Tomorrow Benjamin Netanyahu will give his speech to a joint session of Congress. We have heard a lot of talk about the speech. Boehner, who invited him, is defending his actions even thought he broke protocol in his invitation. Democrats are furious about the speech with some threatening to boycott it. Netanyahu’s opponents, and even some Israeli hawks are against the speech.
One has to wonder exactly what John Boehner is trying to accomplish with his invitation. Some believe he is trying to help Netanyahu win his election that is being held in two weeks. Some believe that he is just trying to “embarrass” the President. Others believe it is an attempt to derail the nuclear talks with Iran.
After reading everything from both sides of the spectrum, I have come to the conclusion that John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak at a joint session of Congress because he does want him to win the election in two weeks. This is important to Boehner and the Republicans because they have one very real fear in common with Netanyahu. They all fear peace.
I believe that if Netanyahu would actually negotiate with the Palestinians, recognize the Palestinian State, and stop throwing up settlements in the Palestinian territory we might actually see peace break out in the region. Not only that, but if the Palestinian State was recognized, many of the arguments that other Arab countries in the region have against Israel may also fade away.
Allowing the Palestinians their own self-run state would let Israel stop looking like an aggressor. It would allow Israel and the Palestinians to work together to maintain peace between the two states and even help the economy of both countries to grow.
Unfortunately, Netanyahu has shown no inclination of accepting the Palestinians right to their own state. That continues to cause a bigger rift between the two parties and allows the radicals on the Palestinian side to fight against Israel by arguing that Israel is the aggressor. Whether or not that is a valid argument it works to recruit more fighters to the radical side.
Of course the biggest fear for both the Republicans and Netanyahu is that the nuclear talks with Iran may actually come to a positive end. The Republicans and Netanyahu claim that any deal with Iran will only mean they will be able to build their bomb.
I would not support any deal with Iran without very strong verification policies in place. We do have to remember that Iran in the past claimed it wanted to wipe Israel off the map. But, the Soviet Union also promised to “bury” us too. It was only through diplomacy with Russia that things finally calmed down, even before the fall of the Soviet Union.
One only needs to remember Netanyahu’s speech at the U.N. with his hastily drawn bomb showing how Iran was so close to building an atomic bomb. I wonder if he will bring it out for this speech as well. I am certain he will argue that Iran cannot be trusted. He will argue that any deal with Iran is against the interests of Israel. I am also sure that the Republican side will erupt in applause when he does.
You would think that “peace in the middle east” would be a good thing. You would think that everyone would consider that if all sides agree on creating peace that the radicals would lose their poster points for recruiting. But since Netanyahu and the Republicans share an absolute hate towards Islam, they don’t want peace in the region. If there is peace, you don’t have any justification to “wipe out” your enemies.
I am not stupid. I know that reaching a point of peace in the middle east is not going to be easy. I also know that steadfastly arguing against any diplomacy that may take a step in that direction is stupid. Hawks all around the world believe that diplomacy is a form of appeasement. That is ridiculous.
Benjamin Netanyahu has been as much of an impediment to peace in the region as the radical Palestinians have. If he wasn’t, we would be seeing talks between Israel and the Palestinians. He refuses to negotiate with them. Israel has the right to exist as a country. I believe that the Palestinian State also has a right to exist. Mutual recognition of the rights of each state would go a long way towards creating an environment where peace is possible.
However, Netanyahu does not want peace. If he gets it, he may lose power. That is something that he is unwilling to risk. So, he accepted the invitation from Boehner in order to help Republicans stop peace in its tracks. Republicans don’t want peace either. They don’t want anything to get in their way of a New Crusades against Islam.
That, I believe is the real reason John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak at a joint session of Congress. We have already seen too many times that foreign wars take the spotlight off how much you are trying to screw your own people over. This is just another case of the “tail wagging the dog.”