The nation of Israel is constantly under attack. Not only from their aggressive and increasing hostile neighbors, but from a traditional ally, the United States.
It has been the current administration’s policy that Israel return to pre-1967 borders, allowing for a Palestinian state. This is an intolerable position for Israel as these borders would make it impossible to defend in the event of attack.
The event of an attack? Missiles are aimed at Israel every day. They are facing the threat of a nuclear Iran, hostile Hamas, the Hezbollah and any suicide bomber that decides it is a good day to die a martyr.
Abbas says that his first choice is negotiation, but if no there is no progress by September, he and Hamas will go the United Nations to plead their case.
Abbas states that Netanyahu has only placed obstacles in the path for a true and lasting peace.
The fact that Israel has to hold Hamas off at the West Bank through military presence is not an obstacle to lasting peace, right?
If this is how the Palestinians like to make peace, it is understandable that the Israeli government will continue to be reluctant to allow them any more land or to divide Jerusalem with them.
The British held the land that is now Israel and Palestine for years after defeating the Ottoman Empire in WWI.
After WWII, the land that is now the Israeli state was bequeathed by the Balfour Declaration to the Jewish people in order to give them a homeland. This was done in light of the horrors of the Holocaust by Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
Up until 1948, the land was desolate. Most of the landowners did not even live in or near the area. When Israel received the land that was set forth in the Balfour Declaration, they set about buying additional, surrounding parcels of land from the absentee owners.
Now, because they have made the land rich and productive, their neighbors seem to think that they have a valid claim on it. Much of what is now the state of Israel was once held by the ancestors of the very people who seem to think they have a grievance.
What was purchased and added was bought with currency. What has been added through hostile neighbor’s aggression and the self-defense of Israel was bought with blood.
The fact of the matter is that regardless of how or what the Hamas led government of Abbas does or says, they are not interested in a true and lasting peace. If they were, they would put a stop to the aggression and Islamic Jihadists that they allow to occupy their space.
If the United Nations sides with Abbas’ government and tries to divide the land and Jerusalem, it will be merely an accident waiting for a place to happen.
Traditionally, Israel refuses to submit to tyranny.
Just as “Never Again” is placed over many doorways in their state, they will never allow their indirect annihilation by legislation or annexation by any powers that might be.
Allowing the Palestinians close proximity and access to Israel is tantamount to a death sentence.
It will be full war, and it will not end well for those against the Jewish state.
The United States is making an extreme error in judgment by backing the same mentality that bought us 9/11. We should stand with Israel as we have in the past. They are our true allies.
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