Whenever Israel Independence Day approaches, someone with a historical perspective invariably reminds the people of Israel the American State Department did everything in its power to dissuade Israel from declaring its independence after the British withdrew in May 1948.

After Israel declared independence and in spite of the State Department’s warnings Arab armies would overwhelm it, the U.S. enforced an arms embargo of Israel during its War of Independence.

This week, as Israel enters its 61st anniversary, American directives abound once again.

The text of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony to the Congress from last week was released to the Israeli media yesterday, and it does not sit well with Israel.

AdSys ad not found for news/world:instory –>

In that testimony, Mrs. Clinton warned Israel it risks losing “Arab support” if itdoes not resume negotiations to launch a Palestinian state.

Mrs. Clinton made this demand, despite the fact that both movements that represent the Palestinians – Fatah and Hamas – remain at war with Israel.

“For Israel to get the kind of strong support it is looking for vis-a-vis Iran, it can’t stay on the sidelines with respect to the Palestinians and the peace efforts. They go hand in hand,” Mrs. Clinton told the House Appropriations Committee.

Concerning a funding request for the Palestinians, Mrs. Clinton said the State Department would ensure that no U.S. taxpayer money goes to Hamas.

“No aid will flow to Hamas or any entity controlled by Hamas,” she said.

Mrs. Clinton said any new Palestinian Authority government that would include Hamas must recognize Israel, renounce violence and abide by previous agreements.

However, Mrs. Clinton contradicted herself and indicated that the U.S. would not necessarily cut funding to the Palestinians even if Hamas were to join a unity government and fail to meet the three of the above conditions, noting that the U.S. continues to provide funds to Lebanon, whose government includes Hezbollah.

“We are doing that because we think, on balance, it is in the interest of the United States,” she said.

The question as to whether American policy plays into the interest of the state and people of Israel remains to be seen.

David Bedein can be reached at dbedein@israelbehindthenews.com


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Previous articleUS Synagogue Organization Opposes A Palestinian State
Next articlePickax Murderer Of Jewish Teen Wanted To Be A Martyr
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.