Joe Biden's made it official

A close look at Biden’s approach and demands he’s made upon Israel.

Gerald A. Honigman

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Former Senator and Obama Vice President Joseph Biden made it official on April 25, 2019. He'll run for the presidency against President Donald Trump in 2020.

On the face of it, compared to the new crop of hijab-wearing overt anti-Semites, hands-in-your-pockets Socialists, Latino and native American wannabes, and others making the news, to some nostalgic observers enamored with the alleged good old days of politics, Joe may seem like a reasonable choice for Democrats. 

On the other hand, many--especially Millennials and younger--will likely suggest he's passé and yesterday's news. Not to mention Joe’s also known for a bit too many gaffes and faux pas and now also faces Me Too allegations. 

As a Florida NPA registered Independent, who's been around a bit and with no particular allegiance to any political party, I can--perhaps more objectively than many others--appreciate his other attributes as well. Let’s consider foreign policy, for example.

Regarding our much used and abused friends and allies, the Kurds, who’ve done most of the fighting and dying for us against assorted jihadis in the Middle East, and who, unlike most others in the region, actually tend to like America:

Biden stands out as a source of relative reason and knowledge among his colleagues on this subject. He's to be commended for at least professed, prior verbal concern for these people who, too often, have been betrayed by Washington (and others) big time over and over again.

Still, regardless of Biden's alleged interest and that of some others over the decades, I remain at a loss trying to explain how tens of millions of Kurds still have no "roadmap" of their own towards independence, with virtually no media or other support in academia to speak of, while Joe and his recent boss, President Obama, repeatedly pressured Israel to cave in to virtually all that Arabs demand for the creation of their own 22nd state.  (That would be the latter's second, not first, by the way within the borders of the original Mandate of Palestine that Great Britain received on April 25, 1920...ninety-nine years to the day of Biden’s latest presidential announcement.)

What would later be renamed "Jordan" has sat on almost 80% of that original 1920 total area since 1922 as a gift to Arab nationalism, in one of its many hues, by Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill. This occurred around the same time London was betraying Kurds in the Mandate of Mesopotamia—today’s Iraq, where they predate Turk and Arab conquerors by millennia. Scores of millions of Kurds remain stateless to date as a result.

Unfortunately, in reality, for all his alleged oral concern, I can't recall any true force or effort exerted by Biden on Kurdistan’s behalf during his decades in the Senate or as Vice President for eight years. Indeed, in 2016, he was very vocal in demanding that Kurds not separate from Arabs who’ve slaughtered, gassed, and displaced them while periodically outlawing their language and culture in both Syria and Iraq as well. For some thirty million Kurds in Turkey and Iran, the experience has been as bad of worse.


Let’s next look at Biden’s approach to demands he’s made upon Israel...

Except during periods of campaign fundraising-- Vice President, Biden served, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, as one of President Obama’s major attack dogs against Jews who refused to grossly endanger themselves and Israel for the sake of creating a 22nd Arab state. A forced return to the ‘49 “Auschwitz”/armistice lines imposed upon Israel by the UN after it fought off a half dozen Arab states which attacked it immediately upon its rebirth in 1948 would do just that.

From 1949 until the June '67 Six Day War--started with an Arab blockade of Israel (a recognized casus belli), the amassing of 100,000 Egyptian troops right up to the armistice line, expulsion of the UN peacekeeping force in Sinai, and other hostile actions--Israel was made a 9-15 mile wide sardine can, ghetto of a state, where most of its population, international airport, parliament (Knesset), infrastructure, and so forth were squeezed into.

At the end of that war, the final draft of UNSC Resolution 242 promised that Israel would not have to return to those suicidal Auschwitz lines and would receive a territorial compromise in the disputed lands instead...So, guess where the “settlements” (i.e., Jewish towns—often built on land where Jews have much history) are located and why..

Here's Britain's Lord Caradon, one of the key architects of the final draft of 242, on this subject: "We didn't say that there should be withdrawal to the '67 lines; we did not put the word 'the' in; we did not say 'all of the territories' deliberately (when discussing eventual withdrawal, in the context of true treaties of peace, not ceasefires) … We all knew that the boundaries ('49 armistice lines) of '67 were not drawn as permanent frontiers, that they were merely ceasefire lines of a couple of decades earlier...We did not say that those (pre-) '67 boundaries must be forever."

Let’s look at what some important American leaders had to say about this crucial, still tImely issue as well...

President Lyndon Johnson June 19, 1967: " A return to the situation on June 4 (the day before the outbreak of hostilities) was not a prescription for peace, but for renewed hostilities."


President Ronald Reagan, September 1, 1982: "In the pre-'67 borders (sic), Israel was barely 10-miles wide...the bulk of Israel's population within artillery range of hostile armies. I am not about to ask Israel to live that way again."

Secretary of State George Shultz, 1988: "Israel will never negotiate from nor return to the '67 borders."

Many others likewise understood all the above—the need for a reasonable territorial compromise--including President George W. Bush. He spelled this out in an important letter given to Israel’s Ariel Sharon in 2004 just prior to its unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, another test that Arabs would flunk with flying colors. 

Judeans--Jews--lived and owned land in Judea (aka the West Bank) up to the 1920s and 1930s--when Arabs massacred them.

After newly independent Arab Transjordan (again, itself created out of most of the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine) seized the west bank of the Jordan River when it joined other Arab states in attacking Israel in 1948, it formally made Judea “Judenrein.” Holding both banks, it renamed itself “Jordan.”

This issue is not just one of history. How it is dealt with is important for the future of any proposed peace between Arabs and Jews as well. And it appears that America, with President Trump, now once again, after eight years of the Obama-Biden nightmare, has a leader who not only understands this but is willing to follow through with meaningful actions.

If the past is any indication of what can be expected from the man who would oppose President Trump in 2920, Biden—when it's not fundraising time,-- will not be much better than the Jihadis’ new American Democrat Congressional Representatives, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and their various other Left of Lenin dhimmi pals (millionaire Socialist Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Beto,” “Pocahontas,” etc.) on such matters.

Not convinced yet? I hate bullies...don't you?

Biden used strongarm tactics with Israel’s late Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, back in 1982--banging on the table with his fists and raising his voice to try to intimidate the Holocaust surviving, Jewish freedom fighter into relinquishing his resurrected nation's barest security needs to American State Department, oil-tainted "no friends, just interests" policies. Begin refused to be intimidated, saying:

“This desk is designed for writing, not for fists. Don’t threaten us with slashing aid. Do you think that because the US lends us money it is entitled to impose on us what we must do? We are grateful for the assistance we have received, but we are not to be threatened. I am a proud Jew. Three thousand years of culture are behind me, and you will not frighten me with threats. Take note: we do not want a single soldier of yours to die for us.”

In 2010 U.S. Vice President Joe Biden snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by arriving 90 minutes late to a scheduled response to Israel announcing, due to bureaucratic scheduling, that 1,600 new homes were to be built in Ramat Shlomo, land situated between the northern Jerusalem Ramat Eshkol and Ramot neighborhoods, all three won in the Six Day War. 

.Joe has called himself "pro-Israel," especially during fundraising season.

I never expected, as an American senator or vice president, that Biden would be "pro-Israel." America should be as objective as possible and strive for good relations with all nations.

I just don't want the various Joes to unfairly place the sole, minuscule, State of the Jews in a vise because it refuses to accept all that they want to shove down its throat on behalf of Arabs and others who would have it dead in a heartbeat if they could. And a forced return by Israel to the suicidal '49 armistice lines--what the partial annexation and settlement issues are largely all about--that Biden has demanded would be a step in that direction.

Do Neville Chamberlain, the sacrifice of Czechoslovakia, "peace for our time," the Sudetenland, and Munich 1938 ring any bells here?

Nations fight wars and obtain territories that they have no former ties to thousands of miles away from home. Does the conflict over the Falkland Islands, over 8,000 miles away from Great Britain, ring any more bells? And hundreds of others like it

Has Biden ever banged a table or threatened Arabs over their murderous, rejectionist attitudes and intransigence?

To this day, even his "moderate," latter day Arafatian buddies of Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah insist that they will never recognize Israel as a state of the Jews, regardless of its size. And they talk still of Trojan Horse ceasefires...not real treaties of peace.

Joe, here’s not what you know, but what I know...

Peace--real peace, not that of the grave, the one too many Arabs still have in mind for Israel--will never come by forcing a Israel to forsake its concrete, minimal security needs in return for promises by Arabs which can (and will) be broken tomorrow.

When peace is made between enemies, for it to last (the lesson of what happened regarding Germany after World War I), a reasonable compromise addressing the needs of both parties must be reached. No one side gets all that it wants at the expense of the other. Supposedly, President Trump’s long-awaited plan will resemble this approach. Time will tell, but things look promising so far.

In the past, taking the lead from Biden’s chief, President Obama, himself, Arabs simply stated--repeatedly—that their obligation in "negotiations" would be to simply receive what Jews would be forced to give.

To such folks--whether the bad cops of Hamas or (until President Trump) the alleged Washington-whitewashed good cops of Abbas, Israel owes nothing.

During this new campaign year, when Joe Biden tries to make himself appear to be Israel’s good buddy (especially compared to other Democrat hopefuls), it’s best to keep all of this in mind.