By Schmoel Yitzhak
"Dream When You're Feeling Blue" -- (From the 1944 hit tune, "Dream," words and music by Johnny Mercer.
There's a lot of "dreaming" going on these days when it comes to analyzing the Middle East and most of those visions are turning into nightmares.
* DREAM ONE: THAT EGYPT'S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD CAN SUSTAIN A PEACE WITH ISRAEL.
This is a White House fantasy encouraged by an Obama Administration which couldn't wait to torpedo Hosni Mubarak. As anyone with half-a-brain could have deduced a year ago, the well-coordinated Muslim Brotherhood would gradually gain enough power in Cairo to call the shots and that's precisely what's happening now.
What's more, this is happening with Obama's complicity because it's rapidly becoming apparent that the White House does not have the spine to challenge the Brotherhood and will therefore employ the same appeasement tactics that failed with Iran and is now being employed with the Taliban.
There has not been one pro-Israel suggestion from the new Egyptian power lords and there never will be one, based on the group's anti-Semitic philosophy. In terms of Egypt breaking its peace treaty with Israel it simply comes down to a matter of when; and that will be when the Muslim Brotherhood decides that it's most propitious to do so.
Before dreaming about the Muslim Brotherhood maintaining the Egyptian-Israel peace treaty consider what the respected Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs concludes: "There is no way that they will continue to respect the peace treaty. Indeed they will use any excuse to justify its abrogation and blame it on Israel. And they will do so at the earliest opportunity."
* DREAM TWO: THAT THE ARAB LEAGUE, UNCLE SAM AND THE EUROPEAN UNION CAN STOP THE SLAUGHTER IN SYRIA.
If it wasn't so pathetic it would have been a hilarious scene when the Arab League "intervened" to stop Comrade Assad's campaign of bloodshed among his civilians. Topping this theater of the absurd was Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby's declaration that he had no doubt that Syrian forces were killing civilians.
The next thing you know Elaraby will be telling us that he's convinced that the sun rises in The East. While Uncle Sam and the EU dreams on, Bashar Assad understands that none of the aforementioned will take any decisive action against him. They will feign here and feign there meanwhile training their big diplomatic guns against Israel which only wants to build homes for its citizens.
As for the effectiveness of the Arab League observers, in less than one week at least 150 Syrians were killed since the observers began their mission. And if you're wondering what a severe case of lockjaw looks like; check out Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton when it comes to helping the Syrian rebels. Dreamsville is another name for Pennsylvania Avenue.
* DREAM THREE: THAT AN ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PACT IS POSSIBLE.
This falls into the "Super-Dream" department because before any serious Arab-Istaeli talks ever begin PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas lays out a series of pre-conditions which he unalterably knows Benjamin Netanyahu will refuse. Why even think about talks if Abbas never intends to recognized Israel as The Jewish State? It's pointless for Israel's Prime Minister to open discussions with someone demanding -- as a pre-condtion - that Israel revert to 1967 borders. That's like prescribing cyanide as a nightcap to ensure sleep.
Then again, what genuine power does Abbas possess? Obama, Tony Blair and Catherine Ashton like to dream that Abbas is capable of hammering out a peace treaty, but that suggests that they're smoking crack. Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick scores an analytical bullseye when she dissects the so-called Palestinian leader whose weekly rhetoric is filled with threats against Israel if peace talks fail.
"Abbas today represents no one," Glick asserts. "His term of office ended three years ago. Hamas won the last Palestinian elections in 2006. And Hamas's leaders -- like their counterparts in the Muslim Brotherhood -- make no bones about their intention to destroy Israel."
* DREAM FOUR: A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL VICTORY IN NOVEMBER WILL BENEFIT ISRAEL.
Obama's Judenrat corps is spreading the word that the president really-really-really would serve Israel's interests better than any Republican candidate such as Newt Gingrich. The facts indicate otherwise. The president's latest Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has been so egregiously -- and openly -- hostile to Israel you would think that his monologues are written by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.
The president's foreign policy pal, Senator John Kerry, is in the same anti-Israel league as Panetta. Not surprisingly, Kerry has been kowtowing to just about every militant Islamic group between Algeria and Pakistan. Kerry is America' s answer to Neville Chamberlain. When it comes to foreign policy, Kerry resembles a pinch-hitter with a batting average of .000 but who's continually sent to the place to rid him of his slump. Rubin Reports columnist Barry Rubin sums up Kerry's record thusly:
"He has been wrong about every Middle Eastern issue, notably his failed engagement policy with Syria and Iran. Might Kerry learn something from this experience about how radical forces can lie to you and manipulate you into supporting their repressive regimes? Of course not. He's now making the same mistake by engaging the Arab Islamists."
And so they dream on in Washington while Obama's Middle East policies eventually will produce nightmares for Israel and very like America as well.