I know, I know. Talking about the problems Israel faces with its enemies who have sworn to destroy it causes many American eyes to glaze over.
From their point of view – enough is enough with Jewish problems.
Many of these same people react the same way when the issue of illegal aliens is raised. That’s because they believe the people who cross our borders illegally are here simply seeking a better life, and any objections to that is blatant racism.
That there’s a relationship between Israel’s borders and the problems the U.S. faces with its border isn’t as farfetched as you might think.
The idea of a Jewish homeland wasn’t always considered a problem. In fact, there was American rank-and-file support for the establishment of the Israeli state in 1947, but that’s deteriorated to popular support today being heavily pro-Palestinian.
Propaganda over the years worked, and the popular image of the “refugees” is of a suffering, put-upon people whose every problem in life would be resolved of only Israel would give back their land and just disappear from the earth. It smacks of the Nazi approach to the “Jewish problem” in the ’30s and ’40s.
If there’s any doubt about the change in American thinking, consider the blockbuster three-and-a-half hour film “Exodus,” based on Leon Uris’ novel about the founding of the Israeli homeland.
Directed by Otto Preminger with a star-studded cast headed by Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint, “Exodus” garnered Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy and Golden Laurel awards and nominations for acting, cinematography and Ernest Gold’s unforgettable score.
If you don’t think the mood of this country has changed, can you even imagine such a film being made today – about Israel?
The Palestinians, yes; Israelis, no.
In the years since 1947, the U.S. and Israel have been allies. Considering that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, the alliance makes sense.
But the presidency of Barack Obama changed that in a manner that shows Obama has little concern for the history of the relationship between the two countries and less concern for what the current turmoil among the countries surrounding Israel will mean to their and our security.
Obama’s Mideast speech made it clear he’s decided he wants peace there at any price. He laid down clear terms: “[T]he borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.”
In other words, forget wars fought, won and territory gained. Forget the constant bombardment of Israeli settlements and attacks on Israeli citizens. Forget that it’s impossible to turn back the clock, and forget that Obama’s “official” pronouncement completely sandbagged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In his speech to Congress, Netanyahu laid his cards on the table as he did directly to Obama with media present: Those terms were not acceptable to Israel and simply would not work.
This impasse presents American citizens with a peculiar opportunity to see what Obama would do to ease another border problem he strives mightily to downplay if not ignore – America’s porous and growingly dangerous border with Mexico.
While the administration drones on about the “safety” of the border, that fewer illegals are apprehended and that progress is being made, the crime, attacks, killings, kidnappings, drug running, human smuggling and, yes, little Mexican farmers just looking for honest work continue to plague the border.
Funny, how Obama says nothing about these issues. He, his administration and the media ignore reality.
This is reality: 38-year-old Houston Police officer Kevin Will is dead.
On May 29, he was investigating an early morning hit-and-run accident and was interviewing a witness when he saw a speeding car drive around barriers and police vehicles. The witness jumped to safety. Officer Will was hit and killed, his body dragged by the vehicle. He leaves behind a pregnant wife and two children.
The driver was Johoan Rodriguez, 26, an illegal alien. Prosecutors told the court that his blood alcohol was three times the legal limit. He had a bag of cocaine in his pocket, had been deported twice before and, when he tried re-entry, lied about being a U.S. citizen. He is an admitted member of the dangerous MS-13 gang.
Rodriguez was so drunk he didn’t remember being in the accident.
The Houston Chronicle reported he had a legal driver’s license and had five misdemeanors including “driving without insurance and with expired plates.”
Here’s another reality: The paper reports that during a traffic stop Officer Rodney Johnson arrested an illegal who, despite being handcuffed, pulled a concealed gun and shot Johnson three times in the back of the head.
In 2009, a Salvadoran illegal killed Officer Rick Salter – shooting him in the face. That same year, a Mexican illegal killed Officer Henry Canales.
Not surprising, Houston is a sanctuary city, apparently caring more about protecting illegals than their own citizens.
Why does Obama ignore this? Because he wants so-called “immigration reform,” a euphemism for amnesty. He plays into the hands of militant, highly organized, politically influential immigration rights organizations with goals beyond easy citizenship for illegals.
They want to reclaim Mexican territory ceded to the U.S. in the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo after the Mexican-American War. We’re talking California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and parts of Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Washington.
The U.S. paid Mexico $15 million for the territories, paid American citizens debts owed them by the Mexican government and established the Rio Grande as the official border.
Nevertheless, these zealots, comparing themselves to the Palestinians, agitate to get that land back, and Obama helps by being soft on illegals.
It sounds ominously like his ultimatum to Israel: Give back the land and then we’ll deal.
When will he say that to us?