Getting online tonight, my browser automatically loaded up my homepage (still MSN), complete with headlines. Under the headline “What Israel risked by slapping Biden’s face” was the short teaser:
Newsweek analysis: An announcement last week did a lot more than embarrass the US vice president. It jeopardized US willingness to protect Israel from Iran.
US willingness? I thought we’d pretty much verified that, no matter what he said, the current president and administration has absolutely no intention to protect Israel on any front.
Before we get too far into this, yes, the Israelis have done some things that we would not consider ethical. The U.S. does not do assasinations. We have much stricter rules about prisoner questioning. We also don’t have a large segment of our own population that extolls the virtues of walking into a pizzeria or a bus and blowing yourself up, along with as many Jews as possible.
Maybe if Israel were actually invaded, the US delegation at the UN might support a strongly-worded resolution chiding the invaders… as long as it includes the mandatory UN accusation that Israel brought the violence on itself by “mistreating” the Palestinians (a group which wasn’t really considered a separate nationality until Israel became an issue).
Israel doesn’t play with the niceties of trying not to offend people, nations, or the UN, partially because some people will be offended no matter what they do.
Israel has learned the hard way that no amount of appeasement is ever enough for terrorists. All of their compromising and ticking off their own people (remember that Israel’s Prime Minster Rabin was assasinated by a supporter of the settlements in the West Bank, which Rabin had signed over for peace) resulted in a freely elected Palestinian government that encouraged violence against Israel and explicitly called for its destruction. Why on earth should Israel believe now that stopping building in the occupied territories will make anything better?
Israel has one consideration: protecting itself from the many nations that surround it who have the expressed goal of shoving every last “Zionist” back into the sea.
You can help them or get out of the way.
If you feel obliged to annoy Israel, they will let you know exactly how much they think they need you… which is “not much.” They have repeatedly defended themselves before, alone, while the world wagged its fingers and its tongues. Israel will do it again if they have to.
And if you don’t believe that God still looks out for Israel, as secular as much of its population is, you don’t know much about its history.
On a *totally* unrelated note, the Fox News crawlline just ran a quote from the Turkish PM, insisting that Iran doesn’t want nuclear weapons, just a civilian nuclear power program. Easy to say, when you’re not on the short list of potential targets. Does the U.S. have the luxury of making that assumption?
I guarantee Israel does not.