Friday, May 22, 2009

Israel draws a line in the sand

President Obama has made it clear - he supports the idea of dividing Jerusalem, and returning to the "pre-1967 borders" which would dictate that Israel give up the West Bank and the Golan Heights as well. If this were to happen, Israel would be at an enormous disadvantage militarily, which is the main reason the terrorists covet that land so much. Such divisions, with a "continuous" Palestinian state would also divide Israel (at least what small part of Israel is left) into two halves, a northern half and a southern half.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has come out and stated in very clear terms that under his watch, Jerusalem will never be divided. So within one week of meeting with President Obama, we can see that no agreement was reached between these two leaders (read here):

"Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours. it will never again be partitioned and divided", stated Mr. Netanyahu on Thursday, following meetings with Obama.

At least now, both parties have a clear understanding of their two widely different positions. That explains the bizarre body language that we all witnessed during the press conference. Obama refused to make eye-contact with Netanyahu and Netanyahu was leaning forward while staring intently at Obama. This strange press conference was noticed by many members of the media, so it wasn't just my personal observation (alone).

To take this division between the U.S. and Israel one step further, we also see a response from Israel, regarding Obama's demands that the Israel MUST inform the U.S. of any potential strike against Iran, in advance of such action. Confirming (again) that Israel will not allow Iran to complete their nuclear development, Israel's National Security Adviser, Uzi Arad stated that Israel would not necessarily give the U.S. forewarning on such an attack. Arad also stated that Mr. Netanyahu had just "clarified that Israel reserves operational freedom and several of the most senior figures in the administration said 'of course'" (read here), confirming Netanyahu's full support internally.

So there we have it. A line has been drawn in the sand. The next move will probably come from Obama, when he visits Cairo the first week of June and rolls out his plan for the Middle-East.

This situation is getting VERY interesting. Things are happening in a fast and furious way; the "world" is demanding that Israel give up their land to the terrorists who intend to destroy Israel. Israel is refusing to do so. The push for a "peace plan" is being pushed by the UN, the EU, the U.S., Russia, and most of the countries surrounding Israel, like never before.

But Israel is standing firm. They have made it clear that such divisions of their land is unacceptable.

Like a chess match - we await the next move. Unfortunately, for Israel, this is not a game. Their very existence is hanging in the balance. And finally, they have a leader who recognizes this fact, and he will do everything possible to preserve Israel's existence.

What happens next?

There is no telling, but one thing is for sure - a line has been drawn in the sand by Israel - a line that won't be crossed.


Anonymous said...

I'm very pleased to see Mr. Netanyahu taking a firm stand. Only God knows but I'm kind of expecting to see something big happen before the summer is out. That is if we are still here to see it.


Scott said...

Absolutely - finally we have an Israeli leader who is willing to take a stand. I believe he is in place now, for God's purposes.

As far as timing - the Obama administration wants to give it until the end of the year, but an israeli (I forget who, exactly) mentioned a 3 month timeline recently (its on the blog somewhere). So I am guessing we're looking at something between 3 months - 1 year. Thats a VERY brief period either way, as we approach June.

Time is definitely growing short.