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Syria, Russia, Iran against Israel and Dr. Pipes

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Submitted by David (United States), Oct 21, 2022 at 15:31

If the author obliges, I will comment one more time. Again noticing that for some inexplicable reason, he refuses to directly condemn the Biden administration's conduct toward Israel, even once.

As I suspected, the vote at the UNGA earlier in the week, to condemn Russia for its annexation of territory in Ukraine, has been now used by the UN Human Rights Commission and its rabidly anti-Israel chairwoman Pillay, to declare Israel's occupation of Judea and Samaria "illegal." The only surprise to me is the speed with which the decision was made. Notwithstanding the fact that technically, by the League of Nations San Remo resolution, this latest decision is wrong under international law, I am not the least bit surprised by the fact that the pretext was used to issue yet another hostile act against Israel, this one unprecedented so far.

I noted before, that the administration's effort to change UNSC procedures so as to revoke the veto authority of any of the five permanent members, was also directly aimed at Israel. An effort to do this was initiated in the wake of Russia's veto of resolutions aimed at itself. When I expressed this opinion, the author seemed genuinely perplexed at my implication that there was any relation to Israel.

However he himself noted, at the time of the imposition of the initial sanctions on Russia, that there were potential implications for Israel and that it could be perceived as a warning. I am going to reiterate again, that the pretext for the administration's efforts to support the war in Ukraine to the last Ukrainian soldier if need be-- the 1945 principle that borders cannot be changed in war-- is a proxy attack on Israel. The isolation of Mr. Putin predictably reversed Russia's cooperation against Iran and other rogue states in recent years. This provides a potential opportunity to thwart the administration's otherwise almost unstoppable push to appease the murderous Ayatollahs, but at great potential danger: at the cost of a military alliance between Iran and Russia that could supply Iran with the nuclear weapons it seeks, with no need to produce them domestically at all.

Even the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, is not, in my view, the cheerful circumstance the author portrays it to be. It portends chaos on Israel's northern border, and an almost inevitable need for a ground operation in the near future, with massive potential casualties. Observe the absence of a single Israeli airstrike in Syria in the last month, while Iran has supplied Russia with drones, missiles, and the Biden administration has strong armed Israel to surrender to Iran's proxy in Lebanon. Are these events unconnected?

I will say again, that the administration has an abiding hatred for Israel, and that it knows almost no bounds. Personally, I was not surprised to see the Palestinian Authority leader in Moscow, treated to a complete embrace by the Russian premier and a vow on his part to support them in "all international forums," which is in fact entirely contrary to what happened at the end of the Obama administration. Literally in the last week. Unlike the author, I was also not the least bit surprised to see that this did NOT induce any condemnation of Abbas from the White House, but the contrary. An apologetic statement that they are sorry he "doesn't trust us." What a conspicuous contrast from their tone to the Sauds. Coincidence? The White House vowed since the very beginning of their tenure, to turn the Sauds into a "pariah state." Why is this? Could it just possibly be, that one of the organizing principles of their entire foreign policy, is to cause damage to Israel, or at least to Israel's capacity to form independent alliances that provide workarounds to the administration's intended initiatives to harness Iran's progress toward nuclear weapons, as a strategic threat to extort more and more concessions?

The author noted in a characteristically terse response to one of my comments that he is not praising the administration's policy toward Israel or Iran. Yes, Dr. Pipes, this is true. But neither have you dared criticize them. And it is about time. What in heaven's name is the obstacle here?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

It baffles me why I am at your disposal to make statements.

The Biden administration is middling on Israel policy, better than some, worse than others.

"Dare criticize"? What in the world prompts you to think I am scared of criticizing Biden? I do so often on Twitter.

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