web analytics
October 20, 2014 / 26 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

It’s Time To Follow Nixon


We need to learn from history. Once upon a time (nearly forty years but not so long ago, really) American foreign policy was being stymied, on every issue and continent, by a duplicitous Soviet Union, Confounded by the Vietnam War, President Richard Nixon and his foreign policy czar, Henry Kissinger, faced not so much crises that threatened America as murky messes that wouldn’t yield to unilateral resolution. Soviet partnership was needed but at best absent.

As proponents of 19th century real politik (studied by Nixon and taught by Kissinger),each harbored an almost opera boffo view of himself as, respectively, emperor and imperial wizard. They were born to create grand, geopolitical designs that would impose order on the world’s conflicts, and they knew it from within their cores. Always.

At the same time, there was China, unrecognized and largely ignored on the world stage, and confined to rattling around within its cage built by Mao. Yet China was neither devoid of ambition nor unaware of its possibilities. Indeed, it was confident its potential would be uncorked if the circumstances of its isolation were to change.

The details of the Nixon/Kissinger grand “China Opening” needn’t be recited here. None of the various motives and objectives of the parties are particularly relevant to this discussion except for one which, as it happened, was achieved and served the purposes of both the U.S. and China: each gained a vital option where none had previously existed. Advertisement

For example, China’s reliance on Russia and Eastern Europe (particularly as to trade) was supplanted by the American market and marketplace, while U.S. frustration with Soviet-supported obstacles and stagnation now could be outflanked with Chinese acquiescence.

So, how does the forgoing history serve present purposes? The answer is simple. Israel needs, perhaps desperately, an alternative to its support from the U.S. The Obama administration has quickly become not only a hindrance to long established Israeli policies, but possibly even a danger to Israel itself. That some saw it coming earlier than others – while still others even now deny the hitherto unthinkable prospect of betrayal – matters not.

Obama’s record is now clear enough. Despite occasional and sclerotic White House or State Department formulations that no longer ring true, the Israeli government would be criminally irresponsible to delude itself about U.S. support on anyissue.

Nothing should be viewed as sacred when it comes to the U.S.-Israel relationship because, whether by design or stupidity, nothing at this time is.

That is why, if possible, Israel ought follow Nixon’s lead and join China in a strategic partnership for both countries’ benefit. Israel needs a China option to offset the worst that can be expected from the Obamans – and the “worst” is conceivably everything.

China, of course, has no need for an Israeli option. It can, however, benefit substantially from expanded trade and joint ventures with Israel, especially in areas of advanced technology affecting agriculture, information management, aerospace development and even space exploration.

Whatever it takes to overcome China’s reluctance to upset its relations and trade with Iran and the Arab world, that is what Israel must now do. It always could have used another friend. Today it must hedge its security with an alternative friend. It’s time for Israel to follow Nixon.

About the Author: Arnold Mazur is a retired attorney and business executive who, defying the Arab boycott office, was first to establish in Israel a subsidiary of a major U.S. software company.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “It’s Time To Follow Nixon”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Agam Luria, from a kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley, was identified as one of the four Israelis killed in the Nepal blizzard.
Israeli Sherpa ‘Pony Express’ Saved Hundreds in Nepal Blizzard
Latest Indepth Stories
Map of Syria-Turkish border area, pinpointing Kurdish border town of Kobani, just taken by ISIS terror forces Oct 7, 2014.

Turkey and Iran the 2 regional powers surrounding the ISIS conflict gain from a partial ISIS victory

The Rosenstrasse area of Berlin, where Jewish husbands of non-Jewish German wives were held.

Emigration from Israel is at an all-time low, far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe.

NY rally against Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' opera. Sept. 22, 2014.

Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”

Guess who's behind the door?

Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?

Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.

The Arab Spring has challenged Jordan with the task of gradual reform with regard to its monarchy.

Israel offered Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE!

Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.

A ‘good news’ story from the Nepal avalanche disaster to warm your heart. Take out your Kleenex.

Journalists see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as morality play: Israel=evil; Palestine=innocent

Warsaw Ghetto: At its height, the Nazis walled in some 500,000 Jews within the1.3 square mile area.

While police officers face dangers every day on the job, Jews also face danger in their daily lives.

Carter developed a fondness for Arafat believing “they were both ordained to be peacemakers by God”

If Hamas is ISIS, the world asks, why didn’t Israel destroy it given justification and opportunity?

That key is the disarming of Hamas and the demilitarization of Gaza – as the U.S., EU, and others agreed to in principle at the end of Operation Protective Edge.

We have no doubt there are those who deeply desire to present themselves as being of a gender that is not consistent with their anatomy, and we take no joy in the pain and embarrassment they suffer.

More Articles from Arnold S. Mazur
Mazur-122112

It was the late Abba Eban who famously said that “the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” In his time that was for the most part true, and it arguably worked for Israel’s benefit, particularly when Israel found itself in a tight diplomatic squeeze.

Beginning with Kennedy and Nixon in 1960, major party nominations and presidential election campaigns have increasingly been subjected to forms of circus television we carelessly label “debates.”

Now that we’ve suffered, yet again, through the annual United Nations circus, has it occurred to anyone (other than New York City police officers) to question why we continue to tolerate the hypocrisy and waste of it all?

Small things make a difference. For example, as an old folk tale has it, a pebble in your shoe can cause more pain than a rock in your pocket.

Opponents of President Obama do not lack for reasons to criticize him or his administration. Not justifiably among them, however, would be the contention that Obama the candidate had misled the country regarding his intentions.

We need to learn from history. Once upon a time (nearly forty years but not so long ago, really) American foreign policy was being stymied, on every issue and continent, by a duplicitous Soviet Union, Confounded by the Vietnam War, President Richard Nixon and his foreign policy czar, Henry Kissinger, faced not so much crises that threatened America as murky messes that wouldn’t yield to unilateral resolution. Soviet partnership was needed but at best absent.

Former president Jimmy Carter’s controversial twining of Israel and the “apartheid” epithet created quite the fuss, as has the Biden construction affair and its aftermath of bloodying the Israeli nose. Unsurprisingly, if leaky reports are true, lurking in the background of both stories is the second-rate theorist Zbigniew Brzezinski, still hoping somehow to overcome the frustration of not being Henry Kissinger.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/its-time-to-follow-nixon/2010/07/07/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: