Should the US Change Its Policy Toward Israel?

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By: Guest Columnist Roy Trachtenberg

Recently President Obama has suggested that the US should reexamine its foreign policy toward Israel. This statement was in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu statements during his campaign for re-election. There is no doubt that Obama and Netanyahu have disagreed. However, there is no doubt that the US has supported Israel and will continue to do so.

These are the FACTS:

  • The United States supported Israel in the last Gaza War
  • Obama fought for Israel to receive $275 million over its annual foreign military aid – above and beyond the foreign aid that is
    usually given.
  • Obama, in the last three years, helped Israel establish “Iron Dome” which has intercepted 90% of missiles launched against Israel
    and has saved lives.
  • Obama forcefully opposed the Palestinians’ attempt to unilaterally declare a state.
  • Obama gave Israel advanced technology including long range rocket defense, Arrow ballistic missile defense, and advanced US X-band long-range radar, Obama authorized the U.S to give Israel 5th generation Joint Strike Fighters.
  • “Obama is a friend to Israel” as, stated by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. “Nobody could raise a question mark about Obama’s devotion to Israel’s security.” Obama called Egypt’s new leaders to abide by the peace treaty with Israel.
  • Obama personally came to Israel’s aid immediately when it needed it most. He answered Israel’s “3 AM phone call” and personally intervened to rescue Israel’s diplomats in Cairo. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “I believe we owe him a special debt of gratitude.”
  • Obama ordered the U.S. representative to the United Nations to vote with Israel 100% of the time, a first in modern history, and defended Israel over the Gaza flotilla incident with Turkey.
  • It is assumed that the U.S. with Israeli cooperation launched a successful cyber attack against Iran’s nuclear development that delayed it for years.
  • Obama rallied the world against a nuclear-armed Iran and continues to lead the sanctions effort by example and has brought Iran to the negotiating table. All of the above are proven facts.

The United States policy towards Israel is predicated on a two state solution to the Israel – Palestine problem, which was originally proposed in 1948 – 66 years ago. The Arab nations (except Egypt) and the Palestinian Arabs do not recognize Israel. This has been going on for 66 years. Israel gave Sinai to the Palestinians – Destroyed their settlements and evacuated Israelis. What they got were rocket attacks and tunnels for Hammas to attack Israel. The Israelis voted for Netanyahu because they are tired of waiting 66 years to be recognized as a nation by their neighbors. It’s time for a change.

The US policy has been against the expansion of Israelis into the so-called West Bank. We visited a “city” in the “contested area – Judea & Samaria also known as the West Bank.” This was not a settlement. It was a city of over 40,000 Jews called Ma’ale Adumim, like Weston or Tamarac. Billions of dollars were invested here. There are 3 other cities like this in the disputed area. There is no way that this city or other Jewish cities should be torn down or turned over to the Palestinians such as what has happened before and in the Gaza strip. Sec. Of State John Kerry stated the concept of a two party state is coming to an end. I think the end is here already. The idea of a separate state for Jews and a separate state for Arabs is not a reality. Ma’ale Adumim and the other cities prove it. The growing population of Jews in the West Bank proves it plus the refusal the Arabs to recognize Israel since 1948.

Israel is a secular nation. It is not a theocracy where you have to be a member of a certain religious group. There are 77 past and present members of the Israel Parliament who are Arab. During the war for independence, it was Arabs that helped keep the road to Jerusalem open so that Israel was able to win. Arabs serve in the Israeli army and
are integrated into Israeli society. Why not one nation? For 66 years the idea of a two-nation solution has not worked because of extreme Arab terrorists.

Finally Israel is the homeland for Jews. It came about because of the Holocaust of WW II. The hatred of Jews led to 6 Million Jews being killed. Israel has served as an oasis for Jews that have faced anti-Semitism. 3,152,146 Jews have immigrated to Israel since 1948.

Due to the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, last year saw an increase to over 24,500 immigrants. Israel is one of the smallest nations, only 8,019 sq. miles (smaller than the state of New Jersey). The total population of Israel is almost 9 Million. Israel has to provide housing for its immigrants who came because of discrimination. A two-state solution is not geographically possible.

The US policy has been to allow the Israel and Palestinians to try to work out an agreement. It hasn’t happened. It is time to reevaluate US foreign policy towards Israel. For 66 years it has not worked. The Arab nations have not recognized Israel. Instead Israel has been fighting terrorists for 66 years.

President Obama is right. It’s time to reevaluate our foreign policy.

Roy Trachtenberg is a retired school administrator. He was born in Miami Beach, Florida but spent 35 years in the New York City school system. He is also a retired assistant professor of Education and one of the first to integrate technology into the classroom which he taught to other teachers. He is a former Dean of Education for a community college trade school where he developed curriculum for 9/11 workers displaced because of the terrorist attack. He is married to Sharon Rosenthal and lives in Coral Springs. He has a daughter and 3 grandchildren.

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  • Frank

    The arabs do not recognize Israel because of the way it was created. Israel was created without approval from the arabs who were the owners of the land at the time when israel was created. Since that time, Israel has declared its creation as proof of a validation of the Jewish religion’s authenticity over the Christian and Islamic religion. So when the jews tell the arabs to recognize israel as a ‘jewish’ state, it is like asking muslims to recognize that their religion is wrong and the jewish religion is the correct religion. Clearly, this is not possible so since 1948 the jews have been asking the muslims to renounce their religion, and it is clear that this request will not be fullfilled, so since 1948 the jews have been asking the muslims to do something that is impossible for them to do and then attempting to blame them for a lack of peace in the region.

    The only possible solution to Israel, is for the arabs to allow israel to remain where it is without making any open declarations that violate the islamic religion, such as claiming that the jews have a religious right to that land when that religious right is only found within the jewish religion. Why doesn’t Israel just ask the arabs to recognize it as a state, rather than to recognize it as a ‘jewish’ state when the muslims view Islam as the only valid ‘jewish’ religion? That is why israel is not recognized by any arabs, because for 66 years israel has been asking the arabs to renounce Islam just to recognize Israel. If Israel simply said to recognize it as a state, the arabs would do so because in that situation, recognizing Israel as a state does not also come with an attempt to validate the jewish religion as more accurate than the islamic religion.

    So the arabs are already aware of these tactics. Israel keeps asking the arabs for things that are impossible, rather than just negotiating the security borders of their nations so that there is no further violence. Israel knows this, and while it is asking the arabs to do impossible things, it is also annexing the land it snatched based upon a claim that the arabs are refusing to do things which they know it is impossible for them to do. If the arabs are being forced to recognize Israel as a ‘jewish state’ then the arabs should ask Israel to recognize the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a muslim holy site rather than a jewish holy site. Israel will refuse to do this because they believe, as per their jewish religion, that they also are the rightful owners of the al-aqsa mosque site and that they are required to break it down and build a temple ontop of that site. So recognition is a two way street. Why would the muslims recognize Israel as a ‘jewish state’ when Israel refuses, and cannot recognize al-aqsa as a muslim site because it violates their religion? So in this way, it is now mandatory for Muslims to recognize the jewish religion as valid just to have peace with Israel, but the jews refuse to recognize the Islamic religion as valid just to have peace with the arabs. Clearly this is not fair and this is the source of the jewish scam being engaged against all muslims on planet earth.

    The only real solution to this problem of Israel basically threatening to nuke the entire middle east if they are not given the west bank and gaza and the site of al-aqsa mosque to demolish the mosque and build a temple upon its site, is for the arabs to simply admit that they will remain in a perpetual state of war with israel until jesus himself returns to fix the problem. The arabs should only be concerned about preventing further expansion of israel and securing the al-aqsa site from any attempt by the jews to destroy it (as it is as certain as death and taxes that the entire jewish religion is dedicated to destroying that particular islamic holy site), and making sure that the 1967 expansion is never made legitimate. It will therefore be necessary for the arabs to build a massive wall around israel to prevent any attempt by israelis to expand past west bank and gaza, which they are currently plotting as we speak, and to also notify israel that any attempt to destroy the al-aqsa compound will result in immediate war with all the muslims on planet earth. Part of the problem, is recognizing its source, and it is clear that the jews are completely dedicated to the destruction of both the christian and islamic religion. This is not necessarily offensive on paper as every religion claims itself to be superior to all other religions, but in practice it is lethal and criminal for jews to keep killing palestinians in the hopes that they can provoke a war that will gain them the ability to demolish the al-aqsa mosque compound, which is the next agenda on the jewish religion checklist after they already violated their religion by creating Israel through man-made events rather than through direct intervention by g-d, which is the manner in which Israel was supposed to be created. There are still many jews who believe that the very creation of israel was done against the rules of the jewish religion, and that Israel is seeking the consequences of this now by being the only country that will remain in poerpetual war with the entire muslim religion until the end of time.

  • Bibi

    Mr. Trachtenberg your obvious bias in favor of this president (probably due to his political party) clearly overrides your support of the Israeli people. Your misstatement of facts is breathtaking but not very surprising. You are probably a member of J street so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that you would do whatever is necessary to support the most anti-Israel president since the establishment of the state in 1948. First, Obama did not help Israel “establish” Iron Dome. It’s creation began in 2004 under President Bush with the understanding that money given to Israeli defense manufacturer Rafael would benefit U.S. defense systems in the future. The first use of iron dome was in 2011 but the system had already been established. Second, the decision to provide Israel the advanced X-band radar stationed in Israel’s Negev desert was made by President Bush. The speculation at the time was that President Bush provided it as a way to deter Israel from striking Iran. Third, supported Israel in their war in Gaza? My God I would hope this country would support it’s greatest ally but even that support was qualified. Due to the fact that Hamas was firing rockets into Israeli civilian population centers from hospitals, mosques, and UN schools, Israel had no choice but to strike these targets, albeit very carefully. It was Obama’s state department that kept a moral equivalence between the Hamas terrorists and Israeli forces by publicly criticizing Israel for not using enough caution and for using “disproportionate” force. The Israeli army did more to protect civilians than any other army in the history of modern warfare including the U.S army. Of course Ehud Barak called Obama a friend of Israel. It would be political suicide for any Israeli politician not to. Just look to the Israeli public opinion polls when it comes to Obama’s popularity in Israel and you will get a true reading of Obama “the friend” of Israel. There is so much more to dissect in your column but sadly I am running out of room, so please stop attempting to peddle your lies on this forum.