In a speech given on
Israel’s Memorial Day on May 19th, he proclaimed
that there was no way forward in negotiations other
than to allow for Palestinians to have a state of
“The world is not willing to accept… that Israel
will rule another people for decades more…There is
no other way, whether you like it or not, than to
let them rule themselves.”
Now, who, pray tell, was he talking to?
Do most Israelis really need his wisdom to enlighten
them on this issue?
Has Israel not bent over backwards, sideways, and
forwards to arrive at a fair compromise which would
allow for precisely what Barak was chastising its
Think of the words Barak deliberately chose to state
to a world that he knew would be quick to pounce.
Sure enough, they were headlines all over soon
When will those oppressive Jews finally grant
freedom to those poor Arabs?
Indeed, it’s the same message most of the world
Israel’s own Defense Minister didn’t need to repeat
the lie. And is it too much to ask that a person
with such responsiblity act with his head above the
So, what’s up?
Not long before the May remarks, American President
Barack Obama held a very amicable meeting with Ehud
Barak. Contrast that with his abruptly leaving Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to go to dinner with his
family so Bibi would have time to reconsider the
alleged error of his ways--not prostrating himself
and his country enough to the demands of a
frequently hostile State Department and the Obama
Barak is a Labor Party rival of Likud’s Netanyahu.
Too often Labor has lived in LaLaLand regarding what
the Arabs' real intentions are towards both Jews and
their sole, resurrected nation.
Recall that Foreign Minister, Kadima’s Tzippi Livni,
was a relative favorite of Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice not long ago.
Like President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton,
Rice also liked to be nasty and scream at Jews who
don't “cooperate.” Of course, Tzippi’s boss, Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert, was pliable enough, so it
really didn’t make that much difference back then.
In 2008, Livni ran a close race against Netanyahu at
about the same time America was electing Barack
There is no doubt that Barack prefers Barak. And the
two can use each other nicely...the former can get
Israel to cave into his one-sided demands on it if
the latter can replace Netanyahu; and the latter
gets the weight of an American President to back
With the non-negotiation negotiations (i.e., Jew
arm-twisting) now at end, there is no doubt that Mr.
Obama and the Foggy Folks, seething at Netanyahu,
have something else up their sleeves. For starters,
there is increasing talk about a move elsewhere to
unitalerally recognize "Palestine" in the teritories
adjacent to the '49 armistice lines. Latin America
and others are already hopping aboard. Now, how will
an Obama White House respond to this development
(or, has it been instigating it behind the
scenes?)--even with much egg on its face courtesy of
the 2010 elections? A crisis might trigger new
Israeli elections, and then...
Well, then Israel must act unilaterally on its own
and annex sufficient land in Judea and Samaria to
give it the territorial buffer in the compromise
virtually promised by 242. But, I'm straying, so
let's get back to Barak...
Ehud Barak, the war hero, yielded Israel’s right to
secure, defensible, real borders promised via the
final draft of UNSC Resolution 242 under pressure
from President Clinton at Camp David and Taba in
While Arafat rejected that deal, Barak’s offer
became the starting point for all subsequent
“negotiations” from that point forward.
Caving to President Clinton earlier as he is also
now doing, Barak agreed to a return to the ‘49,
U.N.-imposed armistice lines which made Israel a
mere 9-15 miles wide at its strategic waist–where
most of its population, capital, main airport,
parliament, industry, and so forth are located…a
constant temptation to those who would see it dead.
As some of us have repeatedly written elsewhere,
that was not supposed to happen–and all of the
architects of the final draft of 242, former
Presidents, and so forth agreed.
If such dangerous concessions promised true peace,
one might consider them. But anyone following what
the Arabs have repeatedly stated, how they've acted,
etc. and so forth knows that such unilateral moves
by Israel are simply laughed at by Arabs and seen as
weakness. They only bring Arab rockets, mortars,
suicide bombers, and such that much closer to Israel
Thus, Barak’ s earlier caving in on crucial matters
of Israel’s security in 2000 has now allowed for
Barack to demand that Israel abandon any hope of a
fair territorial compromise. That's what the fight
over the building freeze has been all about.
Barack demands that Israel accept the Saudi “Peace”
Plan and has repeatedly stated that Israel would be
crazy to reject it. That plan calls for a total
return to the ‘49 Auschwitz lines followed by Israel
being inundated by allegedly “returning” Arab
refugees. After doing this and exposing the necks of
its kids again, the Arabs might “normalize”
relations…whatever that means for folks who
routinely call their neighbors kilab yahud (Jew
dogs), sons of apes and pigs, killers of prophets,
and so forth.
“Peace,” indeed, Barak and Barack...that of the
And that’s what the mess regarding Jews building in
Jerusalem and such has been all about–not apartment
It’s about whether Israel gets the territorial
buffer promised to it via 242 or doesn’t–and on
lands that Jews have historical claims to as well as
The issue is not–as Barak shamefully suggested in
his May 2010 Memorial Day speech–that Israel wants
to rule Arabs and deny them rights.
If he wants to lecture on this topic, tens of
millions of native Imazhigen (”Berbers”) in North
Africa are being told that they must name their
children with Arab names and are not even allowed to
speak their own native language. There is similar,
blatant subjugation being committed by Arabs against
tens of millions of other, non-Arab peoples in the
region as well.
But, despite such real subjugation going on
elsewhere, like the rest of the world’s hypocrites,
an either uncourageous, ignorant, and/or politically
scheming Barak can only take Israel to task for its
No, the current nastiness is not about Jews building
in Jerusalem (a place they’ve been doing such things
for over three millennia), a city which, since its
reunification after the '67 War, is now open to all
peoples--unlike the situation from 1949 to 1967 when
then Transjordan's Arab League conquered it after
invading a reborn Israel in 1948.
Rather, it is all about whether the birth of that
Arab 22nd state–and second, not first, one in
“Palestine” (Jordan sits on most of the original
April 25, 1920 territory)–demands, at the very
least, the gross endangerment of the sole,
resurrected nation that Jews finally got to have for
President Obama & Co. would like nothing more than
to see Netanyahu’s government topple so to get a
“more cooperative” Israeli leadership emerge. That’s
what Barack’s coziness with Barak is all about. And
that's also what Barak's earlier statements and
current remarks about Jerusalem are all about.
Ehud caved in 2000, and Israel wound up in the
predicament it’s now in just struggling to get some
sanity in its borders and having to fight the most
powerful leader in the world over this. It wasn’t
always this way. Check out just this one of many
articles for starters and see what former American
presidents and other leaders had to say about
Israel’s future borders...
Unless he can stick to his job of defending his
country without further harming it on the world
scene, perhaps it’s time for Barak to return to the
kibbutz. His distinguished military career,
unfortunately, has been followed by one anything but
that considering his political maneuvers–unless he’s
judged by Israel’s enemies.
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has
done extensive doctoral studies in Middle Eastern
Affairs. He has created and conducted counter-Arab
propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured
on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has
publicly debated many Arab spokesmen. His articles
and op-eds have been published in dozens of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and
websites all around the world. Visit his
Gerald A. Honigman, a longtime contributing writer
for ekurd.net. Honigman has published a major book,
Quest For Justice In The Middle East--The
Arab-Israeli Conflict In Greater Perspective."
By Gerald A. Honigman for eKurd.net,
December 14, 2010. You may reach the
author via email at: honigman6 (at) msn.com.
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