Will the United
States of America survive the last 23 days of the Obama administration? Yes, we
will! Will Israel survive the administration’s “search for peace in the Middle
East”? Yes, it will! Will the actions of the outgoing Obama administration make
finding peace in the Middle East more difficult? Yes, it definitely will!
Secretary of State John Kerry proved today that he is just as anti-Israel, anti-Semitic,
and evil as Barack Obama. Kerry spoke for approximately 70 minutes “with a
clarity and harshness almost never heard from American diplomats when
discussing one of their closest and strongest allies” as he too assaulted Israel.
He claimed to be “driven by a desire to save Israel from `the most extreme
elements’ in its own government.’ With his voice “animated,” Kerry said, “The
status quo is leading toward one state and perpetual occupation.”
The Obama administration caused
a great break in the relationship between Israel and the United States. This
break is “a breach rarely seen since President Harry S. Truman recognized the
fragile Israeli state in May 1948.” Mr. Kerry said, “Some seem to believe that
the U.S. friendship means the U.S. must accept any policy, regardless of our
own interests, our own positions, our own words, our own principles – even
after urging again and again that the policy must change…. Friends need to tell
each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect.”
expect President-elect Donald Trump to strengthen the relationship with Israel.
As a starter, he plans to nominate David M. Friedman as the new U.S. Ambassador
to Israel. Friedman “has broken with even the pretense of supporting a
two-state negotiated agreement and has helped fund some of the settlements”
denounced by Kerry.
Even though on vacation, Mr.
Trump rejected Kerry’s speech even before it was delivered by posted two
messages on Twitter. After the Security Council vote last week, he posted,
“Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!” This morning
he posted, “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu called Kerry’s speech a “deep disappointment.” He later released a video message stating:
“The entire Middle East is going up in flames, entire countries are toppling,
terrorism is raging and for an entire hour the secretary of state attacks the
only democracy in the Middle East…. Maybe Kerry did not notice that Israel is
the only place in the Middle East where Christmas can be celebrated in peace
and security. Sadly, none of this interests the secretary of state.”
Mr. Netanyahu was not the only
one lambasting Kerry’s assault. Senator John McCain calls it a “pointless
tirade” while Senator Charles Schumer, the incoming Senate Democrat leader,
thinks that Kerry “emboldened extremists on both sides.”
Senator Ted Cruz also issued a statement condemning the speech. His statement begins, “Like
bitter clingers, President Obama and Secretary Kerry are spending every last
minute of this administration wreaking havoc domestically and abroad. With
their last breath in office, they have struck at Israel, through the United
Nations and through today’s disgraceful speech.
“These acts are shameful. They
are designed to secure a legacy, and indeed they have: history will record and
the world will fully understand Obama and Kerry as relentless enemies of Israel.
Their actions were designed to weaken and marginalize Israel, and to embolden
“Kerry’s speech drew a stunning
moral equivalence between our great ally Israel and the Palestinian Authority,
currently formed in a `unity’ government with the vicious terrorists of Hamas.
Secretary Kerry declared the Hamas regime in Gaza `radical,’ in the same way he
declared the duly-elected government of Israel `extreme.’ He declared vicious
terrorism sponsored by Hamas equal to Israeli settlements in West Bank. And he
equated Israel’s celebration of its birth with the Palestinian description of
this event as the `disaster.’ …
“All Americans who understand
the value of the U.S.-Israel alliance must immediately and unequivocally reject
their [Obama’s and Kerry’s] false and dangerous narrative, and reassert our
fundamental commitment to Israel’s security….”
Senator Marco Rubio issued his own statement on Kerry’s speech:
“The greatest immediate threat to the future of Israel is not a stalled
peace process, or settlements, but the abandonment of the Jewish state by the
current U.S. administration at a time when it needs America’s support more than
There are only 23 days until
there is a new President of the United States. I have no doubt that President
Donald Trump will strength the U.S.-Israeli relationship, but I know that the
Obama administration has made his job more difficult. With senators like Cruz
and Rubio – and even Senators McCain and Schumer speaking out against the
administration, President Trump should have no problem defunding the United
Nations until a change is made.