While scholars, Talmudic and otherwise, attempt to discern Barack Obama’s true intentions towards Israel, I would like to suggest the kind of speech the president should give if he really wants to restart peace talks with an out-of-the-box jolt.
He might start by quoting the late philosopher Eric Hoffer, as Dave M. O’Neill did in a letter to the Wall Street Journal:
…The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands of people, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen . . . and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. . . . Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.”
After that, Obama might continue thusly:
Here is an inconvenient truth for you: You have never won a war or battle against the Israelis. Ever hear of the line, “To the victor go the spoils”? You have never been the victor, thus you are losers. And losers don’t get to dictate the terms of what happens after the violence ends. You especially don’t get to do so when you started it in the first place.
Take the American Civil War. The Union Army burned, sacked and pillaged what was then the Confederacy. Forced to surrender, Southerners were, from then on, dependent on the kindness of Northerners.
The Japanese and Germans had no say in what their future would be like at the end of World War II. In fact Germany and Japan are still “occupied” by Americans. Once it became obvious that they had been defeated (as opposed to being betrayed by imaginary “rootless cosmopolitans” like the Jews), they took a collective deep breath and, as we say nowadays, moved on.
Imagine: two of the most militaristic peoples in human history became pacifists. Try nowadays to get a German or Japanese to pick up a gun to defend himself, let alone to conquer the world. They are perfectly content to let us Americans defend them while they make BMWs, Birkenstocks, televisions and cameras. Why? They realized after being decisively defeated that militarism wouldn’t be working for them, “going forward.” In other words: They learned their lesson.
Somehow you and your supporters among the left-wing Western intelligentsia (who love to make a fetish of losers) have managed to make your situation into one of the great moral issues of modern times: the poor, suffering Palestinians – eternal victims of those power-hungry, rapacious Jews.
So if you really want peace, you’re gonna have to prove it. Here’s the program you all need to get with:
1. Lose the “right of return” fantasy. It just isn’t going to happen.
2. Forget about the 1967 borders. Not going to happen either.
3. Stop the incitement. No more streets and squares in Ramallah named after suicide bombers. Stop talking out of both sides of the mouth, saying nice things in English while preaching violence in Arabic.
4. Forget the unity government with Hamas. Israel will never talk to Hamas.
There is more, but the bottom line is this: You have got to start behaving like the losers you indubitably are. Being a loser isn’t so bad. Just ask the Germans.
So take the best deal you can get from the guys who whipped your asses on multiple occasions and for heaven’s sake… Move On!