This week saw the visit of Benjamin Netanyahu to the white house. His long awaited meeting with Obama was anticipated by many groups and many more individuals especially Jews.
For some the fear of Israel and the US drifting apart on the the issue of Palestine and the solutions as to its status was a central focus for most and hence as to the outcome.
What ensued was seemingly an agreement to disagree. Obama insisting that a two state solution was still the only viable option and BIBI unwilling to commit to a scenario and process that till now had not achieved its desired ends.
However there was still plenty of rhetoric as to the intrinsic, and undeniable support of the U.S for Israel. Still friends after all these years. Hmm that’s a song I think?
Iran still loomed as the mutual enemy, but again U.S Policy at least in the short term remains steadfast in its desire to subdue Iran by political and economic means. Israel meanwhile waits with its finger on the the “go” button for a defensive strike.I wouldn’t hold my breath fearing that happening.
The world is a vastly different place to 1981 when the then Begin government ordered the strike against the almost completed nuclear reactor in the city of Osirak Iraq.
Then Israel sited
The atomic bombs which that reactor was capable of producing whether from enriched uranium or from plutonium, would be of the Hiroshima size. Thus a mortal danger to the people of Israel progressively arose.
Today the reactor is already complete and Iran has the capacity and missiles although not the stockpile as yet to deliver on its promise of annihilation.
Oh and a strange but true fact. Did you know that one of the pilots involved was Ilan Ramon who trained as Israel’s first astronaut but was killed in the Columbia shuttle disaster in 2005
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu exactly seven years ago, in a strong warning against giving in to international pressure on Israel in “final status” talks with the Palestinian Authority said this
“The biggest mistake that can be made is to promise the greatest prize for Palestinian terrorism: the establishment of their own independent state. Most people now feel that a state under Arafat would be a terrorist fortress dedicated to our destruction.
This is what Bibi said in 2002 and true to his word he continues to insist that a Palestinian state is not the best interests of Israel. At least at this point in time.
So where does that leave us. I say us because the future of Israel is inexorably tied to all Jews around the world. Zionists or not.
What disturbs me is that some and thankfully they are a minority see the only solution as being the expulsion of all the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza. Annexing the territories and saying thanks for coming guys, but Egypt , Jordan these people are now your problem like it or not.
To many this seems like the only solution for Israel’s security. However I suggest that there in lays the problem, is it in the best interest of Jewish security. That solution is I propose is not a Jewish answer to the problem , but an Israeli one.
On that I will write more after Shabbat as there is much I wish to talk about.
May I wish all you a safe and happy Shabbat where ever you are. May you spend it with all those that you care and love in whatever manner you do.