The human face of conflict. war, political threat, Intifada, struggle for the good life, women and their loved ones searching for the "good life" under war. Israel, the Israel Palestinian conflict.
Israel is not naive. For sure, despite the rhetoric, the Jewish state has never been Washington's best buddy, yet, in the past, Israel's presence in the Middle East did afford a measure of reassurance to US presidents. Not so with Obama. There used to be much said about Israel as the only democracy in the region. In the past, democracy stood for something because previous American presidents recognized Israel as a buffer against unstable regimes. However irksome Israel might have seemed to super powers, it could be depended upon never to become a fundamentalist dictatorship seeking to nuke its neighbors for power, self-esteem and ambition. Such a belief might have influenced previous presidents. Not so, Obama. Obama campaigned on the slogan of a "new way." He meant it. In four years he has kept his word. He has embraced fundamentalist Arab states to the point of turning a blind eye to, if not out-and-out tolerating, terror. Today, Israel stands alone under its Iranian threat of extinction, and Lee Smith's article is correct: America and Israel are farther apart than they've ever been, as distanced from each other, in fact, as Israel is from her Arab neighbors in what the world so glibly calls "the Arab Israel conflict."
I pray, Mr. Obama, that Israel will stand despite your vision of a new world, and that we'll never get to see how your cookie crumbles.
The Human Face of Conflict,
Israela: secrets, lies, and alienation. Heroism. Arabs saving Jews and Jews healing Arabs in Israel. Israela: An eternal struggle for peace. Three women and their loved ones seeking the "good life" under war. The complex social structure of Israel, tradition, history, war, Intifada, and love.
Author Batya Casper.