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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Therefore, the Palestinian issue has been superseded by regional and global mutual threats, interests and benefits, shaping the increasingly two-way-street mutually-beneficial US-Israel agenda: the US supply of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.

In 1957, President Eisenhower pressured Israel to evacuate the Sinai Peninsula.  Senate and House leaders, both Democrats and Republicans, threatened Eisenhower with legislative paralysis, and convinced Eisenhower to reduce his pressure.  However, Israel pulled the rug from under their feet by accepting the Eisenhower plan.

In December, 1969 and June, 1970, Secretary of State, William Rogers, introduced the Rogers Plan, calling for Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines, providing for a return of Arab refugees to Israel and shared Israel-Jordan rule in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Golda Meir rejected the plan, initializing the construction of three large new neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, home of over 100,00 persons. Rogers tolerated Egypt’s advancing surface-to-air missiles in violation of commitments, which facilitated the deterioration to the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

In 1977, President Carter pressured Israel to participate in an international conference, highlighting the Palestinian issue and a full Israeli withdrawal.  Prime Minister Begin dismissed the idea and initiated the dialogue with Egyptian President Sadat, which led to a peace accord.

In September, 1982, President Reagan announced his plan, calling for full Israeli withdrawal and an immediate settlement freeze. Prime Minister Begin rejected the plan, expanded settlements, and laid the foundation for the November, 1983 upgrade of US-Israel strategic cooperation.

Accepting the Kerry Plan would revert Israel to the pre-1967 9-15 mile sliver along the Mediterranean, dominated by the mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria, which would be controlled by the Palestinian Authority, a systematic violator of agreements, perpetuator of hate education and generator of terror.  The irreplaceability of Judea and Samaria mountain ridges for Israel’s national security has been reinforced by the Arab Tsunami.  It has made the Middle East – the most conflict-ridden region in the world – more violently intolerant, unpredictable, unreliable, unstable and treacherous.

Accepting the Kerry Plan requires the subordination of long-term vision and security to short-term convenience, and the subjugation of realism to wishful-thinking, thus jeopardizing the very survival of the Jewish State, transforming Israel from a unique asset to a burden. Rejecting the Kerry Plan, might create short-term tension, but no long-term rift.  On a rainy day, the US prefers a defiant, rather than a submissive, ally.  

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!!!

  23. Julia Bowman says:

    Say NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO…Ya hear me screaming loud enough people? xoxo

  24. I think the Kerry threat is an empty threat and Israel can afford to laugh in his face. However let us remember that it was "liberal" leftist Jews that helped get Kerry into power. They should be abashed and ashamed of themselves.
    Ephraim Yisrael Rubiunger

  25. What’s worst are the Jewish American Liberals who helped kick Israel – Jews- to the curb.

    Okay, you may say, people of other religions may hate Jews, but how is it possible for Jews themselves to hate Jews? Surprisingly, the answer is rather simple: It’s hard to be a Jew, and most people simply aren’t up to it. Yes, they can be proud of their brains and talents, but when it comes to their backbones—that’s another story.

    The most universal desire in the world is to be liked and accepted, starting with pre-verbal babies who know by the smiles of strangers that the world is a friendly and welcoming place, and extending to full-grown adults who continue to seek acceptance in intimate relationships as well as in groups, including in the workplace, in recreational activities, and in politics.

    For many Jews, being a member of the world’s most historically vilified minority is just “too much” to cope with. In fact, to withstand the relentless onslaught would require them to have an accurate knowledge of Jewish history, a history that the spineless set has abandoned teaching their children. It would require a willingness to correct the constant blitz of misinformation that an anti-Semitic world never tires of perpetuating. It would require a willingness to stand on principle when the entire world is substituting propaganda and violence for righteousness. And it would require a belief that the land of Israel was indeed bequeathed to the Jews by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that their return to Zion after Hitler incinerated six million of their brethren during the Holocaust was the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, and that, perversely and for the first time in world history, they should return the lands won in the belligerent wars waged against them by anti-Semitic Arabs who remain intractably so to this day.

    Liberal Jews are not psychologically up to any of these challenges, hence their pathetic over-eagerness to “understand” the people who hate them, to accommodate themselves to the enemies of Israel (which means all Jews), to capitulate to the ever-escalating and invariably-one-sided demands for “compromise,” to slavishly follow Jews like linguist Noam Chomsky and financier George Soros and playwright Tony Kushner who are so suffused with Jew hatred that their entire lives have been devoted to amputating any vestige of Jewish identity from their beings, to vote year after year after year for Israel-loathing leftists like Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and to stand up and applaud Obama at an AIPAC conference not 48 hours after he announced his intention to plunge Israel back to what then-Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban referred to as “the Auschwitz borders” of 1967!

    As Boris Shusteff, a Russian immigrant to the United States and a research associate at the Freeman Center for Strategic Studies, writes: “The simple truth is that under the facade of their `progressiveness` there is always a subconsciously hidden attempt to escape from their Jewishness. They use beautiful words and convincing arguments to prove the necessity of fighting for somebody else’s abstract rights instead of proudly defending their own. They say that they ennoble the world community by defending the interests of other nations, while disregarding the fate of their brethren. They rush to a cosmopolitan universe, where all the uniqueness of the nations disappears and where they can call themselves citizens of the universe.”

    Aha, the famous “one world order” the progressives among us have embraced, while they demonize Jews like me—and there are millions of us—who prefer not to have their identities blended and bastardized into some amorphous tasteless valueless Godless gruel!

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/36846?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  26. Kerry has only two goals….A Nobel Peace Prize and another attempt at the US Presidency. His offer for Israel to commit suicide might do it unfortunately.

  27. Just thinking…….sorry to be political on my " social page" but I couldn't resist.

  28. John Kerry and the Democrats know full well that they cant achieve peace in the Middle East with the 22 Arab states- over 50 once non Islamic states since it is pointless trying to get Arabs who cant get along with Arabs to make peace with Jews or Arabs!

    So for political purposes the Obama administration wants to make Americans believe they are trying to forge peace in the Middle East in the interest of Americas future.

    So the perfect victim is Israel- how easy is it for Kerry to meet with a Western Style leader – Netanyahu- and a Western Style country – Israel as if the wars against Arabs are taking place in Israel?

    This is the biggest fraud in the history of the Middle East next to the invention of the “Palestinian” people by Arabs to be used against Jews and their only Jewish state of Israel!

    Any Jew who cant see this has to be a complete idiot!

    There are NO JEWS LEFT IN THE 22 ARAB STATES where the death counts have exceeded all the wars between Arabs and Jews since 1952 by a margin of 50,000 ( Jews and Arab fatalities in total to date) to over 15000,000 Arabs murdered by Arabs out side of Israel- as is the case for Syria- over 200,000 in 2 years!

    So why is the Obama Administration trying to convince the world that if Israel gives more Judean land to Palestinians than the peace in Syria or Egypt or Libya or Iraq etc will have a better chance when there are no Jews left in these Arab countries?

    What an absolute insult to any thinking person. If Obama wanted to make a case for peace in the Middle East they would use ISRAEL AS THE EXAMPLE FOR HOW PEACE LEADS TO PROSPERITY not the EXCUSE FOR NOT HAVING PEACE!

    Start off with the DEATH PENALTY- ALL GENUINE DEMOCRACIES BELIEVE IN THE SANCTITY OF LIFE- EVENT THE LIFE OF A TERRORIST JEW KILLER IS PROTECTED BY THE JEWISH STATE!

    But the cowards would rather deal within the safety of a genuine democracy- ISRAEL- laying the worlds problems at the door step of the Jews is nothing new. Its what the Nazis did- remember?

    In the end the piper will have to meet the song!

    The Americans would have never allowed their Nazi propaganda machine to set up shop in America during WWII but now its too late!

    “Christianophobia ” does not exist in the Islamic world where Christians are being slaughtered, populations decimated and their Churches burnt to the ground or converted to Mosques. Yet “Islamophobia” exists in America and the West where Muslims have more rights than anywhere in their own , over 50, once non Islamic states from where they came from, as they line up to get into America/ West to find refuge from the terror and repression of Islam.

    “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

    ― Charles Bukowski

  29. Craig Kirk says:

    YOU BETTER FOLLOW ALL 66 BOOKS OF TORAH, ANYTHING LESS IS A DEATH MARCH TO THE END TO EVERYTHING YOU EVER DID OR WANTED…. THE TORAH IS THE ROAD MAP AND AMERICANS REJECT THE TORAH AND ALL 66 BOOKS….

  30. I hope that Israel will tell kerry where to shove his imbecilic plan. Why should Israel do anything that the idiotic traitor tells them they should do? He is only doing what his communist, muzzie so called president tells him to do. Neither obama or kerry are friends of Israel. We must never forget that obama stated quite often that if the wind changed he would stand with the muslims. I think he has proved that over and over by supplying weapons and cash to the MB and the jihadist rebels in Syria. Stand strong Israel. May God watch over you and Bless you.

  31. Robert Cross says:

    Israel needs to distant itself far from any of Obama's policies [ PEACE PEACE BUT THAN THERE WILL BE NO PEACE BUT SUDDEN DESTRUCTION]

  32. Craig Kirk says:

    Eze 28:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
    Eze 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:
    Eze 28:3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
    Eze 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
    Eze 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
    Eze 28:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
    Eze 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
    Eze 28:8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
    Eze 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
    Eze 28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
    Eze 28:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
    Eze 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
    Eze 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
    Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
    Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
    Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
    Eze 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

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