-face is New York Daily News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman. Responding to U.S. criticism of Israel for “not making enough effort” to help Gaza, from which thousands of rockets rain down on Israeli towns, Zuckerman said, "I am very surprised, frankly, at this statement from the United States government and from the Secretary of State."
"I liked her a lot more as a senator from New York," added New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, adding, "Now I wonder … who the real Hillary Clinton is.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton wrote on Friday that the developing U.S. policy of viewing the Israeli-Palestinian as the key to peace in the Middle East – and, by implication, between America and Islam – is incorrect and “bad new” for both the U.S. and Israel. “When pressure must be applied to make compromises,” Bolton wrote, “it is always easier to pressure the more reasonable side” – namely, Israel.
Objections to a Palestinian State
Objections to a Palestinian state include: The widely-believed notion that Arab opposition to Israel is religious in nature, not political; the fact that Jordan was created to serve as the local Palestinian state; the security dangers inherent in squeezing Israel’s borders to a width of just ten miles in some areas; and more.