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The Kerry Plan – Can Israel Say No?

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Originally published in “Israel Hayom.”

The assumption that Israel must accept the Kerry Plan as a basis for negotiations with the Palestinian Authority – lest it risk a rift with the US – should be assessed in light of the full context of US-Israel strategic cooperation, the imploding Arab Street, the unique foundations and nature of US-Israel ties, the US political system, the ineffectiveness of prior US plans and Israel’s own security requirements.

US-Israel strategic cooperation transcends the Palestinian issue.  Thus, despite the 66-year-old disagreement, between the two Administrations, about the ways and means to resolve the Palestinian issue, strategic cooperation has catapulted to unprecedented heights.

Notwithstanding Arab talk – but based on the Arab walk - the Palestinian issue does not preoccupy the attention of Arab policy-makers, does not significantly impact vital US interests, and does not play a key role in destabilizing the Middle East, as reaffirmed by the tectonic Arab Tsunami, which is unrelated to Israel or the Palestinian issue.

Therefore, the Palestinian issue has been superseded by regional and global mutual threats, interests and benefits, shaping the increasingly two-way-street mutually-beneficial US-Israel agenda: the US supply of critical military systems to Israel; the Israeli battle-tested laboratory, which enhances the performance of US military systems and the US defense industries; the joint development of ballistic, space, UAV, cyber and other critical technologies; Israeli innovations upgrade the competitive edge of US high tech industries; Israel provides intelligence of Iran’s nuclear threat and Islamic terrorism on the US mainland and beyond; Israel trains US elite units in countering-terrorism and urban warfare, and shares battle lessons, shaping US battle tactics; Israel’s power-projection deters rogue regimes, which threaten pro-US Arab regimes such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia; etc..

Israel’s role as the most consistent, capable and willing ally of the US gains in importance, as the Arab Street becomes increasingly anti-US, Islamist, unstable and unpredictably violent.  While the US cuts its defense budget and withdraws its military from the Middle East, Russia and China deepen their presence in the region and West Europe is preoccupied with domestic challenges.

The disagreement over the Palestinian issue is, also, superseded by shared US-Israel Judeo-Christian values, which have strongly influenced US morality, legal and political systems.  This dates back to the early Pilgrims in the 17th century, the Liberty Bell’s inscription from Leviticus, the Founding Fathers, the Biblically-driven Anti-Slavery Movement and the current statues of Moses in the US House of Representatives and the US Supreme Court.

American constituents – which are the axis of the Federal system – through most of the Congress – a co-equal, co-determining branch of government on external and domestic matters – have established a unique bottom-up, systematic, positive attitude towards the Jewish state. They disassociate themselves from the Executive’s moral equivalence towards Israel – the role model of counter terrorism and unconditional alliance with the US – as opposed to the Palestinian leadership – a role model of international terrorism and an ally of Nazi Germany, the Communist Bloc, Khomeini, Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden.

In 1948, the charismatic US Secretary of State, George Marshall pressured Israel to accept his plan of a UN Mandate for Palestine as a substitute for independence.  Marshall considered the Jewish state a liability and the Arabs an asset.  He assumed that Israel would join the Communist Bloc and would be unable to defend itself against the invading Arabs, thus triggering a second Jewish Holocaust in less than ten years. Prime Minister Ben Gurion refused to negotiate Marshall’s proposal.

When threatened by UN Security Council sanctions, which dictated a withdrawal from the “occupied Negev,” Ben Gurion stated: “What Israel has won on the battlefield, it is determined not to yield at the [UN Security] Council table.” Ben Gurion’s principle-driven defiance and steadfastness produced short-term pressure, but long-term strategic respect, transforming Israel into the most reliable, stable, capable, democratic and unconditional ally of the US in the Middle East and beyond.

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About the Author: Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger is consultant to Israel’s Cabinet members and Israeli legislators, and lecturer in the U.S., Canada and Israel on Israel’s unique contributions to American interests, the foundations of U.S.-Israel relations, the Iranian threat, and Jewish-Arab issues.


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72 Responses to “The Kerry Plan – Can Israel Say No?”

  1. Better question, why would Israel say yes?

  2. NO kerry,,YES for Israel’s right for THEIR COUNTRY!!!

  3. Say No to the Kerry Plan. I hate to say this but I believe Kerry wants the destruction of Israel.

  4. Agus Marada says:

    Say no to Kerry’s plan

  5. Israel can’t say ‘no’. But after first stage, after temple mount will given to Israel, Israel can change plan to better. Like recognize Torah as Israeli constitution.

  6. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Sunday, 2 February 2014), made the
    following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

    “Attempts to impose a boycott on the State of Israel are immoral and unjust.

    Moreover, they will not achieve their goal.

    First, they cause the Palestinians to adhere to their intransigent positions
    and thus push peace further away.

    Second, no pressure will cause me to concede the vital interests of the
    State of Israel, especially the security of Israel’s citizens.

    For both of these reasons, threats to boycott the State of Israel will not
    achieve their goal.”

  7. Martin Kool says:

    NO NO NEVER AGAIN ,

  8. Say NO to this stupid!

  9. Mary Rogers says:

    Israel really needs to say no.

  10. Sure hope they do not cave… Kerry knows nothing…

  11. Ken Man says:

    Well I like that… Stand your ground

  12. Jerry Burg says:

    I’m disgusted that our SOS would say such a thing. Bully tactics won’t work with Netanyahu. And if he’s trying to garner support from the “Israeli street”, that’s not the way to get it.

  13. Israel has every right to say no, and our USA with its present very far left and pro Arab stance administration should be staying out of it. Which part of what the PA’s keep doing with terrorism first does Kerry not get? PA wants Israel totally wiped out and Jews dead. One can’t bargain with that mentality, or the ongoing terrorism. Then Kerry wants Israel to give up more land?? Go back to pre 1967 lines! Suicide for Israel. This is what ones gets from those who don’t believe in God, the right of Israel to exist, and expousing a Marxist mentality. Chutzpah of betrayal.

  14. This is Kerry representing Obama’s anti-Semitic, agenda. Freedom for Israel!

  15. If we don't say yes to his insanity, he will punish Israel with a boycott. However, according to Obama, a boycott against a terrorist entity like Iran is against his policy.

  16. Kerry does not care about Israel, he only cares about his career. Why does't he just spend his wife's millions and have fun and leaves Israel alone?!

    With all the problems the USA has, he is focusing on Israel, go home Kerry and solve American problems, we will solve ours without you. You are just a troublemaker.
    Holocaust survivor

  17. Eva Feld says:

    Kerry has no clue what Israel is about. He doesn't know what the West Bank Gaza or Palestinians are all about. He is literally clue less about it all and he doesn't play chess either.

  18. Jean Perles says:

    KERRY VA AU DIABLE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  19. Jean Perles says:

    The paternal grandfather of John Kerry, Frederick Kerry (born Fritz Köhn) is Austro-Hungarian origin. Born in Horni Benesov Austria-Hungary, he grew up in Mödling (a small town near Vienna, Austria). His paternal grandmother, Ida Loewe, was born in Budapest, Hungary. Both of Jewish origin, Fritz and Ida converted to Catholicism in 1901, changed their name to Kerry and left Europe in 1905. John Kerry later learned that the true identity of his grandfather.

  20. Ronnie Pleet says:

    Kerry is in a position he is not qualified for.Also obeying Obama who is also unqualified

  21. Tell Kerry to take his so called knowledge and go home! Kerry does not have a clue to what he is doing. He is just another greedy politician!

  22. Israel MUST say NO or it will jeopardize her own survival!!!

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