In a desperate attempt to add some modicum of noteworthy achievement to his otherwise corrupt and shameful eight years in the White House, President Clinton has corralled Israel's Barak and the Palestinian's Arafat into what the media calls Camp David II, a poorly-planned and ill-conceived Washington marathon. Both leaders, coerced from their respective constituencies, arrived in Washington frustrated, and fearful of the outcome, while their political enemies back home were publicly denouncing and threatening them. To embark on such a marathon less than a week before a vital G-8 Summit in Tokyo was another strategic blunder for a president who, while he may fancy himself as another Jimmy Carter, lacks both the reliability and aura of moral authority which characterized the Carter Administration.
After eight years of abject submission to our Jewish lobby, a White House corruption which has made a farce of the term "honest broker," Clinton is in no position to negotiate fairly between a Barak, whose fragile Knesset majority may dissipate at any moment, and an Arafat, also threatened at home and manipulated to the position of Quisling by this unclean Israeli-Washington dalliance.
Americans can't say they weren't warned. Back in 1796 in his farewell address to Congress and the nation, President George Washington clearly outlined the danger of such foreign entanglements, a warning that our representatives in Washington, enchanted by the smell of Jewish money, have long forgotten. Washington's words ring as true today as they did in 1796:
"A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no common interest exists...l eads also to concessions to the favorite nation, of privileges denied others, which is apt doubly to injure the nation making concessions, by unnecessarily parting with what ought to be retain, and by exciting jealousy, ill will, and disposition to retaliate in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld." This passionate attachment "gives to ambitious, corrupted or deluded citizens who devote themselves to the favorite nation, facility to betray or sacrifice interests of their own countries... How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion... I conjure you to believe the foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government."
In the half century since the United Nations seized some 53 percent of the Palestinians' homeland for a Jewish state, Israel has made every conceivable effort, between her military misadventures in Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, and her continuing seizure of Palestinian land, to both ignore and avoid those many United Nations Resolutions regarding her misbehavior, resolutions imposed by that same UN to whom she owes her very existence.
Washington has repeatedly cooperated by shielding Israel from UN attempts to rein her in, and as a result, Barak came to Washington with five major problems: the borders of a Palestinian state, the illegal settlements, the status of Jerusalem, 3.4 million refugees languishing in camps, plus the recompense owed to some 750,000 Palestinian families separated from their properties and businesses in the 1948 and 1967 wars.
By playing one Congressional group against another, bribing her way through Washington, and even threatening reluctant members by passing soft money to their opponents, Israel has, for half a century, kept the Palestinians in bondage while incrementally stealing their land and futures, killing their young protesters in the streets, and, at every opportunity, demeaning Arafat into the position of Quisling. Such is the moral and economic morass that Clinton expected, by the magic of his personality, to mold into some sort of permanent "solution" before rushing off to an Asian summit.
Other issues becloud the possibility of decent closure at Camp David. For one thing, Israel has been most irresponsible in adhering to agreement signed on the White House lawn. Netanyhu openly rejected both the Oslo and Wye Accords, and Barak has agreed to subject any treaty he signs in Washington to the vote of an Israeli population already rioting in the streets against Camp David II.
Finally, the subject of money. The American taxpayer, with the aid of a corrupt Congress, has been milked for the past half century by a cash-hungry Israel. We have paid out over $110 billion to support Israel's military forays and occupations. We are still financing Israel's military buildup including her 300 atomic-loaded missiles of mass destruction. We lose millions of tax monies on those donations by American Jews to Israel. The world's fifth most powerful military force, Israel is demanding cash for more "security," though a just peace should increase her security. Israel's hand is always out for cash. When she withdrew from Egypt's Sinai after Camp David I, we taxpayers paid out $96,672,000 for illegally-built Jewish homes which were then demolished rather than given to Sadat's dispossessed Egyptians.
It is well past time we got Israel off our payroll, stopped excusing her human rights abuses and allowed international pressures to modify her behavior.