A fearful thing, betraying Israel
Posted: March 20, 2009
2:28 pm Eastern
One can really tell that the International Herald Tribune is the sister publication of the New York Times. Like the New York Times, the IHT never saw a liberal it didn't love or a conservative it didn't hate – or a fact its editors couldn't spin.
The Times generally uses the IHT as its international hit man, reserving its own pages to advance the policies of the Democrat Party.
The IHT ran a story entitled "Is Global Rebranding What Israel Needs?" The piece opened by recognizing Israel as the world's pariah state:
Its sports teams have met hostility and violent protests in Sweden, Spain and Turkey. Mauritania has closed the Israeli Embassy. Relations with Turkey, an important Muslim ally, have suffered severely. A group of top international judges and human rights investigators recently called for an investigation into Israel's actions in Gaza. "Israel Apartheid Week" drew participants in 54 cities around the world this month, twice the number of last year, according to its organizers. And even in the American Jewish community, albeit in its liberal wing, there is a chill.
Having established that everybody hates Israel (even liberal Jews), the columnist, Ethan Bronner, went on to build his case that Israel deserves it:
Of course, for Israel's critics, including those who firmly support the existence of a Jewish state, the problem is not one of image but of policy. They say that four decades of occupation, the settling of half a million Israeli Jews on land captured in 1967, the economic strangling of Gaza for the past few years and the society's growing indifference toward a Palestinian state are all reasons Israel has lost favor abroad, and that no amount of image buffing will change that.
Does anybody remember how Israel ended up "occupying" the land it "captured" in 1967? Israel captured it after beating back the combined forces of the Arab world that had launched a war of annihilation against Israel. And this wasn't the first pan-Arab war aimed at annihilating the Jews – it was the third.
Israel fought them off in 1948. And again in 1956. And then again in 1967. And once again in 1973. This strip of land, so coveted by the Arab world, amounts to less than one-sixth of one percent of the Muslim Middle East.
While we're on the subject, does anybody remember what it was that spurred the Jews to return to their ancestral homeland in the first place? It was the Holocaust.
The Holocaust wasn't personally perpetrated by Adolf Hitler. Hitler never killed a single Jew. It was perpetrated by the Germans – aided by Frenchmen, Italians, Romanians, Ukrainians, Arabs, et al, while the Allies did their best not to notice.
The Palestinian State that the rest of the world insists that Israel owes the Palestinians could have been theirs in 1947. They turned it down in favor of a war of annihilation.
Does anybody recall exactly why Israel went back into Gaza? It was because Palestinian terrorists fired more than six thousand rockets into Israeli cities and towns.
The reason that Israel is a pariah nation has absolutely nothing to do with Israeli policies. Israel was a pariah nation before it even had time to formulate national policies. As already noted, long before there was an Israel, the world tried to exterminate the Jews.
After there was an Israel, the Arabs tried to exterminate the Jews. It isn't the Israeli state – it is the Jews that the world finds so offensive. But what has really caused this race of people to be so hated? This kind of racial hatred is unprecedented in history.
The true reason is this: Israel stands, as God intended, a sign to the nations. Israel was created as a visible proof of the true God's existence.
Israel's God of Love and mankind's redemption stands in sharp contrast to the gods of other religions. Islam's God is one of war and conquest. Conversion to it is at the point of sword. Its goal is to force the world into submission.
As the Bible declares, Israel was created to receive, write down and preserve God's Word. It was created to be the race through whom the Savior of the World would be born. Even their failures and disciplines were predicted in order that it would be a proof of the truth of God's Word. Their ultimate restoration to the land promised their forefathers was predicted in detail. These prophecies have been fulfilled before the eyes of our era.
All of this is lost on the liberal media, just as it apparently has been on the liberal Obama administration. The World Tribune reported this week that Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi cut short his visit to Washington after getting an "extraordinarily cool" reception from the new U.S. administration.
General Ashkenazi reportedly attempted to arrange meetings with President Obama, Vice President Biden and intelligence czars Bob Gates, Dennis Blair or Michael Mullen. None of them would see him. He had valuable intelligence information about Iran to share with them.
The Tribune quoted an unnamed diplomat who told them, "The administration is sending a very clear message to Israel, and this is we want to talk about Palestine and not Iran."
When an Iranian-made atomic bomb hits the U.S., they may wish they had never said this.
And Israel Today is reporting that the Obama administration is not just cool to Israel. It alleges that President Obama "is about to break America's long ties of friendship with Israel, and maybe even take steps toward the dissolution of the Jewish state."
If true, America is in even more serious trouble than even the most pessimistic assessment can reflect. If America betrays Israel, then America is rejecting the Word of Israel's God.
The Bible warns, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:31) Fearful? That is an understatement of Biblical proportions.
I used to quote a wise saying: "History teaches us that man learns nothing from history." That doesn't really apply today. This generation doesn't even know history – and the liberal media reports the news counting on that.
Hal Lindsey is the best-selling non-fiction writer alive today. Among his 20 books are "Late Great Planet Earth," his follow-up on that explosive best seller, "Planet Earth: The Final Chapter" and "Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad." He writes this weekly column exclusively for WorldNetDaily. Be sure to visit his website, where he provides up-to-the-minute analysis of today's world events in the light of ancient prophecies.
Если факты обсуждаемые в вышепомянутой статье в сам деле имели место - социальный статус автора вроде б не дает оснований в том сомневаться - то это, кроме прочего, означает, что руководство демпартии принимает решение идти на лобовое столкновение - выступить открыто и даже на этот раз уже демонстративно против давно и хорошо всем в Америке известной позиции по БВ подавляющего большинства американских избирателей.
Ровно об этом кстати еще задолго до нынешних событий говорил 'свои вещие' - как в очередной раз выясняется - слова "Сантехник Джо" - Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher. Он если кто еще помнит задал вопрос Обаме в период избирательной кампании (в одном из редких прямых контактов Обамы с избирателями), из котрого мир узнал что цель Обамы "перераспределение богатств" - 'отнять и поделить'.
За то что у Обамы с языка сорвалось в разговоре с тем "сантехником Джо" признание - о социалистическом характере политических преобразований которые намемер он начать осуществлять в стране в случае своего избрания - на Джо сразу обрушилась вся мощь левых СМИ. Растоптать его попытались - и при том немедленно - как аналогичным же образом потом то же проделывали с Сарой Палин.
Однако Джо по-видимому от того лишь более внимательно стал присматриваться в Обаме и вскоре выдал "на гора" следующий свой политический прогноз:
Obama vote means 'death to Israel'
Голосовать за Обаму означает [желать] смерть Израилю
The Ohio plumber, who has no license and is actually named Samuel Wurzelbacher, spoke at a McCain campaign event in Columbus Monday. A McCain supporter asked if "a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel." JTP hardly batted an eye.
"I'll go ahead and agree with you on that," Wurzelbacher said.
Возможные (при таком развитии событий) "развилки" ситуации во внутриполитической жизни Америки
- если выяснится что "сантехник Джо" и в сам деле настолько точно определил в своем прогнозе нынешний внешне-политический курс администрации Обамы - уже обсуждались не так давно в этом журнале: "Пужают, однако ... " - реакция в левом мире на итоги израильских выбров