I was upset that President Obama took the side of Hamas and the Muslims on the 1967 Israel/Palestine border issue, but then I remembered, the Rapture is coming today and it doesn't matter. Because neither the Jews nor the Muslims believe Jesus is the Messiah, they're both damned. Ha! Who's the infidel now, Bin Laden ?
Speaking of damnation, it's been about, let's see,....43 years since my last confession. I should probably go in for my 100,000 mile soul tuneup. I don't want to look all morally disheveled and uncleansed when I meet Jesus. I think I'll shave and buy some of those Crest Whitening Strips as well. I want to make a good impression. According to Catholic teaching, as long as you confess your sins before you die, you can still get into heaven. Even the worst sinner has a shot, as long as he says "I'm sorry" before his alcoholic, syphilitic, morbidly obese, diseased-riddled body finally goes kaput. And that's what makes Catholicism a great religion.
On the off chance that the world doesn't end today, maybe I will comment further on Obama's take on Israel/Palestine, even though it doesn't seem very important compared to Armageddon.
In a nutshell, Obama called for a Palestinian state based upon the pre-1967 borders, and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu responded by saying (I'm paraphrasing here), "you be trippin', boo !". For you sticklers who want to know what Netanyahu's exact words were, fine, here they are:
"We can't go back to those indefensible lines. ... I discussed this with the president," Netanyahu said.
"We both agree that a peace based on illusions will crash against the rocks of Middle Eastern reality. ... For there to be peace, the Palestinians will have to accept some basic realities -- the first is that while Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace it cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible" Netanyahu said. He said the two leaders still agree on the "overall direction" for peace in the region.
You see, Netanyahu and his fellow Israelis know something President Obama apparently doesn't know - the Arabs want to kill the Jews and eliminate the state of Israel, or at least move the state of Israel somewhere else, like maybe Nebraska. The Arabs really don't care where the borders of Israel are. They really don't even care about a Palestinian state. Those are just baby steps on the way to their larger goal of wiping Israel off the map. Until that Arab goal changes, the Israelis will by necessity look at things strictly from a defensive, national security point of view. Going back to the pre-1967 borders means Israel would have to concede a huge portion of it's country (the West Bank) to it's sworn enemy, leaving Israel far more vulnerable to that enemy. Here's a map of Israel to illustrate the point:
You may remember what happened the last time Israel tentatively conceded a piece of it's land to the Palestinians. That piece of land was the Gaza Strip. Israel handed it over in 2005. Then in 2006, the Palestinians elected Hamas (a designated terrorist group) into power. Thousands of rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel. Israel erected a blockade of Gaza, and it's been misery and turmoil there ever since. Now imagine how the Israelis feel about conceding the much larger West Bank area to the same people. Obama may believe he's finding middle ground by proposing a Palestinian takeover of the West Bank, but the Jews only see the barbarians at the gate, and Obama wanting to let them in.
Let's also not forget how the 1967 borders became the 1967 borders. That resulted from the Six Day War, when Arab countries banded together, amassed troops along Israel's border, and closed Israeli shipping lanes. Here's a brief description:
In May 1967, [Egyptian President] Nasser received false reports from the Soviet Union that Israel was massing on the Syrian border. Nasser began massing his troops in the Sinai Peninsula on Israel's border (May 16), expelled the UNEF [United Nations Emergency Force] force from Gaza and Sinai (May 19) and took up UNEF positions at Sharm el-Sheikh, overlooking the Straits of Tiran. Israel reiterated declarations made in 1957 that any closure of the Straits would be considered an act of war, or justification for war. Nasser declared the Straits closed to Israeli shipping on May 22–23. On May 30, Jordan and Egypt signed a defense pact. The following day, at Jordan's invitation, the Iraqi army began deploying troops and armored units in Jordan. They were later reinforced by an Egyptian contingent. On June 1, Israel formed a National Unity Government by widening its cabinet, and on June 4 the decision was made to go to war. The next morning, Israel launched Operation Focus, a large-scale surprise air strike that was the opening of the Six-Day War.
Israel won the Six Day War, and the 1967 borders were established. As they say, to the victor goes the spoils, but now the instigators and losers of the Six Day War want their land back.
Both the Jews and the Arabs have historical claims to the land that go back thousands of years. There is no disputing that, but until the Arab world universally accepts and recognizes the state Of Israel as legitimate, there will never be any kind of lasting peace, much less an actual Palestinian state. The Jews have to be the first people in history ever to be accused of "occupying" their own historical homeland. Yet I hear about this alleged "Jewish occupation" all the time, and I hear from our own President how Israel shouldn't be building settlements in JERUSALEM, of all places. Jerusalem is the Jewish holy city, the center of the Jewish faith. If they can't build settlements there, where can they build them ? Auschwitz ?
***Update - Here's the video of Netanyahu explaining things to Obama. Well worth watching.
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