On Thursday of last week, President Obama gave a reprehensible foreign policy speech wherein he called for Israel to return to its borders from before 1967's Six Days War. Unsurprisingly, Obama showed himself to be tone-deaf on this issue at best. Israel has been a strong ally of the United States since its formation in 1948. In a Middle East that is fraught with nations who range from uneasy co-existence (see Saudi Arabia) with the United States to nations that are outright dangerous to the United States (see Iran), Israel has remained our only true friend in that region. Yet the President, in an effort to claim for himself a major foreign policy victory (or to at least claim great efforts to that end) has now thrown one of our strongest allies under the bus. Quote Prime Minister Netanyahu:
We both agree that a peace based on illusions will crash against the rocks of Middle Eastern reality. ... For there to be peace, the Palestinians will have to accept some basic realities -- the first is that while Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace it cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible. (1)
For those of you in Palm Beach County, FL, that's what happens when an adult on the political stage like Prime Minister Netanyahu gives a dose of reality to our unrealistically idealistic man-child President. Israel is not going to pull back their borders in an effort to appease Palestine. Nor should they. Palestine as a nation and Hamas, its leading political party. The reason is because Hamas has, in its charter, a stated goal of wiping Israel off the map. (2) The idea that peace can be achieved through sufficient compromise and pandering is one that has always been a favorite of the Left, and it’s one that has never worked.
How well did it work to appease Hitler? Did he stop attempting to conquer the land he had already conquered when Europe let him proceed to occupy the territories that he had already invaded? Absolutely not! Hitler proceeded to conquer France, one of the appeasing nations, and attempt to conquer Great Britain, another appeasing nation. Yet Obama, like so many other Liberals, believes that he can appease enough to make evil people be nice.
Here’s the problem with Obama’s foolish plan: He’s telling the reasonable party to compromise more instead of telling the unreasonable party to start compromising. Hamas and Palestine are unrepentant and bent on the destruction of Israel. How precisely does Obama expect them to compromise on that? Should they let Palestine destroy half of Israel? That’s pretty much the only meeting halfway that can be done between Israel and Palestine. It’s like the old adage, “How do you compromise with poison?” Do you compromise and allow enough poison into your food to make you sick but not enough to kill you? Of course you don’t! You refuse to ingest the poison. The same stands for Israel. There is no compromising with people who want to wipe you off the map. You can only defend yourself against them, and, if possible, defeat those enemies. That is the only real option.
I recommend you read the history of the Six Days War. You will find that Israel was facing an imminent attack from Syria, Egypt, and Iraq, among other Arab nations, and defended itself. Israel won that war, and, as part of the peace treaty that ended that conflict. The very same Palestinians to whom Obama wants Israel to give away their land was one of those nations which attacked Israel. To give an American example, for Obama to tell Israel to give back part of their territory which they were ceded as part of a treaty at the end of a war is similar to the Prime Minister of Great Britain insisting that the United States return Texas to Mexico.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836 in a war. For nine years, Texas was an independent nation. The people of Texas, which consisted largely of emigrants from the United States, desired to cede itself to the United States as a state. Mexico denied Texas’ independence but largely ignored it until it attempted to cede itself to the United States. Once the United States and Texas had joined together mutually, it lead to a war with Mexico, which the United States won.
To say that Israel should return part of its territory to the Palestinians is pure sophistry. Obama has precisely zero right to tell Israel to do so. It is a sign of Obama’s narcissism that he would even think he had the right to tell Israel to give that land to the Palestinians as a peace offering. Clearly it was not something even discussed with Israel. Obama was trying to throw his weight around and Prime Minister Netanyahu told Obama, politely but in no uncertain terms, to mind his own darn business.
As a Christian, I know what it would mean if the United States would turn its back on Israel. I do not want to see my country be a goat nation. Right now, and since Israel was founded, the United States has been a sheep nation. (3) A past mentor of mine once told me that the moment the United States becomes a goat nation, he was moving to Israel. Part of me would be similarly inclined. However, I also know the Bible that God protects His children even when they are residing in goat nations. Consider Lot. God protected Lot even before He destroyed Sodom.
Here’s the reality of the situation, in a nutshell. One, Obama had no right to tell Israel to return land to the Palestinians, who have done nothing but attack Israel and threaten its existence. It’s yet another “who do you think you are” moment from Obama. Secondly, it is pure foolishness to think that appeasing Hamas will cause them to be nice. It’s another idealistic dream from Obama and the rest of the Activist Liberals who live in a fantasy world where, if you’re just nice enough to your enemies who are bent on your destruction, those enemies become as sweet as honey to you and respect your right to exist. It doesn’t work, and it never has worked.
Israel is our friend. They have every right to defend themselves against the attacks of the Palestinians as well as all others. Palestine has attacked Israel countless times, whether through Hamas or directly. Israel is perfectly willing to let Palestine be and to co-exist. Palestine is not. It is Palestine that needs to compromise. Israel has compromised enough. If Obama was half as smart as the Drive-By Media tells us he is, he would get this. Yet Obama is a rigid Activist Liberal ideologue feels the need to assert himself in a situation that is not his business and tell the good guy in the conflict that they should compromise with the bad guy. To invoke a metaphor from my childhood, Obama just told the Ninja Turtles to compromise with Shredder so they could stop fighting.
Netanyahu gets it. Obama doesn’t. Anyone surprised? If you are, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Ohio to sell you at a rock bottom price.
(1) Netanyahu Rejects Obama Statehood Demand After Oval Office Meeting
(2) Hamas – Wikipedia Page
(3) Matthew 25:31-46