This morning the Wall Street Journal revisits President Obama’s recent tantrum about the Israeli elections. It makes points that I and many others have already made.
For those who do not grasp the stakes, here they are again:
Yet even if you believe the main challenge in the region is getting Israel to cede more territory to the Palestinians, that day won’t happen until Israelis feel secure. But Israelis can be forgiven for feeling the opposite with a raging civil war in Syria, Islamic State and an offshoot of al Qaeda operating near the Golan Heights, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani leading Shiite militias in Iraq, and a U.S. Administration sounding and acting as if Iran can be a more constructive partner for peace than Israel.
Surrounded by a collapsing Muslim civilization, what would you like the Israelis to do? Does anyone who is not an anti-Semite believe that the Israelis are at fault for the wars that rage in their region?
The ugly prejudice of anti-Semitism scapegoats a small group of successful people and blames them for other peoples’ failures. Why have Jews been a convenient scapegoat? As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, Jews have been far too passive when faced with eliminationist rhetoric and actions.
The Journal editorial continues:
The main threat to Middle Eastern peace today—even beyond Islamic State—is the rise of an imperial Iran using its own troops or proxies effectively to colonize Arab capitals. The prospect of an imperial Iran on the cusp of becoming a nuclear power has all of America’s traditional Arab friends in the region now closer to Mr. Netanyahu’s position on the Middle East than to Mr. Obama’s.
As it happens, the Israelis are not the only ones who understand the main threat to Middle East peace today. The Egyptians understand. The Saudis understand. The emirates and Jordan understand. The French understand. Only our benighted president buries his head in the sand on this issue.
Speaking of the remarks that White House chief of staff Denis McDonough made to J Street—quoted on this blog yesterday-- the Journal said:
In a day when the President’s chief of staff invokes the lexicon of Palestinian terrorists to describe Israel’s democracy, Americans and the world are left to wonder whose side the leader of the free world is on.
It is not a complicated issue. You are either on the side of Western Judeo-Christian civilization or you are on the side of the Iranian and Palestinian terrorists.
Only a stone-cold bigot would find it difficult to choose sides.