Yossi Missri

The 51st star on the US flag? No thanks

In State Department briefings, the reporters often ask Matthew Miller, State Department spokesman, about such and other steps regarding the actions of the State of Israel in the Gaza Strip. Miller persists in answering that “Israel is a sovereign state, and its government will provide the answers to its actions.” On the face of it, Miller’s answer makes sense. But when you think about it deeply, when the spokesperson of the State Department is regularly asked about the policy of the State of Israel, isn’t this a strange event in itself?

The war between Israel and Hamas puzzled the relationship between Israel and the US. On the one hand, genuine friendships. They who understood the magnitude of the crisis in which Israel was in and reached out a hand, or two carrying planes, is the USA. As the war progressed, we saw the never-ending shipments of weapons sent to Israel from the US and the political iron dome that the US gave Israel in the UN Security Council.

But as the war continues, so are the differences between the Israeli government and the American government regarding the conduct of the war and “the day after.” The American administration does not want to miss an opportunity to shape “the day after” and is pressuring Israel to start thinking and acting accordingly. On the other hand, the Israeli government refused to accept the decision on the ground and torpedoed “the day after.” The Israeli government’s lack of choice to make decisions, or rather the option to do nothing, prompts the US to take independent actions.

Israel’s lack of a problem or to introduce humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, an unequivocal demand of the American administration, which, after all, helps the USA to help Israel, caused the USA to start airdropping air aid to the Gaza Strip this week. In US President Joe Biden’s “State of the Nation” speech, the President announced that he had ordered the US military to establish a port in the Gaza Strip to bring humanitarian aid into the Strip. All these steps are taken with the consent of the Israeli government. Still, in practice, they convey weakness and how much the decision-making process is rotten, mainly presenting Israel as a protectorate of the USA.

At the beginning of December, a cartoon showing the world order as the Russians see it was published in the newsletter of the Russian foreign intelligence agency, the equivalent of the Mossad. Not surprisingly, Israel was associated with the American side. How was she portrayed? As a parasite on the American eagle.

Our enemies in the Middle East, led by Iran, present a thesis in which Israel is a protectorate of the USA in the Middle East. The “big devil” and the “little devil” are common phrases in the mouths of senior Iranians. The anti-Western axis, in which the companies of Iran – Russia – China – North Korea and terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah believe in a world view in which the people in the White House in Washington manage Israel.

Israel must prove that it does not accept dictates from the White House. The reluctance of the Israeli decision-makers strengthens our enemy’s belief that Israel is entirely dependent on the US, which will enhance our enemy’s faith in the destruction of Israel and persistence in this struggle. Furthermore, the possible situation is fertile ground for Israel to turn to the US with a proposal that would realize American interests in the Middle East and thus force Israel to a deal it is not interested in.

To avoid such scenarios, the decision-makers in the State of Israel must start making concrete decisions on the ground and show that the State of Israel is the one that will determine its future.

About the Author
Yossi Missri is a correspondent for Channel 13 - Foreign Desk, majoring in Law and Strategy, Diplomacy Government, Reichman University. Podcast: "Around the globe in 40 mins".
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