The Best Man for the Job? Abe Foxman for U.S. Secretary of State

With his rabidly pro-Israel stance, there is only one person that Jerusalem can consider an 'honest broker.'

Gideon Levy
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Indeed, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry can’t be an honest broker (as a senior Israeli minister said of him last week). No secretary of state was ever able to be an honest broker. The built-in, pro-Israel leanings have always been obvious.

Equally glaring is the intolerable insolence being exhibited by right-wing groups and government ministers who are attacking Kerry as being “detached from reality” – that is, the reality in which the secretary of state is meant to support every Israeli quirk. Thus even Kerry, who is very measured, thoughtful and pro-Israel, has become a dishonest broker in the right’s eyes.

Is there any greater arrogance than this? Israel is going wild in the territories while in the midst of negotiations with the Palestinians, and has no intention of reaching a just agreement with them. Israel is also trying to sabotage an agreement with Iran, with Israel’s prime minister threatening Tehran with war - even though it has demonstrably made significant changes. And Kerry, who is trying his best to reach agreements, has become detestable in Jerusalem’s eyes. Israel even suspects, believe it or not, that Kerry is conducting secret, back-channel talks with Iran. How dare he do such a thing without Israel’s permission?

If Kerry was truly an honest broker, he would have torn the deceitful mask off Israel’s face and stated emphatically that there is no Israeli partner, not with regard to the Palestinians and not with regard to Iran. If he truly were an honest broker (and true friend of Israel), he would make sure Israel paid a price for this.

But Kerry is not an honest broker. He continues to participate in the masquerade in which Israel ostensibly has good intentions, and it’s as if there is symmetry between Israel and the Palestinians and he, the go-between, must merely spark their enthusiasm.

But the truth is that, compared to the historic concessions the Palestinians made long ago, Israel has not changed its stubborn stance one iota, and keeps piling on more and more intolerable conditions. Against the Palestinian effort to prevent organized terrorism and its refraining from a struggle in the international arena, Israel has not made any concession other than the ridiculous release of several dozen elderly prisoners, backed by a wild incitement campaign. An honest broker would have pointed this out long ago.

Israel is also being deceitful on the Iranian front. The depressing truth is that nothing less than bombing Iran will satisfy it. Sometimes it seems that even if Iran agrees to total capitulation, to dismantle its reactors and centrifuges, it wouldn’t be enough for Israel. Israel will insist it’s a fraud. Someone has to bomb them, no matter what.

In a poll conducted for Israel Hayom, some 68 percent of brainwashed and anxiety-ridden Israelis said they believe that Israel could attack Iran alone, without having the slightest idea if this is so.

They’re just eager to bomb – and if it’s possible, than why not? It was the same with Syria. Israel wanted to bomb, until Russia and the United States arranged an excellent agreement that removed the chemical threat against Israel and made gas masks superfluous. But even this wasn’t good enough for Israel. If it had had its way, even that agreement wouldn’t have been reached, because there was no bombing clause.

In both Tehran and Ramallah, Israel is facing the two most moderate leaderships imaginable. But in Jerusalem, the most recalcitrant leadership is entrenching itself. As an honest broker, Kerry should have said this. And if he is no longer considered fair, than who is?

Maybe Anti-Defamation League head Abe Foxman should be recruited. Perhaps Foxman, who considers every traffic ticket an American cop issues a Jewish driver an anti-Semitic event, would be able to fulfill all of Israel’s desires.

His automatic, noisy and blind support for Israel, for its lust to bomb, for its land-grabbing and wild settlement policies, would make him an honest broker in the eyes of its government. He would finally affirm the apartheid in the territories; he would support the bombing of Syria and Iran.

Foxman has already reprimanded Kerry and called his implied criticisms of Israel “outrageous,” which surely qualifies him for the job. If Foxman is named U.S. secretary of state, perhaps salvation will come.

Abe Foxman, conference on anti-Semitism.Credit: AP

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