Where Are the Supporters?

In a few weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be going to Washington, D.C. to meet with US government leaders, including US President Barak Obama. He will be meeting to discuss Israel's position on the Saudi Plan for peace with the Arabs, as well as the settlements in Judea and Samaria. This will not be his first trip. He has met with US leaders before when he served in various government positions, particularly during his previous reign as prime minister.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has already indicated that it will be applying tremendous pressure on Netanyahu to divide up Israel in order to create a terrorist state in its midst. (It was worded a bit more politically correct, though.) According to a report by the DEBKAfile, Obama is convinced that Israel's refusal to give up land to terrorists is the main obstacle to peace in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran. (Seems like we heard that one before.)

The focus of much of the media, along with several organizations that support Israel, has been Obama's call for Israel's division. Their reactions seem to imply that, with Obama in office, the US has suddenly taken a different stance on Israel in regards to the Israeli-Arab conflict. They have made it seem like Obama is the only one who feels this way. However, past history has proven otherwise. In addition, as was shown in this past week's AIPAC annual policy conference, not only does the largest "pro-Israel" lobby support the division of Israel (which would include the removal of 270,000+ people from their homes), so does a large portion of the US Congress and Senate — Republicans and Democrats alike. Even Newt Gingrich, who receives the loyalty and backing of most US Evangelical Christians, was on hand to provide his support for AIPAC's anti-Israel stance.

These people are all considered to be stanch supporters of Israel. These are the ones that Evangelical Christians and Jews generally contact for support for issues regarding Israel. They boldly proclaim they are working for a more secure Israel. Yet, they have now all turned their backs on Israel. Sure, they talk like true supporters in the videos from the conference but their words mean nothing. Not one of these persons has since come out against AIPAC's stance of dividing Israel (at least that I could find). But then, that is the true nature of politicians and lobbyists.

But not all is lost. As I have seen over the years, the true supporters of Israel don't change their stance according to the current political climate. They don't need to show up and speak at every pro-Israel rally. The lives they lead are righteous and without reproach. They show by their actions that they support Israel. They are willing to risk it all for Israel.

Over time, people show their true loyalty. AIPAC, for instance, claims that it has worked "for more than half a century ... to help make Israel more secure". But how does turning land over to terrorists who have sworn to utterly destroy you* bring about security? How does supporting the giving of aid to one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in all of history bring security to a nation?

A song, a psalm of Asaph. O God, do not be silent; do not hold aloof; do not be quiet, O God! For Your enemies rage, Your foes assert themselves. They plot craftily against Your people, take counsel against Your treasured ones. They say, "Let us wipe them out as a nation; Israel's name will be mentioned no more." Unanimous in their counsel they have made an alliance against You—" the clans of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria too joins forces with them; they give support to the sons of Lot. Selah. Deal with them as You did with Midian, with Sisera, with Jabin, at the brook Kishon—" who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the field. Treat their great men like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, "Let us take the meadows of God as our possession." O my God, make them like thistledown, like stubble driven by the wind. As a fire burns a forest, as flames scorch the hills, pursue them with Your tempest, terrify them with Your storm. Fill their faces with shame so that they seek Your name, O Yahweh. May they be frustrated and terrified, disgraced and doomed forever. May they know that Your name, Yours alone, is Yahweh, supreme over all the earth. (Psalm 83)

* Just a side note: Although the world is allegedly in an uproar over Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for the destruction of Israel, it has given legitimacy and provided hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to two terrorist organizations who have been calling for the same thing for decades: the Palestine Liberation Organization and its sub-group, Fatah. In fact, one of the sub-groups of Fatah is the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which is designated as a terrorist organization under US federal law. It's leader, Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is supported by the US, Britain, the UN, and many other nations.

Also, contrary to popular belief, the PLO never changed its charter calling for the destruction of Israel, although this was a requirement of the original Oslo Accords. Fatah has the same wording in its charter, as does Hamas and almost every other terrorist organization.

posted: May 08, 2009   |   permanent link  |  

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