It's time to recall the words that Israel's prime minister told the Americans in 1982: "We will stand by our principles. And, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid."
This article is spot on. I hope Mr. Biden gets to read it and take note that this is not the time to waver on the US support of Israel - he will definitely be on the wrong side of history if he does. And he will not be representing the majority of Americans either, just the usual loud rabble of malcontents.
The way I see it Israel is going to do what it has to do to survive. Good for them. Unfortunately, President Biden is in an unenviable position. Israel can just keep showing the world what President Biden said after the Hamas attack on October 7, and that may lose him the election because the left won’t vote for him. If Biden pulls the support from Israel, that will make Biden and Americas promise to support its allies weak. Nobody wants a week President, especially now...
Many excellent thoughts here. One piece that is missing for me is that Bibi wasn’t a popular PM before 10/7, and now that there’s a war, I still ultimately don’t trust him. For example, I’m concerned about the settler violence in Judea and Samaria. Why isn’t this considered a big problem for the war effort? Hamas and Hezbollah aren’t enough, so let’s get Fatah riled up as well??? Any thoughts on this? Are all Israelis comfortable with the current government? Thanks!
Thank you for this essay, Mr. Hoffman. I continue to say Tefillin daily and pray my most sincere prayers to Hashem. I have uttermost faith that He will save His people. I am sure that America will elect the best president who will support Israel and the Jewish people.
Friends? It was the US who pressured Israel to keep pursuing the 2 state solution when it was clear the Arabs/so-called Palestinians were not interested in it. The US has not been a true friend. We are nothing but a "proxy" they need in the Middle East to look out for their interests. That's why they give us the time of day. And because some Jewish American influencers put pressure on politicians. The relationship has always been based on US self-interest; not in a true alliance. Rabbi Meir Kahane was right when he warned the US would not always be our ally.
Where it criticizes Biden as being unfit for office etc. To be clear, you're right to call out the shift in policy away from unwavering support. For context, w/o hesitation Biden didn't just offer verbal support, he brought major US allies on board, promptly positioned military assets, and put Blinken on a diplomacy tour. Doubt Trump would have been as straightforward. Do need to keep up the pressure so they stay the course regardless of the political fallout.
The article is good up to the point where it crosses the partisan line. Focus on policy, not political spin. Thank you.
Everything is political and politics is about perception. Of course, America wants Israel to eradicate Hamas. Hamas exists specifically to kill Jews, to Destroy Israel, and there is no negotiating with them. But there has been a rising tide of anti-semitism, not only here, but around the western world, which Biden does not want to turn into a tidal wave. Hamas knew this would happen, knew after such butchery Israel could not fail to respond, and knew 1,000’s of children and other civilians would die because of Hamas’s placement in the communities. That was the point, they welcome it. And I believe that Israel is now, in fact, playing Hamas’s game ,by their rules, and , whatever the outcome, if American public opinion seriously goes against Israel, no president, now or in the future, will be able to continue to give unqualified support. As one Zionist rabbi here said, if the price of Israel’s survival is always the slaughter of innocent children, what’s the point? What, indeed survives? And how do we, in America, support it ( not to mention the runaway hooliganism of settlers)? Israel is supposed to be the adult in the room; it must find a better way.