The Obama administration has launched a rhetorical broadside against the Jewish State of Israel on the eve of the President’s March 21st departure for Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. Currying favor with the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims by denouncing and condemning Israel with fewer than six million Jews might sound like a good idea to those in the White House and State Department. But it is not. It is a bizarre and dangerous policy this administration has embarked upon and it must be firmly resisted.
First of all, the administration’s approach is bizarre in that it has “condemned” Israel for building homes in its own capital and thus threatening to derail the peace process with the Palestinians. Actually, the Palestinians have refused for a full year to come to the peace table. They have refused successive Israeli offers (including from Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert) to control half the city of Jerusalem. They have refused to make peace under any scenario for 62 years. Netanyahu has offered to sit down for talks anywhere, anytime, with no preconditions for a year. It is not his fault that the peace process hasn’t moved forward. The White House approach is further bizarre in that it is trying to force Israel to do what no American President has forced Israel to do since 1967 — stop building homes throughout its capital. Not a single Israeli Prime Minister in 42 years has authorized restrictions on building homes in Jerusalem, and Netanyahu isn’t about to start, nor should he.
Second of all, the administration’s approach is also dangerous in that it distracts from the real issue: taking decisive measures to stop Iran from building or obtaining nuclear weapons. Furthermore, it sends a message to American and Israeli enemies that maybe it’s time to launch a new war when these two allies are divided.
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob tells us clearly in Genesis 12:1-3 that He will bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel. Far too many of the leaders of the world’s Muslim countries have chosen to curse Israel. Siding with them is a foolish game. The American people — and their representatives in Congress — must do everything in their political power to firmly resist President Obama and his team’s reckless and foolish actions. We should also pray that the Lord would protect the U.S. during this crisis, and protect and bless Israel and her neighbors, and change the heart of the President and his most senior advisors so that they start fully supporting our allies and their security, not taking steps to undermine them.
HEADLINES TO TRACK:
- U.K. Independent: Obama runs out of patience with Israel
- Netanyahu delivers speech noting that not a single Israeli Prime Minister since 1967 has ever restricted building homes in Jerusalem
- Firestorm in Congress against Obama administration on Israel issue