I think a lot of Benjamin Netenyahu, and though he is in a position where he cannot afford to completely disregard the sentiments and opinions of all the clamoring of other world leaders, I am concerned at what this cease-fire is doing to the morale and motivation of the thousands of IDF reservists waiting in limbo at the Gaza border and their families at home. Of course I know that sort of thing is “all part and parcel of a soldier’s job”, but I also know that fervor building to a crescendo, peaking out, only to be met with dismissal, is about as demoralizing as it gets. To ask that of soldiers, then tell them to stand down, while the other side continues to violate the terms of the ceasefire?
Still, I am hoping that Bibi is merely playing along with the diplomacy game, knowing, as we do, that Hamas will overplay their hand, thereby justifying the ground invasion to finish the job. It would require a great deal of self-restraint and patience to “heel” to international pressure and opinion” knowing those opinions are largely uninformed, or worse yet, informed-but-indifferent! Considering that Hamas has the Muslim Brotherhood in their own corner, how on Earth will Egypt be trusted to guarantee any peace terms? Behind both the MB and Hamas, is Iran, and behind Iran, is Russia. Obama seems determined to subdue Israel. Why might that be? Perhaps due to Obama’s love affair with the MB?
The press, and a majority of the world are now against Israel, just as the Bible said would be the case at this point in history. This article in FrontPageMag.com is right on the money! Huffington Post merely epitomizes the whole of mainstream media. And for the Obama administration, I simply do not believe that they do or will have Israel’s back when push really comes to shove. Still, I suppose I should allow the benefit of the doubt, since so many are praying for Obama to do the right thing by Israel. I do think American Jews have a blind spot when it comes to Obama. But then, most American Jews are not Israelis. They maybe don’t get it!
Hamas plays dirty and for blood. They know that Israel is not the aggressor, and they also know that images of wailing Palestinians mourning their dead, plays well for the news cameras. Never mind that they died at the hands of Hamas. Hamas kills their own people. The non-Hamas citizens are as terrorized as the Israelis, but not by Israelis. Here is a snip of the map from the above FrontPageMag.com article which shows the locations Hamas chooses to fire rockets from. First of all the smuggling in of these rockets is accomplished via tunnels under ground. But they store the weapons under greenhouses, schools, hospitals. Makes me think of that verse in Matthew that says woe to those who are with child and those who give suck. I read a story sometime this week where they had to evacuate the delivery unit of one hospital in Israel because the Hamas bombs were landing dangerously close to the Labor and Delivery unit.
So Hamas fires from locations which will naturally draw fire back, for the express purpose that they can then declare in “righteous indignation” that Israel targeted a school or a hospital. Never mind the fact that storing their weapons there, and firing from there greatly endangers their own citizens. Hamas is barbaric. They relish assassinating citizens accused of collaborating with the enemy. No trial, no jury, no judge or due process, just a bullet to the head, stripped naked, feet tied together, and dragged through the streets from the back of a motorcycle. That is pure, unadulterated blood-lust and evil incarnate.
In Israel, by contrast, there are a million and a half citizens who have endured daily life with a constant barrage of incoming rockets for 3 years, necessarily having to be prepared to drop whatever they are doing, and run to bomb shelters, not knowing if their home, business, or even their loved ones, will survive this round.
I am not sure how it is that we can even continue to be surprised by the absurdity of the notion that Hamas’ actions are justified. You’d think that after a while, we would be used to it, and in a lot of ways we are, yet we can never just accept it. Israelis just want to work, raise their families, and live in peace. So, too, do many Arabs and other people in the region.
I can’t quite understand the accolades for Obama’s “unwavering support” for Israel’s right to defend herself. That is like me standing by while a parent beats the snot out of their 12-year-old kid while his big brothers restrain him, and me saying “I’m rooting for you kid, you have every reason to be offended, and I won’t blame you if you fight back”. Not to equate the sovereign nation to an adolescent, but the point is their size and the obvious fact that Hamas is not acting alone.
Obama has been more than happy to dispatch money, weapons, and the manpower of the U.S. military to aid terrorists in the Middle East. U. S. involvement in the “Arab Spring” was never about giving citizens a “fighting chance” at democratic government. It has always been about maintaining leverage and protecting the interests of the globalist agenda. Not just under Obama, but GW Bush, Clinton, and GHW Bush. I am convinced that just like Viet Nam, the “official” reasons for recent conflicts in which Americans were involved, reasons which stir the blood of patriots, were merely a pretext, and that the real intent has been far more nefarious. Oil? maybe in some cases. Power, mostly, after all, what do the oppressed citizens of Libya have to offer? How about those in Syria? They are not even in the game, though they thought for one shining moment that they were, when evil rulers were toppled. Assad and his forces are evil oppressors, but the opposition forces are a mixed bag of hopeful citizens and lesser factions hoping to rise to the same caliber of oppressive power as Assad’s bunch. The global powers that be will throw their weight behind whichever one is most amenable to some degree of loyalty to the elite powers at the top in America (who, by the way, no longer even have the best interest of Americans at heart, either), or who will at least be willing to negotiate with said powers.
Who can blame the poor for their gullibility to a man who offered hope? Americans were not the only ones who “voted” for Obama. I say that figuratively, but am certain it is literal as well. Foreign money spends just as well as domestic. The problem is, it was not just the poor and naive who rooted for, worked for and voted for the re-election of Obama. It was the greedy, the power-hungry, the wealthy (mega-banksters hoping to retain their free pass from accountability, politicians hoping to retain their freedom to abuse their status and office) and it was also the “helpless” screeching birds sitting in their subsidized housing “nests” with mouths open waiting for the next worm. The free cell-phone worm. The free internet worm. The EBT card worm. It was the pharmaceutical giants, who happen to also be the makers of the genetically modified foods which are making us sick. Convenient, huh? Notice I do allow that there are the “legitimate poor” among us. Even among the “undocumented aliens” there are those who are legitimate refugees from inhumane circumstances in other countries, who just like you and I, only want the chance at a simple, decent life, peace, and means to provide for their families.
But “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me” only works in a nation where freedom reigns, where accountability is upheld, where people acknowledge God as the giver of inalienable rights, (not Government), and where everyone works, and only those who are truly helpless are provided for, and then not by government, nor by the constraint and coercion of government, but as a matter of conscience, with generosity and benevolence, by their fellow-citizens.
Not only have we been duped, here in America, but all over the world. Societies are only as strong as the moral fiber of their citizens. I think for the most part, the people who get fooled, are the people who want to be fooled. The people who don’t like the reality, and are more than happy to embrace the fantasy that is offered because somehow it allows them a free pass; Either from moral obligation, condemnation, even from responsibility.
We are willfully duped when we kid ourselves that there are no consequences for our actions and choices, that God is whomever and whatever we choose to believe He is. We know better.
We are willfully duped when we kid ourselves that a fetus is merely a blob of tissue. We know better.
We are willfully duped when we kid ourselves that there are no moral absolutes. We know better!
Satan kids himself that one day he will exalt himself above God. And everything that is wrong in this world, equates to nothing more than a willful fantasy that God is not in charge of things.
Sadly, however, and soon, God will disabuse the world of the luxury of self-delusion.
Neither Hamas, nor the Muslim Brotherhood, nor “Palestine”, nor Iran will ever destroy Israel and push her into the sea.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
35 Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name:
36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.
37 Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.
38 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the city shall be built to the Lord from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner.
39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.
40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the Lord; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.
The future of America, however, is much less certain.