As emblematic of the Obama administration’s foreign policy failures, the abandonment Israel stands out as a cornerstone. Secretary of State, John Kerry, spoke at length arguing the Palestinian view as US policy.
“That makes no sense, except as an exercise in pure spite.”
John Kerry’s Indefensible Swipe at Israel
From THE EDITORS of National Review, December 28, 2016
This morning John Kerry issued a long, meandering statement that served mainly to put an exclamation point on a failed foreign policy, one that still — after eight dreadful years — evinces a willful refusal to see the evident truths of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Instead, Kerry repeated Palestinian propaganda and defied both the facts and the conventions of international law to defend the indefensible.
As an initial matter, it is important to state that there is one — and only one — true obstacle to peace in the Middle East: the persistent failure of Israel’s enemies to accept that it has a right to exist, as a Jewish state and within defensible borders. Israel’s enemies sought to exterminate it on the very day of its declaration of independence (when there were no settlements, and the West Bank and Gaza were in Arab hands), and they seek to exterminate it still today.
Twice in this young century Palestinians have been offered their own state in Gaza and the West Bank, with a capital in East Jerusalem, and twice they have refused. Twice Israel has offered to dismantle substantial numbers of settlements as the price of compromise, and twice the Palestinians have refused.
Now, increasingly, these offers are moot. Israel has no real partner in peace. In Gaza, Hamas rules with an iron grip, and Hamas will not recognize Israel under any circumstances. In the West Bank, Fatah maintains its own illegitimate one-party rule. Yet in the face of Palestinian violence and Palestinian dysfunction, the Obama administration vents its spleen at Israel, the only party that has proven its willingness to take meaningful risks for peace.
Moreover, Kerry’s reasoning is nonsensical even under its own terms. In his speech, he took specific aim at recent settlement activity that he claims makes a two-state solution less viable. Yet the resolution the United States allowed to pass the U.N. Security Council declares all settlement activity unlawful, even those “settlements” — like the suburbs of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem — that would doubtless become part of Israel under any meaningful peace agreement.
The Obama administration was angry at far-flung settlements, so it cast Jewish control of the Western Wall into doubt? That makes no sense, except as an exercise in pure spite.