Secretary of State John Kerry completely missed the boat on this one. Israel’s identity, from the first day of its founding, has been wrapped around the concept that Israel is a Jewish state, and a refuge for Jews everywhere. It is the only country to which Jews can go and count on acceptance, particularly when their lives are at risk elsewhere in the world. Given the growing anti-Semitism in countries around the globe – especially in Arab countries - Israel’s identity as a Jewish state has never been more critical.
Anyone who does not understand that has no business being involved in policy-making that involves Israel. If Muslim states are not willing to acknowledge Israel’s right to define its own identity, even as they define themselves as Muslim countries, and bar Jews from their own territory (as the proposed state of ‘Palestine’ plans to do), then clearly peace with Israel is not on their agenda and there is no partner in peace.
Kerry needs to go back to school to study and understand the history that he intends to influence so dramatically. Continue reading