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Monday, June 21. 2010
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4. Israel is on our side. With this in mind, we must be clear in recognizing that Israel’s fight is our fight. Western democracy will not prevail unless we recognize and assume the Judeo-Christian cultural and moral heritage which first gave rise to those institutions and the values which initially inspired them, and strengthen them. The assault on Israel is itself an assault on Judeo-Christian values. Israel stands on the front line, but we are next in line. If Israel’s right to self defense is questioned in the Middle East, our right to self-defense will be questioned when fighting similar terrorist enemies in Afghanistan, and at home. If principles of human rights and universal jurisdiction are to be turned into weapons against Israeli democracy, what makes us so sure they will not one day be used against European and North American democracy? Israel’s future is our fate.
5. We believe in peace, but peace in the Middle East is not just about Israel and the Palestinians. The aspiration for an enduring peace in the Middle East is a noble one, and it is one we share. But outsiders, helpful as they can sometimes be, can only achieve so much. The parties involved should know how to reach a satisfactory solution themselves. Attempts to impose solutions from the outside will fail. The key to ending this conflict is for the Palestinian side to unequivocally recognize Israel as the legitimate national homeland of the Jewish people. Once that step has been taken, good faith negotiations have a chance of achieving success.
6. We share the same threats and challenges. There are two related threats which also imperil the region, and the wider world: the spread of Islamic fundamentalism and jihadism; and the prospect of a nuclear Iran. These threats are as existential for the state of Israel as for the rest of us: the jihad knows no boundaries and a nuclear Iran represents a strategic revolution of global dimensions. Israel cannot and should not face those threats alone. For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last.
7. Believing that the continuous deligitimation of Israel has a great deal of responsibility in raising an aggressive and dangerous anti-semitism, in a spirit of solidarity with the State of Israel, and in recognition that we, the Western nations, must stand together lest we fall together, we therefore launch the Friends of Israel Initiative to do the following:
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I support Israel but I am still very pissed off about the USS Liberty. A deliberate attack on one of our assets that left 34 US servicemen dead. I don't begin to buy the official apology that it was an accident; the attack lasted far too long, was executed at low altitude, and the size of the US standard could not have been missed.
And don't get me started on Pollard, a US traitor spy, handled by Mossad (spied for Israel against the US). They strain my God fearing good nature.
But still, given their neighborhood, I like them best.
So do you still hold a grudge against Great Britain for burning down the White House?
Bruce ... Let's not forget the Balfour Declaration of 1917, stating the support of the Western nations for a national homeland for Israel in the Palestine area. Not to mention the loong history of Irael as an ancient nation of the Middle East when other countries, like Saudi Arabia, were only a dream of nomadic Arab tribes. Israel has been a civilized presence in the Middle East since ancient times. Only an arrogant bunch of "come-heres" -- latecomers to the table -- would claim they were not.