I'm guessing that most people by now have heard about US President George W. Bush's speech in the Israel Knesset Thursday, May 15, 2008. The event was Israel's celebration of its 60th anniversary, according to the Gregorian calendar. (They had already celebrated last week on the correct date, according to the Biblical calendar.) For those who haven't heard, allow me to explain what happened.
As Israel was celebrating its 60th anniversary, US President George W. Bush took the opportunity to disregard the celebration and his hosts and take potshots at his political rival — many think it was Barack Obama — who was 6,000 miles away in the United States. This was a low blow, even for the likes of Bush. Here is a country celebrating the miracle of its founding 60 years ago and the President of the United States is playing partisan politics with someone who is not even involved in the event, and not even listening to his speech.
In his speech before the Knesset, Bush stated, in part:
"Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.... We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.... America stands with you [Israel] in breaking up terrorist networks and denying the extremists sanctuary."
Here is a man who, on Monday before leaving for Israel, told The Jerusalem Post that "he remains convinced that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a partner for peace." For those who don't know, Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) is the co-founder, along with Yasir Arafat, and current leader of the Fatah terrorist organization — an organization that was on the US list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) until it was removed from the list by Bush in the early days of his presidency. Fatah, which is a part of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), is responsible for the deaths of many Israelis, including ones who were also US citizens. The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is a part of the Fatah terrorist organization. This organization is still on the US FTO list, making it "unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide 'material support or resources' to a designated FTO." The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, in conjunction with the Hamas terrorist organization, regularly send bombs in southern Israel from Gaza. Several people have been killed and many more injured by these bombs. In addition, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades has claimed responsibility of many terrorist attacks and suicide bombings in Israel over the years, resulting in the deaths of many Israelis (some who were also US citizens).
Earlier, at the "Facing Tomorrow" conference in Jerusalem — an event marking 60 years of US-Israeli friendship, Bush stated, "We must be steadfast and we must be strong in the face of those who murder the innocent to achieve their objectives." But this is exactly what his friend Mahmoud Abbas does — murders the innocent to achieve his objectives! Does anybody see the hypocrisy? Is anybody outraged? Here is a man who says he is leading a war on terrorism but has yet to go after any terrorists! In fact, he is leading the way to carve a terrorist state out of the middle of the land of Israel. All this while declaring, "Citizens of Israel: Masada shall never fall again, and America will be at your side." What arrogance! Masada is in a portion of land that the US does not recognize as belonging to Israel! In fact, the British government (a member of the 'Quartet', of which the US is also a member) recently made Israel remove pictures of Masada from its tourism advertising campaign in England because they stated very clearly that it was not a part of Israel.
In his speech in the Knesset, Bush mentioned that "the founding charter of Hamas calls for the elimination of Israel". Well, so does the founding charter of the PLO! While it was supposed to be changed as part of the failed Oslo Accords, it never was. Abbas himself speaks regularly of the elimination of the Jewish people and the destruction of the land of Israel. In fact, Abbas has written extensively on holocaust denial. His doctoral thesis is called The Other Side: The Secret Relations between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement. He recently made remarks to a regional Arab newspaper indicating that he is ready to resume open warfare against Israel if his demands are not met soon.
Bush even had the insolence to quote David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister, saying that, "Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel's independence, founded on the 'natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate'". This is coming from a man who has decided that he, and he alone, will be the master of Israel's fate. To further show the ignorance of Bush, allow me to give a few quotes Ben-Gurion made regarding the land of Israel:
"Our right to this land, in its entirety, is steadfast inalienable and eternal. And until the coming of the Great Redemption, we shall never yield this historic right."
"No Jew is at liberty to surrender the right of the Jewish Nation and the Land of Israel to exist. No Jewish body is sanctioned to do so."
"No Jew alive today has the authority to yield any piece of land whatsoever. This right is preserved by the Jewish people throughout the generations and cannot be forfeited under any circumstance. Even if at some given time there will be those who declare that they are relinquishing this right, they have neither the power nor the jurisdiction to negate it for future generations to come."
How ignorant can a man who is supposed to be the most powerful man in the world, and leader of the most powerful nation on earth be? Please don't tell me it's his speech writers, or he is listening to the wrong people. I have had enough of people making excuses for this man for eight years.
On top of that, Bush went on to give his insight on the spiritual aspect of Israel:
"You have raised a modern society in the Promised Land, a light unto the nations that preserves the legacy of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob."
Well, if he feels that way, then why is he so proud of being the first president to demand the division of the land of Israel? The legacy of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob is the promises that God made to them concerning the Jewish people and the land of Israel:
To Abraham: "On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, 'To your offspring I assign this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates'" (Genesis 15:18)
To Isaac: "I will make your heirs as numerous as the stars of heaven, and assign to your heirs all these lands, so that all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your heirs" (Genesis 26:4)
To Jacob: "And the Lord was standing beside him and He said, 'I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac: the ground on which you are lying I will assign to you and to your offspring.'" (Genesis 28:13)
On top of that, Bush then insinuated (as he has become accustomed to doing) that the God of Israel is the same as the god of Islam:
"The killers claim the mantle of Islam, but they are not religious men. No one who prays to the God of Abraham could strap a suicide vest to an innocent child, or blow up guiltless guests at a Passover Seder, or fly planes into office buildings filled with unsuspecting workers"
The God of Abraham — the Creator of the heavens and the earth — is the one true God. He is not the god of Islam — that god ordered the destruction of the Jews — the God of Abraham's own people!
It seems that most people are deaf and blind when it comes to George W. Bush. And they always are in a hurry to make excuses for him. What I don't understand is why people are either so afraid or so unwilling to speak out against him. He has never been a friend of Israel; he is working against God; he is doing everything in his (or somebody's) power to destroy (through division of the land) Israel before he leaves office in January. He has made it very clear over the years that he will negotiate with terrorists if it is in his best interest, and that he is willing to do whatever it takes — regardless of the cost in human lives and money — to accomplish his (and other's) goals.
The time to wake up has come. No more hiding behind creeds or promises of men. Joshua said it very clearly:
"Now, therefore, revere the Lord and serve Him with undivided loyalty; put away the gods that your forefathers served beyond the Euphrates and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Or, if you are loath to serve the Lord, choose this day which ones you are going to serve — the gods that your forefathers served beyond the Euphrates, or those of the Amorites in whose land you are settled; but I and my household will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:14-15)