Sunday, February 02, 2014
Kerry's own undoing
Following the destruction of the Kovno Ghetto, my father, may he rest in peace, was transferred to the Dachau concentration camp, where he was ultimately liberated from the horrors of the Holocaust. Dachau is very close to the city of Munich, where an international security conference is currently being held. My father and his friends, bereaved, battered in spirit and body, vowed "never again."
Across Europe's mourning and bloody roads, they made their way to Israel, so that no one in the world would be able to raise their hands against Jews again. The dream of generations materialized in the form of the Jewish state, a country with a strong army and citizens determined to realize the full extent of their liberty and independence.
How disconcerting and saddening that in Munich, of all places, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chose to threaten the state of Israel and tried convincing its citizens that their sense of security is an illusion, and that a severe economic boycott was in store for them if their government did not acquiesce to the pressures imposed by the international community. As Jews, we are all too familiar with the age-old trope that we only care about our money.
Kerry and the Obama administration have already proved that Arab countries, which have turned deceit into a unique art form, do not understand the way the wind blows. This is also the reason for the ongoing bloodshed in our region, in every place the Americans have been involved. It is presently clear that they also do not understand the Jews, of whom it was said a long time ago: "The more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread" (Exodus 1:12).
When the Jews are hit -- certainly in their own country -- they come together, toughen and strengthen one another, like titanium. The vast majority of the country's citizens know that returning to 1967 borders poses an existential threat to Israel. Even those on the Left have described this proposition as Auschwitz borders.
Amid the growing pressure, Israel's leadership must summon the strength and daring of spirit of former Prime Ministers David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin, and make it clear to our friends and enemies alike that we will never concede our security or our heartland. We will stand steadfast in unison. Never again will we be the stepping stone for delusions and illusions that threaten our existence.
Kerry's comments mortally wounded the diplomatic process he himself has led. He is encouraging Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his cohorts to insist on rejecting any possible advancement toward peace.
To build the walls of peace one must use sturdy granite, not crumbly chalkstone. With his own words Kerry is crushing hope and casting it off into the gusting wind. Under Kerry's influence, even the Palestinians have altered their narrative. From our cousins, struggling to receive their legitimate inheritance of our patriarch Abraham, they have become the Canaanites.
The meaning of this new narrative: It's either us or them. There will never be peace. We already have clear instructions from the Torah about how to deal with the Canaanite legacy.