Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, recently in support of Israel, called them “a racist state.” Rep. Ilhan Omar said, “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also of the left-wing “Squad,“ and other members regularly write anti-Israel tweets with little pushback or consequence.
Cozying Up to the Anti-Israeli Perspective:
They’re not the only ones in Congress who cozy up to the anti-Israeli side. “F*** Zionism. And “F*** you too, France,” wrote CAIR’s National Strategic Communications Director and Chicago Chapter Director Ahmed Rehab in 2019, after the French parliament adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
Over 50 politicians attended a CAIR fundraiser, praising CAIR as the “Leading Muslim community organization in the area.” Illinois Senator Dick Durbin claimed. It has “been at the forefront of so many issues, protecting civil liberties, informing your voters, providing services to the community.”
Ticking Clock: Israel’s Future Hangs on Unwavering Red Lines:
Why do our politicians pander to those who seek Israel’s destruction and then, after that, us? How long does Israel have if we don’t lay down red lines that dare not be crossed? In a world where everything is seemingly fungible or expedient, ‘never say never’ means little. Israel’s population is just under 10 million. The Middle East as a whole is over 400 million. We see support for Israel grow and then wane, depending on the price of oil and how united the opposition is.
Trump’s Abraham Accords only came to pass as a consequence of his own policy change, which no longer linked normalization with Arab nations with a solution to the Palestinian problem. In the past, Arafat and his successors had numerous opportunities for peace with Israel. However, it was never in the interest of militant groups such as Hamas or countries like Iran to allow that to come to pass. While Trump’s delinking led to immediate peace with several Arab countries, the Abraham Accords are moribund under Biden for now.
Israel’s Bridging Beyond Borders:
I lived and worked in Israel before and during the Persian Gulf War. The divide between Israel and the rest of the Middle East is more than geographic. Israel is the only democratic nation in the region. It has survived despite the long odds against it. It is the only homeland in the world for the Jewish people. The area of Israel is 8,550 square miles, including all the disputed areas. For perspective, Israel is about the size of New Jersey, one of the smallest states in our Union. The width of Israel at its narrowest point is only six miles wide. That has been used to Israel’s detriment through numerous invasions and wars. Israel is tough to defend.
Culturally, Israel may have changed a bit since I was there. Still, between people I know who live and work in Israel, plus what anyone can read in open stacks, the hostility between Israel and the Palestinians continues at a fever pitch. Israel is democratic, while the Palestinian territories are not. Iranian-funded Hamas controls the Gaza Strip to the East. Hamas calls for the annihilation of Israel and the death of every Jewish man, woman, and child.
The rest of Israel is nominally controlled by the Palestinian National Authority, the ruling authority in the remaining territories, controlled by the historically violent Fatah Party. Yasser Arafat was formerly the head of the PLO, and Arafat was the first president of the PNA. Arafat was both a nationalist and a socialist, and today’s PLA is primarily run on a socialist model.
Israel’s-Palestinian Cultural Crossroads:-
It is essential to understand why Israel, which admittedly has socialist roots, and the Palestinian territories are culturally and radically different. It is as if you lived in New York City and crossed the Hudson into Haiti. It’s that extreme a difference and is the root of the disaffection. Palestinian children are taught that Israel is an abomination in Allah’s eyes and that its destruction will please him.
The Evolving Tapestry of U.S.-Iraq Relations:
In nearby Teheran, Iranian Mullahs debate how and when nuclear fire will purify Israel. The unthinkable to Western Democracies is very thinkable in Iran. America’s and much of Europe’s calculations are fatally flawed by a belief that Iran will inevitably act in its own self-interest and not risk annihilation if a nuclear strike on Israel were to happen.
The former JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) was a creation of the Obama Administration but was never ratified by Congress. It would have allowed Iran to acquire nuclear weapons eventually. Iran ran circles around us by restricting how we could police the agreement, allowing Iran to continue its nuclear program and develop IRBMs and ICBMs secretly. Worst of all, allowing their reign of terrorism to continue unabated. We even funded all of this with the release of $150 Billion, including flying a planeload of money directly to Teheran as a last-minute requirement of Iran. This proved to its people how weak the West was.
A quick review of where we are with Iran today looks much like we were before. Iran is hijacking ships in the Straits of Hormuz, testing new delivery systems for a future atomic bomb, developing highly enriched fissile material, and fighting a proxy war in Yemen; it seeks to continue destabilizing the rest of the Middle East, calculating ever more ways to destroy Israel in a blinding flash. Why would we believe otherwise?
Our country is divided through a lack of vision, leadership, and competing interests; We are unsure of ourselves and our standing in the world. Our enemies across the globe understand this is a unique time in history because America is so vulnerable. To borrow an old adage:
‘Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.’
Confronting the Ultimate Foe:
We face no greater enemy than ourselves. Our political process is rudderless, whether for political gain, individual vanity, or greed. Without a quick course correction, we may soon face existential challenges of our own making. With the deliberative process and our leadership broken, we flail about seeking to calm the water in whatever manner is easiest to gain essential support, no matter how debased the process becomes or how temporary the outcomes.
Israel exists only by the grace and suffrage of the United States of America.
When and if the day comes that our country’s divisions, already clearly visible, embolden an enemy enough, Israel will cease to exist in that blinding flash of light. I can already hear the cheers from some portions of the world. But that delight will be shortlived. Israel possesses a failsafe that guarantees their retaliatory might in submerged ballistic submarines, carefully protected missile silos, and other unidentified means to punish the world. This second holocaust, made in much the same way as the first, can and will happen when the world again averts its eyes. Only this time, millions upon millions will pay for their disinterest.
I can already hear those who will say, “If I had only known….” We already know. If this comes to pass, Iran meant what it said; the entire world is up for grabs.
Why would so many disbelieve?
God Bless America!
Allan J. Feifer—Patriot
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