Israel has made concessions in almost every area imaginable in order to satisfy demands from the United States and has been doing so for since the very beginning. Israel halted their attacks when the United Nations Security Council under the lead of united permanent member nations, China, Russia, Britain, France and of course the United States during the on again-off again War for Survival also referred to as Israeli War of Independence. These halts often permitted the combined Arab forces to rearm, reassemble units, realign forces, replace badly defeated and ineffective units, and bring in needed supplies and reinforcements. The Israelis also used such ceasefires to bring in what arms and supplies they were able to purchase despite arms embargoes by most of the Western nations. Many thanks need go to Czechoslovakia which provided many desperately needed shipments of arms. At many times truces were arranged while Israel was making advances and might have resolved the war through gaining a victory and liberating all of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, but instead Israel honored all calls for stopping the hostilities. Again in 1956 when the Israelis while allied with the French and British in the conflict to force Egypt to reopen the Suez Canal, Israel honored the demands which were delivered by President Eisenhower to return the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula which she had gained in the initial period as other threats of attacks and negotiations were in play. Some have claimed that much of the pressure on Egypt came from the advances being won by the Israeli forces just as much if not more than the threats from France and Britain. Egypt had been calling the bluff of the two European powers with impunity but was facing Israel perched on the eastern banks of the Suez Canal and thus situated and positioned to force Egypt from control of the Suez Canal and have Israel open the canal on their own initiative. President Eisenhower demanded an Israeli full withdrawal and Israel complied and withdrew back within her initial borders from before the contest began without any hesitation or debate.
In every Arab Israeli war since once the Israelis gained the upper hand and were advancing towards Arab national capital cities, often both Cairo and Damascus, the United States would demand a ceasefire followed by an armistice often demanding Israel to retreat behind defined lines returning hard won ground back to the very same adversaries who had initiated the warfare. This was true in Six Day War of June of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War of October 1973. When Israel had designed and manufactured prototypes of the Lavi fighter jet, the United States made an offer that Israel basically could not refuse which demanded that Israel trust their future aircraft supplies, repairs, and other developments and use solely aircraft manufactured by the United States and end all development of any home produced aircraft. During the first War with Lebanon which was more of a conflict with Yasser Arafat and his PLO forces the United States demanded Israel stop their advance short of Beirut, Lebanon and allow the United States to provide Yasser Arafat, a terrorist who had American diplomats including an Ambassador on his hands, and the rest of the ranking members of the PLO an escape airlifting them off the roof of the United States embassy taking them to safety in exile in Tunisia. This one act made possible the Oslo Accords as it continued the existence of the PLO and also allowed the remnants of the PLO who melted initially into Lebanon to form Hezballah a short time later.
Once the Oslo Accords were drafted and ratified, the farcical parade known as the peace process began with its litany of concessions after concession which the United States with a big assist by the State Department and the full support of the United Nations and European Union and numerous European governments insisted Israel make to placate and mollify the Palestinians who refused to meet without bribes just to talk attempting to gain advantages and then walking away only to demand the next session include everything they had previously gained. Through this repeated message the Palestinians have pushed Israel to the brink of destruction changing the balance from the original position where Israel would have retained at least three-fifths of Judea and Samaria to where Israel is now fighting to retain Jerusalem realizing they now stand to lose access to the Temple Mount and Western Wall and are facing threats within the Green Line from various groups of Israeli Arabs and Bedouin who are claiming indigenous rights in the Galilee and Negev areas. All of these pressures for concessions and sacrifices by Israel have come with full guarantees that this will be in Israel’s best interests and that just one more concession and the United States will forge a permanent peace. Then the Palestinians walk away and the United States proves to be powerless to force any agreement or any will to push back the Palestinian gains leaving Israel in a current position where her back is against the wall and she is being squeezed back within the defenseless borders which facilitated Arab attacks.
There are those who like to point out that Israel receives a generous amount of United States aid monies including military aid. They love to point out that Israel receives more military aid than any single Arab nation. What they do not relate is that Israel receives only a fraction of the military aid from the United States when compared to all the United States military aid to Arab nations which through history have included Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey and a number of others. Add the additional military aid received by the combined nations standing against Israel from Russia (as well as formerly the Soviet Union), China, France, Britain and other weapons’ providers you get even greater odds against Israel. But this will possibly be considered the good times as the forces combining to the detriment of the Israelis across the United States, Europe and much of the advanced industrial world on their college campuses and through the advances in the politicking of many anti-Israel NGO’s, many of which receive millions upon millions of Dollars and Euros from government forces, the United Nations, and numerous other NGO’s and charitable agencies prefer to oppose Israel from a stand-off position. A simple research of the BDS efforts to force universities, governments, industries, companies and investment agencies in efforts to impose Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions on Israeli companies, universities, academics and political leaders displays the enormity of the forces gathering. There are the efforts to bring charges against as many Israeli military and political leaders as possible and new efforts are even going after any soldier in the IDF.
The slow slide to bringing many, if not almost all, nations to be against Israel and her existence calling for the eradication of the Jewish State have been growing year after year for as long as I am able to remember. I used to tell people that this inexorable slide against Israel was gaining speed and starting to be an unstoppable downhill force since the middle 1960s and was ridiculed even into the new millennium. Not any more as it has begun to dawn on many who follow the news reports especially with the increasing anti-Semitism around the globe with many of the worst trends infecting Europe. The recent ADL research survey reported that one out of every four people actually will inform a survey taker that they hold anti-Semitic views and feelings. If one in four admit to being anti-Semites and having disdain to outright hatred of Israel and the Jews, then what is the actual number as there could easily be as many if not more who hold those feelings but are careful to hold their tongue when surveyed. The increase in the growth of anti-Semitism worldwide of the recent past has become so ominous and frightening that many friends and acquaintances have apologized and admitted their startled surprise at how much anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatreds have grown and become almost mainstream and ask how I realized this trend was on the horizon. My usual response is I was just unlucky enough to see it and stand alone for quite a while, but I would have preferred to have been dead wrong.
Now we have the spokespeople from the State Department answering the press’s queries on statements made in public by Secretary of State Kerry and Middle East Envoy Martin Indyk telling them that they never made the reported comments or that what they said did not mean what they think it means. I sometimes feel I am watching a loop of the Spaniard, Inigo Montoya, in the Princess Bride talking to the leader and planner, Vizzini, asking him, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The actions of the Obama administration and the State Department have removed all doubt that the sooner Israel realizes that only she by herself is interested in her survival and her survival is vital because without Israel the Jewish People will have no haven when the next attempt at extermination takes ahold of mankind yet another time. It is so absurd as the Europeans have been telling the Jews to go back to their own lands and leave Europe while the Arabs also forced their Jews from within their borders in great numbers decimating their Jewish populations within the decade after Israel was founded and now everybody is telling the Israelis they have no rights to the lands on which Israel sits. If the Jews have no acceptance throughout much, if not the vast majority, of the world and the same world denies the Jews their nation of Israel, then where are the Jews to go? Answering the Arab demands that the Jews return to their European homelands, where should the nearly one million Jews from Arab nations return along with their descendants who now total almost four million? The vast majority of the Sephardic Jews are from numerous Arab nations, many of which had their family roots going back over a thousand years, and in some cases two thousand plus. Europe, make up your minds, are you willing to accept the Jewish people amongst your populations or leave us Israel and stop attempting to destroy our home. You must not have it both ways as the Jewish People are not only Jewish but are people, get it? We would be simply joyous to remain within the lands that the European allies and the Japanese defined at the San Remo Conference and which was one of the many parts and settlements of World War I which in general the Ottoman Turks agreed and King Faisal signed onto representing the Arab nations after World War I. We would likely even accept the western partial which the British guaranteed would remain undivided and never contested in exchange for the surrender of the larger eastern sections which became Transjordan and later Jordan. The United States with the British enjoined and signed the Anglo-American Treaty of 1924, which refers to the Balfour Declaration and includes, verbatim, the full text of the Mandate for Palestine. Below is one of the statements which is a summary much of the agreement’s terminology.
“Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”