"We don't need Israel for influence in the Arab world. On the contrary, Israel does us more harm than good in the Arab world. (...) We can't negotiate about the existence of Israel, but we can reduce its size to historical proportions." -- Henry Kissinger
The above quote is part of a December 1975 memorandum of a conversation that took place; in Paris, France; between the US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Sa'dun Hammadi.
It is a known fact that the Arab world has entertained a futile animosity towards Israel ever since the Jewish People decided to retake their historical homeland (something that Kissinger apparently thought to be a foolish and detrimental move); however, more than exposing Henry Kissinger's perniciousness, what this 39-year old memorandum does is to reveal the real American foreign policy towards the Jewish State and unveil the US State Department as the fuel of Arab antagonism toward Israel - which explains the ambiguous behaviour of that same Department till this day.
"If the issue is the existence of Israel, we can't cooperate. But if the issue is more normal borders, we can cooperate." -- idem
Looking at how the State Department of the United States has been conducting the Middle East Peace Process, thus far, we are compelled to believe that its policy remains to «reduce [Israel's] size to historical proportions» so that Arab nations feel more satisfied with «more normal borders» - these words should be understood as 'indefensible Israeli borders that would make all players, involved in the region, more comfortable'.
It is understandable that, in 1975, Iraq and other Arab nations felt threatened by Israel after they lost the 1947-48, 1967 and the 1973 wars against the Jewish State. It is also understandable that the US, at the time, needed Arab oil to further develop itself; however, now that it has reached oil independence, what is exactly the American interest in continuing to act to further «reduce [Israel's] size to historical proportions»? Does the US State Department still feel that Israel «does more harm than good in the Arab world»? The last time we checked, it wasn't Israel that supported the Kurds when it was convenient, only to drop them (costing the lives of thousands of people) when Iraq ceased being excessively Soviet-inclined; it wasn't Israel that invaded Muslim countries under false pretences...unless the Department was/is trying to tell us that Israel actually works against US interests by helping Arab nations keeping their sovereignty...
"It is inconceivable that peoples with wealth and skill and the tradition of the Arabs won't develop the capacity that is needed. So I think in ten to fifteen years, Israel will be like Lebanon—struggling for existence, with no influence in the Arab world." -- idem
This is what happens when politicians make predictions based on personal opinions: failure. Nevertheless, Mr Kissinger said one thing that can't be ignored: Israel, between 1985 and 1990, would be struggling for its existence and therefore that distraction would preclude it from influencing Arab politics.
Hamas was created in 1987, during the first intifada - interesting conclusions should be drawn.
"We want the survival of Israel but not dominating the area. No one can conquer the Arab world. Even if they take Damascus, Cairo, and Amman, you will be there, and Libya will be there. So if Israel wants to survive as a state like Lebanon—as a small state—we can support them." -- idem
Note how Mr Kissinger mentioned the Greater Israel without using the term. If we follow his line of thought, the US State Department - all this time - has been concerned that Israel would actually try to pursue what the League of Nations granted the Jewish State through the Peace Conference of San Remo (based on the Declaration of Balfour): the historical homeland of the Jewish People. And the State Department, for some obscure reason, fears that Israel becomes a Middle East Power; why? One would think that having such a power, friendly and trustworthy, would be extremely convenient to America.
Last week, State Secretary John Kerry implied that the rise of the Islamic State (IS) was Israel's fault because the Jewish State has failed to make peace with the Arabs in Palestine - less than a month after President Obama said "Understand, the situation in Iraq and Syria and Libya should cure anybody of the illusion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the main source of problems in the region. For far too long, that's been used as an excuse to distract people from problems at home."
Apparently, the American foreign office continues its 39-year policy of reducing Israel's "size to historical proportions". Question: is the State Department out of control and what's behind the obsession with dwarfing Israel?