Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman recently stated that, basically, Israel will make its own policies in respect to its dealing with the Palestinian Authority (PA/PLO). Since the recent election, Lieberman and newly elected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have attempted to make it clear that Israel alone will decide her own fate. However, as in all cases, actions speak louder than words.
Recent ENS news reports describe how the United States has been applying pressure on Israel regarding the demolition of 80 Arab homes illegally built in east Jerusalem. These homes were not only built without the proper permits, they were also built on land which was purchased by Jews many years ago. For any other nation, this problem would be easily solved: demolish the homes and punish the law breakers, just as Israel was getting ready to do. Even in the United States it would not be unusual for the local, state or Federal government to initiate orders to do just that (the US has, in fact, demolished homes and given the land to commercial real estate developers for private development). The difference is that, in the US, as in most other countries, the situation wouldn't have been allowed to get this far in the first place. It would have been stopped long before the walls of the homes were put in place. Even if the homes were actually built, the end results would be the same: the homes would be demolished, and there wouldn't have been any other nations telling them what they could or couldn't do. However, for some reason, the United States seems to think that the Arabs in Israel are above the law.
The complaints from the United States began after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Israel in March 2009. According to a report by Aaron Klein of the WorldNetDaily, the Barak Obama administration, though its henchmen in the US State Department, has now managed to place enough pressure on the newly elected Binyamin Netanyahu administration to stop the removal of the illegally built homes. Even a source in Netanyahu's own administration saw how absurd the situation is: "Can you imagine if a foreign government came in and told a city office in the US not to tear down a house that was illegally constructed on someone else's property?". While it's hard to image another country actually doing that to the US, it's clear what the US would do if it did happen. Just like any other country, it would declare that it is a sovereign nation and it will do whatever it feels is necessary to enforce its laws. Former US President George W. Bush even carried this scenario a bit further, stating this principal also included invading another sovereign nation if the US felt it was a security threat — which it did in Iraq. However, for some unexplained reason the US seems to feel that Israel must live by the standards it (the US) decides is best for it rather than what Israel decides.
The blame for these improper meddlings into Israel's governmental affairs by the US cannot be placed on one political party. While Obama and Clinton are members of the Democratic party, the Republicans have also contributed their share. In 2005, it was due to intense pressure from the George W. Bush administration (Republican) that caused Israel to drive 10,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza in order to turn their land over to the Hamas terrorist organization. Back in the 1990s, Bill Clinton (Democrat) pressured Netanyahu, in his first term as prime minister, to give up 80% of the city of Hebron. And it was Bush's father, George Herbert Walker Bush (Republican), who pressured Israel into beginning talks with master terrorist Yasir Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). These actions are all part of ongoing US policy toward Israel which began at its inception in 1948. In the past, however, it was usually done in a more discreet manner. Events behind the scenes had to be closely scrutinized in order to see the truth. But now, the boldness of the US government, coupled with its drive to control the Middle East, along with the World Wide Web and stanch supporters of Israel, has caused these kinds of backroom tactics to be brought out into the light.
Even so, the truth of the matter is that in spite of the fact that the US, and other nations as well, continue to attempt to direct Israeli governmental policy, the blame for yielding to that pressure lies solely with the Israel government and no one else. Even though the US has threatened many times to withhold arms shipments, withdraw loan guarantees and has applied other forms of pressure, the Israeli government has always had the option to rebuke the threats and do what it views is necessary and proper for the wellbeing of its citizens. Unfortunately, history has shown that the political leaders of Israel are more interested in protecting and advancing their own careers than doing what is right for its citizens by standing up to the US and other nations. Even Ariel Sharon, a man who spent the better part of his life defending and helping to build the communities of Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) buckled under the pressure applied by the US through the Bush administration. And now, even though Netanyahu and Lieberman have recently made several bold, patriotic statements, it seems that they too are not willing to stand up and do what is right for the citizens of Israel.
So then, what is the answer? As it stands now, the government of Israel is more focused on pleasing the leaders of the world than doing what is needed for the protection of Israel. In the past, Israel has done what it feels is necessary in order to protect itself as a sovereign nation. This has included the destruction of Iraq's nuclear reactor near Baghdad and the rescue of Israeli hostages from PLO terrorists in Entebbe, Uganda. However, over the past few decades, there has been a change in the thinking of those in power in the government. Lately, Israel has begun to seek the permission of the US and other nations to carry out military action, or to continue them, in order to protect itself. In the 2006 Lebanon war, when the war was lasting longer than had been anticipated and world-wide criticism was growing, US President George W. Bush "ordered" Israel to stop. In the recent engagement in Gaza, as Israel was closing in on finally eliminating the Hamas terrorist organization once and for all, it stopped short of its goal after bowing to international pressure. While it has been sensitive to international pressure before, in the past Israel usually finished what it needed to do first, i.e., the Six Day War.
With this in mind, it would seem that the solution for Israel will have to come from those Jews who are not a part of the political establishment but who are willing to stand up against the nations of the world and do what is right for the nation. Recent history has proven that it won't happen by getting elected to the Knesset. This type of situation calls for bold leaders, guided by Divine intervention — leaders who are more fearful of Yahweh, the God of Israel, than they are of mortal man. Leaders like this exist in Israel now, and they are beginning to rise up. Let us pray that they are bold enough to make the right choices. Am Yisrael chai!
"For I am Yahweh — I have not changed; and you are the children of Jacob — you have not ceased to be." Malachi 3.6