British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is a most illogical man. With a big smile on his face, he shook the hand of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is in the 12th year of his 4 year term…or is it his 13th year? Well, whatever. What is clear is that Mahmoud Abbas is no friend of democracy; and Boris Johnson is no friend of Israel.
What I love about the picture is the smirk on Abbas’ face. He looks like he is about to explode with laughter, and well he should. The man shaking his hand is a fool, ready to say whatever is needed to preserve the hypocrisy of his nation.
In an astonishing example of double talk, Johnson was quoted as saying, “I reiterated the UK’s commitment to supporting the Palestinian people and the two-state solution, the urgent need for renewed peace negotiations and the UK’s clear and longstanding position on the status of Jerusalem.”
There’s nothing new there; he’s reiterating again what we have all known. Yes, yes. They support the Palestinians, the two state solution, renewal of peace talks that the Palestinians have repeated refused to attend, and then states their position on Jerusalem is both longstanding and clear.
What is that position? Says Johnson, “It should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”
And I and most Israelis agree with him. If there is to be a negotiated settlement, it should indeed be between the Israelis and the Palestinians. That’s why the efforts of the Turks and the Arab countries in general fail – they refuse to invite the Israelis to the peace talks they strongly believe should be held. They do however, think it is their right to tell us what they decided. Yeah, that’s not going to work…
But back to Johnson. His statement would be both noteworthy and commendable, it he hadn’t then continued to share his thoughts. “And Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states.”
So we are to negotiate a pre-determined agreement? Luckily, Israel is not that stupid and suddenly the smirk on Abbas’ face becomes clear.
“Oh. My. God,” thought Abbas, “Did he really just say that?”
He did indeed and for that Boris Johnson has earned our contempt and has proven himself incapable of being considered as a serious participant of any future multi-national cooperative effort to bring peace to the Middle East. There are no foregone conclusions; there can be no pre-determined solutions.
For Israel, there is little to worry about. What has been clear for many months now is that the British have far too many problems at home to spend their time worrying about Israel, Jerusalem, and the Middle East. Abbas can smirk his way through London all he wants. It won’t help him because for the first time in 8 years, Israel has a friend in the White House, a champion in the United Nations, and a world teetering on the edge of instability.
By contrast, here in Israel, life seems amazingly stable. Thanks to the vigilance of our security forces, our government’s ongoing outreach to developing countries, and a relatively stable and growing economy, Israel is doing quite well, while Britain is struggling economically.
Throwing their support behind the Palestinians will gain little for Britain and perhaps the British government should spend more time worrying about London than Jerusalem. With soaring crime rates, London is now officially more dangerous than New York, further exemplified by several recent terror attacks in London in recent months.
As for Jerusalem, Johnson was right in his first statement. The status of Jerusalem will be determined by the involved parties and until the Palestinians are interested in peace, the status quo will remain. Jerusalem was, is, and will be, the eternal capital of the Jewish people. In truth, what most Israelis know is that this will never change. Life is good. The sun shines on the ancient stones of Jerusalem. Abbas smirks in Europe. The British chase their tails. And in the capital of Israel, we fill the streets, the cafes, the shops and the markets. For Israel, there is little to worry about.