Into the Fray: Muted, myopic, and moronic

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It is difficult to know what would be more troubling: whether the US secretary of state believes the preposterous poppycock he presented in his “strategic assessment”; or whether he doesn’t.

It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change.

– Alice in Wonderland

Almost five months ago in this column (April 7), I warned: “With US foreign policy everywhere beleaguered by failure and paralysis, the only hope of any foreign success for the administration is by pressuring a pliant Israel on the Palestinian issue.”

Yet despite the clear signs of the gathering storm on the horizon, no discernible steps were taken to prepare for it. There was no sign of preemptive evasive action, no sign of battening the hatches in order to weather the approaching tempest; no call to US Jewry to circle the wagons until the foreseen onslaught passes.

So like a rudderless ship Israel drifted – seemingly helpless – headlong into the raging gale that is now upon it.

Convened to insult their intelligence

This flaccid Israeli passivity was manna from heaven for the Obama administration and its point man, John Kerry. It gave them a virtually free hand to badger and browbeat Israel into accepting outrageously egregious and absurd concessions without any reciprocal quid pro quo.

Similarly, given the lack of any visible opposition from Israel, the Jewish leadership in the US was easy prey for the administration.

Thus last week, Kerry convened prominent Jewish leaders in the White House to brief them on his initiative to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Judging from reports of what happened during that meeting, one might well be excused for thinking that the principal reason for convening them was to intimidate them and to insult their intelligence.

According to numerous media channels, Kerry told the participants – presumably with a straight face – that “peace” (read, “perilous Israeli concessions”) was a “strategic imperative” for both Israel and the Palestinians.

Apparently unaware of, or unmoved by, the grisly events raging just across Israel’s borders, he argued that the “regional strategic environment has become favorable for a peace agreement because opponents of peace have weakened over the past two years.”

Then he waxed ominous – and blatantly biased – warning the group of “negative consequences” for Israel if the parties fail…in clinching peace.”

Get this: If the parties don’t clinch the deal (read “if Israel refuses to accept whatever outlandish demands the Palestinians happen to insist on”) the resultant “negative consequences” will not apply to both parties, but only to one, Israel.

More detached or more disdainful?

It is difficult to know what would be more troubling: whether the US secretary of state believes the preposterous poppycock he presented in his “strategic assessment”; or whether he doesn’t.

If he does, it reveals just how dangerously detached from regional political realities the top diplomat of the world’s most powerful nation is – and all the attendant perils this lamentable situation entails for America and its allies.

If he does not, it reflects a deep disdain for the US Jewish leadership he addressed, and …read more
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