Anyone paying the slightest attention is shaking their heads in disbelief over developments between two Middle East neighbors, the Israelis and Palestinians. The circumstances become more worrisome with a third party halfway around the world meddling in their affairs, the United States. Will President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry act according to U. S. law or defy it?
The Evangelical Christians of the world are the most ardent supporters of Israel. They are puzzled to say the very least as to how a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition, namely Tzipi Livni, could take independent actions with brazen disregard of the Israeli government’s position concerning the Hamas allied PLO. Those of us who are not citizens of Israel and pay no taxes to Israel recognize that we do not have a voice in how the Israeli government functions but as observers we have noted Minister Livni’s actions which have left the Justice Minister caricatured as a fairy tale figure with an impotent mantra against a house of bricks. Her actions are, indeed, puzzling.
Pope Francis will be welcomed to the Holy Land by Israel on May 25, 2014. His visit will, no doubt, be touted by the press as a renewed call for peace and reconciliation among the diverse and divided population who call this place home. His visit brings to mind the long and turbulent history of Christianity’s connection to Israel. The Pope is supposedly bringing with him a message of unity and peace however it is not for everyone. Reports state that he is planning to meet with the Mufti of Jerusalem on Israel's holiest site, the Temple Mount. What a slap in the face to Israel. Clearly the Pope seems to be aligning himself with the Palestinians.
The land was deeded to Israel in an eternal covenant by the eternal G-d, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. When will the Christian nation of America with its professed Christian president stop pushing Israel in a direction that is contrary to G-d’s Word? Nothing in G-d’s Word says there will ever be a Palestinian state on Israeli soil. Seeking an answer to the above question, I forwarded a letter to President Barak Obama and I’d like to share that letter with those who follow my writings. The fact is that the Eternal
G-d of the universe made an eternal covenant with Israel for the land of Israel and not with the Palestinians.
A retired Army General and former high ranking official in the Obama Administration, recently spoke at a well-known American university. During the questions following his remarks he was asked by a student why “25% of US Foreign Aid goes to Israel.” The General stumbled around and gave no real answer other than “It’s complicated.”
What he did not say was that the premise of the question was wrong to start with because the percentage of US Foreign Aid to Israel is nowhere near 25%.
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.
The United States struck a surprising nuclear deal with Iran last week. The agreement commits Iran to halt its nuclear activites for six months in exchange for limited and gradual sanctions relief. U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the deal as putting substantial limitations on the Iranian nuclear program which the U.S. and its allies have feared could lead to nuclear weapons capabilities. He stated, "For the first time in a decade we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program."