Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (2 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   4 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Netanyahu's "Shibboleths" Scuttle Peace Talks

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 3 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 1/7/14

Become a Fan
  (14 fans)
- Advertisement -

Source: Wallwritings



Benjamin Netanyahu
(image by The Herald)
  DMCA

"No partner for peace" is one of several "shibboleths" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (above, left) and his cabinet are now using to scuttle any peace agreement with President Mahmoud Abbas, no matter how often U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Tel Aviv.

As readers of Judges 12:6 are well aware, pronunciation of the word "shibboleth" is used to separate friends from enemies.

In episode eight of the second season of the television series West Wing, for example, President Josiah Bartlett used "shibboleth" to determine that Chinese immigrants were truly Christian and therefore deserved admission to the U.S. To assert that Israel "has no partner for peace" is a verbal signal, a "shibboleth," which quickly certifies that the speaker is "with Israel," without reservations.

When John Kerry returned last week to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks for his 10th visit, he brought with him a proposal to discuss "four core issues" with the peace negotiators. Because he is a master diplomat (another reason to regret his failure to defeat incumbent President George W. Bush in 2004) Kerry knew Netanyahu would find ways to defer progress toward peace.

Kerry's "four core issues" were quickly expanded by Netanyahu and members of his cabinet, to "six core issues." Added to the negotiation table were two tried and true Israeli "shibboleths" -- "Israel must be acknowledged as a Jewish state" and Israel must maintain military control over the Palestinian Jordan Valley.

Both are what negotiators refer to as "poison pills," demands certain to be rejected by President Abbas. "No partner for peace" is used to add icing on the cake, since negotiations are simply not a part of Israeli leaders' DNA.

- Advertisement -

The Zionists who planned the Nakba, village by village, prior to the outbreak of war in 1947, were there as colonial conquerers. The intent was to move steadily from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Jordan River in the east. Thanks in large measure to the horrors of the Holocaust, the world both tolerated and encouraging this march to the east."

There were always signs that this march would be unrelenting and not subject to negotiations. This has been obvious in subsequent Israeli governments that employed "peace talks" as diversions for expansion and additional military control. Even when Israel pretended to move in a positive manner, it was for its own security purposes, as was the case of its "withdrawal" to the Israeli-controlled borders of Gaza.

Early in President Jimmy Carter's term in office, I traveled with President Carter to the United Nations where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Menachen Begin. When I was very briefly introduced to Began, I knew he had been briefed by his American aides who assumed, correctly, that because I was with President Carter, I would behave.

"Oh yes," he said to me, "You are with us." I mumbled an answer that I hoped was both diplomatic and accurate. Since I was not whisked away, I must have passed the "you are with us" test.

It was not a proud moment for me, having by that time made enough visits to the occupied areas to know this was an grossly uneven struggle between the occupier and the occupied. But knowing President Carter, I knew he would say "there is a time to be silent and a time to speak," I responded to Begin in polite no-speak platitudes.

- Advertisement -

The encounter, however, was revealing to me of the Israel leader's strong "us against them" mindset. After that,  I responded often to the prime minister and his successors, through whatever avenue of communication I was able to commandeer.

I have no idea how Israel identifies frequent visitors who are either "with us" or "against us," but I do know that all my subsequent arrivals and departures in Tel Aviv have not been greeted with warm smiles. Maybe the Israeli border computer records have a "smiley face" that stands for "with us" and a "frowny face" for those who are "against us."

I do know that one attempt I made to travel to Tel Aviv hit a snag when I flew from Chicago on American Airlines and changed planes in Rome to fly on El Al to Tel Aviv.

Israeli officials had their own little corner security operation in the airport basement in Rome. Because the Israelis felt I had not given them sufficient time to have all my bags (including my laptop) thoroughly examined, I was required to spend a night in the Rome airport hotel. That cost me some money and it may also have earned me two "frowny faces."

In Jerusalem the next day, I complained about this experience to a American Jewish Committee staffer who spoke to the group I was leading. His "with us" or "against us" answer was blunt. He told me that earlier (I knew it was at least several years earlier) a Catholic or maybe it was an Orthodox priest, had been apprehended driving into Israel with a trunk load of rifles.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

http://wallwritings.wordpress.com/

James Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced Jim's writings over (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Does Israel Interfere in US Elections?

How Iran Could Be The Next Neocon Target

Ten Swing States Could Decide the 2012 Election; Obama Leads in Nine of Them

New York Times Flacks for Jewish Groups Against 15 Major Christian Leaders

What Protestants Could Learn from Ron Paul

With South Carolina Victory, Gingrich Rides Adelson Money Train Against Obama

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
4 people are discussing this page, with 4 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

James wall, you made a great point, "When Palestin... by Mike Ghouse on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 12:23:24 AM
Every new settlement on land promised to the Palas... by kappie on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 9:20:58 AM
Does anyone have the correct address to which I ma... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 5:56:07 PM
In the opening of the book of Isaiah the prophet r... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 7:51:28 PM