What does it mean and how strong is it? The answer rests whoever is making the declaration.
Over the course of the past six plus years we’ve all heard talk from various world leaders threatening dire consequences if the opposition crossed “the red line.” The red line marks the end of the line, or does it?
Now that Benjamin Netanyahu has won what the Israeli media are calling "a decisive victory," people in Israel and around the world are asking themselves what Netanyahu's victory means to Israel and to the world. Even those who are not necessarily experts on Israeli affairs and politics can easily discern some positive election effects just from the media news reports being circulated around the world.
Very few who live outside of Israel possess a clear understanding of Israel’s situation as it relates to Arab-Israelis and the Palestinians, yet we form opinions and attitudes and pass judgments based on news clips and reporters’ comments that are almost always overly sympathetic to the Arab-Israelis of East Jerusalem and their Palestinian kinsmen. Israel’s true situation is rarely articulated. For example, some wonder if Israel is right to destroy the homes of parents or relatives of those who perpetrate acts of terror against Israel. Those who contend it’s wrong must be reminded how the Palestinians openly celebrate every time one of their own harms or kills an Israeli and also the fact that the family of the terrorist(s) receives a monetary award. &n
There has been a lot of talk in the media about the special friendship between Israel and the United States even though some have said that the lack of movement in the peace process has led to a 'falling out' between our two governments.
Well, I have to say I am never pleased to see disagreements between two friends; especially friends like Israel and America who share so much. We have the same core values, a belief in democracy and freedom, a belief in equality and opportunity, and a belief in standing up to extremism and hatred.
Israel appears to be between the proverbial rock and hard place. Unfortunately, Israel does not live in a friendly neighborhood. A half million hostile Arab neighbors surround Israel. Syria poses a dire threat. More importantly, recent frightening images from Syria have shown men, women and children writhing with seizures and pain caused by Assad attacking his own with chemical weapons. If Assad would kill his own people, what’s to keep him from attacking Israel to obtain the Golan Heights as a key strategic position?
Israel’s right to exist started long before it became recognized as a modern nation by then President of the United States Harry S. Truman in 1948. Its existence was predestined when God said to Abram “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Thus the everlasting covenant was established between Abram the Hebrew and God to go and establish Israel as the “Promised Land.