US stuck on October 6, pushes forward with Palestinian state agenda

Opinion: As Washington tries to engineer Israel's reality and play a part in pushing it back to the Oslo Accords, Jerusalem should start breaking its general dependence and develop security and diplomatic independence
Naveh Dromi|
It took Americans just under four months to regain a sense of comfort with the events of October 7. Following Biden's speech and the outpouring of support from Israelis in the aftermath of the massacre, our good friends across the sea began to return to their unrealistic internationalist concept.
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These aren't the best of times for Americans. Biden may be more affable and pleasant than Obama, but the foreign policy of the current president, as well as his envoys, mirrors that of his Democratic predecessor, rooted in the progressive liberal ideals that wrought destruction and societal suffering in the Middle East.
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It began with the Afghanistan debacle, with images of Afghan civilians clinging to American planes - hardly a pleasant sight for those who want to see the United States as a strong ally. Then came the Russia-Ukraine war, and in the midst of it, the Kurds - supposedly also wards of the Americans - fell into the hands of the Iraqis. And now, as if all these troubles weren't enough, they've been hit with our war - dragging Americans into a challenge they've sought to avoid at all costs: war with Iran alongside the risk of extremist forces, from the Russians to the Houthis, and the empowerment of moderate forces in the Middle East.
For Americans, the Cold War is a trauma, as is their fear of what they perceive as communism in Russia. The Russia-Ukraine war may have been an opportunity for them to oust Putin, their sworn adversary, and it's better not to imagine what fate would befall Kyiv without American weaponry.
However, Putin is also a close ally of Iran, towards whom the United States surprisingly exhibits considerable flexibility. Even when Iran's proxies, like the Houthis, strike American assets, the White House takes its time before responding. Ironically, it seems they've adopted Israel's policy of restraint - the same policy that blew up in our faces on October 7. Don't they remember 9/11, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS? Why does American assertiveness seem to falter specifically against radical Islam?
Against this backdrop and amidst the failure of foreign policy in the Middle East, Americans are now trying to engineer Israel's reality and play a part in pushing us back to the Oslo Accords and disengagement - two moves carried out with robust American support. As if nothing happened, they continue to work towards the idea of a Palestinian state, contrary to all logic and historical lessons. Perhaps the motive is the upcoming elections in the United States, as many argue, but it's undeniable that these are simply beliefs that haven't changed in Washington.
Either way, this is the situation - and it's worsening. Even this week's decision to impose sanctions on four settlers and freeze the bank accounts of some is a step towards a Palestinian state - because if there are Jewish terrorists in the Jewish state, why wouldn't there be Palestinian terrorists in the Palestinian state?
All of this leads to a clear understanding: one component of the Israeli concept is the security and ideological dependence on the United States. As the national awakening, which began on October 7, unfolds, perhaps it's time to start breaking the general dependence and develop security and diplomatic independence. This can be done without undermining the foundations of the close relationship with our important friend - not all opposition to a friend's opinion leads to a breakdown in relations. In fact, as an act of friendship, we must save the United States from the idea of a Palestinian state.
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