In January of this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed a committee of respected Israeli jurists to investigate the legality of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, commonly called the West Bank.
Chaired by former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy, the committee released its report last July. After rigorously considering applicable international, Jordanian, Israeli, and even Ottoman laws, the Levy Committee determined that “Israelis have the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria and the establishment of settlements cannot, in and of itself, be considered to be illegal.”
Last Sunday, Netanyahu asked Israel’s Attorney-General to render his opinion on the findings in the Levy Report. But before Israel’s own top legal official could respond, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice jumped feet first into the pool and rendered her own opinion on the matter.
Well, actually, she was officially delivering the opinion of her boss, President Obama. Ambassador Rice told the UN Security Council that the White House “does not accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlement activity, and will continue to oppose any efforts to legalize [Jewish] outposts.”
Rice went on to suggest that the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria impedes the West’s plan to solve the conflict by creating a Palestinian state. A Jew-free Palestinian state, I might add.
Ironically, the United States has gone to war five times in the last 20 years on behalf of oppressed Muslims. At least two of those wars were to prevent the ethnic-cleansing of Muslims. But now we have no qualms advocating, even promoting, the ethnic-cleansing of Jews from their historic homeland.
Am I the only one who sees the hypocrisy here? (That’s a rhetorical question.)
Speaking of hypocrisy, I also find it ironic that no one in this administration seems bothered by the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood is rapidly becoming the force to reckon with in the Middle East (not counting the Iranians). The organization that masterminded the assassination of Egyptian President and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat now holds his office in Egypt. They are busily stirring up the Palestinian majority in Jordan against pro-Western King Abdullah II, who is, by the way, Israel’s only other Muslim peace partner. They have a strong presence in the uprising in Syria. They fostered both al-Qaeda and Hamas and they have their sights set on Saudi Arabia.
Yet we are learning that their representatives pay regular visits to the White House, their sympathizers advise the administration, and they have a strong presence on Secretary of State Clinton’s inner staff. I suppose that’s why our government officials continually emphasize how “moderate” the Brotherhood is.
But, wait, it gets crazier. The United States of America has always been the home of the world’s fairest and freest democratic process. Until now, I suppose. Well, the party in power (or, at least, their ideological compatriots) is so fearful that the minority party (or, at least, their ideological compatriots) is going to suppress votes in the upcoming general election, that they’ve invited Europe to monitor us to make certain that doesn’t happen.
You read me right. The Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has been asked by certain Liberal organizations to send monitors to next month’s election to make certain the conservative minority doesn’t cheat the liberal majority out of its supposed victory through voter intimidation and suppression tactics. You know, like the ones employed by ACORN, SEIU, and the New Black Panthers in the last general election. I guess they feel they have a trademark on those tactics and don’t want the Tea Party and other conservatives to horn in on their turf!
Please forgive my sarcasm. The choice is sarcasm or tears. Especially when I see what’s passing for acceptable in today’s political culture. For instance, word is leaking out that the administration has been holding behind-the-scenes conversations with Iran. The New York Times recently reported that the US has promised to hold one-on-one talks with Iran concerning its nuclear program. The proviso was that the Ayatollah would announce just before the election that Iran would suspend nuclear enrichment. Of course, that would make it appear that the administration was really making progress even though the tacit agreement was that after the announcement (and maybe a few talking sessions), Iran could continue its enrichment unabated.
Everyone knows that it’s only the usual Iranian tactic to buy time to enrich more uranium. It’s scary that our own government thinks Americans will buy their ruse. But it’s even scarier if our own government buys their ruse. So you see my skepticism? Especially in view of the fact that we are locked in an ongoing war with Iran. No, not a ground war or air war, but a cyber war.
For quite some time now, the US and US companies have been under constant cyber attack by elements of the Iranian government. As I reported last week, they’ve been successful in disrupting several banking operations in the United States. They were also successful in their attacks on American companies in the Persian Gulf region last summer.
Imagine the chaos that will erupt domestically if the Iranians can gain control of traffic controls in New York or Los Angeles. Imagine the carnage if they can seize control of our subway or air traffic control systems. They, and others like the Chinese, haven’t been successful so far, but there is always the threat that one day they will be.
Consider this, the tiny nation of Israel fends off cyber attacks from its enemies at the rate of one thousand per minute, twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. Imagine that number on steroids and you’ve got a picture of what America faces.
Jesus said that one of the signs that we were in the final days of this Age will be “wars and rumors of wars.” The battles taking place in cyber space are every bit as real as traditional ground battles. And the consequences are just as deadly. Maybe even more so because of the massive stakes if vital civilian infrastructure and life systems are destroyed.
I’m so thankful that even though danger looms dark and heavy on the horizon, we have hope in Christ Jesus. The Bible tells us that we can face the future with confidence if we are born again into His kingdom. Paul said in Romans that if God loved us so much that He did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up as a sacrifice for us, then why do we think He will not do everything necessary to keep us.
Then Paul asks, “Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ?” And he answers his own question: “…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” By my reckoning, that seems to pretty much cover everything.
So we can face the future, the eternal future, with great certainty and a wonderful sense of security that whatever comes (and it will come), God will never let go of us.
You can’t ask for more than that!