The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apparently decided on a foreign policy of isolating Israel from the entire world community. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the latest episode of Israeli stupidity which involved the forced evacuation of Arab tenants in East Jerusalem and their replacement by Jews. “The eviction of families and demolition of homes in east Jerusalem is not in keeping with Israel obligations and I urge the government of Israel and municipal officials to refrain from such provocative actions.” The Israel Supreme Court ruled that the houses belonged to Jews and that the Arab families had been living there illegally –for over half a century!
The fruits of Netanyahu’s policy of obstruction to the cause of peace received additional evidence of success with the announcement that Jordan, which has diplomatic relations with Israel, has joined Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations in demanding evidence of Israel’s desire for peace before they will take action to improve their own relations with the Israel government. Egypt, which also has diplomatic relations with Israel, issued a sharply worded statement over the evictions. “This is an act of dispossessing Arabs of their property.”
It increasingly is apparent Israel seeks an appointment with disaster. Only the people of Israel can halt their government’s drift into transforming their nation into among the most hated in the world.