Kerry’s announcement of Israeli-Jewish blame for Arab intransigence in the so-called “peace process” is right on schedule. Months ago I made the following predictions and hard-posted them on the upper-right side of Israel Thrives under the name Non-Peace Process:
1) The US and the EU demand negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
2) The parties agree to talk and then the PA, the US, and the EU demand various concessions from Israel for the great privilege of sitting down with the PA’s foremost undertaker.
3) Israel fails to meet all the concessions, thus causing the PA to flee negotiations, which they never had any intention of concluding to begin with.
4) The PA and the EU and the Obama administration place the blame for failure at Jewish feet.
5) The EU and various European countries announce additional sanctions, thereby essentially joining the anti-Semitic anti-Zionist BDS movement.
6) Arabs seek to murder Jews.
We are now in stage four of the process, which if it unfolds as predicted, will lead to significant violence against Israeli Jews by Israeli and local Arabs. This violence will be encouraged by the larger Arab world and their allies on the western-left. As with the first and second terror wars (intifada) against the Jews of the Middle East, the progressive-left will largely blame the victims of that violence for the violence against them. Furthermore, they will consider any measures taken to prevent or end that violence as a form of “Zionist aggression.”
As noted by public intellectual, Paul Berman, in The Flight of the Intellectuals (2010), it was during the height of the Second Terror War, in the early part of the last decade, that we saw a sadistic ratcheting up of leftist screechings against the Jews of the Middle East. In other words, it was at the moment that Jews were enduring serious violence against us that western “liberals” chose to affirm their moral narcissism, and righteous superiority, by blaming us for that violence.
Speaking in a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Kerry said: “The prisoners were not released by Israel on the day they were supposed to be released and then another day passed and another day – and then 700 units were approved in Jerusalem and then poof…”
Under the terms of renewed talks, Israel had promised to release 104 long-held Palestinian prisoners in four groups, while the Palestinians said they would suspend a campaign to sign up the “state of Palestine” for various UN agencies.
But as the talks stalled last month, Israel failed to release the fourth group of prisoners on time, and the Palestinians then signed letters of accession for 15 international conventions.
What we are witnessing are the relatively early stages of the Obama administration’s process of blaming Israel for the failure of negotiations. It was obvious, given the history of the regional Arabs, and the inherent anti-Jewish racism embedded within Islam, that they would never agree to Jewish autonomy on historically Jewish land.
So, now, as predicted, Kerry is blaming the failure of talks primarily on Israeli Jews. He does so because his boss does so for ideological reasons and they are both now sending an inevitable message to the Europeans – if not explicitly, then implicitly – to get on with BDS.
What we can expect to see in the coming months is an increase in anti-Israel / anti-Jewish rhetoric, activity, and violence throughout much of the world, particularly the Middle East and Europe.
Michael Lumish is the editor of Israel Thrives.