THE DEMISE OF PAX AMERICANA!
In a recent article, Carolyn Glick [Israeli journalist, managing editor of the Jerusalem Post] wrote, “What happened in Geneva last week was the most significant international event since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The collapse of the Soviet Union signaled the rise of the United States as the sole global superpower. The developments in the six-party nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva last week signaled the end of American world leadership.”
Glick noted that global leadership is based on two things – power and credibility. The United States remains the most powerful actor in the world, she says. But last week, American credibility was shattered. How so? “Secretary of State John Kerry spent the first part of last week lying to Israeli and Gulf Arab leaders and threatening the Israeli people. He lied to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Saudis about the content of the deal US and European negotiators had achieved with the Iranians.”
“Kerry told them that in exchange for Iran temporarily freezing its nuclear weapons development program, the US and its allies would free up [no less] than $5 billion in Iranian funds seized and frozen in foreign banks.”
At the same time, Kerry in effect threatened the Israeli people with terrorism and murder – and in so doing actually opened the door to both – if Israel fails to accept his demands for territorial surrender to terrorists who reject Israel’s right to exist. Kerry’s threats included some interesting innuendo. He claimed that Israelis are too wealthy to understand their own interests. “If you don’t wise up and do what I say,” he warned, the Europeans will take away your money while the Palestinians kill you. Oh, and aside from that, your presence in the historic heartland of Jewish civilization from Jerusalem to Elon Moreh is illegitimate.
Glick notes that “it is hard to separate the rise in terrorist activity since Kerry’s remarks last week from the remarks themselves.” It could be said that, indirectly, Kerry may have started the third Intifada. On November 8, in the fourth attack in 24 hours, a mother and her children were injured when their car was set ablaze by fire bombs near Efrat. In addition, a young Israeli soldier was attacked while sleeping on a bus, and killed by a 16-year old West Bank Arab. Incidentally, the family of the murderer praised their son, hailing him as a hero. This is an example of the twisted thinking among many Palestinians today.
There was no immediate comment from Israel, but Israeli ministers have accused Erdogan of adopting an anti-Israeli stance in recent years to bolster his country’s standing in the Muslim world. Relations between Turkey and Israel--once strong--hit “the rocks” in 2010 after Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists trying to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. Glick notes, “What greater carte blanche for murder could the Palestinians have received than the legitimization of their crimes by the chief diplomat of Israel’s closest ally? Certainly, Kerry’s negotiating partner Catherine Ashton couldn’t have received a clearer signal to ratchet up her economic boycott of Jewish Israeli businesses than Kerry’s blackmail message, given just two days before the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.”
Kerry’s threats were so “obscene and unprecedented,” Glick says, that Israeli officials broke with tradition and disagreed with him openly and directly while he was still in the country. Normally supportive leftist commentators have begun reporting Kerry’s history of anti-Israel advocacy, including his 2009 letter of support for pro-Hamas activists organizing flotillas to Gaza in breach of international and American law.
May God protect Israel from people like Kerry, and may He protect all those who love Israel from the far-reaching effects of such anti-Israel “diplomacy.” Presumably neither Kerry nor his boss have much credibility in the world, because the greatest nation in history has, as noted above, lost all moral influence.
“The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer. All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror; they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame” (Psalm 6:10).
Reporting for CFI Jerusalem,
Lonnie C. Mings