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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
America's Growing Isolation Due to Its
Unconditional Support of Israel
By Alan Hart
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 31, 2011
Alan Hart views the growing international isolation of the United States
due to its unconditional support of Israel, as manifested in the recent
condemnation by “all the regional and political groupings on the UN Security
Council” of Israeli settlement activities and settler violence.
A longer headline would have added the words because of President Obama’s
grovelling for Jewish campaign funding and votes.
On 19 December, in
the Jewish Daily Forward, Josh Nathan-Kazis wrote this:
Top-level Jewish fundraisers
from President Obama’s 2008 campaign are sticking with the president in
Despite reports that President Obama faces a loss of Jewish
funders due to his Middle East policy, analysis of a list of elite
bundlers from his 2008 race shows no defections among the president’s
top Jewish supporters in 2012.
That’s not good news for the would-be presidents on the Republican side
who are grovelling for Jewish campaign funds and votes.
On the same day, in what the BBC’s
Barbara Plett called “a highly unusual move”, all the regional and political
groupings on the UN Security Council sharply criticized Israeli settlement
activities. They said in their statements that “continued settlement
building threatened the chances of a future Palestinian state”. They also
expressed dismay at rising settler violence. (“They” were the envoys
representing the European Union, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab Group
and a loose coalition of emerging states known as IBSA, or India, Brazil,
“Despite the unanimity of views, the envoys did not try
to draft a single Security Council statement because they
knew the US would veto it.”
Barbara Plett, BBC correspondent
It was UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant who read the statement of the EU
announcements to accelerate the construction of settlements in the
occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem (,1000 new
housing units tendered for last week), send a devastating message. We
believe that Israel's security and the realization of the Palestinians'
right to statehood are not opposing goals. On the contrary they are
mutually reinforcing objectives. But they will not be achieved while
settlement building and settler violence continues.
As Barbara Plett noted, “Despite the unanimity of views, the envoys did
not try to draft a single Security Council statement because they knew the
US would veto it.” She also noted that the Obama administration’s stance was
that “anything to do with Israeli-Palestinian peace talks belongs in a
US-led bilateral process, not at the UN”. (In my opinion that’s hypocrisy of
the highest order.)
It could be said, and I do say, that such
criticism of Israel’s settlement activities is 44 years too late. So what,
really, is its significance?
My answer is in three parts.
first is that it’s a strong indication of America’s growing isolation
because of the Obama administration’s unconditional support for Zionism’s
The second, related, is that it seems to confirm what
I have been saying and writing for several months – that behind closed doors
almost all of the governments of the world, European governments in
particular, are more than fed up with Israel’s contempt for and defiance of
The third is that the governments of most of the
member states of the UN have come to terms with the fact that Zionism’s
assertion that a Palestinian state on the West Bank, including East
Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip could and would pose a threat to Israel’s
existence is propaganda nonsense of the highest order. (This, of course, is
only of academic interest because the two-state solution has long been dead
if not yet buried.)
When I am thinking about Obama’s grovelling, my
memory recalls a comment made to me by Dr. Hajo Meyer, the passionate
anti-Zionist Nazi holocaust survivor and author of An Ethical Tradition
Betrayed: The End of Judaism.
We had shared a platform in London
and over breakfast the following morning I asked him a question. I said: “Hajo,
you’re well into your eighties and you are being vilified by Zionism’s
verbal hit-men for your efforts to unmask the Zionist monster. Why are you
continuing with your truth-telling? Why don’t you sit back in peace and
quiet and enjoy what’s left of your life?”
He replied with nine
little words. “The first person I see every morning is me,” meaning “I have
to live with myself.”
It’s more than reasonable to assume that Obama
looks in the mirror from time to time. I wonder if he can live with himself.
Israel’s response as delivered by
Karean Peretz, spokeswoman for Israel's UN mission, included this: “The main
obstacle to peace, has been, and remains, the Palestinians' claim to the
so-called right of return and its refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish
That, too, is Zionist propaganda nonsense of the highest
Israel is not a Jewish state. How could it be when about a
quarter of its citizens are Arabs and mainly Muslims? Israel could only be a
Jewish state after it had resorted to a final round of ethnic cleansing.
Israel is a Zionist state.
Because the late Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat kept them informed through a secret channel, Israel’s leaders have
long known that in the event of a two-state solution, the Palestine
Liberation Organization was reluctantly reconciled to the reality of the
right of return being confined to the territory of the Palestinian state,
which would mean that only about 100,000 refugees would be able to return,
with the rest having to accept financial compensation for the loss – the
theft – of their land and rights.
As I explain in my book
Zionism: The Real
Enemy of the Jews, when they decided they had no choice but to be
pragmatic, Arafat and his leadership colleagues took a degree of comfort
from two hopes. One was that all Palestinian refugees everywhere could and
would have a Palestinian passport. The other was that if there was a
two-state solution, it could evolve over one or two generations into one
state for all – i.e. because in peace and partnership enough Israeli Jews
would say something like: “We don’t need two states”. In the event of a
one-state solution coming about by mutual consent, it was assumed on the
Palestinian side at leadership level that, over time, all Palestinians who
wanted to return would be able to return. So, in theory the two-state
solution was not necessarily the end-game on the right of return.