Wednesday’s column by Martin Sieff, “Obama must make Arab-Israeli peace top priority” (National) is full of contradictions.
First, he acknowledged that Iraq was the focus of the report on which he relied for his statement that the Arab-Israeli peace process should have top priority. Mr. Sieff then decried President Johnson’s failure to prevent Israel from destroying the Egyptian army in its famous “pre-emptive strike” of the 1967 Six-Day War, ignoring completely the closing of the Straits of Tiran by Egypt.
He also ignored then-Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s demand that U.N. peacekeeping forces withdraw immediately to enable the Egyptian army to attack and destroy Israel. Essentially, he placed the blame for every Arab aggression and the Iranian desire to wipe out Israel on the Israeli government rather than the Arab perpetrators - even claiming that President Clinton did not go far enough in pressuring Israel in its negotiations with Yasser Arafat and that if Benjamin Netanyahu is elected prime minister Feb. 10, he will have to accede to any demand made by the Arabs because U.S. “neoconservatives” will be no longer in power.
The message from Mr. Sieff is clear: Force Israel to make sufficient concessions so it will dig its own grave.