United States and Israel in an Era of Diplomatic Tensions and Uncertainty

Article published on Feb. 22, 2011
Article published on Feb. 22, 2011
by Vassilios Damiras The United States and Israel are very close allies fighting Global Jihadist terrorism throughout the years. Since United States Democratic Senator from Illinois Barack Obama became President of the United States of America in 2009, this diplomatic relationship/friendship entered a new era of challenges and diplomatic obstacles.
President Obama decided to adopt a pro-Muslim/pro-Islam/pro-Arab foreign policy. His explanation is that the new diplomatic policy will create better relationship with the Arab world and a better image for the United States of America around the globe.

The last terrorist incident in eastern Mediterranean Sea vividly illustrated the true intentions of the Jihadists. The soc-called flotilla of peace was a rouse to smuggle terrorists and weapons to Gaza in order to attack Israel. Specifically, the supporters of the so-called flotilla of peace were pro-Palestinians and pro-Hamas organizations and individuals in various European nation-states mainly from Britain, Greece, and Turkey. These specific organizations were involved in sending previous aid convoys to the Gaza Strip by land and sea. The main purpose of these organizations and individuals was to make a show of sending humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip in order to embarrass Israel and exert diplomatic and media pressure.

At the same time, various countries such as, Greece and Turkey, and political, social, human rights, and humanitarian organizations from the aforementioned countries attempted to capitalize on making statements for propaganda and of anti-Semitic sentiment. Some organizations, particular those in Europe, cooperated with each other. For example, in Greece all the political parties and media supported the flotilla of peace and argued that these pro-Palestinian and pro-Hamas groups do not support terrorism. In addition, the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG) via the voice of its activist Rani Abdo argued that Israel is a terrorist state. Also, evidences indicate that these European socio-political organizations are in touch with the pro-Hamas de-facto administration in the Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, evidence illustrated that behind the organizational function of the flotilla of peace was the Free Gaza Movement. This organization is registered in Cyprus as a human rights project and is headquartered in Nicosia the capital of Cyprus. Its website states that Free Gaza Movement operates branches in twenty-eight nation-states, including eleven in Europe, five in North America (four in the U.S. and one in Canada), and a branch in Israel (referred to on the movement’s website as “Palestine 1948 territories”). The organizational framework of the Free Gaza Movement also includes the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which also participated in latest flotilla of peace. Some of the countries that Free Gaza Movement has branches are: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Norway, and the United Kingdom (with offices in England and Scotland).

The Turkish government spearheaded this campaign of peace, because Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan wants to play an influential role in the Middle East reclaiming the Ottoman Empire’s influence. Ankara supported the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), which is a Turkish foundation. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also plays an influential role, because he and the Mullahs want to expand the Islamic revolution in the Middle Eastern region and destroy Israel.

As Palestinian Media Watch reported, the day prior the flotilla of peace reached the blockade, Al-Jazeera TV filmed the so-called “peace activists” chanting an Islamic battle cry: “Remember Khaibar, oh Jews! The army or Muhammad will return!” Khaibar is the name of the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad’s army in 628. Many Jews were killed in the battle, which marked the end of Jewish presence in Arabia. There are many Muslims, who view that as a precursor to future wars against the Jews. At gatherings and rallies of Islamists and Jihadists, this chant is often used and heard as a threat to Jews to expect to be defeated and killed again by Muslims.

On May 31, 2010, as the ships approached the blockade, the Israeli navy issued repeated a serious warning: “You are approaching an area of hostility which is under a naval blockade. The Gaza area, coastal region and Gaza harbor are closed to all maritime traffic.” The Israeli naval authorities emphasized that the Israeli government supports delivery of humanitarian supplies to the civilian population in Gaza strip, and invites you to enter the Ashdod port. Delivery of the supplies in accordance with the authority’s regulations [i.e., Israel’s prohibitions on materials that could help Hamas assault Israel] will be through the formal land crossings and under observation, after which you can return to your home posts aboard the vessels on which you arrived. The peace activists replied “Shut up. Go back to Auschwitz.” “Our destination is Gaza.” “We’ve helping the Arabs go against the U.S. Don’t forget 9/11.” Then the Israeli armed forces executed operation, code named Operations Sea Breeze or Operation Sky Winds. It was an attempt to stop the Free Gaza Movement’s ninth attempt to break the controversial Gaza blockade. The Israeli military operation was successful. Israeli Shayetet 13 naval commandos abseiled the ships from various speedboat and helicopters. The flotilla among the humanitarian aid and construction materials, it transported vests, gas masks, night vision goggles, and large sum of money.

The Obama administration reacted very slowly in this matter. President Obama argued that both sides need to show restrain and Israel must stop the Gaza blockade. He called for an international investigation in order to achieve the international standards. Vice President Joe Biden lukewarmly stated that Israel has the right to defend herself. It is clear that this Democratic administration believes that Israel heavy-handedly tries to solve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. It is wrong this new American foreign policy. Specifically, the Obama administration has propagandized Israel, the only true democratic nation-state in the Middle East, against all the enemies.

The right response for the American administration is to support Israel and use the Mediterranean Sea as a military platform to punish these Islamic terrorist groups which threaten the existence and survival of Israel. Especially, the U.S. sixth fleet and elements of the U.S. Air Force can use the islands of Crete and Cyprus to launch air and naval strikes. Also, the U.S. Special Forces can use these islands as geostrategic platforms to execute black ops against high value targets regarding Jihadist terrorist groups in the region. In addition, the American government needs to continue supplying to Israel the most sophisticated weapons to defend her national interest.

Furthermore, the Obama government needs to severely chastise both Greece and Turkey for this pro-terrorist support under the pretext of humanitarian aid. In both countries governmental and political officials openly support these dubious organizations. Specifically in Greece the left wing organizations routinely support the various pro-Palestinian causes. The Greek communists argue that by assisting the liberation of Palestine and its goals is a way to fight American imperialism and capitalism. For some analyst Greece could be the staging point for future Islamofastist operations against Europe. Greece has very open policy on illegal immigration. Thus, making the Greek country side a haven for extreme Islamists who want to create terrorist cells and execute terrorist operation in Europe. Recently, evidences indicate that the various left wing Greek terrorist organizations, which operate in Greece, are trained in Iran. These evidences come from German, American, and British intelligence and counterintelligence sources.

On the other side of the Aegean Sea Turkey wants to play the mediator between U.S.A. and the Middle East and mainly to be the go-between on the U.S.A.-Iran negotiations thus making Turkey a major geostrategic player in the region. It is evident this new Turkish policy has upset various diplomatic circles in the Washington, D.C.  They viewed that Turkey if moves closer to Iran will become a theocratic Islamic nation-state. That potential and dramatic change of political ideology will endanger the American national interest in the region and upset stability in the eastern Mediterranean basin.

Therefore, by adopting the aforementioned tough diplomatic measures the United States clearly shows that is the last place of hope that supports freedom and liberty and safeguards her national interests. President Obama needs to support Israel, because this small Jewish nation-state is the heart of the Middle East and the hope for its democratic future. The Jewish people have given to the world greatest scientists and scientific discoveries. The Middle East region is vital and crucial for the survival of the U.S. national interests. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Justice needs to monitor the Free Gaza Movement in the American proper and across the globe for the purpose to curtail its so-called humanitarian work.

Israel is a very vital American ally in the region. The late U.S. General Alexander Haig, who was a Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) (1974-1979) and a U.S. Secretary of State during the first years of the Reagan administration (1981-1982) stated for Israel: “the largest U.S. aircraft carrier, which does not require even one U.S. soldier, cannot be sunk, is the most effective and battled tested, located in a region which is critical to U.S. interests. If there would not be an Israel, the U.S. would have deploy real aircraft carriers along with tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, which would cost tens of billions of dollars annually, dragging the U.S. unnecessarily into local regional and global conflicts. All of which is spared by the Jewish state.”

For example, in 1970, pro-Soviet Syria brutally invaded the Kingdom of Jordan, threatening a domino effect scenario into the oil-rich Persian Gulf region. During that time the U.S. armed forces were preoccupied with the Vietnam War and it was impossible to dispatch troops to the region and protect Jordan and the wider American national interests. Israel was asked by the American government to mobilize its military capability. Thus, the Syrian invasion was rolled back. This Israeli military action denied the U.S.S.R. a major coup and spared the U.S. a potential economic disaster without sending a single U.S. soldier.

General John Keegan, a former chief of U.S. Air Force Intelligence evaluated that Israel’s contribution to U.S. intelligence was “equal to five CIAs.” U.S. Democratic Senator from the State of Hawaii Daniel Inouye Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and former Chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said about Israel: “The intelligence from Israel exceeds the intelligence from all NATO countries combined.”

In 1981, the Israeli Air Force bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor, thus sparing the U.S. a nuclear confrontation with Iraq in 1991 and 2003. In 1982 and 2007, the Israeli Air Force destroyed Soviet surface-to-air missile batteries operated by Syria and a Syrian-Iranian-North Korean nuclear reactor in Syria. Israel always has been in the fore front vigorously fighting various Middle Eastern rogue nation-states, which want to acquire nuclear weapons and capabilities. Israel has become together with the U.S. the protector of the eastern and southeastern Mediterranean regions.

In 2011, U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan benefited from joint Israeli military training focusing on various techniques how to tackle improvised explosive devices, car bombs, and suicide bombers. The Israeli Armed Forces extensively have participated in various joined capabilities and interoperability combat exercises with the U.S. in order to share asymmetrical warfare knowledge with their American counterparts.

The U.S. must continue the pro-Israeli foreign policy, because Israel is a loyal ally and friend of the Americans. Moreover, the pro-Islam American foreign policy has not established or even safeguarded the fruits that President Obama dreamed to spread in the region. Middle East is still radicalized. Specifically, Turkey has totally resisted intense pressure from President Obama to support a new wave of U.N. sanction on Iran regarding the nuclear program that Mullahs want to build; with witch Turkey has a $10 billion trade relationship. Also as evidence vividly and clearly illustrate, that the Turkish government has become more radicalized and aggressive in foreign policy. The current administration in Turkey wants to be seen as a major Middle Eastern player. It is clear that President Obama has weakened American foreign policy by adopting a new approach to Middle Eastern issues.

Vassilios Damiras is Defense Consultant in the United States