Israel’s American Friends

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First, it is important to consider the claim that Walsh went against the grain of American ideals by suggesting, “Those Palestinians who wish to may leave their Fatah- and Hamas-created slums and move to the original Palestinian state: Jordan. The British Mandate for Palestine created Jordan as the country for the Palestinians. That is the only justification for its creation. Even now, 75% of its population is of Palestinian descent.”

The fact of the matter is that the two-state paradigm rests on the assumption that the Palestinian state will be ethnically cleansed of Jews before it is established. Whereas Walsh somehow stands in opposition to American ideals for suggesting that the Palestinians may voluntarily immigrate to Jordan, Kampeas, Ben- Ami and their cohorts have no problem with the concept of a Jew-free Palestine and the forcible expulsion of up to 675,000 Jews from their homes in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem simply because they are Jewish.

Aside from their pernicious hypocrisy and moral blindness, what stands out in their assaults on Walsh is that they cannot tell the difference between Israel’s enemies that seek its destruction through the so-called one-state solution, and Israel’s friends, who want it to defeat its enemies and live with security and peace. For the likes of Kampeas and Ben-Ami, there is no difference between Walsh and Israel’s worst enemies.

Part of this problem is their apparent unquestioning acceptance of the myth of a demographic time bomb. They seem not to have noticed that the Palestinian claim that by 2015 there will be an Arab majority west of the Jordan River is a complete fabrication.

The truth is that if Israel applied its laws to Judea and Samaria tomorrow and all the Palestinians in those areas received Israeli citizenship, Israel would still retain a two-thirds Jewish majority. Moreover, all the demographic trends for Israel, including increasing birthrates and positive immigration rates, are positive. And all the demographic trends for the Palestinians, including decreasing birthrates and negative immigration rates, are negative. According to Israeli demographic researcher Yoram Ettinger, by 2030, Jewish will likely comprise 80% of the population of Israel, Judea and Samaria.

So Ben-Ami’s argument that Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria means the end of Israeli democracy is simply incorrect.

But aside from their hypocrisy and refusal to accept simple arithmetic realities, what stands out most clearly in these leftist American Jews’ assault on Walsh is how they have become addicted to the fable of the two-state solution. Their addiction to this fable – that argues that after a century of Palestinian devotion to the annihilation of Israel, the Palestinians are suddenly willing to meet Israel halfway – is what propels these Jewish activists to attack anyone who points out reality. It is what drives them to brand as a foe anyone with the temerity to suggest a better way forward.

The beauty of the two-state fable is that it puts the onus to make peace on Israel’s shoulders.

If it is true that the Palestinians want to make peace, then Israel must make peace. And if all the Palestinians require to make peace is for Israel to quit Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, then that is what Israel must do, together with the 675,000 Jews who live there.

The real tragedy is of course not that the likes of Kampeas and Ben-Ami maintain faith with the fairy tale of Palestinian willingness to live at peace with Israel. The real tragedy is that this myth has been the official policy of the government of Israel for the past 19 years. Since then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin launched the peace process with Yasser Arafat in September 1993, to greater or lesser degrees, every Israeli government has kept faith with the two-state solution lie.

It hasn’t mattered that the Palestinians rejected statehood and peace not once, but twice. It hasn’t mattered that the Palestinians received Gaza lock, stock and barrel with no strings attached and used the territory to launch an illegal missile war against Israeli civilians. The fact that both Arafat and his supposedly moderate successor Mahmoud Abbas rejected partition and maintained their devotion to Israel’s destruction did not stop Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from bowing to US pressure and embracing this fool’s game.

People like Kampeas are the first to bemoan Israel’s sorry state in the realm of public diplomacy. They decry Israel’s hasbara efforts as pathetic and failed. But what they fail to acknowledge is that it is the two-state trap that makes the construction and execution of an effective public diplomacy strategy impossible.

To maintain faith with this failed policy, Israel’s leaders and representatives are not merely required to ignore the history of the past 90 years of Palestinian rejection and aggression.

They are required to ignore current events.

They are forced to ignore not just what happened in 1947, but what happened at 7 o’clock in the morning.

And this brings us back to Rep. Walsh. There may be things to criticize about Walsh’s policy argument. For instance, he calls for the conferral of “limited voting power” on the Palestinians under Israeli sovereignty. In truth, there is no reason for them to receive anything but full voting rights.

But you have to be blind to reality to view him as anything other than a friend of Israel.

Happily, not everyone in Israel remains paralyzed. Members of Knesset have launched repeated attempts in recent months to debate legislation calling for Israel to apply its sovereignty over all or parts of Judea and Samaria. Next Wednesday, MK Miri Regev is holding a conference to launch a new Knesset caucus calling for the adoption of this policy.

In recent years, poll after poll has shown that the majority of Israelis do not believe that the two-state paradigm will bring peace or that if a Palestinian state is formed, it will live at peace with Israel.

And yet, because of the choke-hold that Kampeas and Ben-Ami’s Israeli counterparts have held over the national discourse, the Israeli people have been given no other option to consider. Rather, we have been told over and over again that giving our enemies a veto over our rights, land and security is the only alternative.

Walsh and the 44 congressmen who co-sponsored his resolution are Israel’s friends. We should take heart in their willingness to buck consensus and support us. And we should give careful and responsible consideration to their reasonable and supportive policy recommendations.

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  • Chezwick

    Why the sun has set on the two-state solution?

    Easy…living in peace with non-Muslims is antithetical to the teachings of Islam.

  • James

    I someone who calls themselves a Jew; separates themselves so far from Torah; and, places themselves at odds with the nation of Israel by supporting the enemies of Israel. Is that person still a Jew?

  • dougjmiller

    Caroline, what distract is Joe Walsh in and how can we contribute to his re-election campaign?

  • lugnut

    I support Walsh 100%. He is dead on right concerning NOT dividing the land GOD gave to the jews. Joel 3:2

  • Schlomotion

    Is it any surprise that Mr. Walsh is whoring out for Israel? The man has a lot of financial problems. His condo was foreclosed on in 2009. He was sued by his campaign manager for nonpayment of $20,000 in services. During the 80's and 90's he was subject to federal and state tax liens. In 2011, his wife Laura was suing him for $117,437 in a half-decade of back child support. He doesn't even feed his own children. In 2011 he stopped paying his drivers' insurance and lost his privilege to drive. But you can donate $39 per head to his PAX TV/Zondervan inspired "Faith Under Fire" scheme.

    Suddenly in 2012, Joe Walsh is a born-again Zionist being petted and preened by Frank Gaffney. Clearly The Lobby lined up and wrote him some Israeli slush fund checks on the sly along with all the bribes he got from capital firms and the money from John Boehner. Walsh meets with Danny Danon of the Likud Party in clear violation of the Constitution, representing foreign nations and foreign parties as if they were his own constituents. The only motivation can be bribery.

    Danny Danon is the chairman of "World Likud." What could be more chilling than a name like that? World Likud? Americans should take heed of that. Likud thinks it is a global party and a party in the United States, and it's American representative is the Deadbeat Dad.

    At the time of this writing, Caroline Glick's credentials have been left off the "About" section. Caroline Glick is an Israeli expatriate of the United States who writes for the Jerusalem Post as if she is still an American and Illinois native who gets to kingmake or naysay Illinois' 8th Congressional District. Her bio runs a considerably younger, thinner and less disheveled photo, but the Atlas Shrugged photo ops and the Center For Security Policy screenshots show the truth, a wild-eyed and busted foreign nationalist overreaching into US politics. Her book "Shackled Warrior" should be called "Shekeled Warrior."

    • Zionista

      you aren't fit to shine Glick's shoes – and you know it.

    • Sage on the Stage

      What would YOU know about deadbeat dads? YOU support Palestinian terrorists, who blow up their own children. And you constantly project your problems onto the subjects/authors of these articles; as in "wild-eyed and busted," a good description of yourself. Get some help…you need it. World Likud? Strange…I never heard of it.


      You are jealous of Israel and the Jewish people. Sad.

  • Sage on the Stage

    Great, great article by Caroline Glick. One has only to look at how the Palestinians have handled Gaza,
    from 2005 to the present, to realize how they would handle a formal Palestinian state(i.e., it would become
    a terrorist training ground from which missiles would be launched at Israel, daily) Unfortunately, there are many young Israelis, and American Jews(who are busy teaching Bedouins) who don't stop to consider that a Palestinian state would be judenrein. If they are aware of this, it evidently doesn't concern them. What would it take to get Israel's government to implement Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria?

  • Ghostwriter

    One thing is clear. The Israelis are pro-American. The Muslim world is not pro-American and never really has been. The Israelis care about Americans. The Muslims don't. It's a shame Schlobrain doesn't understand these simple concepts.

    • Schlomotion

      Well, if you are of the correct genetic persuasion, their door is open to you.

      • neils60

        Schlomo, There's no evidence that Cong. Walsh's proposals aren't due to the facts listed by Caroline Glick. You fail show that his finances play any role in his op ed piece.

        • Schlomotion

          I know. Similarly, they failed to show for decades exactly how it was that cigarettes cause cancer.

  • marios

    "War is ordained by Allah, and all Muslims must be willing to fight, whether they like it or not." 2:216
    “Allah’s Apostle said, The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him’” (4.52.177).
    Above are Koran itself. is it possible peace with those whos duties to kill all infidels? Who dream about "Islam will dominate in the world"?

  • marios

    J street is established by Nazis colloborant G. Soros who made his first profit on Jews death, who hand all are in jewish blood. j Streets leader are JINO, Jews in name only. They sold not only themselve for Oil petrodollars but sold even their children life. In violation of the League of Nation mandate to reestablish Jewish state on the historically jewish land, promised by G-d Land, Britain established on 2/3 of that land Arab state of Trans-Jordan, now named Jordan. More than 70% of Jordan state are Arabs of Palestine ("Palestinians"). How many Jews live in that state? Zero. In contrary in israel live more than 1ML "Palestinians". Are enemies of Israel J Street mean under 'two state solution" that those Palestinians will be relocated to a new, next "Palestinian state", Falastine?

  • Ronald Johnston

    America has millions of acres of land just like Israel used to have.. We could absorb all the Jews in the world and give them homestead exemptions on whatever acreage could make a successful farm out of the arid desert. They would make the desert bloom, just like they did in Israel. The professional people of Israel would make a welcome addition to this country's depleted ranks. They would also make a welcome addition to our military. Let the Arabs have Israel. It will be desert again!