A Complacent West Confronts a Smug Israel

Words can act as bombs by creating panic and disarray so that the adversary becomes totally confused. Israel has written the book on how to get its way by throwing the ‘word bomb.’ Isn’t it obvious that the announcement to build 1,600 new homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo is part of a contrived plan? After all, the Prime Minister must have had many discussions of these plans with his Interior Minister. He showed this by replying quickly to the facts concerning the planned construction. Besides, why was it necessary for the Interior Ministry to make a public disclosure? To whom was he disclosing the information? Unless the world recognizes the orderliness of the disorderly conduct, the Middle East will continue its path of additional destruction. The well contrived plan of bombing the ‘negotiations’ with a seemingly off-hand remark that the Interior Ministry plans 1600 new homes for East Jerusalem has had its effects. Start with the Palestinian Authority’s position.

The ‘word bomb’ places the Palestinian Authority in a no-win situation. If the PA ignores the ‘word bomb,’ then it tacitly approves settlement expansion. If the PA halts peace talks, then it leaves itself open to the usual remark, carried by the world press, “The Authority is looking for a chance to halt negotiations.”  Besides, without negotiations conducted with a watchdog USA, how can the Palestinian Authority prevent Israel from doing whatever it wants?

U.S. Vice President Biden, in a speech to Tel Aviv University, displayed subservience to Israel, belittled the American Executive Department and insulted all Americans. The American VP proclaimed that “Israel (who constantly embarrasses the United States and shows no remorse) is our greatest friend.” As a friend, he was compelled to “deliver the hardest truth.” He also appreciated Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s clarifications on the housing expansion issue.

Israel’s settlement expansion plans placed the American administration in the predicament of either admitting its decades of support for the problematic state has been fruitless or demonstrating that by its powerful nature it can overcome all obstacles and bring peace to the Middle East. Decades of American involvement in Middle East situations show the opposite; the U.S. government has contributed more to violence then to Middle East stability. Either the powerful U.S., who can intimidate all lesser nations, either does not know how to use its strength to force a just and peaceful solution or is deceiving the world in characterizing its role as an ‘honest broker.’

By its ‘harmless’ declaration Israel achieved a win-win position. 

The Likud government tested the waters; an attempt to harmlessly voice that settlement construction in East Jerusalem is separate from those in the West Bank, and the former will not be considered in the talks. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu postured that negotiations are difficult, not because of him, but because of severe differences in the cabinet. It is entirely possible that during the talks a pre-arranged government collapse will occur and emergency measures, due to change in administration, will halt the meetings. In addition, knowing that President Obama does not favor him, the Israeli Prime Minister struck his own blow of contempt and made President Obama seem weak and servile.  

Scratching their heads, political pundits wonder why the U.S. and European Union remain complacent to Israel’s virulent nationalism and aggressive militarism and behave subservient to Israel. The answer can only be that the western powers benefit from Israel’s actions or at least sense there is a sufficiently satisfactory tradeoff for condoning them.  What does Israel offer the western powers, which then permits it a free hand to conduct its military and oppressive actions?

Numerous assassinations by Israeli operatives, and disclosed espionage for Israel in western nations without these nations demanding restitution or apologies from Israel indicates western nations approve the assassinations and spying. U.S. and European Intelligence agencies need Israel Intelligence to complement their activities. No intelligence agency has the unique qualities as that of Israel. Its intelligence consists of the ubiquitous Mossad and an unusual array of planted Israel supporters in almost every nation on the globe who conduct surveillance and distribute propaganda for Israel.

The equation, which yields more pluses than negatives to Israel’s relations with the western world, omits one key characteristic; Israel, unlike the western world, does not suffer from international terrorism or Radical Islam. Israel’s relatively mild punishment comes from a reaction to its land seizures from, and oppression of, the Palestinian people. However, Israel’s policies, when supported by western nations, incite international terrorism and provoke Radical Islam. Since Israel receives support from the world’s engagement with terrorism and Radical Islam, it is in Israel’s interests not to be concerned with its role of aggravating the two dangers to western life. 

Then we have the western fear that an organized and highly developed Arab world could contest western economic and military superiority and diminish western influence throughout the world. Israel’s and several Arab nations’ policies oppose western concepts of democratic values, human rights and equality of opportunity. Nevertheless, Israel’s continuous encroachment on Arab lands and its incessant wars are not challenged due to the creation of upheavals that suppress advances towards a powerful and united Arab world.

The United States will support Israel’s quest for peace until the last Palestinian. When the Israeli ‘word bomb’ morphs into the Israeli nuclear bomb, and the safety of the entire world is threatened, then the U.S. might recognize the self-destructive nature of its Middle East polices. Let’s hope it will not be too late.

Dan Lieberman publishes commentaries on foreign policy, economics, and politics at substack.com.  He is author of the non-fiction books A Third Party Can Succeed in America, Not until They Were Gone, Think Tanks of DC, The Artistry of a Dog, and a novel: The Victory (under a pen name, David L. McWellan). Read other articles by Dan.

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  1. MichaelKenny said on March 19th, 2010 at 10:00am #

    “Scratching their heads, political pundits wonder why the U.S. and European Union remain complacent …” They need scratch their heads no longer, at least as far as the EU is concerned! The Wall St banksters’ attack on the euro is why the EU treads warily in regard to Israel. The American dinosaur is mortally wounded, but not yet dead, and for that very reason, more dangerous and more hysterical than ever. Increasingly in panic, the Israel Lobby has bared its fangs at the EU: “toe our line, or we’ll wreck your economy”. That’s what Israel “offers” to Europe. It points a gun at Europe’s head. The beauty of that is that Israel and its supporters have been smoked out. They have been forced to attack the EU openly. Never again can anyone credibly claim that the EU is in America’s “pocket” or that it is “complicit” or even “complacent” in anything that the US or its Israeli master does. The fight is moving into its terminal phase.

  2. bozh said on March 19th, 2010 at 10:47am #

    i can just repeat what i already have said in my previous post regarding the same matter: Expect the worst: Worst being business as usual. And even the worst for israelis: one binat’l state.
    Which cld be the best thing that cld happen to shemites of the three cults. tnx

  3. Mulga Mumblebrain said on March 19th, 2010 at 1:16pm #

    The Western political, business and propaganda elites support Israel because they are psychopaths,and Zionism is psychopathy allied to absolute, fundamentalist, racial supremacism. Market capitalism, a Western invention based on the ideology of racial and civilisational superiority, on limitless elite avarice,and boundless class and xenophobic hatred for those ruthlessly exploited, creates ruling elites who display all the features of classic psychopathy. Contempt for others, lack of compassion, hypertrophied egomania, ready recourse to lying and dissembling, preference for violent solutions to conflicts etc, are all traits that the poor world knows well from centuries of Western interference and aggression.In a way Israel is simply the last European settler project, where the indigenous untermenschen are being dispossessed to make room for the superior Western ubermenschen with their insatiable lust for lebensraum.Israel does differ somewhat in basing its claim to another people’s land on arrogant assertion of prior rights based on nothing but religious myths and insufferable arrogance and presumption.
    Furthermore, the Jews enjoy unique advantages in that they are the richest such minority tribe in history,and Western capitalist societies are inherently corrupt.The Jews simply buy acquiescence,nowhere more clearly than in the US, Canada, the UK and increasingly in Europe.This unique power, ruthlessly exercised, and fiendishly cynical abuse of the feelings of sympathy and compassion felt by all decent people over the Nazi Judeocide, allow Israel to get away with murder.Unfortunately for all of us, the Jews in particular, but their neighbours and victims even more so, Israel has, through its years of pitiless brutality inflicted on the defenceless Palestinians, become a more and more brutal and murderous society.Add to that sorry development the rise to dominance of fundamentalist zealots who regard all non-Jews as a type of hostile animal, and you have a recipe for certain catastrophe, as we are witnessing.