Foreign and Defense Policy

John ‘apartheid’ Kerry

Image Credit: cliff1066™ (Flickr) CC

Image Credit: cliff1066™ (Flickr) CC

You know that moment when your mother-in-law is overheard telling her husband you’re a grasping hussy who isn’t good enough for her son? You always knew it, but you’d never caught her dead to rights? Yeah, that’s how Israel feels in the wake of the widely discussed, applauded, denounced, denied and admitted and apologized for remarks by US SecState Kerry warning Israel could become an “apartheid state.” Israelis on both left and right sensed that that’s how the current administration felt, but they’d never heard it said, you know, out loud.

Sorry to make such a flip analogy, but seriously, people, didn’t we know that this is what Team Obama thinks about Israel? Yes, yes, no administration has had as close a relationship blahblahblah. Yeah yeah, there are Israelis who have said the same thing. There are also Americans who have said the same; but they haven’t been the Secretary of State.

Why does this matter? A few reasons, none of them good.

  1. This gives encouragement to the worst of the Jew haters and Israel haters whose ranks are growing around the world.
  2. This (again) gives the lie to the notion of the United States as an “honest broker” in any peace process.
  3. This further discourages the Arab world from trusting the United States. After Syria, Iraq, signs of a troubling deal with Iran and general retreat, the Arab world has already lost what little trust it had in Washington. US-Israel relations are a barometer of how loyal a friend the US is; and when the president and his people are stabbing the Israelis in the back, where does that put those with whom we have a less close relationship?
  4. This encourages the Irans, Hezbollahs, Hamases and other terrorists that the US relationship with Israel is not what it was, and that Israeli security is of second or third order of importance to the US.

There are plenty more reasons why we should decry the fact that our SecState thinks of Israel in the same breath as he thinks of racist South Africa…. And doesn’t think of the oppression of the Shi’a in the Muslim world as “apartheid,” or the second class status of women in the Middle East as “apartheid,” or the treatment of Palestinians in places like Lebanon as “apartheid.” I’ll leave you to ponder that.

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