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Friday, June 14, 2024 - 10:58 PM


First Published in 1994


Barack Obama believes he was elected to the United States presidency with a mandate for change. But he does not seem to realize that this mandate was not intended for U.S. relations with Israel.

He recently spoke out again with dictation to Israel to give half of their precious little national land to occupying Arabs, so those supposedly poor, abused Arabs can have their own independent state. He dictated again that Israel should return to the pre-1967 Six Day War borders. And he had the audacity to add that they should do this within 30 days.

He seems to be ignoring that his own liberal controlled Senate recently voted in favor of a resoultion supporting Israel by a whopping bi-partisan margin of 90-4.. He also seems to be ignoring the recent Quinnipiac poll showing that 79 percent of Americans oppose the creation of a Palestinian state if the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist. Does this sound like a mandate to change Israel?

Doesn't he remember how the Hamas and Hezbulleh terrorist enemies along Israel's borders still have the strong intent of destroying Israel? They have not indicated that they want to change.They tried to attack Israel again just a few weeks ago on Independence Day, and Israel had to turn military troops on them to repel their attacks. Does Obama think these Moslem neighbors will suddenly be peaceful once the Arabs get their own separate state?

Hasn't Obama learned anything from all the revolutionary uprisings in many of Israel's neighboring Arab-Moslem states? He doesn't seem to discern that the common people have become so disgusted with their Moslem leadership that they are demonstrating for greater freedoms and less repressive dictatorships. Does Obama really think that Moslem leadership in a Palestinian state will be any different from all the others?

What about lessons from the responses of the Arab-Moslem dictators in Libya and Syria? Rather than listen to their people and try to improve life in their countries, these Moslem leaders have run out their military machines and killed thousands of their own innocent protesting citizens in order to stay in power. Is Obama willing to entrust a Palestinian state to such cruel leadership?

Obama seems to ignore that there is no true democracy in any of the 50 or so Moslem states of the Middle East and Asia. There is no Moslem state anywhere that has the freedoms we enjoy here in America. Does Obama really expect that the Arab Palestinian leaders will shed their Moslem values and function as a democratic state with freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and all the other freedoms that we enjoy in America?

Obama also seems to be blind to the geography of the Middle East. Israel, the one and only Jewish state, is such a tiny land area compared to 21 surrounding Arab countries with more than one thousand times the land area of Israel. How can he want tiny Israel to give half of its land to the Arabs, who have so much more than they need already?

Obama also seems to ignore Israel's Biblical heritage. He claims to be a Christian, but if he knew and believed the Bible, he would understand that the present land of Israel was given by God to the Jewish people many centuries ago as "an everlasting possession." Everlasting means that this land grant has never been changed or rescinded. And doesn't it also mean that God never intended that there should be an Arab state on this land?

Some analysts believe that Obama is saying and doing what he is toward Israel simply because he wants to improve his ties and relations with the Arabs and Moslems. We remember well his Cairo speech, when he cited his own Moslem roots and declared that he wanted to establish "new beginnings" with the Moslem world.

Obviously, President Obama wants that kind of change with the Arab-Moslem world. But the people of America certainly did not vote him the mandate to change America's attitude toward and relations with our lone faithful ally in the Middle East, Israel.

Dr. Al Snyder is a former professor of Communications at Liberty University in Virginia and North Greenville University. He has done extensive missionary work in Israel and Africa.