As we remember the 23rd anniversary of the White House lawn handshake between the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the recidivist Palestinian arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat, the recently-installed head of a once-great Jewish institution has illustrated anew how the Oslo Accords have warped our ability to see things as they are.
Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video on Facebook correctly labeling as “ethnic cleansing” the Palestinian Authority policy of requiring their future state to be Judenrein. Merriam-Webster’s defines ethnic cleansing as “the practice of removing or killing people who belong to an ethnic group that is different from the ruling group in a country or region.” And it is a perfectly reasonable, not-even-sure-why-it’s-controversial, term to apply to the PA’s stated policy.
John Kerry’s State Department, which can always be counted on to flamboyantly screw up, responded that the Prime Minister’s remarks were “inappropriate and unhelpful” and accused him of saying that “those who oppose settlement activity or view it as an obstacle to peace are somehow calling for ethnic cleansing.” Really. The Prime Minister didn’t say anything of the sort, of course, but if the State Department doesn’t let the NGOs and human rights activism crowd know to be offended, they might miss the opportunity. Can’t have a Bibi pile-on unless somebody starts the pile, right?