Cliff May

Perhaps Ambassador Rice would benefit from spending more time on these issues and less, as my FDD colleague Claudia Rosett has reported, lecturing Americans on “Why America Needs the United Nations.” Since when did the job description of an American ambassador to the UN including marketing the UN to the taxpayers who subsidize the UN?

But I digress. The more important point is this: The UN’s leadership and most of its members are not remotely interested in securing peace anywhere. And there is no Palestinian leader who will or even can make peace with Israel so long as the Muslim Brotherhood, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and similar groups are calling the shots – in many instances literally.

Hamas, Hezbollah and the theocratic rulers of Iran have been candid: Creation of a Palestinian state is, at best, a secondary goal. Their primary objective is the defeat and destruction of the world’s only Jewish state. No serious person can still believe the core issue is housing in the West Bank – also known as Judea and Samaria -- territories that have never been part of a Palestinian state -- because there has never been a Palestinian state-- territories occupied by Jordan from 1949 until 1967 when Jordan, Egypt and other Arab nations launched a conventional war intended to wipe Israel off the map.

Islamists cannot accept the existence of a nation led by infidels in a part of the world targeted for religious cleansing, the imposition of sharia, and the establishment of a modern caliphate -- one that is to be oil-rich, nuclear-armed and dedicated to diminishing American power globally and permanently.

Were Arab and Muslim nations willing to tolerate Israel’s existence – not love Israelis, just tolerate them -- negotiating borders would be a piece of cake. In the absence of such tolerance it would be a mistake for Israel to surrender another square inch of soil -- as its earlier withdrawals from southern Lebanon (where Hezbollah has installed thousand of missiles under the noses of UN “peacekeepers”) and Gaza (from which thousands of missiles have been launched at Israeli villages) have demonstrated to all but the delusional (a substantial percentage of the international foreign policy community).

Israel also turned over the Sinai to Egypt in return for a peace treaty signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. His assassination at the hands of a Muslim Brotherhood splinter group soon followed. Three decades later that peace treaty may be scrapped by whichever government comes to power in Egypt in the days ahead. That does not imply that another war with Egypt is imminent or even inevitable. It does imply that Israel cannot depend for its survival on pieces of paper signed by dictators. How often do free peoples need to be taught that lesson?


Cliff May

Clifford D. May is the President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.