What has happened in the past few weeks between the Americans and Israelis is quite enlightening. Public sparring – unheard of in the “special” American-Israeli relationship – between the leaders of the two countries, even if it doesn’t result in separation, nevertheless illustrates the distinctive relationship between the two states.
It’s not at all in the interests of the United States, whose policies in the Middle East are a hostage of the Jewish state. Since Israel’s first appearance, Washington no longer has “autonomous” policies regarding the Middle East, and especially in the case of Palestine, which is under Israeli supervision. This argument between the Americans and Israelis nevertheless lifts a small veil on the falsity of the primary world power – which, since 1948, has imposed a blackout on the subject of Palestine – where Israel is concerned.
And so, the United States “protects” the Jewish state under all circumstances, no matter the crimes that are attributed to it. This protection has never been called into question, and is even a taboo in American politics, with Washington systematically exercising (nearly 60 times) its veto to protect Israel from legitimate condemnation in the Security Council, for crimes committed against the Lebanese and the Palestinians. It was the rule of force that was expressed and not the rule of law, such as is applicable and applied to the world community … except for Israel. Also, the warning expressed by a Democratic administration to Israel sounds like an admission while the administration claims to be “compelled to re-evaluate” the long-standing support it provides to Israel in the United Nations: a reprimand, but one that says a lot about the impunity that the United States, without hesitation, has guaranteed to a Zionist entity marked by war crimes and crimes against humanity – as is evident from the attack against the Gaza Strip last summer – against the Palestinian population.
Very confident, too much so in fact, and in control of a pro-Israel U.S. Congress – more concerned about Israeli interests than those of the United States – Benjamin Netanyahu misused the power struggle in inner American politics, notably by inciting a clash between the administration and the Senate Republican majority. For the U.S. president, Barack Obama, the Israeli prime minister’s intervention before Congress was truly mortifying. What the Israeli prime minister did is unparalleled in diplomatic relations. The effect of this was that the American administration overcame a profound political coma in which it had vegetated for 50 years. Was it necessary for the American presidency to be belittled in order for its eyes to be opened to what Israel truly is?
Netanyahu, who in past weeks did everything to terminate negotiations over Iran’s nuclear power – going so far as to give Congress information on the negotiations in progress with Tehran – also repeated that there would not be a Palestinian state on his watch. This infuriated the White House. Obama thus allowed himself to clearly state his fundamental disagreement with Netanyahu, as much on Iran as on Palestine. On the topic of Iran, a senior U.S. official cited by The Wall Street Journal had these words: “It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy.”
On the Palestinian case, Obama himself repeated: “We believe that two states is the best path forward for Israel’s security, for Palestinian aspirations and for regional stability … That’s our view … And Prime Minister Netanyahu has a different approach.” Going further, last Monday, the White House called for an end to an “occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years,” renewing its attachment to a solution involving two states, one Israeli and one Palestinian.
However, it’s the White House that opposed Palestine’s admission to the United Nations in 2012, thus making the existence of a Palestinian state dependent on Israel’s desire alone. But, Israel’s view on this matter has long been known. The construction of settlements in occupied Palestinian territories and East Jerusalem makes this convincingly clear. The United States knows what the obstacle to the peace process is, but gives the impression of shared wrongdoing in order to not put the responsibility for obstruction on Israel. All of the U.S. secretaries of state have failed to advance the peace process because they have refused to profoundly criticize, and above all, make Israel face its responsibilities. Will Washington finally learn the lessons from its “quarrel” with Israel and find its autonomy in the case of Palestine? Wait and see!
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