April 12, 2010. All my life I've admired
the determination of Jews worldwide to re-establish a Jewish homeland in Israel
and defend it (repeatedly) against the implacable hatred of surrounding Muslim
states. I'm not a Jew, but the survival of Israel and, even more, its success as
an economy and a democracy has earned my respect and the respect of a vast
majority of Americans.
All of my life until now, American
administrations since the establishment of Israel in 1948, both Democrat and
Republican, have reflected this American respect and admiration and stood by our
ally, Israel. Americans have been willing to, in effect, guarantee the survival
President Obama appears poised to reverse
this position and abandon Israel. This course will lead to war – possibly
Every president since Nixon has sought to
further a "peace process" in the Middle East. This has largely been a waste of
time for all parties.
To the Israelis, this interminable and
fruitless exercise is the price for continuing political and military support
from the West and particularly from the U.S. Israel knows it must look
"reasonable" and "open to compromise."
To the Muslims, this "process" is a
long-term strategy to separate Israel from its allies in the West and leave it
vulnerable to defeat and extermination in a repeat of Muslim victory over the
Western crusaders 700 years ago.
Obama built on the "two state solution"
advocated by the last few American administrations by requiring new concessions
from Israel. Not only were Jewish settlements outside the 1967 boundaries of
Israel to stop, but even private residential construction in disputed Jerusalem
must stop pending the boundaries of a new Palestinian state.
This new demand marked the first time an
American administration conceded the Palestinian point that parts of Jerusalem
now part of Israel should become incorporated in the new "Palestine."
In fact, Obama is more upset by a Jew
building an apartment building in a residential neighborhood in Jerusalem than
he is by Iran building an atomic bomb, a bomb the Iranians have promised to use
to exterminate Israel.
Iran, says our president, has a right to
nuclear power. Obama has not stopped Iran from importing gasoline. Until that
sanction is placed on Iran, the constant call for "sanctions" against Iran for
its ongoing crash program to produce nuclear weapons will be hollow, and all
nations know it. Obama appears deliberately willing to live with the
consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran.
The Russians and the Chinese will never
allow Iran to be "sanctioned" in any meaningful way. Iranian oil has made China
an Iranian ally. Iranian money has made Russia's military factories rich and
bought Russian support.
Obama's disgraceful treatment of Prime
Minister Netanyahu during Netanyahu's recent visit to Washington was second only
to the notorious "no pictures, no joint press conference, and oh, can you exit
the White House through the door where we put the household trash?" treatment of
the Dalai Lama.
This week's 47-nation conference in
Washington, D.C., on nuclear nonproliferation will continue to ignore the fact
that China and Russia are the biggest "proliferators" of all. North Korea got
nukes and missiles tech from China, which got it in turn from Russia, who also
supplied the Indians with same. Pakistan had to have nukes to offset India, and
China happily supplied them, too. Chinese nuclear warhead and missile designs
show up now in Iran and for a while in a nuclear reactor in Syria – until the
Israelis bombed that reactor.
Obama apparently set up Egypt and Turkey
to ambush Israel at this conference with the demand that Israel sign the Nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty. It's increasingly apparent that Obama views Israel as
more of a problem than Iran.
Netanyahu canceled his participation in
the conference, sending a lower level delegation to the conference instead.
Obama retaliated by barring U.S. entry visas to all Israeli scientists even
remotely connected to the Israel nuclear program.
During this last year the infamous
"lottery" visa program allowed citizens of Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia, North
Korea, Qatar, Libya and Egypt (among other nations) to enter the U.S. legally –
but not Israeli scientists. They're barred.
An emboldened nuclear-armed Iran bent on
fulfilling an apocalyptic prophecy combined with a cornered and abandoned (and
nuclear armed) Israel is not a "peace process." It is a recipe for nuclear war.