We have been treated since the Israeli elections a serious case of pass the blame hot potato between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. This has been no different than the game which began with the proven mistake of all time, the Oslo Accords. The Oslo Accords were proven to be a complete façade when Ehud Olmert had his arm twisted to offer Arafat a deal which met all the expectations as Arafat had confidently requested from President Clinton and acquiesced offering ninety-five percent of the west Bank with East Jerusalem as their capital but to everyone’s’ surprise, Yasser Arafat bolted from the hearings without ever offering a counter offer or explanation. After returning to Ramallah he started the second Intifada which we eventually learned had been planned to follow the unsuccessful negotiations and had been in the plans for months. Ever since this teachable moment it should have become clear that no offer Israel could ever make would satisfy the Palestinian Arab desire for the destruction of Israel and nothing less. Still the only solution the world seems to believe is possible to end the eternal standoff is to demand that Israel offer to surrender more lands. This systemic inability to be capable to see beyond blaming Israel does not matter whether the President in the White House is Democrat or Republican, supposed friend or not, progressive or conservative; the resulting approach never changes and the demands for Israel to offer more remains the same, give and give even more and if that fails, then give even more.
Added to the difficulty, President Obama has bought the idea that it is Israel which stands in the way of peace, apparently the universal idea, but there are also the personality difficulties between the United States President and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Nothing could have brought this more into the spotlight and given off the most ominous of warnings than the efforts to derail the possibility that Netanyahu would be chosen to lead the new government seemingly directed from the White House, financed initially by the State Department and coordinated on the ground in Israel by Jeremy Bird who had recently run President Obama’s reelection grassroots campaign. With the reelection of Netanyahu the crisis has simply multiplied with the results for Israel becoming more dire with seemingly every news cycle. Initially there were reports that the United States may find it necessary to reevaluate their protection of Israel before the United Nations. The initial action in this direction was the announcement that the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council would be in Washington D.C. and unable to speak against the usual motions against Israel at the opening of the meetings. As it became known that the European governments were also not attending in protest the move by the United States simply appeared to be in line with the rest of the western world. The latest move has gone by relatively unnoticed but promises to explode once it is found out by Iran and other nations across the Middle East and North Africa.
Within the last month or so the Pentagon unclassified the entire documents from the Defense Department’s top-secret document detailing the Israeli nuclear program assessment from 1987. The release of these documents violates the longstanding agreement between the Israelis and the Pentagon is highly suspect given that it coincided with the timing of tensions spiraling out of control. This begs the question that if things have reached such a point, exactly where might the revenge against the Israeli public reach simply because they chose the strongest leadership being offered in their elections which is what one should expect from any nations, especially one facing the challenges and threats faced by Israel. Should Israel now expect that at least until the next administration is sworn into office that they no longer have even the remotest of hopes that they can rely on the United States? The Iran nuclear negotiations are even frightening the French who may be the last best hope of forcing a better deal, though it would be more likely that President Obama would sign an agreement without the French should they protest. Perhaps the best path forward for Israel is to broaden their reliance and strategic ties thus never again relying on one nation too deeply, especially any nation which might not only elect a leader who could potentially damage Israel critically but also reelect such a leader. Maybe it will take such mistreatment as appears to be the policies from the White House to realize that leaving all your eggs in one basket is simply betting too heavily that any nation can be so trusted.
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