Israel’s American Friends

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Originally published in the Jerusalem Post.

Two weeks ago, US Congressman Joe Walsh published an op-ed in the The Washington Times in which he called for the US and Israel to abandon the two-state solution.

After running through the record of Palestinian duplicity, failed governance, terrorism and bad faith, he called for Israel to apply its sovereignty to Judea and Samaria. In his words, Israel should “adopt the only solution that will bring true peace to the Middle East: a single Israeli state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Israel is the only country in the region dedicated to peace and the only power capable of stable, just and democratic government in the region.”

The evidence that the two-state paradigm has failed is overwhelming. The Palestinians’ decision to reject statehood at Camp David in 2000 and launch a terror war against Israel made clear that they had not abandoned their refusal from 1947 to accept partition of the Land of Israel with the Jews.

So, too, the Palestinians’ election of Hamas in the 2006 elections, and their missile war against Israel from Gaza in the aftermath of Israel’s complete withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, all made clear that they are not interested in a Palestinian state. Rather, their chief desire is Israel’s annihilation.

Consequentially, there is no chance whatsoever that the two state paradigm can work.

Indeed, the fact that there is no Palestinian leader willing to recognize Israel’s right to exist makes clear that if a Palestinian state is established in Judea and Samaria – in addition to the de facto Palestinian state in Gaza – that state will be in state of war with Israel. All territory under its control will be used to attack the rump Jewish state.

Given the abject failure of the two-state paradigm, it is abundantly clear that for all the complications that may be associated with the application of Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, it is a better option for Israel than Israeli surrender of the areas.

Walsh’s op-ed is not his first statement of support for Israeli annexation. Last September, ahead of the UN general assembly, Walsh authored Congressional Resolution 394 supporting Israel’s right to annex Judea and Samaria in the event that the Palestinians asked the UN to recognize a Palestinian state outside the framework of a peace treaty with Israel. Forty-four other congressmen co-sponsored the resolution.

And this makes sense.

The Palestinians’ decision to turn the issue of Palestinian statehood over to the UN constituted a substantive breach of the treaties the PLO signed with Israel. Those agreements stipulated that both sides agreed that their conflict would be solved through negotiations and not through unilateral actions. By ending negotiations with Israel and turning the issue of statehood over to the UN, the Palestinians canceled their treaties with Israel. Consequently, Israel is no longer bound by those accords and is free to take its own unilateral actions, including applying its laws to Judea and Samaria as it did in Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in the past.

For his unstinting support for Israel, Walsh has been subject to an unbridled assault by leftist American Jews. Ron Kampeas from JTA, for instance,attacked Walsh, accusing him of being no different than Israel’s enemies who seek to destroy Israel by ending its ability to define itself as a Jewish state through what they refer to as the “one-state solution.”

Kampeas blasted Walsh for suggesting that Palestinians unwilling to live under Israeli rule could move to Jordan which, with its 75-percent Palestinian majority, is effectively the Palestinian state. To back up his condemnation, Kampeas quoted Robert Wright’s excoriation of Walsh in The Atlantic.

There Wright wrote, “Offhand, I don’t recall a member of Congress in my lifetime saying anything so grotesquely at odds with American ideals about ethnic relations and for that matter basic human rights.”

For its part, the Jewish-run anti-Israel lobby J Street is mobilizing its supporters to bring about Walsh’s defeat in the November elections by soliciting contributions to his Democratic challenger. J Street executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami wrote that “Walsh’s prescription amounts to a call for an end to Israel as the democratic home of the Jewish people.”

It is hard to know where to begin a discussion of this assault in which Jewish Americans attacked one of Israel’s strongest supporters simply because he had the temerity to recognize reality and call for the US to support an Israeli victory against our enemies who seek our destruction.

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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.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      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!