By Bill Mehlman*
TO ALL AM ISRAEL
Senator McCain, you have made “Straight Talk” the theme of your campaign for the U.S. Presidency, so we trust you’ll be receptive to some straight talk from Jerusalem on the Middle East
There are presently two viable states living side by side in peace in our troubled neighborhood. Their names are Israel and Jordan
The jihadist “Palestinian State” the U.S. State Department proposes to wedge between them would guarantee a quick end to the peace and viability of both these American allies. It would, in short order, become the enshrined capital of radical Islam.
There is no greater gift that America and the West could bestow on the armies of radical Islam than the consecration of the Holy Land as a playground for the corrupt Palestinian Authority and its terrorist appendages -- the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades and Tanzim gunmen. The euphoria this would generate from Teheran to Riyadh would sweep like a tsunami over the entire Middle East, inundating not only Israel and Jordan, but the oil monarchies and Egypt. It would sound the death knell for America’s valiant struggle to hold back the forces of Islamic terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Senator McCain, the “Arab refugee problem” was created by the seven Arab states that attempted to strangle Israel in its cradle . It is not Israel’s problem. It is not America’s problem. It is the problem of an Arab world that for 60 years has cynically used these people and their misery as a weapon against Israel. It is a problem to which it has defiantly refused to apply the only rational solution possible – the absorption of the refugees it created within its underpopulated 22-state nexus stretching from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. If its vast oil wealth is insufficient to the task, the West can doubtless be counted on to pitch in with an economic aid package.
Senator McCain, “straight talk” on the Middle East demands the total reassessment of an American-inspired “peace process” constructed on the sands of illusion. It’s a fool’s bet on a self-serving Palestinian leadership repudiated by its own constituents and a famously inept Israeli government too befogged to tell the difference between a peace process and a suicide contract.
The prerequisite for straight talk is straight thinking. Our respect for your ability to think straight on major issues compels us to believe you would think long and hard before taking America further down the road of an ill-conceived policy marked for certain failure.
*Bill Mehlman is on the Executive Committee of Americans For A Safe Israel .