John Kerry’s “Harm Offensive” certainly wasn’t comforting for Israeli politicians, or Israelis. It sounded like a threat to some. To others it was the USA giving permission for Palestinian terrorists to kill. Sound. Fury. Misdirection? Bad judgement? All of these?
Thankfully, in Israel HaYom, this is a welcome sense of perspective:
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon responded to Kerry’s statements in the interview. “There is no need to fear threats of whether there will or won’t be a third Intifada,” he said.
“We have been in an open and ongoing conflict [with the Palestinians], which as far as the Palestinians are concerned does not end in 1967 lines. There is Sheikh Munis — Tel Aviv, Majdal — Ashkelon. We got out of the Gaza Strip and they continue to attack us. They raise their youth to believe that Haifa and Acre are Palestinian ports and more. There is no sign of compromise here. Therefore we are likely not going to solve this based on what we thought. This does not mean we want to control them, they have political autonomy and good thing they do. We will have to be smart, and not fear threats of whether there will or won’t be a third Intifada,” he said.
I don’t fear the threats. I hope our leaders match that approach with some smart thinking.