Why Republicans Must Take the Lead on Israel: A Postscript


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What had I proposed? That the Republicans recognize that the Jews of Israel have rights.

Now I know that this is a novel proposition, as the world is fond of talking about Israeli obligations and Israeli malfeasance. What I didn’t know is how much anxiety this generates in some quarters and how radical a divergence from normative political thinking this is perceived as being.

If we are going to speak about pressure on Israel, we must look at the messages President Obama has been delivering for almost four years now.  Always and ever, the onus has been on Israel.  And it is precisely this pressure that generates the constraints with which Netanyahu must contend.

Israel was supposed to freeze settlement construction in order to bring Abbas to the table. This had not been a PA demand until Obama advanced it as a condition for starting negotiations.  And Israel was told by the president that negotiations would have to start with the premise that the border of a Palestinian state would be the ’67 line, with adjustments.  Never mind that there is a Security Council resolution that determined that this would not provide Israel with a secure border. Israel has been pressured, as well, to make “confidence building” gestures to the PA, via such acts as releasing prisoners.

The absolute given in all circumstances has been the assumption that a Palestinian state would ultimately be founded in most or all of Judea and Samaria.  Never mind that the PA still utilizes school books that praise jihad and leave Israel off its maps; or that it honors terrorists on a regular basis; or that it is in “unity” negotiations with the terrorist Hamas.  Israel is supposed to keep trying.

Now let’s look at the message that would be delivered by Republicans prepared to say that Israel has the right to settle in Judea and Samaria:

It would tell the prime minister that, instead of feeling coerced—boxed into one politically correct scenario—he is finally being provided with options:

Republican recognition of Israeli rights would not obligate Israel to adopt any particular policy.  Simply because you have the right to do something does not mean you must do it.  Decisions regarding the Levy Report would remain in the hands of the Israeli government, and Binyamin Netanyahu might still table it.

However, should he wish to officially accept the findings of the report, or, even more, advance settlement in Judea and Samaria in accordance with Israel’s rights, he would know that some political elements in the US—possibly the predominant political elements—would be supportive. Obama is fond of saying that, “We have Israel’s back.” But here it would truly be the case.

This assurance would remove some of the constraints the prime minister now feels as he makes his decisions. He would have greater freedom to make choices based on what is truly best for Israel.

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    The very idea that Netanyahu would make decisions that were not in the best interests of Israel
    is indicative of shock created by interminable denial by the Palestinians of absolutey anything
    Israel does that suggests it is alive and well. The hammering of denial of Israel has created a
    psychosis freezing the blood of Israeli politicians that are not leftist and suicide exhultants.
    There are no borders that will be safe for Israelis if Palestinians, Hamas, Hezbollah or any
    Islamist horde sits on waiting for the chance to strike, no international aprobrium strong enough
    to stay the murderers hands. The only thing that will give safety to Israel is the one state solution
    and borders that are empty of all but nature and God's blue sky, Israel must expand and show
    the way against intransigent evil. Repblicans should take up Israels cause because it is right.
    Lets see if the Republicans can take up the right and honorable action, it will ring true with
    the majority of American voters who are sick to death with the catering to murdering thugs.
    William

  • WildJew

    Arlene, last week you wrote: "Prime Minister Netanyahu may well not be at the forefront of this process. There is in fact good reason to assume he will not be, for he is bound by a number of constraints. For example: a primary concern of his, with valid reason, is the nuclear advancement of Iran. His interest in securing the cooperation of the U.S. in dealing with Iran may make it necessary for him to continue to assume the politically correct “two-state” stance…."

    Today you write: "Now, the prime minister may in due course accept those (Levy's) findings. Or, feeling interna­tional political constraints, he may decide to simply table the issue…."

    Tabling the Levy report is not acceptable. Pressure should be brought to bear on the prime minister by his supporters to adopt the Levy Committee findings. On July 29th Mitt Romney sat down to an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

    Blitzer asked Romney: "Do you consider Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel?"

    Romney: "Yes of course, a nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city and Jerusalem is Israel's capital."

    Clearly Governor Romney is following Netanyahu's lead on Jerusalem because the prime minister has made it abundantly clear time and again, Jerusalem is Israel's eternal (undivided) capital.

    Likewise in the December 10, 2011 Iowa debate, Romney said: "….the United States of America should not jump ahead of Bibi Netanyahu and say something that makes it more difficult for him to– to do his job…"

    That is why it is incumbent on Prime Minister Netanyahu to take the lead and adopt the Levy Committee report thereby either forcing the Republicans' hand at the upcoming convention or provide Romney the necessary impetus to ask that the platform writing committee alter Republican party policy which since 2004 calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state in Israel's heartland.

    Regards,
    Steve Klein

  • WildJew

    As to Prime Minister Netanyahu's interest in securing the cooperation of the U.S. in dealing with Iran, that does not appear to be a concern presently, at least in the lead-up to the election:

    Obama team panics, forks over new Iran sanctions

    By Jennifer Rubin

    Contrary to liberal political pundits’ talking point of the day (Romney’s trip: Bad!), at least the Israel portion of the trip was so successful, and the embarrassment to President Obama so great (from the Israeli prime minister’s statement that sanctions haven’t worked and from Mitt Romney’s willingness to declare Jerusalem the capital), that the Obama team Tuesday rushed out what it has strenuously refused to present for seven months, namely more Iran sanctions. By executive order Obama agreed to sanction two financial institutions and make one of the Iranian financial work-arounds sanctionable…."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/po

    • Kufar Dawg

      These "sanctions" are a waste of time. They're just a political dog and pony show to make the zero and his regime look like they're doing something. There was an article recently right here on FPM that exposed the fact there are so many exceptions to the sanctions on a worldwide basis they're pointless.

    • Shoshana Rubin

      Thanks for Rubin's article!

  • Bert

    Only those Intellectuals with difficulty seeing truth, justice and reality are agonizing over finding a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The solution is to acknowledge and to state the simple truth: Jordan is already Palestine with a large majority of her population being Palestinians. Let all the Palestinians in Judea Samaria, Gaza and even inside Israel go and join their fellow Palestinians in Jordan which is three times the size of israel. The ONLY reason to object is not technical difficulties but rather that such a solution removes the pretext for the destruction of Israel.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    .
    ….."The land of Israel belongs to God, and He has decided to give it to the Jewish nation,
    in accordance with the covenant sealed on Mount Sinai, a covenant that no other nation
    was willing to undertake. After a long exile, we've returned home. We bear no malice toward anyone
    and seek no harm to anyone. But we will not surrender any portion of our land to foreign powers,
    and if foreigners rise up against us to destroy us, we will fight against them and,
    with God's help, we will destroy them."

    ~ Martin Wasserman

  • κατεργάζομαι

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    ~ "The Bible declares that God determined to keep His chosen people separated to Himself (Exodus 33:16; Leviticus 20:26; etc.) because He would bring them back into their land in the last days (Jeremiah 30:10; 31:8-12; Ezekiel 36:24, 35-38; etc.) prior to Messiah’s second coming.

    "That prophecy and promise, so long awaited, was fulfilled in the rebirth of Israel in her Promised Land in 1948, nearly 1900 years after the final diaspora at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Roman armies of Titus.

    "This restoration of a nation after 25 centuries is utterly astonishing, a phenomenon without parallel in the history of any other peoples and inexplicable by any natural means, much less by chance”

    ~ Dave Hunt, A Cup of Trembling, Harvest House, 1995, p. 102.

  • Schlomotion

    Ms. Kushner is at pain to convert the Republican Party of the United States into an Israel-First organization resembling World Likud that reflects their ambitions and not the needs of the United States. Her rhetorical fallback position is a demand "that the Republicans recognize that the Jews of Israel have rights." That is an obnoxious position to take as firstly, that issue is not in dispute, and secondly, she is lying by being overbroad and general. She wants precise and specific violations of our and of international law to be endorsed by the Republican Party. Her weaseling will not stand.

  • Ghostwriter

    You're not fooling anyone with your Jew hatred,Schlockmotion. You hate Jews and want them dead. End of story.

  • Shoshana Rubin

    Arlene, just as it is not up to America if and when Israel strikes Iran, it is not up to the US to offer recognition of an essentually one-state solution, which I endorse, and it means that citizens of Israel will be able to settle in more of Judea, Samaria and all of Jerusalem, our forever capital.

    Why should we Jews expect a Republican policy of the one state solution when the majority of Jewish Americans, who are ignorant of this issue due to the the left's propaganda and intimidation, are for the two state solution?

    I am so tired of Obama blaming Israel for everything under the sun and the moon, I would be thrilled if the Republicans led by Romney, began pressuring the Palestinians.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      When consiering a Palestinian State and reflecting that the ledership steals all of the
      millions donated by the Nations including America and then keep the majority of
      their people in abject poverty, it is a criminally outrageous condition. The Palestinian
      leadership should be forced out and reality let in so that improvement in living
      conditions may improve relationships but this can never happen with demented
      Islamist intrangency forcing and impossible life on their slaves. Israel must take
      the high road and moral position which if the Republicans do not accept it will
      shout to the high heavens they are and have been false, otherwise things may
      come to be as is necessary and a Romney Administration backing Israel.
      William