James Mattis Should Focus On Islamic Terror Instead Of Palestinian Grievances

Just days before Israelis began preparing for Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day), U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited the Jewish state to meet with his Israeli counterpart, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

During his visit, journalist Tal Shalev asked Mattis if he stands by his comments from 2013, when he stated Israeli settlements could lead to “apartheid.” Mattis replied that while Israel’s security “will always be a priority,” to achieve a sustainable security, Israel must look out for the “rights of other people.”

Sadly, by re-inflating the obsolete Israeli-Palestinian issue, Mattis squandered the opportunity to start the process of molding a strategic doctrine that would have otherwise appropriately focused on the goal of politically and diplomatically isolating political Islam. Instead of taking the opportunity to terminate the distraction of an outmoded historical narrative, Mattis reverted to a familiar answer which, due to its incongruence with reality, bleeds energy from the complicated task of constructing a coalition unified around this objective.

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