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A View from the Altar / Israel
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Israel

One of the newer political fashions is for “conservatives” to treat Israel as if it were a liability.  The general feeling is that America’s fortunes would be much improved if Israel would just vanish.  I don’t mean to accuse Israel’s faux conservative detractors of anti-Semitism in the sense of wishing for a new holocaust to finish what the first one didn’t.  Only that in their misguided sense of what’s good for America, they think our country would be better off if all the Jews just packed up and left the region, and the Zionist entity ceased to exist.

Thankfully for such people, Mr. Obama is advocating a plan that will, if adopted, do just that, make the Zionist entity cease to exist.  No doubt our friends would express some discomfort over the fact that his proposal would take the middle step of having the Moslems kill all the Jews.  But for Israel to withdraw to its pre-1967 borders would invite this very thing.  I can’t help but wonder if some of them see that as a frank necessity colored in a melancholy hue.

America has been blessed in her support of Israel.  God has seen to that.  Have problems come up in our relationship?  Yes.  Have some of them been serious international problems?  Yes.  Do those problems justify dumping a reliable ally and embracing a moment of treachery and national shame?  No.  America has been too often shamed by abandoning friends.  We must not do that to Israel.

What should an American president do, if anything, about the situation in Israel and Palestine?  Suggestion: Tell the Israel’s neighbors that their borders were established in a war which those countries themselves started.  Tell them they should be glad Israel didn’t go farther, and unless they want to lose even more land, they should never attack Israel again.  And to borrow a line from Mr. Obama’s poorly delivered speech, tell them what everybody knows, which is that peace will reign in the Middle East when Israel’s neighbors stop attacking Israel.  And attaining peace in the Middle East really is just that simple, and just that impossible.  The demonic principality that possesses Islam is like Tolkien’s ring wraiths; they will never stop hunting Jews.  There is no political “up” side to joining America’s fortunes with such a monstrous evil.

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