There are days I’m glad I’m not an Israeli. This is one of them.
First off, one of the leading candidates for President of the United States, John Edwards, publicly declares that they are the greatest threat to world peace.
Next, we have the ongoing efforts by forces in the media to minimize — or downright eliminate — the Israelis’ historic ties to their land, as well as the significance of their very religion.
Then there is the world pressure to open negotiations with the coalescing Palestinian government, never mind that the majority party in that organization has as its founding principle the destruction of Israel and its replacement with an Islamic theocracy, and refuses to accept prior agreements as binding — and won’t even acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.
And in Lebanon, the “peacekeepers” (most prominently the French) are threatening to open fire on Israeli forces, while scrupulously ignoring the rearming and regrouping of Hezbollah — in flagrant violation of the very UN resolution authorizing those peacekeepers’ presence.
That’s just four examples off the top of my head from the last week or so. It doesn’t even touch on Iran, whose leader is saying that Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth while busily working on developing the very nuclear weapons that would make that possible.
There are those who say that our support of Israel, while admirable, is ultimately impractical. That it would serve our national interests to let Israel fend for itself, to curry favor with her enemies — the ones sitting on so much oil.
That overlooks the very simple fact that Israel is not their end goal. if we concede to them on that one, betraying the one stable, viable, vibrant democracy in the region, what the hell will they want next?