Sunday, March 28, 2010

My Thoughts on Our Relationship With Israel

From Instapundit:

SMART DIPLOMACY: 327 House members tell Obama to make U-turn on US-Israeli relations. “The letter’s lead signatories were Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD). The letter had only circulated for three days last week before garnering 327 signatures, probably the most bipartisan effort seen on Capitol Hill in this session of Congress. It provides a measure of just how far out of the mainstream the Obama administration has gotten on relations with Israel. Moreover, they’re entirely correct. Thanks to what amounts to a reversal of 20 years of American policy on settlements in Jerusalem, Obama has given the Palestinians a reason to refuse to come to the table that Israel simply can’t address. Obama has made peace a lot less likely than it was fifteen months ago by throwing his tantrum in such a public manner. Weakening Israel won’t bring peace — it will bring more attacks on Israel as Palestinians begin to believe that the US won’t back its ally any longer.”
Our President agrees with those who believe that the Jews have business being in Jerusalem.  Yet, Jerusalem has been home to the Jewish people for all time.  Remember that fateful Sunday:

Mark 11:1-11 (21st Century King James Version)

1And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, He sent forth two of His disciples

2and said unto them, "Go your way into the village opposite you, and as soon as ye have entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon man never sat. Loose him and bring him.

3And if any man say unto you, `Why do ye this?' say ye that the Lord hath need of him, and straightway he will send him hither."

4And they went their way and found the colt tied outside by the door at a place where two ways met, and they loosed him.

5And certain of those who stood there said unto them, "What do ye, loosing the colt?"

6And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded, and they let them go.

7And they brought the colt to Jesus and cast their garments on him, and He sat upon him.

8And many spread their garments upon the way, and others cut down branches off the trees and strewed them upon the way.

9And those who went before, and those who followed, cried, saying, "Hosanna! Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord!

10Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

11And Jesus entered into Jerusalem and into the temple. And when He had looked round about upon all things, as now the eventide had come, He went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
Who is Barack Obama to tell the Jewish people that they can not live and build in the land of their fathers?  The treatment that Benjamin Netanyahu received during his recent trip to Washington from Obama was shameful and embarrassing.  But Obama's behavior did not diminish Netanyahu, he diminished himself.  Instead of acting like the leader of the free world, he behaved like a spoiled brat.

The fate of the Christian and Jewish people will always be tied together.  The same can be said of the American and Israeli people.  Israel is our friend and ally in the Middle East.  The same can not be said of any other country in that region.  Should we allow the Muslims to succeed in their stated goal of wiping Israel off the map, they will then turn their full attention to us.

For reasons I do not understand, Obama has spent much of his presidency building a wall between us and our traditional allies.  He may simply so arrogant that he believes that we do not need friends in the world.  I worry that his vision of America is more in line with those countries who throughout history have eschewed freedom and liberty.  Obama has made no secret of his desire to "re-define" America.  The important question is "as what?".

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