Both Democratic wanna-be
presidents, John Kerry and Howard Dean proved recently how out of step with
the rest of America they are in regard to US policy vis-a-vis the Israeli-Palestinian
The leading US Democratic presidential contender, John Kerry, just said that
the government in Israel currently lacks someone -- i.e. Sharon -- who can
provide the goods in everything connected to negotiations with the Palestinians.
Yet, according to a poll commissioned by the Zionist Organization of America
(ZOA) and carried out by the firm of McLaughlin & Associates during mid-January
of 2004 -- the poll questioned 1,000 Americans from throughout the United
States -- 67.4% of Americans say that the Palestinian Arabs have not met
US President Bush's conditions for statehood, such as fighting terrorism,
halting incitement to murder, and respecting human rights. So why blame the
Kerry, who spoke at a political rally ahead of the New Hampshire primary,
criticized the settlement policy of the Israeli government, i.e. building
homes for Jews in their ancestral homeland. He said that it was a mistake
to increase building there at this time. When will it be a good time? When
Palestinian Arabs stop hating Jews and being racist?
Yet, 66.6% of Americans disagree with the Arab position that all Jewish residents
of Judea and Samaria -- the West Bank -- and Gaza should be expelled from
their homes. Most Americans see Jews continuing to live in all parts of their
ancient homeland; even after a peace deal is made.
John Kerry called for strengthening the Palestinian Authority so that it
will be stronger than Hamas. Here, Kerry's main rival, former front-runner
Howard Dean, agrees with him. Dean said at a campaign event recently, that
America should increase resources for the Palestinian Authority in order
to persuade the Palestinians to relinquish the right of return.
I guess they haven't heard about how Arafat and his cronies have embezzled
most of the donor money they've been given till now. That's hundreds of millions
of dollars, and the reason that even the pro-Palestinian European Union has
curtailed funding to the Palestinian Authority.
Yet, 65.2% of Americans say the Palestinian Authority "cannot be trusted
to fulfill peace agreements that it signs with Israel." That means most Americans
don't believe the Palestinian Arabs will stop terror or give up the right
And even more Americans, 73.6% say the US should stop sending the $200-million
each year to the Palestinian Arabs, that it does send. So why exactly does
Howard Dean and John Kerry want to waste American taxpayer dollars?
Dean called on Israel to demonstrate flexibility in regard to final borders
in order to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.
Yet, 55.7% of Americans say that the Palestinian Arabs' goal is "the eventual
destruction of Israel;" only 21.3% say their goal is "to have a small state
living in peace alongside Israel." And here, Americans are right on target
again, and the Democratic candidates are way out of touch.
Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi not long ago said, "We will continue with
our holy war and resistance until every last criminal Zionist is evicted
from this land. By G-D we will not leave one Jew alive in Palestine. We will
fight them with all the strength we have. This is our land, not the Jews."
Finally, John Kerry promised that if elected president, he would ask former
US presidents Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter to serve as a special envoy to
Clinton's Foreign Policy failures are well known. His peace-making efforts
in Northern Ireland and the whole Oslo peace process have gone nowhere. He
coddled Saddam Hussein for eight years, need I say more. As for Jimmy Carter,
other than receiving a Nobel Prize, what good has he done lately? Both have
been soft on terror, the Palestinians, the Iranians, every evil dictator
and regime in fact. Their re-involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian issue
would be disastrous.
As ZOA National President Morton A. Klein recently said, "It is a myth that
American public opinion supports creating a Palestinian Arab state or expelling
the Jewish residents of Judea-Samaria and Gaza. An overwhelming majority
of Americans oppose creating what would be a new terrorist state, and oppose
the racist, un-American concept of kicking people [Jewish "settlers"] out
of their homes and towns on the basis of their religion or ethnicity."
If these pronouncements by candidates Kerry and Dean are as "wise" as they
get, then (1) It's clear they are out of step with the American people and,
(2) Need to go back to school and learn a lot more about the Middle East.
Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst & consultant. His articles can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko.