The Gift of Harry Truman & the Birth of Israel

Against both General Marshall and legions of anti-semites throughout the State Department, Truman demonstrated profound leadership in midwifing the birth of Israel.  But this gift would require a burden that Israeli political leadership navigated; against profound odds, Ehud Barack’s statesmanship killed the anti-war Israeli left, ushering in a rebirth of freedom that is Israel.

That burden has paid profound socio-political dividends.  Unless we’ve forgotten, let’s recount:

Israel is the only democracy in the Near East. It remains surrounded by militant, terror driven monarchies devoted to keeping Israel in a permanent state of siege.

The ‘Peace Process‘ is a nomenclature, born within unelected fiefdoms of bureaucracy throughout western political life; it has exhausted itself. How can peace be brokered between parties when peace means the extinction of Israel?

This process has finally been exposed for the sham it have become, especially after Arab refusal to acknowledge Israel’s near suicidal accommodation to Arab demands under the tenure of Ehud Barak. Barak’s objective was to maintain strong relations with Israel’s primary partner, America. The impact of Barak’s accommodation was the death of the Israeli left. Israeli self flagellation is over. Arab ambition continues to resonate around weakening Israel’s bilateral relation with its dominate parter.  Even still, with a Shia crescent emerging fast, Arab accommodation is fraught with uncertainties.  Having navigated the wiles of Arab ambition to thwart Israeli security, it remains for Israel alone to engage Iran to secure the interests of Israel.  We should welcome this reckoning.

Arab and global progressive ambition continues to seek a weakening of Israeli-American relations though internationalizing an exhausted, ameliorated domestic conflict. This perpetual campaign is primarily twofold, damage or weaken American resolve toward Israel and drive Israeli self consciousness inward.

As of this writing, Arab ambitions toward Israel have failed.

How best can Israeli political leadership navigate an impending conflict with Iran?  It needs Arab allies.  It needs to strengthen the appeal of Ben-Gurion’s periphery doctrine.  Given Israeli weakness in its conventional means in infantry it must have profound redundancies to capitalize its strengths.  Having Riyadh, East Africa, India and even Azerbaijan ends the tyranny of distance that has plagued previous Israeli statesman.

The opening gambit against Iran has already happened and its contours play favorably to Israeli interests; both the American’s and Jerusalem need to pursue further indigenous development of Arab political culture along western norms of governance.

Only then can agreements be brokered within mutually shared interests, something a small mid-western President implicitly knew.

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North American recruiter for Wikistrat specializing in southwest Asia's political economy. New Yorker at heart, practicing Roman Catholic and husband, father of five kids. Love Israel.