Many in the American Jewish community are aghast to discover that President Obama is planning to appoint former Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as Defense Secretary. If you want the skinny on how Hagel has come to be known as one of the few ferociously anti-Israel senators in the past generation, Carl from Jerusalem at Israel Matzav provides it.
Meantime, all I can say is I don’t understand how anyone can possibly be surprised. Shortly after word came out that Hagel is the frontrunner for the nomination, I read a quaint little blog post written by a conservative leaning commentator voicing her belief that Obama wouldn’t want to risk his relations with Israel’s supporters by appointing Hagel. But as Powerlinepointed out today, this is the entire point of the nomination. Obama isn’t stupid. He picks fights he thinks he can win. He hasn’t always been right about those fights. He picked fights with Netanyahu thinking he could win, and he lost some of those.
Obama wants to hurt Israel. He does not like Israel. He is appointing anti-Israel advisors and cabinet members not despite their anti-Israel positions, but because of them.
So far, he has made clear that he feels no constraints whatsoever. Take the Palestinians at the UN for example. Obama enabled the Palestinians to get their non-member state status at the UN by failing to threaten to cut off US funding to the UN in retaliation for such a vote.
Both Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush issued such threats during their tenures in office and so prevented the motion from coming to a vote. Given that the Palestinians have had an automatic majority in the General Assembly since at least 1975, the only reason their status was only upgraded in 2012 is because until then, either the PLO didn’t feel like raising the issue or the US threatened to cut off its financial support to the UN if such a motion passed. This year PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas said he wanted to have a vote and Obama responded by not issuing a threat to cut off UN funding. So the Palestinians got their vote and, as expected, it passed overwhelmingly.
Seeing the upgrade as a Palestinian move is a mistake. It was a joint Palestinian-American move.
Let there be no doubt, Obama will get Hagel in at Defense. And Hagel will place Israel in his crosshairs. Moreover, one of his strongest advantages is that Israel’s supporters seem to have never gotten the memo. So here it is: Obama wants to fundamentally transform the US relationship with Israel.
He isn’t playing by the old rules. He doesn’t care about the so-called Israel lobby or the Jewish vote.
As strange as it may sound, I am slightly relieved by Hagel’s appointment, and by my trust that Kerry will be a loyal mouthpiece of Obama’s hostility. The more “in our faces” they are with their hostility, the smaller our ability to deny their hostility or pretend that we can continue to operate as if nothing has changed. As we face four more years of Obama – and four years of Obama unplugged — the most urgent order of business for Israelis is to stop deluding ourselves in thinking that under Obama the US can be trusted.
So welcome aboard Secretary Hagel. Bring it on.
Hamas, like all Islamists, does not seek to kill Jews because of Israel. It seeks to destroy Israel because it is filled with Jews. The Jews are not hated because of Muslim opposition to Israel. Israel is opposed because of the Muslim hatred of Jews. There is no deal to be made here. The trouble with Israel is not that it sits on a piece of land that someone wants. The trouble with Israel is the ethnic and religious composition of its people. The trouble with Israel is that it’s in the way of Islamic Armageddon.
“Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take,” Article 7 states. “The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The (end) time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him!”
During the last Gaza conflict, Al-Aqsa TV, Hamas’ own propaganda station, aired a music video that included the message, “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.” When two Al-Aqsa TV operatives were killed during the conflict, the New York Times’ David Carr penned a furious piece accusing Israel of “using war to target journalists.” By journalists he meant the jolly folks from the Gaza version of Der Stürmer who were worshipping Allah by trying to kill Jews.
Another of the journalistic videos on Al Aqsa TV featured their cheerful ditty, “We are [Hamas' Al-Qassam] Brigades. We kidnap soldiers. We kill Jews.”
The Nazis used to fund the Muslim Brotherhood. These days we fund the Muslim Brotherhood. And the Third Reich at least didn’t get around to shipping warplanes to the Brotherhood the way that the Obama Administration has.
The religion of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood is killing Jews. And the latest survey of the Palestinian Arab public shows that 87.8 percent of them, or 9 out of 10, support Hamas’ war against the Jews. How do you find common ground with people whose form of worship is killing you? There is only one way. By joining the war on their side.
Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood are pragmatists. That means that they are willing to sit down and chat with New York Times reporters until it becomes expedient to chop their heads off. Being a pragmatic serial killer is all about this kind of divide and conquer triage; figuring out which of your victims to kill now and which of your victims to manipulate into seeing you as a moderate serial killer. A serial killer who can be reasoned with and counted on to keep the unreasonable serial killers in line.
Hamas’ American supporters have found their common ground with a genocidal terrorist organization by counting on that same pragmatism to keep them alive. That is how Cindy Sheehan can troop down to Gaza or Pakistan. It is why New York Times reporters in Gaza don’t meet the same fate as Daniel Pearl.
The endgame for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood is still that glorious genocidal apocalypse where every rock and tree will turn into a snitch. But they are willing to be pragmatists until they can get there. For the momentNew York Times reporters are useful for covering up Hamas rocket launches from schools and hospitals. For the moment Human Rights Watch activists are good for faking a human rights crisis and allowing the terrorist group to rearm. For the moment America is good for some free money and even weapons.
For the moment the pragmatic serial killers will pick and choose which Jews they will commune with Allah by trying to murder. But moments pass quickly. And with enough F-16s, even pragmatically genocidal groups no longer need to be very pragmatic about their genocide at all.
This may be a bit off topic and with everything that's been going on lately I debated on whether to do this; but I thought I'd try it and see what you think. With Christmas coming up, almost 20 years ago I wrote a poem which tied Christmas into End-Time prophecy. Now keep in mind when I wrote this I was still a neophyte on the subject; and I realize I'm jumping around quite a bit. So try not to get too caught up in the events and their timing and sequence; but try to focus on the purpose of the poem, to be ready whenever it comes. I'll post it on the next blog. It's entitled Preparing For His Coming.
PREPARING FOR HIS COMING: Well here we are approaching another Christmas season, when the excitement level seems to pick up and with good reason. Children anxiously anticipate to find what"s under the tree; and families are eagerly awaitng each other again to see. All this is being done to celebrate our Messiah's birth, a time when God Almighty himself came down to this earth. Yet while peace on earth and goodwill to all id commonly declared, to anticipate His coming we're woefully unprepared. For just as He came to Bethlehem 2000 years ago, He's coming back to earth again; and everyone will know. For while He came to earth the first time with nary a clang, this time He'll come not with a whisper but with a loud bang. The time that this will take place is getting close at hand, when the world as we now know it will take its last stand, For Matt 24 is coming alive before our eyes. For over the last few decades these signs have been on the rise. All over the world today war has followed war; and famines and epidemics have killed millions more. Wickedness is on the rise to see that is very plain; and our love and commitment to the Lord is steadily on the wane. False messiahs are springing up everywhere we go; and if you dont believe me just look what happened at Waco. This will culminate in a tribulation as never seen before, which will end at Armegeddon with a mighty big roar. Then sin and evil will be wiped out to mark the end of the age; and Jesus Christ will return once again to take center stage. Then the King of Kings and Lord of Lords can no longer be ignored; and Herod, Nero and Hitler all will acknowledge Him as Lord. When He comes again all humanity will learn of their fate; and if you haven't received Him by then it will be yoo late. For if you;'ve rejected Him after breathing your last breath, He'll send you into the Lake of Fire to an eternal death. But if you've opened your hearts to Him and believed in His story, you'll be raptured up to reign with Him in everlastng glory. It won't be long now before it happens these events so sublime. For I believe that they will take place in our lifetime. So don't be like those caught off guard by the Messiah's coming to earth; but be like those humble shepherds who witnessed and believed in His birth. So serve Him with humility and accept Him as Savior and Lord; and He will surely bring on you an everlasting reward. And if you study His Word and your hearts to him are succumbing, then you will truly be Born Again and be fully prepared for His coming. Dutch.
Nice job Dutch!
That's more :thumbs-up than I got thumbs :)
Well done Dutch - Love it - thanks so much for sharing that!
Very nicely written. So appropriate for this time of year. Thanks you.
Dutch, very nice and well written.
Thanks, and God Bless.
I agree with the others Dutch. This administration that America has now is scaring the you know what out of me! The future does not look good (except of course for the church).
Slightly off topic but if you all could pray for me that would be good. I am really in need of a part time job. My tuition for school is going up and I'm not sure about getting financial aid. Please pray that a job will come through. Thank you.
After going over the poem again, I realixed I omitted 2 lines. So I'll repeat the lines around it: It won't be long now before it happens these events so sublime. For I believe they will take place in our lifetime. He will come as a thief in the night the Bible tells us so; and when the trumpet starts to sound we better be ready to go. So don't be caught off guard by the Messiah's coming to earth; but be like those humble shepherds who witnessed and believed in His birth. Sorry about that. Thnnks so much for the response for the response. I wrote one every Christmas from 1987-2003 when the well just ran dry. If you like I'll try to post a few more before Christmas. Again many thanks. JH, will be praying for tou.
Thank you Dutch. He is coming as a thief in the night and we should all be looking up for his coming back. Sadly though, so many people aren't. They're too busy worrying about the Mayan calender or reality TV. A massive wake up call is needed.
Dutch, I for one would like to hear more of your poems.I went back and read it again.
J.H. am praying for you.
JH try a local cleaning/janitorial company. They are always looking for help and the hours are sometimes flexible for students. I have several students working for me. It is a great part time job.
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