Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, on July 28, 2016, speaking at the Democrat National Convention and representing the government and its ruling coalition which includes the likes of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education plus Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett, Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev, Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon, Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz, Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, Assistant (and acting) Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely, and numerous other highly acclaimed Zionists when he stated to the world, “There is no reason, concretely and in principle, why Jews should not be able to live in a future Palestinian State.” How could such a statement be permitted to pass through the vetting of this historic and vitally important speech after Israel was gifted with an opportunity to finally, once and for all, and definitively bury the Oslo Accords and the two state paradigm. The opening came just a week or so earlier at an equally public and historic event, the Republican National Convention, where their platform expressly declared their support for Israel in all of the lands set aside by International Law, the San Remo Conference, the Mandate System, the League of Nations and numerous other treaties and accords including all of the lands west of the Jordan River all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. This was a colossal opportunity for Israel to endorse the Republican stand which is a pure Zionist and pro-Israel position voted into the party platform overwhelmingly and endorsed by their candidate for President, Donald Trump, not a perfect man, but who in politics can make such a claim other than the Clintons, and we all really believe that. After having the Republicans endorse the Israel first position and recognizing that Israel has acted in good faith only to be refused credit but instead always the blame for refusals which were coming from the Palestinians who were declaring Oslo dead and that instead they were to be the governing body over all the lands west of the Jordan River and that their first initiative would be the eradication of the Zionist menace. The Palestinians declared openly and brazenly numerous times their intention to commit a second Holocaust despite their not believing there ever was a first Holocaust and their position that they had held the lands for nine thousand years of history, invented language, invented government, invented writing and Allah only knows what else and that the Zionist entity was a colonial invasion and they declared all agreements dead and their genocidal intent and the Republicans responded in kind supporting the true historic claims to these lands, to Jerusalem, Hevron, Shechem and all the other Biblical locations well known to any Jew or Christian with even the slightest religious education. The Republicans opened the door for true Zionists to walk through and claim all that is truly theirs and Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, slammed that door shut and closed in the faces of the Republicans who truly love Israel just to curry favor with the Democrat Party which supports the Palestinian cause lock, stock and barrel.
This was nothing short of pandering to extreme leftist groups whose platform begrudgingly mentions support for Israel while haters of Israel such as Wendy Sherman, former State Department official and chief negotiator of the Iran Nuclear deal; Representative Keith Ellison from Minnesota who insisted he be sworn in on a Quran and has voted against every aid and legislation potentially beneficial for Israel and openly supportive of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Fatah, the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions of Israel (BDS Movement) and with possible ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood; Cornel West, professor and social justice advocate and active supporter of the BDS Movement and numerous radical groups which oppose Israel claiming it to be an Apartheid state and committing genocide against people of color (Arab Palestinians); James Zobgy, president of the Arab American Institute, BDS Movement supporter, backed a number of flotillas to Gaza and proponent of many anti-Israel programs and groups. Compare this with the Republican platform committee having as one co-chairperson Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a supporter of Israel and as Oklahoma Governor who has pressed to establish trade between the state manufacturing and research groups with Israeli companies and researchers and met with Israeli Ambassador Shlomo in 2012 where Governor Fallin stated, “Israel is a friend to Oklahoma and to all of the United States, and as Ambassador Shlomo and I discussed today, we have many common interests. I am particularly excited by the opportunity for Oklahoma’s energy companies — which possess unique expertise and world class personnel — to aid the Israelis in developing their oil and gas resources.” Governor Fallin has travelled to Israel in hope for better relations and as a show of support for Israel. The difference is as obvious as it is divergent with the Democrat Party sliding distressingly towards some horrific stances and seeming to play with openly supporting terrorist groups over a nation, Israel, which has been a true and patient ally despite some vicious attacks from the White House and State Department over the recent past while the Republican Party has actually taken the lead on a pro-Israel stance which the Israeli political leadership had best support the idea even at the risk of no longer being impartial concerning the Presidential elections in this critical year.
There are many purists who claim that Israel must always tread carefully and take the middle ground never striking out in a definitive direction or challenge the status quo as doing so could upset the delicate balance and nuance which the Israeli political class has worked so seemingly hard and with a singular purpose to build the framework and remain trapped as if in amber to the two states for two people paradigm which has so obviously failed and failed horrifically that it has become threateningly dangerous for Israel not to do everything to rid itself of the two state curse. It is no secret that back toward the end of 1999 the Clinton White House sent Stanley Greenberg, James Carville and Robert Shrum to coordinate the publicity and get the vote out in the Israeli election in an all-out effort to defeat the sitting Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and many claim that Hillary was the one pressing for Bill to rid himself of a man she hated simply because he was acting too Jewish, the same Bibi Netanyahu that she, as President Obama’s Secretary of State cursed and berated in a forty-minute call where she lost all sense of decorum and dropped any pretense of respect or cooperation demanding that the Prime Minister of Israel toe the American President’s and Secretary of State’s line of reasoning and positions or else face dire consequences. We know what those consequences were as the very next Israeli election President Obama and likely Hillary Clinton directed the identical effort to rid the Democrat leadership of the same elected leader of Israel, Netanyahu, with a group known formerly as “V15” now became “One Voice,” a group reportedly being led by Obama’s 2012 field director Jeremy Bird. With such blatant and obvious meddling in Israeli elections, would it be so horrible to support the Republican Platform position that there is no possibility for the two state Oslo Accords direction to ever produce fruit despite Israel giving it every opportunity for a two state solution and being rebuked at every opportunity followed by more terrorism and propaganda campaigns often aided by European government and the European Union itself and the United States State Department demonizing Israel for refusing to surrender totally and allow a second holocaust to be the result should Arafat and then Abbas or any of the other Arab Palestinian leadership from Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PLO and now also Islamic State all agreeing on one issue, every Israeli Jew must be cleansed to make the land whole and Islamic. Abbas has declared that every grain of sand is an Islamic Waqf meaning that all of the land is a holy imperative to be cleansed of all that is not pure and Islamic in a purging orgy of blood. Where is the neutral and fair partner for peace that Israel is supposed to deal fairly with? The answer is there never was one, there is none now and there will never be one because the Arab Palestinians and now even some of the Arab Israelis are being fed a constant diet of hatred and promise of rewards for their murdering of the Zionist enemy, the Jews of Israel. Not the settlers but every Israeli Jew and any Israeli Arab who does not join this Jihadic revolution. The Republican Party can plainly see reality and it is time for Israel to speak truth to power and end the farce and pay any Islamist to leave and start their life where Sharia already exists as it will never be permitted to take hold within Israel. Israel gave Gaza to Abbas and he promptly lost it to Hamas who immediately started a war of rockets onto Israeli towns, Kibbutzim and cities often timing their barrage to coincide with school opening or end of school day in the hopes of murdering the children. There was the Kornet guided anti-tank missile fired directly at a school bus murdering one teen remaining in the bus to reach his grandmother and injuring the driver. A greater calamity was narrowly avoided as the bus had just discharged the majority of the students less than a minute before the strike.
The Republican Party can assist in ending the farcical but deadly game of catch as catch can where lies and deceit are prized over truth and a real desire for peace. The Oslo Accord fiasco has turned a promise of cooperation and mutual assistance forging a prosperous and free life for both Arab and Jew into a death dance where children are offered up in an effort to murder other children or any Jew who can be murdered. There was a recent young lady, a thirteen year old girl, Hallel-Yaffa Ariel, sleeping in her bed in her bedroom in her house in her community who was stabbed seventeen times in the back. When security responders arrived the terrorist injured one of them and continued attacking until neutralized. Many European and Arab news sources referred to this incident as Israel summarily executing Palestinian youth without trial. Then they note that a young woman was stabbed and leave the story at that until forced to report the reality, but by that time the damage was done, the Palestinian propaganda was reported half way around the world before the truth got its pants on. Israel must awaken from this death trance and grab ahold of the opportunity granted by the republican platform and end the dance of death and begin the life of light and the fulfillment of the promise of Zionism as Jabotinsky envisioned it, and his vision was crystal clear and glorious. Wake up, we have friends and they have come around, we must do our part as well and immediately, not when we feel the time is right as now the time is right and every moment wasted is a moment lost and let us hope it is not also another life lost.
Beyond the Cusp