An open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
Mr. Prime Minister: We stand with you.
I woke up this morning thinking about how alone you must feel. Please know that the current administration does not represent the views of Americans any more than Notre Dame’s president, “Father” Jenkins, represents the Catholic faith.
You are not alone. Christians in America stand with you and your right to exist.
Know, also, that there are 60 million Americans who did not abandon our core values or our allies for the empty rhetoric of “hope” and “change.” We are the ones who did not support the Hamas-endorsed, Muslim-bowing White House occupant, who, until he was “corrected” on national television, said how proud he was of his “Muslim faith.” I’m not saying Obama is a Muslim – no, a mistake like that is understandable after an exhausting campaign in all 57 Islamic – uh, I mean – U.S. states.
We apologize for the undue pressure that has been put upon you to jeopardize your vital interests to carve up yet more land for promises of peace from people who want to obliterate you. We also acknowledge that this pressure did not begin with the current administration.
We understand that Israel is surrounded by 22 Islamic nations (and 1.4 billion Muslim’s worldwide) and occupies about one-sixth of 1 percent of the land that the Arabs say belongs to them. It seems to me that if the Palestinians want a place to live, they have plenty of places from which to choose without occupying Israel.
The Palestinians have made their plans quite clear. As former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said in Arabic on Jordanian television (after signing a peace agreement in Washington Sept. 13, 1993):
Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us in the final blow against Israel.
Then, when Arafat’s Fatah movement republished their constitution in 1999, Chapter 1, Article 19 said:
This struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.
That is no different than what Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had to say when he stated that Israel should be “wiped off the map.” A stance and vow he reiterates every chance he gets, including to a recent world audience at the U.N. This entrenched foreign policy doesn’t leave a lot of room to “dialogue.”
I don’t think you should have to pretend you didn’t win the Six-Day War and go back to pre-1967 borders. You won. You beat Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Most see the impossibility of such a feat and attribute it to God. Here’s my question: If God did intervene and give you the Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan and the Golan Heights from Syria, it seems to me that you should keep it.
As you witnessed, in 2005, thousands of Jews were pulled out of their homes and communities in Gaza. They tore down temples; they dug up cemeteries, and gave up land on the premise that it would somehow bring peace. Since that time, the terrorist group Hamas has launched 6,500 rockets into Israel. We’ve seen such attacks after previous promises of peace. Israel gives up land and they get attacked all the more. Doing the same thing again and expecting different results embodies the very definition of “insanity.”
We all know Genesis 12:3 where God declares that He “will bless those who bless you,” and “curse him who curses you.” But many may not know that there is a curse for those who try and divide Israel’s land. Joel 3:2 declares that God “will enter into judgment … on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.”
The same day Jewish settlers were being removed from the Gaza Strip, America was hit with a hurricane called Katrina.
William Koenig, in his book “Eye to Eye,” documented a list of American disasters that coincide directly with U.S. pressure to divide Israel, including:
- Hurricane Andrew (Aug. 23, 1992), when the Madrid Peace Conference moved to Washington, D.C., to pressure Israel to divide their land.
- The 6.9 Northridge Earthquake in Southern California (Jan. 16, 1994), when Clinton met with Syria’s president to discuss Israel giving up the Golan Heights where half of their fresh drinking water is found.
- Hurricane George (Sept. 28, 1998) when Secretary of State Albright pressured Israel to give up parts of Judah and Samaria.
- Texas Flood (Oct. 15-22, 1998) following a meeting with you, Mr. Prime Minister, and President Clinton with Yasser Arafat over Israel giving up 13 percent of the West Bank. On Oct. 21 of that year, a quarter of Texas was declared by Clinton a major disaster area.
- A “super tornado” across Oklahoma and Kansas (May 3, 1999) with 316 mph winds – the highest winds ever recorded – the day Yasser Arafat was scheduled to declare a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital.
- Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike (Aug. 25-Sept. 13, 2008) following Secretary Condoleezza Rice’s pressure to sign a treaty for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
A 4.7 earthquake hit L.A. Sunday night when you, Mr. Prime Minister, arrived in the U.S. to meet with President Obama who is pushing to divide your land even further. Many are looking to the weather reports for what may follow.
Consequences. Elections have consequences. Abandoning our (and God’s) best friend Israel has consequences. Dividing land has consequences. Consequences we don’t want.
Mr. Netanyahu, you are not alone. We stand with you and will continue to pray for the peace of an undivided Jerusalem.