Tom Friedman, the New York Times’ senior resident “I-am-a-Jew-but-I-can’t-stand-Israel” columnist (senior since there are many, so many more) has written:
I truly worry that Israel is slowly committing suicide
He also penned this observation:
Israelis and Palestinians — way too long at war — are trapped in political hothouses of their own making, incapable of surprising each other with anything positive, and desperately in need of a friendly third-party dose of common sense.
Why Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon saw fit to have Friedman visit him is beyond me. After all, Friedman is not going to change his mind, is not going to write anything positive about Israel that might offset any Arab anti-Israel position and surely will not be open-minded about Israel’s needs given the behavior and attitude of the Palestinian Authority these past 22 years since Oslo kicked in.
If he is any example of ‘third-party common sense’, he’d be guilty of assisted murder. But he does actually touch on elements of Israel’s strategic security threats and writes
The nation has nonstate actors, dressed as civilians, armed with rockets, nested among civilians, on four of five borders — Sinai, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria — and he does not want to chance opening a fifth one by just evacuating the West Bank. I get it.
But there has to be some alternative to doing nothing or doing everything. It needs to be an alternative that at least tests Palestinians to really control some territory — and creates some hope that the two communities can separate securely.
Did not Israel test the Palestinian Authority? Did not the first violent act of what would become the Second Intifada occur before Ariel Sharon’s September 28 ascent to the Temple Mount. Did not Israel go through with a further handing over of administration and the redeployment of security personnel despite the terror and that by Netanyahu, especially in Hebron in 1997? Did not Sharon go through with the Disengagement, expelling 8000+ Jews from their homes and the evacuation of their homes and industries? Did not Sharon knuckle to Condoleeza Rice’s demand to leave the Philidelphi Corridor?
The list of surrenderings, yieldings and withdrawals by Israel, not to mention previous events such as Sinai 1957, should be know to Friedman and their lesson as well.
Assuming a pose of the caring cousin, Firedman asks
will it thrive? Will it remain a place where you will want to visit and raise your kids?
Of course, as with Kerry’s boycott threat, that question was a veiled and more than implied warning: America under Obama (about Hillary I don’t want to even think) does not have Israel’s back, no more than one of those teen-aged terrorists.
Friedman’s analysis on the Arab Spring was utterly wrong. His direction on Lebanon was dictated by real threats in Beirut’s hotel dining rooms by PLO ‘diplomats’. His roots are in his Breirah organization links.
“there’s a strong America counterbalancing a strong and thriving China, and not one where you have a strong and rising China and an America that is uncertain, weak and unable to project power economically and militarily it historically did.”
Tom, just exchange America for Israel and China for Arab neighbors and you’ll allow us to have our good life.