When Condi Rice was Secretary of State, she tried to mastermind a New Jerusalem by dictating her preferences in zoning laws and home construction plans.
Who did she think she was, anyway? Who on earth -- or anywhere else, for that matter – gave the little lady from Birmingham the idea she had the right to give orders in such inherently local matters to a sovereign foreign nation?
So Condi is gone – thank goodness – and now Missus Bubba is trying the same thing.
"We want to see a stop to settlement construction - additions, natural growth, any kind of settlement activity - that is what the president has called for," Missus Bubba told the Community Organizer’s favorite newspaper, Al-Jazeera.
So Missus Bubba and “the President” -- that’s the US President – think they can dictate what the sovereign government of Israel must do?
Think again, sweetheart. Israel is not the 51st State.
Even our Bibi – who’s not known for displaying much obstinacy – might be forced to pull a Nancy Reagan and just say ‘no’. Why? Because – for the first time in a long time – the elected government of Israel won’t allow him to do anything else.
During Israel’s election, when it became clear that Bibi would become Prime Minister, the one objective we right-wingers had was to elect enough MK’s (Members of the Knesset) from right wing parties who would serve to keep Bibi’s more liberal impulses in check. To provide the requisite backbone, should Bibi decide to waver, as he did before, when he was Prime Minister, in turning over most of Hebron to Yasser Arafat, the Arab’s Terrorist in Chief at the time.
The liberal media likes to call Bibi a ‘hardliner’ which -- unfortunately -- isn’t true. The good news is, though, hardliners do prevail in the Knesset, and they’re standing firm.
Even President Shimon Peres – noted more for his ability to smooze than to govern -- has seen the light. In discussing Israel’s need for construction to accommodate natural growth in Judea and Samaria, he told Washington reporters, "These children are not going to live on the roofs!"
The hardline faction will be even more important when it comes to the infamous “two state solution”, better known in these parts as “The Final Final Solution”.
Moshe Feiglin – a delightful hardliner if there ever was one – addressed the topic this week in his ‘Manhigut Yehudit’ (Jewish Leadership) newsletter.
“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would not be able to advance the formation of a Palestinian state, due to the wide majority against it in the Likud faction,” he wrote. “Unlike the fight against the disengagement from the Gaza Strip, only 15 MKs out of 40 dared challenge then-prime minister Ariel Sharon. This time around, two-thirds of the Likud faction would defy a potential effort by Netanyahu to withdraw from parts of Judea and Samaria.”
And of course it’s not just the Likud faction that opposes the “two state solution”, either. So do several other right wing parties in the Knesset. Together they’ve managed to block Bibi in, which is a good thing indeed.
Not that any of this fazes the Community Organizer. “We are going to be pushing for a two-state solution,” Missus Bubba proclaimed. By its very name, she said, that “implies borders that have to be agreed to. We expect to see two states living side-by-side."
"We are starting this intensive engagement right now. We have consulted broadly already. George Mitchell and I have spoken with many Arab leaders and of course with the Palestinians and the Israelis and we are determined to forge ahead," she said.
If you let yourself enjoy the moment, that’s downright funny. They are “prepared to forge ahead” after “consulting broadly” – but with whom? Not with the two parties involved – Israel and the Arabs, both of whom insist they don’t want the “two state solution.”
Israel doesn’t, but the Arabs won’t agree either. Two weeks ago, the allegedly moderate PA leader Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) rejected the idea of a Jewish State. Holding up a map of “Palestine” which shows no Israel at all, he proclaimed, “I say this clearly: I do not accept the Jewish State, call it what you will." See my blog of May 13, below, for the photo.
Why is it that the empty-headed liberals keep insisting that “two states” can live side by side?
Even the Arab terrorists see what will result. Last week, Abbas Zaki, the PA’s ambassador to Lebanon, said on ANB TV, "With the two-state solution, in my opinion, Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and the Chosen People? What will become of all the sacrifices they made - just to be told to leave? They consider Jerusalem to have a spiritual status. The Jews consider Judea and Samaria to be their historic dream. If the Jews leave those places, the Zionist idea will begin to collapse. It will regress of its own accord. Then we will move forward."
The “two state solution” is a recipe for creating one state, yet another Arab terrorist stronghold. How that would improve the world any, or make life simpler for the Community Organizer, is anybody’s guess.
So what would happen if Bibi defied the Community Organizer’s plans for the Middle East?
Presumably, it would mean that the US would stop foreign aid to Israel. Feiglin has something to say about that, too:
“If you think that the reason for Israel's sense of dependency on the US is pragmatic - to maintain US aid to Israel - then it is time that we refresh the facts. … We really don't need the pocket money that we get from (the US). Just for an example, Israel spent ten times the amount that it receives in annual US aid on the Expulsion from Gush Katif.”
In other words, we can go it alone if we have to. Sounds like the time has come.