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Obama’s Flawed Advice To Israel (First of Two Parts)

From Oslo to the present “Road Map,” diplomacy over Israel’s rights and obligations has always been a blatantly one-sided process.

Louis Rene Beres

Louis Rene Beres

It’s farewell to the drawing-room’s civilized cry, the professor’s sensible whereto and why, The frock-coated diplomat’s social aplomb, Now matters are settled with gas and with bomb.

W.H. Auden, Danse Macabre One must presume that President Obama’s most recent calls for Israeli cooperation in the Middle East peace process are balanced, fair, and well-intentioned. Why not? At the same time, unsurprisingly, these all-too-familiar calls are manifestly thin, in the sense that they lack any genuine intellectual content.

At best reminiscent of former president Bill Clinton’s inept and unforgivable orchestrations of Oslo, they are merely the latest unimaginative representation of “old wine in new bottles.” At worst, and once again evocative of Clinton’s long reach of incapacity, they exhibit a conspicuously shallow compilation of empty witticisms. For Obama, as for Clinton before him, advising Israel always entails inevitable diplomatic default: a visceral capitulation to comforting banalities, and convenient half-truths.

In any event, one analytic conclusion is abundantly clear and incontestable. Mr. Obama’s core argument is founded upon thoroughly incorrect strategic and jurisprudential assumptions. Intellectually, this argument is an unwitting self-parody.

The key problem is not, as the president still seems to think, Israel’s unwillingness to compromise more fully. It’s not that Israel is unwilling to make more “painful sacrifices for peace.” It is, rather, the plainly asymmetrical commitment to peace that continues to exist between the Palestinian side(s) and the Israeli side.

It makes no real sense to ask that Israel undertake increasing and incremental surrenders to a bifurcated enemy (Fatah and Hamas) that can still gleefully share at least one overriding commitment – that is, a relentless and generally unhidden dedication to Israel’s “liquidation.”

Let Obama finally take note. From the beginning, the only Israeli compromise that could have satisfied both Fatah and Hamas would have been a perversely codified Israeli commitment to self-destruction and national disappearance. Should Israel now be expected to be complicit in its own genocide?

International law is not a suicide pact. Why hasn’t Obama even looked at the unambiguous historical record? Even before formal conferral statehood in 1948, Israel had sought, courageously and reasonably, to negotiate with its many unheroic and unreasonable enemies. Always, in these efforts, Jerusalem had preferred peace to war.

Nonetheless, challenged by insistent and interminable Arab aggressions, diplomacy has insistently failed Israel. Even the most visible example of any alleged diplomatic “success,” the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty of 1979, is apt to fail calamitously sometime in the post-Mubarak/Muslim Brotherhood era. It’s only a matter of time.

Whatever the neatly fashioned expectations demanded from Washington, Prime Minister Netanyahu is first obligated to inquire: What real chance exists that, somehow, this time and also for the future, diplomacy might actually be purposeful?

From Oslo to the present “Road Map,” diplomacy over Israel’s rights and obligations has always been a blatantly one-sided process.

Ironically, Israel’s principal enemies remain thoroughly candid. On some things they do not lie. When it comes to their unceasing intention to annihilate the “Zionist entity” they are seemingly sworn to truth.

The principal disputing Palestinian factions (Fatah or Hamas, it makes little difference) will never accept anything less than Israel’s complete removal. This is already obvious to anyone who cares to pay attention to what is actually said. Moreover, in a clearly corroborating bit of explicit cartography, every PA and Hamas map already incorporates all of Israel within “Palestine.”

Toward the end of his tenure, former prime minister Ehud Olmert released several hundred Palestinian terrorists as a “goodwill gesture.” Together with then-president George W. Bush, he had decided to aid Fatah against Hamas with outright transfers of weapons and information. Soon after, the American and Israeli guns were turned (predictably) against Israel.

As for Olmert’s graciously extended “goodwill,” it only served to elicit the next multiple rounds of murderous rocket fire. Matters were not helped at all by the Bush administration’s corollary support for a Palestinian state, a thoroughly misconceived support now being more or less viscerally extended by Barack Obama.

…Continued Next Week

About the Author: Louis René Beres, strategic and military affairs columnist for The Jewish Press, is professor of Political Science at Purdue University. Educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), he lectures and publishes widely on international relations and international law and is the author of ten major books in the field. In Israel, Professor Beres was chair of Project Daniel.


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3 Responses to “Obama’s Flawed Advice To Israel (First of Two Parts)”

  1. maybe because America as Obama says is no longer a christian country. The inscribed ten commandments have been taken out of the court rooms, and one no longer needs to swear on the bible, to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the Truth." so American leaders no longer ask for wisdom from above, but rely on their own understanding, and therefore fail to grasp the true situation. Hope this helps. and G-d bless.

  2. US sacrificed ALL for BARBARIC Israel in Gentile (Jew for ALL leprous others) deaths and wrecked economy. If Israel attacks Iran, stop its yearly $500 billion TITHE! Curb Jew-run Imperial Military that denies US Gentiles, to name a few, Universal Health-Dental-ancillaries so it develops more deadly weaponry to subjugate others to WILL of CHOSEN Jews & kill 2 million Arabs, M.E. Christians and Moslems just in Iraq and Afghan. US tail maintains that MASTER, BARBARIC Israel mUSt have hegemony over Arabs through their PUPPET kings, installed by Imperial US-U.K! In book 19 of Deuteronomy, a racist ‘God’ calls Jews CHOSEN (+200 other Bible passages), gives them the populated ‘land of Milk and Honey’ of Semite Palestinians, Arabs, Samaritans, Kaldians etc. He sanctions the killing of ALL peoples Israelites conquered (even through services of Ester or Naomi who murder the enemy ‘leader’ in sleep). This, after 10 centuries of re-writing Bible to sanitize the image of a petty, tyrant, psychopathic God childishly obsessed with having HIS creation worship Him instead of making mankind equanimous & recognize the equal rights of others! Since 1946 with Jews FDR & W. Churchill, US Jew-run Imperial Military defends Israeli ATROCITIES since ALL US Presidents, bar none, (& 90% Jew Congress) were Jews, converts from Judaism, married to Jewesses or have Jew blood incldng Barack Dunham & Michelle Cohen Obama! You want peace! Negate CHOSEN Israel & recognize the equal rights of Israel’s victims!

  3. Israel should not trust Obama. he is a snake.

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