I sat in the midst of a gathering this weekend and the strained relationship between the U.S. and Israel became, briefly, the focus of conversation. Someone wondered aloud what right the U.S. had to criticize Israel and someone else responded it had much to do with all the money given by America to the Jews (as if the U.S. gave nothing to the Palestinians). I mused aloud why the U.S. would be criticizing something that only months ago was praised (and by the same people) but then decided to simply shut up. History has shown that this topic isn’t one easily discussed amongst this bunch. And so rather quickly, the topic changed.
Today I come across two pieces. One brought by Mike Todd, a self -described progressive Christ follower and to which I think one could easily add the moniker of anti-semite.
Here’s a Huffington Post piece Mike calls “a good and direct editorial” that I believe substantiates the charge:
For me and countless other Americans, Israelis, Palestinians (and anyone anywhere who reads beyond the front page) the billboard could just as well refer to the Israeli government’s persistent defiance of international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, dozens of U.N. resolutions and U.N. fact-finding committees (e.g., the Goldstone Report), and some basic rules that govern common decency.
Or as the name of Peretz Kidron’s Israeli anti-occupation group states, “There is a limit!”
Israel’s victory in the Six Day War of 1967 does not give it license to oppress its neighbors and continue building Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Ironically, it is the Fourth Geneva Convention Rules of War, adopted in 1949 by the international community in response to Nazi atrocities, which forbids a victorious military from occupying, building, expanding, and then moving its citizenry onto conquered land. U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden was correct last week to condemn Israel’s plans to build an additional 1,600 housing units in hotly contested East Jerusalem.
But then he fumbled, bumbled, and played the lapdog. For him to later temper his criticism by saying that the United States has “no better friend than Israel” is absurd. Anyone who has traveled off the beaten path in the Arab world (and many who remained on it) knows that friends like Israel are what generate enemies for the United States.
Never mind that many of the assertions made as premises to the argument are disputed and hotly so. It’s a good and direct editorial according to Mike and according to many a progressive Christ follower. I guess I’d like to understand what’s good about it. Especially when I compare what you’ve just read with what you’re about to read:
Fatah just held a ceremony in Ramallah, naming a central square in honor of a terrorist. Keep in mind that Fatah are viewed as “moderates.”
Also keep in mind that Barack Hussein Obama has created a major crisis with Israel over Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish neighborhood in Jewish Jerusalem in the Jewish State.
Not a word from Obama, Biden, Clinton, or Axelrod about Fatah’s glorification of Jew-killing.
Let’s take a look at the bloodbath these savages choose to honor:
On the morning of March 11, 1978, [Dalai] Mughrabi and her Palestinian unit of eleven members, including one other woman, landed on an Israeli beach, killed an American photographer named Gail Rubin and hijacked a taxi, killing its occupants. They proceeded along the coastal highway shooting at traffic along the way. They next hijacked a bus and later a second bus, from which the passengers were transferred to the first one. The bus was finally stopped at a police roadblock. A shooting battle ensued. Eventually, Mughrabi blew up the bus which became a large deathtrap of fire. Many of the passengers were killed. In total, Mughrabi and her team killed 37 people, including at least 10 children. Some 71 people were wounded. Mughrabi and several other attackers died.
Look, I have no illusions about the so-called Palestinians. They are a proudly Jew-hating group who have no desire to establish a state, only to destroy Israel.
The so-called peace process is a fool’s errand.
As is the notion that the first piece can be called good… by a self-described Christ follower.
There are no perfect nations… and I’m sure that Israel has at times acted in ways that make peace loving people cringe.
But what modern day nation faced with similar circumstances hasn’t?
To ignore that she is surrounded by those who desire her annihilation and who make that desire the centerpiece of their ideology is to side with her enemies. I simply can’t get around that.
Seraphic Secret, the author of the juxtaposed piece, concludes:
Peace will come, as it did to Japan and Germany, when the West–meaning America–gets fed up and utterly lays waste the Arab Muslim terrorist states.
Arab Muslim terrorists cannot be appeased.
The beast is always hungry.
Unconditional surrender is the only language barbarians comprehend.
Barack Hussein Obama spent over twenty years as a faithful member of Jeremiah Wright’s openly anti-American, Jew-hating Church. Obama is a man of the hard left who has spent his entire life in the company of fashionable anti-Zionists and rabid Jew-haters. It’s in his intellectual DNA.
The notion that he is a reliable ally to Israel is proof that the 78% of American Jews who voted for Barack Hussein Obama exist in a willfull state of cognitive dissoanance.
Here’s the crux of the matter: Barack Hussein Obama cannot dictate where Jews can and cannot live.
Jews have the right to live anywhere and everywhere.
We have the right to live in Ramat Shlomo, Brooklyn, Paris, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, etc.
Once you accept the notion that one patch of earth is legitimately made Judenrein, than the Jewish people are doomed.
And then the Arab Muslims will come for you.
It’s a hard and ugly truth I agree with completely.
It’s a hard and ugly truth progressive Christians ignore at great peril.