Israel Palestine Infos
The Doomsday Weapon
IT IS already a commonplace to say that people who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat their mistakes.
Some 1942 years ago, the Jews in the province called Palaestina launved a revolt
God knows what was going on in the mind of the “Zealots”. They eliminated the
moderate leaders, who warned against provoking the empire, and gained sway over
the Jewish population of the country. They relied on God. Perhaps they also
relied on the Jews in
We know how it ended: after three years, the rebels were crushed,
The Zionists did indeed try to learn from history. They acted in a rational way, did not provoke the great powers, endeavored in every situation to attain what was possible. They accepted compromises, and every compromise served them as a basis for the next surge forward. They cleverly utilized the radical stance of their adversaries and gained the sympathy of the whole world.
But since the beginning of the occupation, their mind has become clouded. The
The next phase is also repeating itself: the leaders of
WHAT BEGAN as an insult to the Vice President of the
Lately, the ultra-right government in
Yet now, ostensibly quite suddenly, the measure is full. Obama, his Vice
President and his senior assistants condemn the Netanyahu government with
growing severity. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has submitted an ultimatum:
Netanyahu must stop all settlement activity, East Jerusalem included; he must
agree to negotiate about all core problems of the conflict, including
The surprise was complete. Obama, it seems, has crossed the Rubicon, much as the
Egyptian army had crossed the
It seems that the decisive battle has been joined. The Israeli leaders were certain that Obama would be defeated.
And then an unusual noise was heard: the sound of the doomsday weapon.
THE MAN who decided to activate it was a foe of a new kind.
David Petraeus is the most popular officer of the
He made his mark in
His star rose rapidly. He was appointed commander of the coalition forces in Iraq and soon became the chief of the Central Command of the US army, which covers the whole Middle East , except Israel and Palestine (which “belong” to the American command in Europe).
When such a person raises his voice, the American people listen. As a respected military thinker, he has no rivals.
THIS WEEK, Petraeus conveyed an unequivocal message: after reviewing the
problems in his AOR (Area Of Responsibility) – which includes, among others,
In his report to the Armed Services Committee he stated: “The
enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct
challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the AOR…The conflict
foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for
Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth
Not content with that, Petraeus sent his officers to present his conclusions to the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
In other words: Israeli-Palestinian peace is not a private matter between the
two parties, but a supreme national interest of the
The argument as such is not new. Several experts have said more or less the same
in the past. (Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, I wrote in a similar vein and
prophesied that the
The Netanyahu government immediately went into damage-limitation mode. Its
spokespersons declared that Petraeus represents a narrow military approach, that
he doesn’t understand political matters, that his reasoning is faulty. But it is
not this that made people in
AS IS well known, the pro-Israel lobby dominates the American political system without limits – almost. Every American politician and senior official is mortally afraid of it. The slightest deviation from the strict AIPAC line is tantamount to political suicide.
But in the armor of this political Goliath there is a chink. Like Achilles’ heel, the immense might of the pro-Israel lobby has a vulnerable point that, when touched, can neutralize its power.
It was illustrated by the Jonathan Pollard affair. This American-Jewish employee
of a sensitive intelligence agency spied for
But the most significant side of this affair is reminiscent of the famous words of Sherlock Holmes about the dogs that did not bark. AIPAC did not bark. The entire American Jewish community fell silent. Almost nobody raised their voice for poor Pollard.
Why? Because most American Jews are ready to do anything – just anything – for
the government of
And now comes the most important general of the
FOR NOW, this is being said only as a side remark, in a military document that has not been widely aired. But the sword has been drawn from its scabbard – and American Jews have started to tremble at the distant rumble of an approaching earthquake.
This week, Netanyahu’s brother-in-law has used our own doomsday weapon. He declared that Obama is an “anti-Semite”. The official newspaper of the Shas party has asserted that Obama is really a Muslim. They represent the radical right and its allies, who argue in speech and in writing that “Hussein” Obama is a Jew-hating black who must be beaten in the coming congressional elections and in the next presidential ones.
(Yet an important poll in
If Obama decides to fight back and activate his doomsday weapon – the accusation
For the time being, this is only a shot across the bow – a warning shot fired by a warship in order to induce another vessel to follow its instructions. The warning is clear. Even if the present crisis is somehow damped down, it will inevitably flare up again and again as long as the present coalition in Israel stays in power.
When the movie “Hurt Locker” won its awards, the entire American public was
united in its concern about the lives of its soldiers in the