David Gross

Blessed are the Cheesemakers

Dear Mr President,

In between your busy schedule flying to Colorado for a fundraising event, you saw fit to pick up the phone to call our Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to offer to facilitate peace talks between Israel and Hamas.

As well meaning as the offer is, I hope you won’t be offended if I suggest that you withdraw offer promptly.

You see, when it comes to building bridges, engendering confidence in opposing parties and resolving conflict – you are just not very good it.

You have successfully antagonised a section of your own population that one of the most pragmatic Republicans, Eric Cantor, lost his seat to a plucky Tea Party candidate, meaning immigration reform is entirely nonviable for the rest of your term. Indeed, you have helped create such a spirit of antagonism that Speaker John Boehner is more interested in suing you then actually legislating.

On the international front,your much vaunted ‘reset’ with Russia has emboldened them to annexe parts of Georgia, Ossetia and parts of the Ukraine.

Your strained relations with Germany following the discovery of another US spy and PNG’ing of the CIA Head of Station.

The indifferent reception of your Pacific ‘pivot’.

“Reaching out to Iran” has seen you stay silent in the face of a stolen election by Ahmadinejad in 2009, as well as the repression that has continued ever since.

The Iranians string out negotiations on the subject of nuclear weapons, all the while developing their weapon capability.

The cack-handed response to Egypt first supporting Mubarak and then not.

Your inaction in Syria has shown to the Gulf States that you are uninterested in the long-term stability in the region.

It emboldened Hezballah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to openly fight on behalf of Assad.

It emboldened Assad to treat his own population with impunity. It showed to Al-Qaeda, Jumaat an-Nusra and the nascent ISIS/ISIL leadership that you do not have the resolve to back up your rhetoric.

This perception has resulted in the following:

1. The de facto dissolution of the State of Iraq.

2. The de facto dissolution of the State of Syria.

3. The emergence of the ISIS Caliphate, which directly threatens the integrity of Jordan, which in turn would lead to direct conflict with Saudi Arabia.

4. One of the worst humanitarian disasters ever.

This brings us to your previous attempts to ‘broker’ peace here. There was that 10 month ‘building freeze’ – because we know houses are far more dangerous than rockets – where Abbas didn’t speak to us until the last month.

There’s the constant, yet totally unwarranted superior tone that you deal with our entire political leadership, given the fact you have been proved wrong time and time again.

Appointing John Kerry as Secretary of State, who decided make 10 trips in 8 months here while all the Syria and Iraq have imploded.

Your failure to condemn the Palestinian ‘unity’ government which include a State Department designated terrorist organisation.

The failure of the State Department to properly oversee where your ‘aid ‘ money goes to support.

The only achievement you can really point to is the fact that there is some extremely low-level cooperation between Israel and the Gulf States with respect to Iran’s nuclear program.

So if it’s all the same to you,  we would prefer you don’t get involved, our neighbours are giving us some problems right now. There seem to be plenty of other issues with which to distract yourself with.

About the Author
David Gross was born in Geneva and grew up in London. He graduated from UCL in 2010 with a B.A. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He has previously served as Southern Fieldworker of Bnei Akiva UK. He has studied and taught in Yeshivat HaKotel, and currently teaches in Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi. He will be starting an MBA at Bar Ilan in the coming academic year.
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