the Anti-Israeli Sentiment?
of State John Kerry, echoing other policymakers in the Obama administration,
blasted Israel last week in a 70-minute rant about its supposedly
does the world -- including now the U.S. -- single out liberal and lawful Israel
but refrain from chastising truly illiberal countries?
has never sermonized for so long about his plan to solve the Syrian crisis that
has led to some 500,000 deaths or the vast migrant crisis that has nearly
wrecked the European Union.
one in this administration has shown as much anger about the many thousands who
have been killed and jailed in the Castro brothers' Cuba, much less about the
current Stone Age conditions in Venezuela or the nightmarish government of
President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, an ally nation.
Obama did not champion the cause of the oppressed during the Green Revolution of
2009 in Iran. Did Kerry and Obama become so outraged after Russia occupied South
Ossetia, Crimea and eastern Ukraine?
to the United Nations Samantha Power was never so impassioned over the borders
of Chinese-occupied Tibet, or over Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus.
terms of harkening back to the Palestinian "refugee" crisis that
started in the late 1940s, no one talks today in similar fashion about the Jews
who survived the Holocaust and walked home, only to find that their houses in
Eastern Europe were gone or occupied by others. Much less do we recall the 11
million German civilians who were ethnically cleansed from Eastern Europe in
1945 by the Soviets and their imposed Communist governments. Certainly, there
are not still "refugee" camps outside Dresden for those persons
displaced from East Prussia 70 years ago.
recently, few nations at the U.N. faulted the Kuwaiti government for the
expulsion of 200,000 Palestinians after the liberation of Kuwait by coalition
forces in 1991.
on nearly every issue -- from "settlements" to human rights to the
status of women -- U.N. members that routinely violate human rights target a
President Obama entered office, among his first acts were to give an interview
with the Saudi-owned news outlet Al Arabiya championing his outreach to the
mostly non-democratic Islamic world and to blast democratic Israel on
the reason for such inordinate criticism of Israel is sheer cowardice. If Israel
had 100 million people and was geographically large, the world would not so
readily play the bully.
the United Nations and Europe would likely leave it alone -- just as they give a
pass to human rights offenders such as Pakistan and Indonesia. If Israel were as
big as Iran, and Iran as small as Israel, then the Obama administration would
have not reached out to Iran, and would have left Israel alone.
supposed Western friends sort out Israel's enemies by their relative natural
resources, geography and population -- and conclude that supporting Israel is a
bad deal in cost/benefit terms.
the criticism of Israel is explained by oil -- an issue that is changing daily
as both the U.S. and Israel cease to be oil importers.
about 40 percent of the world's oil is sold by Persian Gulf nations. Influential
nations in Europe and China continue to count on oil imports from the Middle
East -- and make political adjustments accordingly.
anti-Israel rhetoric is due to herd politics.
Palestinians -- illiberal and reactionary on cherished Western issues like
gender equality, homosexuality, religious tolerance and diversity -- have
grafted their cause to the popular campus agendas of race/class/gender
nations in general do not worry much about assorted non-Western crimes such as
genocides, mass cleansings or politically induced famines. Instead, they prefer
sermons to other Westerners as a sort of virtue-signaling, without any worries
over offending politically correct groups.
the piling on Israel is due to American leverage over Israel as a recipient of
U.S. aid. As a benefactor, the Obama administration expects that Israel must
match U.S. generosity with obeisance. Yet the U.S. rarely gives similar
"how dare you" lectures to less liberal recipients of American aid,
such as the Palestinians for their lack of free elections.
the cause of global hostility toward Israel is jealousy. If Israel were mired in
Venezuela-like chaos, few nations would care. Instead, the image of a proud,
successful, Westernized nation as an atoll in a sea of self-inflicted misery is
grating to many. And the astounding success of Israel bothers so many failed
states that the entire world takes notice.
partly, the source of anti-Israelism is ancient anti-Semitism.
Israelis were Egyptians administering Gaza or Jordanians running the West Bank
(as during the 1960s), no one would care. The world's problem is that Israelis
are Jews. Thus, Israel earns negative scrutiny that is never extended
commensurately to others.
and his diplomatic team should have known all this. Perhaps they do, but they
simply do not care.