Differing from virtually every previous U.S. president, Mr. Obama seems to accept the claims of the Palestinian leadership, even the violent Hamas, that the land given by God and settled by Israelites thousands of years ago now rightfully belongs, at least in large part, to settlers who moved into the area only in the last 200 years.
And though the Balfour Declaration and the United Nations — and most of civilized society the world over — have acknowledged and verified Israel’s claim to their historic homeland, this president is doing everything he can to pressure Israel’s leaders to cave in to the demands of the settlers.
Just a few days ago, after months of directing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to put the screws to Israel’s leadership, and pointedly and publicly favoring Palestinian demands over the rights of Israel to make its own decisions, he humiliated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House. As the London Times headlined it, Barack Obama "Dumped Him For Dinner.”
The able and much respected Netanyahu and his aides had flown to Washington to bolster the Israel/American accord and to explain in person why new dwellings have been planned in Jerusalem, Israel’s ancient capital. Obama and his aides have been all but ordering Israel to stop all building (on their own land) that offends the Palestinian leadership.
This, the same Palestinian leadership that continues to rain rockets and missiles and other forms of terror on the Israelis. When the meeting seemed be going nowhere, the president walked out to have dinner with his wife — leaving the startled prime minister and his aides, saying “Let me know if there’s anything new.” And he never came back.
In 1948, President Harry Truman was also in the middle of a historic conflict over the Jews and their claim to their ancient homeland. His advisers were all urging him to ignore that claim and side with the much larger Arab contingents who were denying that claim and threatening to “drive them into the sea.” Politically, the Arab side was the expedient one.
But Truman knew his Bible, and he was agonizing over the decision.
On March 13, his old friend and former haberdashery partner Eddie Jacobson flew in to Washington from Kansas City. The two old friends spent an hour behind closed doors in the Oval Office, during which time Eddie reminded Harry of what they both knew of God’s promises to the Jews. And when the doors opened, President Truman had decided the United States would be the first nation to grant diplomatic recognition to the new state of Israel on May 14, 1948.
Long after he left the White House, Harry Truman declared that decision was the most important of his presidency.
I want America to blessed, don’t you? Israel deserves the eternal right over their own historic homeland.
What we need is another Harry Truman in the White House.
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