Israel is a passion of mine. It is the home of the ancestors of God’s chosen people. As you may know, I have visited there many times and have been blessed to orchestrate U.S. – Israeli affiliations and meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, members of his staff, or other key national leaders.
I have not minced words in my own assessment of the Obama administration’s ill-advised approach to a peace plan in the Middle East.
Barack Obama must possess only an elementary understanding of the issues facing Israel. He must have a blatant disregard for the welfare of the Jewish state and an abhorrence for that nation.
Recently, Steven Emerson, executive director and producer of various media productions exposing the agenda of radical Islamists, wrote a very telling piece published by Fox News entitled Obama and Kerry behind one of most strategic mistakes in military history.
Emerson points out the historical fact that, dating back to the Clinton administration, Hamas has never honored a cease-fire, but instead used the lulls in fighting to “restock its military arsenal, pressure Israel to lift its restrictions on the import of cement and steel into Gaza – material that Clinton said would be used to build hospitals and schools, but in fact was used to build a network of underground tunnels into Israel and build a subterranean network of underground bunkers, weapons storage facilities and launching pads.”
Then, Emerson calls out John Kerry for making one of the most inane comments ever made by a Secretary of State engaged in a peace process, proving that there is little understanding within the Obama administration of the core issues confronting Israel. Kerry declared on Friday during the cease-fire (which ended within hours) that they would “address the underlying causes of this conflict…”
Here is a little secret for Mr. Kerry: The underlying causes of the current Israeli-Hamas war, initiated by Hamas with its launching of tens of thousands of missiles into Israel and its use of underground tunnels from Gaza to carry out murderous attacks against Israel civilians, is that Hamas, like Al Qaeda, is a nihilistic radical Islamic organization dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state and the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.
On Fox News, the former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, Adam Ereli, summed up the conflict in words that accurately described the “underlying causes” behind the war between Israel and Hamas:
…[W]hat we’re seeing happen between Israel and Gaza is not a localized conflict, but is part of a much bigger regional war. And that war has Iran, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood on one side and it has the forces of what I would call reason and moderation on the other side – being Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the countries of the Gulf. And the United States has an interest in ensuring that the forces of reason and moderation prevail.
Mr. Ereli was right on point. But somehow this administration lost sight of its real strategic interests and instead embraced an agenda that has resulted in extensive damage to our national interests, which in turn has resulted in increasing the strategic threat to American national security.
This administration believes that Al Qaeda is bad but the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the parent of Hamas and Islamic Jihad as well as Al Qaeda, is a rational organization with “legitimate grievances”
We are talking about an organization that won’t be satisfied in the short term until every Jew in Israel is dead and in the long term until Western civilization is destroyed and replaced by a worldwide Islamic caliphate.”
The entire world sees the Obama regimes’ bungled foreign policies and their disastrous aftermath. That is why we are delivering our Open Letter to American and Israeli leadership this week.
The letter states, in part:
• In light of the failed foreign policies by our current American administration that has brought the Middle East into a dangerous state of upheaval, we, the undersigned American citizens, express our unwavering resolve to Stand United With Israel.
• We acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s God-ordained, undivided capital …
• We honor Israel as our greatest and most trusted friend and ally in the region …
• We encourage President Barack Obama, the State Department, Congress, and the whole body politic of the United States of America to stand unwaveringly with Israel, without further sacrificing Israel’s sovereignty, safety, security, or borders.
Thank you for your continued support of Israel and Liberty Counsel.
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