Yoram Ettinger, Amb. (ret)
Earlier in 2021, Secretary of State Blinken pressured Israel to refrain from unilateral military actions against the rogue Iranian regime, to halt construction in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and eastern Jerusalem (while tolerating and encouraging expanded Arab construction), to re-divide Jerusalem, and to retreat to the pre-1967 ceasefire lines, which were termed "Auschwitz Lines" by Abba Eban, Israel's dovish Foreign Minister.
Defiance of US and global pressure was a critical attribute of Israel's pro-US Founding Fathers – from David Ben Gurion in 1948 through Yitzhak Shamir in 1992 – which triggered a series of short term US-Israel frictions, but earned long term respect for Israel, while providing the US with a unique force-multiplier in the Middle East.
In 1948/49, the US, UN, and Britain threatened Israel with economic and diplomatic sanctions, unless the newly-born Jewish State ended "occupation" of areas in the Galilee, coastal plain, the Negev and western Jerusalem, and absorbed Palestinian refugees. Prime Minister Ben Gurion rejected each of these demands.
Irrespective of US pressure, US-Israel strategic cooperation has expanded dramatically as a result of Israel's unique qualities (technologically, scientifically, militarily, agriculturally and medically), Israel's unique contributions to the US economy and national security and Israel's conviction-driven Prime Ministers.
Israel's pro-US conviction-driven Prime Ministers demonstrated that neither the US, nor the UN, nor Europe could force Israel's hand when it came to Israel's deep roots in the Land of Israel and critical national security issues.
The documentation of US pressure on Israel from 1948-2017, demonstrates that it was driven by the worldview of the State Department, which has systematically misread the Middle East (e.g., opposing Israel's establishment, as well as embracing Ayatollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, while pressuring Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE). (During Obama’s and the current Biden administration tradition continues!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Iran has stated many times that its objective is to annihilate the Zionist state. Israel must stop Iran from having a nuclear bomb and it has only one option, the military option, regardless of what the international anti-Semites and fake friends say. They knowingly and willingly facilitated the Holocaust in Europe, and had encouraged Arab states to commit a second attempt in 1947.
The Biden administration is ignoring a congressional mandate to impose sanctions on the Iranian-backed terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah. Congress passed legislation in 2018 that requires the US government to sanction every individual involved in the use of human shields. (or is he just another anti-Israel US president?)
Arab suspects accounted for 47% of criminal in cases opened by the Israel Police between 2018 and 2020 on suspicion of committing offenses of extortion, through violence or threat, or taking property by extortion. This is despite the fact that Arab residents of Israel constitute only 20% of the population of Israeli citizens.
Israel has threatened Hamas with targeted killings in response to the recent wave of terror in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. The warnings were sent to the Gaza-based terror group by Egyptian security officials who are now visiting the PA in Ramallah. On Saturday, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, also based in Gaza, agreed to increase cooperation and ramp up terrorist attacks, particularly in Judea and Samaria. (Empty threats do not scare terrorists!)
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) plans to donate, in 2022, to two organizations that have been defined as terror organizations by Israel. Ambassador Erdan wrote in his letter to letter to the UN Secretary-General, “It is outrageous that an organization with a mission to ensure international peace and security would partner with organizations that directly and materially support terrorism and provide the PFLP, a designated terrorist organization worldwide, including in Israel, the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Japan - with its financial lifeline.” (For this and many other 'indiscretions', any self-respectful country would expel the UN personnel a long time ago.)
The IDF has released new rules of engagement when dealing with those throwing stones and Molotov cocktails in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). The new rules also allow the IDF to fire at people stealing live ammunition and weaponry. In addition, the rules will also apply to the Egyptian border, which deals with cross-border smuggling. The new rules come following protests among some IDF soldiers that the rules of engagement overly restricted them, which some claim resulted in the death of Border Police officer Barel Shmueli on the Gaza Strip border. (Israel could be the only country where soldiers need a legal 'opinion' before shooting at attacking terrorists)
Some 464 of 675 (70%) shooting incidents reported throughout 2021 in the country used stolen military-grade weaponry. More than 100 Israeli-Arabs have died since the beginning of 2021 in crime-related incidents. In 2017, there were an estimated 267,000 illegal weapons in Israel. By 2020, that number nearly doubled.
A current poll shows that if a new election was held today, and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu remained the Likud leader, neither the coalition nor the opposition would be able to form a government. The coalition would win 57 seats, the four Jewish opposition parties 56, and the Arab Joint List would win seven. Once again there would be no clear winner; once again the elections would render a political stalemate. Despite the Likud’s dire predictions that everything would sink were Netanyahu not in power, the ship of state continues to sail. (The only way Israel will be able to form a Zionist government is after Netanyahu leave the Likud and politics!)
UN General Assembly condemned Israel 14 times in 2021, 3 times the rest of world combined. There was one resolution adopted for each of the regimes of North Korea, Iran, and Myanmar, one on Crimea, while a draft resolution on Syria was deferred. Make no mistake: the purpose of the lopsided condemnations is to demonize the Jewish state,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.
Quote of the Week:
“Iran poses a strategic threat to the world and an existential threat to Israel, and they ought not to be allowed to get away with it. If Iran goes nuclear, you will get Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the whole Middle East will go nuclear. We have to keep up our pressure on Iran, and we have to stay united in our efforts to do so. We will not tire - we will be relentless, when we are talking about the very existence of the Jewish state. We will do what we need to do." - Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, addressing a United States-based virtual conference by the group United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI).
Common Strategy has not Worked
The United States and Israel need a “common strategy” as world powers negotiate a new nuclear deal with Iran said Jake Sullivan, the White House’s national security adviser.
World powers and Iran renewed negotiations in Vienna last month to restore an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program. Israel has been critical of the attempts to reach a new deal with Iran, saying the international community is giving in to “nuclear blackmail.” It says any new agreement must make improvements over the original deal.
During the talks, Iran presented a draft agreement reversing all progress in earlier rounds of talks in April-June of this year, leading the European parties to the talks – Britain, France and Germany, known as the E3 – to express frustration at the process and say time is running out for Iran to return to the JCPOA. (Iran has been quite clear that their “negotiations” have nothing to do with reducing their nuclear program. Diplomats today are just as idiotic and anti-Semitic as they were in the Munich agreement.)
“At some point in the not-so-distant future, we will have to conclude that the JCPOA is no more,” said US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley.
President Isaac Herzog warned Sullivan that Iran is using the negotiations to buy time as it works on a nuclear weapon.
Herzog described the Middle East as divided into “a coalition of Israel and Arab states pursuing peace, resisting Iran, and working toward a better world for their citizens, and Iran's coalition of terror with its proxies, which seeks to destabilize the region.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that world and regional powers must show Iran that it is running out of time. "Iran is playing for time, and it is the shared responsibility of us, and the powers and states of the region to turn over the hourglass and show the heads of the Iranian regime that playing for time will go badly for them." ('Negotiations' have been allowing Iran to continue development of a nuclear weapon. Israel needs to have its own independent strategy against Iranian nuclear threat. “Common strategy” with the US has only prevented Israel from demolishing the Iranian nuclear program, which that should have been done long time ago.)
Israel could successfully strike Iran's nuclear program tomorrow if necessary, said incoming commander of the Israel Air Force (IAF) Maj.-Gen. Tomer Bar.
Concerning the reported US refusal to advance the delivery of two KC-46 tanker refuelling aircraft to Israel, Bar said that he was at the meeting when the request was made and that the IDF is currently examining the reason for the refusal. "The US is more than an acquaintance... I have not yet exhausted the possibility of getting at least two refuellers in advance." (It is not the first time that the US is deliberately sabotaging Israel’s ability to strike enemies effectively and decisively.)
On the northern front with Lebanon, Bar said he believes that the next war with Hezbollah will break out as soon as Israel strikes Iran.