‘Israel gets a good slap in the face and a few days later someone in Washington announces that the U.S.-Israeli relationship is rock-solid.’

Former defense minister, and Likud leader, Moshe Arens, analyses the current “situation” in an essay for Ha’Aretz (5.3.10):

Former Israeli Defense Minister - MOSHE ARENS

It is almost a year now that a certain ritual has marked the public discourse between Washington and Jerusalem. Israel gets a good slap in the face and a few days later someone in Washington announces that the U.S.-Israeli relationship is rock-solid. The Israeli prime minister is demeaned in Washington and a day later he declares that the U.S.-Israeli relationship is firm as ever.

Anybody who has been involved in fostering the U.S.-Israeli relationship over the years, so important to both countries, knows that things are not as they have been for the past 50 years. The relationship, which on occasion is being described in Washington as “unshakable and unbreakable,” has for the past year been shaken up quite a bit. The administration in Washington is trying to force on Israel a peace settlement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a settlement that would involve Israel withdrawing to the 1949 armistice lines that were established after it repelled the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, which were attempting to destroy the newborn state.

They want to set the clock back, seemingly oblivious of the many wars and acts of terror that were launched against Israel in the years since then, the serious threats that are being directed against Israel at present, the dramatic changes that have taken place in the past 61 years, and the Jewish people’s internationally recognized rights to their ancient homeland. This bitter medicine needs to be taken by the people of Israel, it is argued, because it serves the interests of the United States, and in addition, the administration in Washington believes that it is also good for Israel.

Comments (2)

  1. Vera Young says:

    We cannot be a one issue people. Sarah Palin is an embarrassment and Jewish support for her will backfire. We must use other voices to represent us.

  2. George says:

    Obama’s ignorant arrogance can very well become the west’s undoing. Never have I seen someone so wanting in common sense coupled with such a grandiose, though completely erroneous, opinion of himself and his abilities. He is the definitive product of America’s past infatuation with affirmative action and the premise those involved cannot be allowed to be seen to fail irregardless of their mental shortcomings.