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Israel in a Post-American Era

In 1918, the United States proved militarily decisive in the defeat of the Kaiser’s Germany and emerged as first power on earth.

World War II, ending in 1945, produced two truly victorious nations, the Soviet Union of Joseph Stalin and the America of Harry Truman.

Out of the Cold War that lasted from Truman to the disintegration of the Soviet Empire and breakup of the Soviet Union at the end of Ronald Reagan’s term came a lone victor: the last superpower, the United States.

Who emerged triumphant from the post-Cold War era, 1991-2011?

Indisputably, it is China, whose 10-12 percent annual growth vaulted her past Italy, France, Britain, Germany and Japan to become the world’s second largest economy and America’s lone rival for first manufacturing power.

If we use a metric called “purchasing power parity,” China overtakes America in 2016. Says the International Monetary Fund, the American era is over.

Strategically, too, the United States seems in retreat, nowhere more so than in that region that was the focus of George W. Bush’s “global democratic revolution.” And no nation reflects more the relative loss of U.S. power and influence than does Israel, whose isolation is today unprecedented.

A decade ago, Turkey, a NATO ally of 50 years, was a quiet friend and partner to Israel. Today, the Palestinians in Gaza view the Turks as among their staunchest friends in the Middle East.

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt scrupulously adhered to the terms of his predecessor’s peace treaty with Israel and maintained the western end of the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Since he fell, the interim Egyptian regime has midwifed a unity government of Fatah and Hamas, moved to establish diplomatic relations with Tehran for the first time since the fall of the Shah and begun to lift the Gaza blockade. September’s elections are almost guaranteed to deliver to parliament a huge if not controlling bloc from the Muslim Brotherhood.

While the Brotherhood appears to be the strongest party in Egypt, it has held back from openly seeking the presidency or absolute power in the legislature. It appears to be playing a waiting game. After them, us.

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader who had looked to President Obama to bring a halt to new Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and preside over peace talks, appears to have given up on the Americans.

Though the beneficiary of hundreds of millions in U.S. aid, he has entered a coalition with his old enemy Hamas, and together — if they can stay together — they plan to seek recognition of an independent Palestine by vote of the U.N. General Assembly in September.

The likelihood is that the overwhelming majority, including many of America’s allies, will vote to recognize Palestine and seat it in the General Assembly, where it can make demands on Israel, backed by U.N. sanctions, to terminate its occupation and vacate its national territory.

The General Assembly resolution will set as the borders of Palestine those that existed between 1948 and 1967. But, today, beyond those borders live no fewer than 500,000 Israeli Jews.

While the United States vetoed a recent Security Council resolution condemning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s continued expansion of settlements, we have no veto in the General Assembly. If Obama opposes the U.N. resolution, we and Israel will stand virtually alone.

Nor are these the only crises Israel confronts.

To Israel’s north is Hezbollah, which has become the dominant force in Lebanon. To the south is Gaza, dominated by Hamas, which has never accepted Israel’s existence. Israel has fought wars with both.

To the east is the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority appears to have given up on U.S.-sponsored peace talks. Beyond lies Jordan, whose King Abdullah rules over millions of Palestinians, who is under pressure to take a tougher stand against Israel and who has no love for Bibi Netanyahu.

And what happened Sunday on the 63rd anniversary of Israel’s independence and the Palestinian “nakba,” or “catastrophe,” where 700,000 fled or were driven into exile, is perhaps the most ominous portent of all.

Palestinian protesters approached the fence separating Lebanon and Israel and climbed the fence on the Israeli-occupied Golan heights to come and reclaim Palestinian lands. Fifteen to 20 were shot to death and scores were wounded by Israeli troops.

Though the White House backed Israel, across Europe what Israel did to these protesters seemed exactly what the king of Bahrain and the president of Yemen had done to theirs.

Given the coordination of the Palestinian actions, we may be on the verge either of a Facebook revolution or a “third intifada,” an uprising by Palestinians in Israel, the occupied territories, and Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, where hundreds of thousands of descendants of the original exiles still live.

Such an uprising would divert the attention of Arab peoples from the failures of their own regimes and isolate Israel and her principal — indeed, only — ally, the United States, as they have never been before in the Arab world.

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#1 Comment By Majumder On May 22, 2011 @ 9:46 am

No matter what anyone says otherwise, Israel is there to stay.

Muslims are encircling Israel from three sides to push Israel to the sea! But, there is no turning back for Israel.

Because, if Israel falls, the evil will triumph.

World’s Jewry have historical claim to the Land of Israel. The word “Palestine” was a fiction created by the British imperialists and, subsequently, the United Nations.

For the purpose of worthless “Peace Agreements” and never-ending “Peace Talks”, American government should stay away from giving to Middle-Eastern Muslims billions of dollars that the U.S. Treasury will have to borrow.

#2 Comment By Jane Marple On May 22, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

“World’s Jewry have historical claim to the Land of Israel. The word “Palestine” was a fiction created by the British imperialists and, subsequently, the United Nations.”

If the Caananite show up, then, shouldn’t we gived it to them instead?.And, the term Palestine goes back to the Romans and means land of the Philistines. Sorry. You lose.

#3 Comment By Majumder On May 23, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

Jane Marple: If the Canaanites show up, then shouldn’t we give it to them instead?

Majumder: Your question has multiple facets in it.

First of all, WHO are “we” to give to WHOM???

Secondly, Canaanites were NOT modern-day Muslim inhabitants and Muslim terrorists who are terrorizing Israeli people.

Please get your “History Knowledge” sharpened with further studies of Medieval Middle East (especially prior to Islamization).

Here is an easy-to-read link for you.

“Realizing that just blood ties were not strong enough to weld the Jews into a nation, Prophet Moses wanted to find them a permanent home of their own. So, Prophet Moses declared that there waited for them the Promised Land, which turned out to be Canaan.”

Third, Jews initially purchased the land from Muslim landowners with very high monetary price when Israel was created in 1948.

In my opinion, Jews shouldn’t have paid a penny to Muslim landowners for obtaining the Jewish ancestral land of 4000 years ago.

Jane Marple: And, the term Palestine goes back to the Romans and means a land of the “Philistines”.

Majumder: Even if the “term” resonates during the reign of Roman Empire, please keep in mind that, that “term” did NOT mean an artificial Statehood for the modern-day Muslim inhabitants and Muslim terrorists.

In fact, there was NO Islam during the time of Roman Empire.

Islam came on earth after the Roman Empire had declined.

And, if there was no Islam on earth, there was obviously no Muslim inhabitant of that land during the reign of Roman Empire.

Current Muslim inhabitants of that particular land in question are the generational off-springs of migratory Islamic invaders who killed, raped, massacred, and ethnically cleansed entire Jewish and Pagan populations during the time of Prophet Muhammad and onward.

Jane Marple: Sorry. You lose.

Majumder: First of all, NEVER feel sorry for presenting your arguments.

Secondly, here I am only reiterating the documented history of the Medieval period and, as a result, I have nothing to lose or gain.

#4 Comment By Banerjee On May 24, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

Majumder ,

The site you referred sounds preity much a hasbara planted by the Mossad. “islamwatch” sounds similar to the one Mossad-paid lackey “Jihadwatch” . Same thing only rhetoric and no logic.

Now listen this. Suppose a Jewish family embraces Islam during the time of Caliph Omar’s conquest of Jerusalem , and continues to live on the land then should they be considered as original inhabitants ?

You never got the point of Jane Marple. She wanted to say that according to Bible , JEws won the holy land by conquering the Canannites so would you support the claim of the Canannites to the land if they happen to come back and ask the Jews for their stolen land ?

Another food of thought for you Majumder. The Jews were hounded out of the holy land by the Roman Emperor Hadrian and the whole country was named “Syria Palestina”. Now it was Caliph Omar who allowed the Jewish families to come back and live in to the holy land. Think about this grace and then blabber.

I advise you to think more and then start typing.

#5 Comment By Canadian On May 25, 2011 @ 12:49 am

Majumder wrote:
The word “Palestine” was a fiction created by the British imperialists and, subsequently, the United Nations.

Somebody forgot to tell Ben Gurion, since that is the exact word he used to describe…Palestine

#6 Comment By Majumder On May 26, 2011 @ 1:29 am

Canadian, on May 25th, 2011 at 12:49 am Said:
“Somebody forgot to tell Ben Gurion, since that is the exact word he used to describe…Palestine.”

In the words of PLO executive Zahir Muhsein in 1977:

“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.”

#7 Comment By enoughalready On May 28, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

As excitable as the 2 parties involved get, it’s just an annoying and expensive nuisance for the rest of us. If the Israeli’s don’t like the ’67 borders, maybe they’d like the original ’48 borders better. The settlements are illegal. the occupation is illegal. The annexations are illegal.

It’s not anhyone else’s problem that 500,000 Jews are in the occupied territories. They didn’t belong there and they don’t, now. If someone comes along and builds a house in my grandfather’s orchard, that doesn’t give them the right to the land it’s on. They’d still ahve to clear out.

I don’t give a hang about wacko biblibcal claims from 2000 years ago. Settle down and obey international law and the UN resolutions, or the US should vote YES in September. Maybe that would help them get moving.