Obama, Be Not Ashamed – and Kerry, Be Not Embarrassed

Netanyahu was forced to crawl to Rome to beg for an American veto in the United Nations Security Council. You didn’t need to do it, Bibi. The veto was guaranteed in advance, since America has given up a long time ago on its role as an “honest broker.”

Yossi Sarid
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Netanyahu and Kerry in Rome, December 15, 2014.
Netanyahu and Kerry in Rome, December 15, 2014.Credit: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO
Yossi Sarid
Yossi Sarid

From the minute his disability was diagnosed – sluggishness and slowness – he was immediately marked to become the IDF chief of staff. A high-ranking officer in high army boots. Today he is the defense minister and often makes appearances in the settlements.

Two weeks ago he revealed to students of the Makor Haim Yeshiva in Gush Etzion that only because of the pressure from the United States administration the construction in the settlements is not being expanded; but “this administration will nor remain forever.” Bogie was right: True there are two years left, but the Obama administration is considered as if it was dead.

Since Sheldon Adelson rose to power, ministers and Knesset members are competing – who will bark louder at the passing convoy of the president and secretary of state. Sometimes it seemed as if U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry were hostile elements and not our last friends. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ran the pack – inciting them instead of silencing them; and Washington was scared off and fled.

No, what were you thinking: We are not interfering in American politics; we are just doing everything possible to harness other horses to the wagon. And even though we bet on the wrong horse this time at the command of the king of gambling from Las Vegas, we were not deterred from once again sticking our long noses in the affairs of others, and we have already seen a number of successes.

We are not interfering; what is hateful to us we will not do unto others. But it is permitted for us to publically wish for the end of the term of the “obsessive messianics,” whose ambassador has announced in their name their commitment to peace negotiations that will continue until the end of their term. And Israel Hayom, in a main and exclusive headline, cries out to warn about the gross American intervention in the election campaign. And the poor ambassador did not understand what they want from him, what had he said, and even this nothing was quickly revealed to be baseless.

The elders of the Don and the Dnieper in the southern Russian steppes do not remember any Cossacks who cried out like Netanyahu has done. This week he was forced to crawl to Rome to beg for an American veto in the United Nations Security Council, with Tzipi Livni’s tweets accompanying him. You didn’t need to do it, Bibi. The veto was guaranteed in advance, since America has given up a long time ago on its role as an “honest broker.” Even the Americans, as a superpower, have no “foreign policy,” only a “domestic policy.”

If Kerry is nor for us, then who is? Because Europe is an awakening continent finally. We, “the citizens of Israel who desire its peace and security,” we have tried over the past few months to awaken and arouse its parliaments, and we have managed quite a few achievements. What is allowed for the prime minister, who in his past was a “concerned citizen,” is also allowed for us, as “citizens concerned about the diplomatic freeze and the continued occupation.”

The fatigued Americans answered Netanyahu’s pleas; they have weakened and why do they need Jewish politics now? They too find it convenient to cling to the justification of “only through negotiations, and not thorough unilateral steps.” As if the settlements arise and multiply with consent, as if the Israeli soldier who chokes a Palestinian minister does it with the consent of both of them, as if the occupation itself is reciprocal and based on mutual understanding.

It is easy for Obama and Kerry to be tempted by these “today is the Sabbath,” “today is Passover,” “elections are soon” excuses: Pressure will only have a negative effect on local opinion – millions of Israelis will surround Bibi in the polling booths, they will defend him with flowers and ballots.

Don’t kill us with tears or laughter: Israelis are better known for their wallets and less for their anger. Once you tried using a stick on us, and it worked like a magic wand: It was actually a Republican president who canceled the loan guarantees for absorbing the Russian immigration – and the public took the hint, there were elections held at the time, and the government was changed in the blink of an eye.

Just two days ago, this column intended on imploring: America, do not cast your veto. Today it seems a lost cause. Be not ashamed Obama – and be not embarrassed Kerry? And Hillary too is remembered on the side of the bad. So be it, you are not helpful, but why cause damage? You had the last opportunity to make the one and only peace that would be credited to you, would justify the Nobel Peace Prize, and you missed out on even that. From here on, our blood is on your hands.

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