FFT Chairman Ron Wasserman on 2017 & some thoughts on the recent activity @ the United Nations
I want to start by wishing the entire FFT family a Happy New Year. I hope 2017 will be even better for all of you, your family and loved ones, and of course the Jewish State. It was another incredible year for our organization. We have a full-on Boot Camp program up and running in DC, having just recently completed their third Boot Camp. We are in discussions with leaders from the Jewish communities in Boston, Philadelphia, and Denver to bring our program to their respective cities. In NY our current Boot Camp program culminates with our Party For Truth, taking place on January 19th at the Madison Square Tavern. We hope to see as many members as possible in attendance!
It’s important that we all support the organization that has given so much to all of us. This support can be made in many ways, the first of course, being a donation to FFT. We have no staff and every dollar given goes directly to programming. Support by way of connecting us with a restaurant that can give us a deal on kosher food, a bar by the Brownstone or speakers for the BC are some alternate ways to support the organization. For those of you who we haven’t seen in a while, I hope we get an opportunity to see you again in 2017 and please know the FFT door is always open.
Meanwhile, As you probably know, a US abstention allowed a resolution to pass at the UN. The resolution is unprecedented, period. The linguistic Jiu jitsu that the administration is using in regard to past administrations’ abstentions at the UN is nonsense. There is no prior administration that would have let this resolution pass other than the Carter administration. While prior presidents have gone on the record as being against settlements, deciding to let this resolution pass is entirely different. Make no mistake, this resolution clearly states that all territory captured from the Jordanians in the Six Day War is occupied Palestinian territory. The Palestinians will now use this resolution as a basis for future negotiations, where Israel would have to negotiate for territory that it already controls, and in most cases is entirely Jewish. Since no leader of Israel would ever even consider entering into such a discussion, Obama just made certain that the two state solution is dead for the foreseeable future, which doesn’t change much.
Most of the principles in John Kerry’s speech the following week, which he brilliantly laid out, have been offered before and have been categorically rejected by the PA. Why he felt the need to take the time to propose guidelines that the Palestinians have rejected is something I will never understand. The fact that he and Obama categorically refuse to understand the fact and reality of what the PA really wants is again incomprehensible. His speech mentioned the 5 settlement blocs for a minute or two. The blocs are where almost all the activity that this administration has had a messianic obsession with, takes place. An important fact to remember - while 90% of all the “settlers” live in the 5 blocs, the 5 Blocs represent approx. 10% of the West Bank, so there is almost no scenario that could take place where Israel doesn’t keep the 5 blocs. This is why Israel has offered 90-95% of the West Bank in prior deals that have been rejected by Arafat and Abu Mazen. With the Middle East crumbling and with active genocide taking place miles north of the Israeli border, it’s remarkable that the administration focused all their effort and what was left of their currency to address this issue.
I have no idea what the next few years will bring for Israel, but from my perspective the future is bright. This will pass over as these things always do. Israel will continue to thrive as a water and technological superpower. Its relationship with countries across the globe will continue to grow, and with a new administration coming into power, the next 4 years for the Jewish State will be infinitely better than the last decade. There no doubt will be bumps in the road but what else is new?