In remarks to the press at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry said that “neither peace nor prosperity are possible without security, and the United States will only support a final status agreement that makes both Israelis and Palestinians more secure than they are today.” He then proceeded to illustrate how meaningless this rhetorical commitment to Palestinian security was by detailing the U.S.’s commitment to Israel’s:
As I made clear yesterday, the commitment of the United States to Israel’s security is ironclad. It is a commitment that spans decades. It is permanent. In 1973, that commitment was the driving force behind the 32-day airlift the United States conducted to deliver military assistance to Israeli forces during the Yom Kippur War.
That is, the U.S. assisted Israel to continue occupying Arab land, in this case, helping it to maintain its occupation of the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights.
More than 20 years ago, that commitment was the reason we began work with Israel to develop ballistic missile defense technologies that continue to protect the Israeli people from the range of threats that they face every day. And at this moment, our commitment to Israel’s security – a central issue as we work towards a lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and as we work towards the creation of a viable, independent, Palestinian state.
That is, the U.S. has been engaged in the so-called “peace process”, which is the process by which the U.S. and Israeli have long blocked implementation of the two-state solution in favor of which there is otherwise an international consensus, including the requirement that Israel withdraw from the territories it has occupied since June 1967.
That’s why President Obama and I have been working very closely with General John Allen, who is one of the United States’ most experienced military leaders, and a team with him of American defense experts – so that we can anticipate all of the threats to Israel’s security at every step of the final status negotiations process and work out ways to address those threats as well as to address the complicated questions of security within a new state of Palestine and to deal with the issues of a viable independent Palestinian state and the security challenges that that presents. Together, there is no doubt in my mind we can reach an agreement that will support the peaceful and promising Palestine that the Palestinian people deserve alongside a prosperous and a more secure Israel.
Which means that the Palestinians will just have to accept Israel’s demands and agree to a “state” with no sovereignty over its own borders or airspace, renounce the right to national self-defense, renounce the internationally recognized right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland, and accept Israeli annexation of major swaths of their land. This is what the euphemism of Israeli “security” means in U.S. diplospeak.
There’s another issue at the heart of Israel’s security that’s also been a key focus of all of our discussions, and that is the P5+1 negotiations with respect to Iran. Throughout these negotiations, our commitment to Israel’s security is paramount. The fact remains that both the United States and Israel have the same priority with respect to Iran. We are laser-focused on preventing the Iranians from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The United States firmly believes that the P5+1 first-step agreement not only makes Israel more secure than it was the day before that agreement, but we believe it will take us closer to a lasting, peaceful, and comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear program. It is the best opportunity we have to resolve the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.
Which is all a distraction from the Palestinian issue, the point here being that while Kerry went on at length about how the U.S. was committed to Israel’s “security”, he said nothing to back up his rhetoric that U.S. policy included the goal of helping to make Palestinians more secure. Not a word.
Kerry also didn’t mention the U.S.’s more than $3 billion annual military aid to Israel used to murder and oppress the Palestinians and maintain the occupation, or its diplomatic support for Israel’s policies, such as vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s illegal settlement expansion; supporting Israel’s full-scale military assault on the Palestinian population and infrastructure of Gaza from December ’08 to January ’09; blocking implementation of the recommendations of the U.N. Fact-Finding Mission Report on the Gaza Conflict (a.k.a. the “Goldstone Report”), which found that Israel had committed war crimes during that assault; defending Israel’s murderous assault on the humanitarian flotilla intended to break Israel’s illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip that collectively punishes the civilian population and blocking any efforts to hold Israel accountable, etc., etc.