Recently, many news outlets in Israel reported that John Kerry was blaming Israel at least in part for the failed peace talks. Israel’s opposition head, MK Herzog, and others were quick to attack the coalition lamenting the loss of our brownie points that have now been lost in the eyes of the world.
The truth is however, Israel is blameless.
Israel offered to release terrorists from Israeli custody into the arms of the celebrating Palestinian Arab public of Ramallah and Nablus.
Israel offered numerous times to uproot Israeli towns from Judea and Samaria. Israel has offered to destroy Jewish synagogues so that mosques can be built in their place.
Israel went through with these painful offers. Israel retreated from Gaza, digging up graves of loved ones and destroying synagogues.
In response Israel got rockets and terror.
Israel went through with the painful offer of releasing murderous terrorist to a cheering crowd. In response Israel got more terrorists and more terror.
Israel went through with its offer to freeze building in Judea and Samaria. In response Israel got a major housing crises and of course even more terror.
Wouldn’t it be great though if Israel were to blame for the failed talks? Wouldn’t Israel be better off?
Wouldn’t Israel be better off if Israel were to blame for the talks but its citizens would still be able to build in their homeland?
Wouldn’t Israel be better off if Israel were to blame for the talk but murderous terrorists would never see day light again?
Wouldn’t Israel be better off if Israel were to blame for the failing peace talks but the bodies of its citizens who have passed on could remain buried?
Wouldn’t Israel be better off if Israel was to blame for the failed peace talks but Israel would not have rockets flying in from a piece of land it gave up for peace?
This time around Israel certainly was not to blame for the failed peace talks. Next time however, perhaps it should be. Perhaps Israel would be better off being the blame of the peace talks. For better security, self-respect and of course peace it may just be a fair trade.