“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse”
Looking around in the news surrounding President Obama’s trip to Israel exposes some interesting items:
A few years ago, I wrote “An American president has essentially turned his back on the nation of Israel by insisting that Israel return to its 1948 borders (referred to in Israel as the Auschwitz borders).” The president was Barack Obama, and nothing has changed in his view of what constitutes the nation Israel. In the article White House map ‘erases’ Jerusalem, biblical territories you will see a reference to an article in The Washington Free Beacon in which you can enlarge the map image to see clearly the difference in the geo-political facts as they exist today (the inset map) and what Barack Obama views as proper borders for Israel (the blue.) Mind you, the map you see in blue was presented just days ago from the White House; again it presents the indefensible borders called in Israel the “Auschwitz borders.” Any return to these borders would encourage a final attack against Israel with the intent of final annihilation; yet this is the vision of Barack Obama. Further, the blue map ignores the wars of annihilation against Israel since its founding in 1948; as you’ll notice it excludes Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
Then there’s this bit of news about who Obama has chosen to speak before during his visit: Obama’s Already Angering Some in Israel Over These Two Speech Decisions. I’ll highlight some key points here:
The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv sent invitations to universities around Israel for President Barack Obama’s speech to the public Thursday night, but pointedly excluded one institution of higher learning, Ariel University. That’s because Ariel University is located in the West Bank city of Ariel. Forget that 600 members of the student body are Arab and that this college has the largest number of Ethiopian immigrant students in all of Israel.
The U.S. opposes the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, that is, the West Bank, a point clearly reflected in its invitation list. Of the eight accredited institutions of higher learning in Israel, Ariel was the only school excluded. All the other universities sit within the borders of pre-1967 Israel.
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Even Obama’s choice of venue has some eyebrows raised. He’s skipping the Knesset altogether in favor of the convention center for his keynote speech. That’s a departure from the tradition of all the other other American presidents who have chosen to address democratically elected lawmakers at the Knesset. Of all four presidents who have visited Israel while in office, only Obama is skipping the Knesset. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush formally addressed the Knesset, while Richard Nixon spoke at an official Knesset banquet.
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Reps. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and John Fleming (R-Louisiana) wrote: “We believe you understand the importance of addressing a nation’s parliament as you have taken the time to address members of parliament in the United Kingdom, Australia and Ghana.”
Addressing the Knesset is a “customary and symbolic gesture that celebrates our shared democratic ideas and the special relationship between Israel and the U.S,” the congressmen said, though they also added that addressing students was “commendable and encouraged.”
Ever here about Caroline Glick? Didn’t think so, neither had I until I read her column in the Jerusalem Post: Obama’s mysterious visit. But first read her bio to understand who she is. Here is a snippet of her column:
”In speaking to the “Muslim World,” Obama signaled that the US now supported pan-Islamists at the expense of US allies and Arab nationalist leaders, first and foremost then Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Moreover, in castigating Israel for its so-called “settlements”; channeling Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by intimating that Israel exists because of the Holocaust; and failing to travel from Cairo to Jerusalem, preferring instead to visit a Nazi death camp in Germany, Obama signaled that he was downgrading US ties with the Jewish state.”
Like it or not, Israel is important, and it is important for the United States to stand firmly with her as an ally and friend. Is Barack Obama that friend? Or is he backing Israel into a corner where they will be totally isolated and surrounded by sworn enemies?
Iran is close to acquiring nuclear weapons and shows every indication she will use them against Israel; and despite Obama’s assurances that he will not permit Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, I have little confidence he will follow through with action when that particular push comes to real shove in the near future.
Egypt is now under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, a long standing enemy of Israel and the Jew, and is backing away from its longstanding peace with Israel.
Syria is in the throes of civil war with a very real possibility of extreme radicals (e.g. Al-Qaeda) running the show there in the end.
What is the role of Iraq? The abrupt and total pull out of US forces in Iraq portends bad news as Israel is further isolated.
I remember a few years back when Glenn Beck predicted a coming Islamic Caliphate extending throughout the region from Tunisia to Pakistan. He was accused of being a fear monger, but in reality he was merely reading the news, looking between the lines, studying history and connecting the dots.
Let me close this by providing a closing bracket to the opening verse from Genesis:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
Don Johnson – March 2013