Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Big O's Big Blunder
Well, our fearless leader has done it this time. President Obama reversed course on decades of American foreign policy and called for Israel to retreat to its 1967 borders.
As you can see from the map pictured, neither the UN partition plan or the 1967 borders leaves much in the middle of Israel for defense purposes. A 5 to 8-mile-wide strip of land is — as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the linked article — indefensible. Those remarks were echoed a short time ago by former Israeli ambassador Dore Gold. And they are quite correct.
It will be interesting to see what fallout there is from this decision here in America. My personal position is that it is Obama's biggest mistake thus far as president, and this country will live to rue the day if this idiotic action isn't reversed.
My stand with Israel is no secret, although I haven't always agreed with everything an Israeli government has done. My stand with Israel is not a purely political either, as you can well imagine from reading this blog. It's also theological. Deeply theological. God made promises to Israel that will be fulfilled, and nations harm Israel at their peril. Yes, yes . . . I know my amillennial friends disagree with this, and I'm not going to argue the pre-mill vs. amill thing here. Even leaving that out of the equation, I would think that most Bible-believing Christians would have concerns about throwing our strongest Middle East ally and only true democracy under the bus, or more likely, under the weight of further Islamic terrorism.
But Mr. Obama has done it now. It only remains to be seen if the American people (not to mention Congress) will force a reversal in course.