US secretary of state John Kerry is nearly as good at talking as his puppet-master Barak Obama. And he has been talking about Israel again over the weekend, saying, “A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second class citizens – or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state. Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality, which is the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get to the two-state solution, which both leaders, even yesterday, said they remain deeply committed to.”
Being interpreted, this prolix gibberish means, I think, that unless Israel agrees to a two-state equality with the Palestinians, then it will be inaugurating regional apartheid and deserve to treated as a pariah.
Why is the US secretary of state oblivious to the fact that Israel has offered the two-states solution over and over again since 1998? That was at the Camp David talks – an event noted for Yasser Arafat’s duplicity and final treachery. His behaviour so appalled Hillary Clinton that, by all accounts, her language turned the air blue over the White House lawn. This is what happened… Arafat agreed to the two-states settlement, then returned to Ramallah and declared the second intifada, a murderous terrorist uprising against Israeli civilians.
Israel does not operate an apartheid system to the detriment of Palestinians. For years, until Arafat’s criminal and disastrous intifadas, the state of Israel was the only place in the region where Palestinians could find gainful employment – their own disgusting regime being so shambolic and economically moribund. Israel took the extreme step of closing its borders to Palestinians only when Arafat’s gangs resumed their pastime of blowing up buses in Jerusalem – the open-air fruit and vegetable market twice – and firing rockets from Gaza at Israel’s southern towns. Many were the days that schoolchildren in Sderot spent more time in air raid shelters than in the classroom. Gaza, ruled by Hamas, is Lord of the Flies with Katyusha rocket launchers.
Israel is the only democratic, civilised state in the region and four times since 1948 has been forced to fight defensive wars against the surrounding barbarians who for sixty-six years have been bent on its destruction. Ben Netanyahu has been excoriated by Obama and Kerry, the Arabists in the British Foreign Office, the BBC and The Guardian endemic for calling off the current round of peace talks. What else was a responsible statesman supposed to do when his conversation partners across the table last week declared their merger with the terrorists of Hamas?
Why does John Kerry find it so hard to understand these things? Mr Kerry: we have a saying in these parts, “There’s none so blind as will not see.”