A game we cannot win

As Prime Minister Netanyahu makes his way toward Washington I am contemplating the nature of realpolitik versus the truth. We have BIbi on one side, pretending that the two-state solution is still viable, though it has demonstrably failed with Gaza as proof.

On the other side we have President Obama pretending that Mahmud Abbas can be Israel’s partner for peace when all indications are to the contrary. President Obama wants us to cede more land, cease building in Judea and Samaria, and release more terrorists from prison while the other side has already dealt the cards for another round of Three Khartoum No’s.

PM Netanyahu will give a masterful speech and look sincere as he pretends that America is Israel’s ally and gives as little as possible. President Obama will swear undying friendship to Israel as he threatens its leader and holds Jonathan Pollard in prison, convicted for espionage but held too long for the crime of being a Jew.

Should we play along with the false notion that Israel alone is responsible for the suffering of its Arab inhabitants whose oil-rich brothers have abandoned them and whose refugee status has been nurtured at length by UNWRA?

I’ll tell you the truth: I’m tired of watching Israel’s prime minister make nice to President Obama.

I’m weary to the bone of listening to a US president tell Israel that building settlements is illegal when there is absolutely no basis to this claim. I don’t care that President Obama is not the first president to say this. I don’t care that he’s not the last.

It’s still at its core, a lie.

It’s a lie to say it, no matter how many times it is repeated, or how loudly it is said. It’s a lie to say that it’s illegal or unjustified or even unhelpful of Jews to build or live in homes in Judea and Samaria.

It’s a nonsensical idea.

It’s a SICK idea.

 (Photo credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO/Flash90)
(Photo credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO/Flash90)

It makes me feel ill at ease to watch our Prime Minister pretend to agree to the idea that if Jews want peace, they can’t live here or there, on their own land, or where they are indigenous.

What sort of peace is this? Who invented this definition of a peace that is the antithesis of peace, in which Jews are forbidden to live in this place or that because they are Jews? And only if we accede will the other side stop killing us? How is this peace? And how did this play out in Gaza?

I want this so bad: I want the Prime Minister to tell the world that he will no longer play this crazy game of chicken in which lies hold sway and the truth is irrelevant. I want us—I want Israel—to stop playing this game RIGHT NOW.

(photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90)
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90)

It’s a dangerous game. It’s a game in which those who kill Jews with rocks, bombs, or knives are the victims, and the Jews occupiers in their own land. In this game, the indigenous relationship of the Jews to their land is brushed off as a silly and irrelevant myth. In this game, the suffering of the enemy is built up into something larger than life that has no cure but to eliminate the State of Israel and to drive its inhabitants into the sea.

It’s a game we cannot win.

The author is a blogger and the communications writer at Kars4Kids.

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Varda Epstein is a blogger and Communications Writer for Kars4Kids.org www.kars4kids.org
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