Retired Commanders Support Israeli-Palestinian Peace Push

Retired Commanders Support Israeli-Palestinian Peace Push

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks getting underway Monday evening in Washington should – if they bear fruit – remove a longstanding security issue faced by U.S. military leaders across the Middle East and Afghanistan, comments by former U.S. Central Command chiefs indicate.

Marine Gen. James Mattis, speaking July 20 at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, said the decades-old dispute was a constant security concern for him as CentCom commander because otherwise moderate Arab allies saw the U.S. as Israel’s advocate first.

“I paid a military security price every day as commander of CentCom because the Americans were seen biased in support of Israel, and that [constrains] all the moderate Arabs who want to be with us, because they can’t come out publicly and support a people who don’t show respect for the Arab Palestinians,” Mattis said during a discussion with forum moderator Wolf Blitzer of CNN.


CentCom covers 20 countries, from Egypt in North Africa up through Kazakhstan, along the southern border of Russia, but excludes Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Mattis is not the first CentCom commander to make that point. In March 2010 then-Gen. David Petraeus told Congress that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict adversely affects military missions throughout the region and helps expand the influence of Iran, al Qaida, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas on the Gaza Strip.

“Israeli-Palestinian tensions often flare into violence and large-scale armed confrontations [throughout the area of operations],” he testified. “The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world.”

Mattis called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to bring Israeli and Palestinians back to the negotiating table as “valiant.”

“He’s right on target for what he’s doing,” Mattis said. “I just hope the protagonists want peace and a two-state solution as much as he does.”

Initial talks – intended to work out a “procedural workplan” for negotiations in the coming months – are to begin Monday evening and continue on Tuesday, the State Department said in announcing the breakthrough discussion on Sunday. Israel will be represented by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho; the Palestinians will be represented by Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mohammad Shtayyeh, the announcement stated.

Kerry announced on Monday that former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk would oversee the talks as U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.

There have not been serious talks on resolving the conflict in about five years. Former Sen. George Mitchell resigned as the U.S. negotiator in 2011 after two years of trying to broker talks that never really got off the ground.

Kerry said on July 19 that both sides had reached agreement on the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations. According to reports it was Israel’s commitment to freeing 104 Palestinian prisoners that finally sealed the deal to start talks.

What the two sides need to resolve at the table will be much more difficult, including the fate of Jewish settlements that dot the West Bank, a decision on borders for the two states, the final status of Jerusalem – which both sides claim as a national capital – and what to do about the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living as refugees, not only in Gaza and the West Bank, but elsewhere in the Middle East.

While consecutive U.S., Israel and the Palestinian Authority governments have called for a two-state solution for decades, observers have watched with dismay as expanded and new Israeli settlements on the West Bank threaten that solution.

Mattis, in his Aspen talk, said “the current situation is unsustainable.”

“We’ve got to find a way to make the two-state solution that Democrat and Republican administrations have supported,” he said. “We’ve got to get there. And the chances for it, as the King of Jordan has pointed out, are starting to ebb because of the settlements.”

If Israel has a settlement deep in the West Bank and expands its national borders to include it, Mattis said, and along with it all the Arab inhabitants, “then it ceases to be a Jewish state.

“Or you say the Arabs to get to vote: Apartheid. That didn’t work to well the last time I saw that practiced in a country,” he said.

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So dumb politicians who call themselves generals all stand to stab Israel in the back to support Muslim radical scum to get more oil money. Give me a break.

.….“because they can’t come out publicly and support a people who don’t show respect for the Arab Palestinians,””… lol many Arab countries don’t “support” Palestinians.

USS Liberty; Israel –34 US –0; yeah “back stabbers”.

So…be invaded from the start of your creation as a state by former Nazis assisting the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, then have his nephew (Arafat) conduct world-wide terrorism, be invaded by Arab countries a few times.…give-up territory after all of this so the people there can lob a few rounds into your country whenever they want._Good, clear thinking .…

Gen Mattis is correct; the settlements need to go.

“Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world.”

And which “moderate regimes” might those be? For some reason, none are named.

The people who now describe themselves as “Palestinians” are essentially expatriated Jordanians and Egyptians. Expatriated as a result of a war which Jordan and Egypt began, and then lost. Who are not wanted back by either Jordan or Egypt, because they are regarded as inveterate troublemakers in both states.

Note that the Jordanian royal house at one point invited in the PLO to take shelter and regroup on Jordanian soil. The PLO repaid that hospitality by attempting to foment a violent palace coup to oust the king of Jordan. Little wonder they have worn out their welcome.

the enemy of my enemy is my friend…for this reason alone the arab/persian/muslim street supports a people they find offensive. we need to stop interpreting the world from our own view point seeking “peace in our time” and “can’t we all just get along.” you would have thought that the generals have learned this lesson. Unfortuntaley, these ‘perfumed princes’ have their first allegiance to their own ambitions and look to curry favor with the media elite.

on what basis? Israeli’s won that territory fair and square after being attacked. That they tolerate an ACTIVE enemy in their midst speaks to their humanity.

Don’t forget the post-Holocaust emigration push.

If you lived in an American city and all of a sudden Native Americans from various corners of the Americas (read: Central Americans?) started emigrating to your area, it’d be hard not to freak out. Granted, MS-13 is more terrifying than even Irgun…

once again, yer an idjut and I’ll add “a racist pig”.

wrong

Let’s see.
(1) “God” gives Jews a home inhabited by other tribes.
(2) David and followers conduct open warfare with all its neighbors over thousands of years. (BTW, Jews and Arabs are both Semites, so its a misnomer to call anti-Jews “anti-semites.”)
(3) Jews migrate all over the world and are treated as either friends or enemies.
(4) Hitler tries to exterminate Jews (so did Stalin, much like “Americans” tried and nearly succeeded in exterminating one race (Native Americans) and enslaved another (black Africans) to support economic development).
(5) Jews re-emigrate to blood stained “Holy Land.“
(6) U.S. recognizes Israel as 51st state.
(7) U.S. begs Arabs for oil; oil companies suggest Arabs change bribes (for oil rights) into deductible taxes.
(8) Arabs begrudgingly sell oil to energy greedy Americans, who sell weapons to all sides in regional religious war, keeping American war industry going.

(9) America invades Iraq twice to depose tough guy keeping two religious sects at bay. Invades Afghanistan with 100,000 troops to find and kill one guy. Takes 10 years to do it.
(10) America claims to have a “national self-interest” in area they’ve never treated honestly or fairly with all sides.
(11) America supports “Arab Spring” which puts autoctratic anti-American religious types back in power (because its a “democratic process”), who at their core don’t like American politics and interference, and especially don’t like America holding a military gun (bases and constant presence) to their head.
(12) American generals don’t have the nerve to tell successive U.S. presidents to stay out of a religious war that has gone on for thousands of years.
(13) And we expect this to all make sense, for which there is some kind of solution?

I challenge the journalist integrity of the news writer of this article.

Ever hear of the Crusades,eh. Who started that? Hmmmmmmmmm. Who started the barbary Wars? Hmmmmm. Where did the USMC get “to the shores of Tripoli”. Hmmmmmmm.

So what’s your point,eh. It’s Amerika’s fault and Israel’s too,eh. You left out the Garden of Eden.

You left out the Garden of Eden.

America loves war. Any war. For any purpose. It’s good for business. And for American defense contractors, it is the Garden of Eden.

And what “good business” have the last, say, three wars brought America?

In other news, they support world peace and really want little dogs that they can fit in their purses.

Armor Holdings probably did a heckofajob after MRAP.

Hell, the entire MRAP industry is dumping their vehicles on domestic police departments, using Bush/Obamadollars to make Bush/Obamaparamilitarycops.

And GWOT has brought us tons of accessories for the AR-15. Lots of small businesses are happy for the biz. And the body armor/ESAPI people.

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