Sound of the Shofar #84
Israel and the USA
Our concern that U.S. President Barack Obama would favor the Moslem world has proven true. Obama wants to make friends in the Moslem world, and he wants to bring them a gift -- paid for by Israel. With all the problems facing the world it seems that Obama's #1 international priority is the establishment of a Palestinian State.
On June 4 Obama delivered his much awaited speech to the Moslem world from Cairo and the bad greatly outweighed the good. In it he equated the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the Lord Yeshua Himself with Allah; and did the same with the Torah and the New Testament talking about them as if they were the same as the Koran. He demanded that Israel stop all building in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. He equated the suffering of the Palestinians with the Holocaust; and said the Jewish People had received the Land of Israel because of the Holocaust, which is what the Arabs have been saying for years. This contradicts God's promise to the Jewish people when He said in Genesis 17:7-8:
And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. Obama's statements and actions will bring him into direct conflict with God.
It is very bizarre and disturbing that the world is not willing to recognize that the Palestinians do not want a division of the Land, they want the extermination of Israel. We have seen time and again foolish, generous offers to the Palestinians that they have consistently rejected. We end up in the situation where the most any Israeli is willing to give to the Palestinians is not enough for them. The only way logically to understand this is that the Palestinians are not willing to either recognize Israel as a legitimate State and they are not willing to agree to
the end of the conflict. As recently as this month a leading PLO official said:
Fatah has never recognized Israel's right to exist and it has no intention of ever doing so. He went on to state that they would never relinquish the armed struggle against Israel
no matter how long the occupation continues. its adherence to the option of pursuing
all forms of an armed struggle against Israel is active.
Most political scientists who are not living in fantasy recognize that even if Israel was willing, a Palestinian State would not be viable as a nation and after a bloody civil war it would become an even deadlier enemy of Israel than it is today. A Hamas dictatorship in both Gaza and Judea and Samaria! An Islamic dictatorship openly committed to the destruction of Israel.
Obama is also refusing to honor President Bush's agreements with Israel that "natural growth" in the settlements is acceptable and growth in those places that both Israel and Bush expected to remain part of Israel was also OK. This means clearly that the promises of the USA cannot be trusted and this too will have consequences beyond the Israeli - American relationship.
Obama is trying to force Israel to submit to Palestinian and Arab demands. The Palestinian President Abbas in an interview with an American newspaper actually said that he expected Obama's pressure on Israel would bring down the present Israeli Government within two years. Another member of Abbas's team said that Obama told them that Jerusalem will never be united under Israeli sovereignty. What in the world is going on?
Obama seems to be the great compromiser, the great appeaser: making peace with the bad guys at the expense of the good guys. He is returning the American Ambassador to Syria after four years in which no American Ambassador was in Damascus. What did Syria do to earn this reward? Absolutely nothing. They are still "best friends" with Iran, the Syrian President being the first to congratulate Ahmadinejad on his reelection as President of Iran, giving shelter to the leaders of Hamas and supplying Hezbullah with weapons to use against Israel and against the legitimate Lebanese Government.
When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered his major policy address 10 days after Obama's, the good outweighed the bad. On the negative side, Netanyahu used the word "state" for the first time to describe a future Palestinian entity. We believe that the establishment of a Palestinian State on the Land that God promised to the Jewish People is unbiblical and would be a great sin before the Lord. But despite that point, Netanyahu declared - in opposition to Obama -- that the Jewish title to the Land of Israel was not because of the Holocaust but because of our inheritance from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He reminded the people that the Palestinians do not have a state because they have repeatedly refused to agree to a division of the Land. He demanded that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish State before a Palestinian State is formed. He said that such a state must be demilitarized. He categorically refused the idea of the right of return for Palestinian refugees to Israel's borders. He proclaimed that Jerusalem would remain the undivided capitol of Israel. He insisted on secure and defensible borders. He also refused to accede to the demand to stop
natural growth building in existing settlements, which he termed
normal life. What Netanyahu did with his statements and his history lesson was to throw the ball back into the Palestinian court. In a real way he defied the United States and drew a very clear red line. All this is bringing Israel closer to a direct confrontation with the U.S., and the other nations.
Netanyahu's main priority is the existential threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon. A nuclear armed Iran would change the whole dynamics and the balance of power in the Middle East. All the nations there (except Israel) would come under its influence, power and authority - all this even without the use of the bomb, its threat would be enough. Iran has never been an integrated nation in the Middle East; it is Persian and Shiite Moslem, whilst the other M.E. nations are Arab and Sunni Moslem. Iran has felt oppressed by the Arab world for centuries. This would be its time for revenge and taking what it considers its rightful place as the ruler of the Moslem world.