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A leader who does not hesitate before sending his nation to battle is not fit to be a leader.  -Golda Meir

Governor Palin has always been open about her belief in supporting Israel.  Today, as Operation Pillar of Defense continued, rockets continued to rain down on Southern Israel – now those rockets are being fired from Egypt.  Mohammad Morsi, the Egyptian president and member of the Muslim Brotherhood so heavily backed by President Obama (to the point that American tax dollars have been given to the Muslim Brotherhood as they take power in Egypt), recalled the Egyptian ambassador to Israel in protest and sent his prime minister to the Gaza Strip in a show of solidarity with the Palestinians.

Where is the President while this is going on?

Rather than offering to help the Israelis defend themselves from self-declared terrorists, he’s trying to talk Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu into finding a way to de-escalate the conflict.  He’s paying lip service to Israel’s right to self-defense, but he still hasn’t made a public statement about the reports of rockets now being fired from Egypt.  He hasn’t called on Morsi to stop his protest.  The best he’s done so far is have a spokeswoman from the State Department, Victoria Nuland, give a statement that ended with, "…it’s certainly not benefiting the cause of regional stability."

The Jerusalem Post reported today that more than 200 rockets were fired from Gaza and Egypt – less than half were intercepted by the Iron Dome.  While Palestinian authorities are saying that 24 people have died in the bombing runs by the IAF (Israeli Air Force) and the Israeli navy, nobody has asked one of the most important questions in response: how many Israelis would have died if all hundred of those rockets had hit their targets?

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, both of whom are responsible for this round of attacks, have been honing their rockets with each one fired.  This year alone, they’ve fired more than one thousand rockets into Israel; Israel has to keep air raid sirens on constant alert for possible rocket attacks, and today was the first time that those sirens sounded in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  They’ve even bragged that they’ve "upgraded" some of their rocket designs.  For three days, constant rocket fire has kept Israelis on edge.

It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them.  We don’t want victories anymore.  -Golda Meir

What President Obama and his cabinet apparently miss is a gigantic, glaring issue: the Palestinians are not, and never were, interested in stability in the region.  They will never be happy until Israel is destroyed and Islam rules the area completely.  The continuing failure on the part of liberals to grasp this concept is dangerous not only to Israel, but to her allies – including us.

What’s more, the mind-numbing ignorance of the hard left came out in full force when reality star Kim Kardashian tweeted a simple phrase: "praying for everyone in Israel."  Fans, followers and pro-Palestinian nutjobs instantly attacked her, even wishing her death for mentioning that she would pray for Israel.  Not even offering that she was praying for the Palestinians, too, was enough; they called her "idiotic" and "uninformed" (and those were the nicer responses).

The American Left is absolutely clueless about Israel and the Mideast conflict.  It’s getting ridiculous.

For starters, Palestine has never existed as a nation.  Never.  Even during the time when Romans ruled the area, while it may have been referred to as Palestina, it was always a region inhabited by Bedouin tribes that had no central government nor any rule of law.  The Bedouins were farmers – a life that Muslims saw as extremely low.  When the Muslim Empire performed their hostile takeover in 634 AD, those tribes they didn’t murder were only protected because the inhabitants were Muslims as well – but the Hadith admonished the conquerers not to settle in those villages, because living among the farmers (who were beneath them) would be like living in a grave.

The region never once saw stability after that.  Crusaders took it, then Saladin took it back.  The Mongols took it, then the Ottomans took it.  The Mamluks and the Ottomans fought over it, and the Ottomans won; they were dissolved, however, after their defeat during WWI.  The Ottomans fell after supporting the Germans during the war.  It was the British who came in and took over – even then, the area wasn’t really a nation.  It was still tribal and untamed.  It was in 1917 that the British created the Palestinian Mandate.  By that time, both Muslims and Jews lived in the region, but a movement had begun to re-establish the Nation of Israel.  The Muslims in the area staged several revolts during the time (because, you know, they just can’t stand Western influence), though to no avail.  At the end of WWII, when the far-reaching crimes of Shoah (known to most as the Holocaust) were fully discovered, an agreement was made: there needed to be an independent Jewish state.  Originally, a large swath of land was supposed to be given to the Jews.  Members of the UN who were still antisemitic, though, protested; 80% of the area went to the Muslims in the area (that area is known as Jordan), and the remaining sliver was established as the State of Israel in 1948.

We do not rejoice in victories.  We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.  -Golda Meir

The fledgling Israeli government offered full citizenship and all the benefits that come with it to everyone – Muslim, Jew, Christian or Atheist.  They didn’t force anyone out of their homes.  Neighboring Muslim nations, however, expelled every Jew within their borders – often forcing them to gather only what they could carry and leave on foot.  Then began the war, one that according to military strategy should have pulverized the new country within hours.  They prevailed, though, and Israel still stands today.  Israelis have made the desert bloom with advanced drip irrigation that makes use of previously barren soil.  Israeli researchers have come up with some incredible inventions that the world has benefited from (among them advanced medications to treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis, advancements in physical therapy, the USB drive, nanowire, the laser keyboard, and a straw that changes colors when an alcoholic beverage has been drugged).

Hamas has given the world…Kassam rockets and suicide bombers.

Israel has stood proudly against indignities that other nations would have screamed bloody murder over, and they’ve hoped for peace throughout it all.  During the 90′s, thousands of innocent Israelis died at the hands of Palestinian jihadists who carried out suicide bombings and mass shootings at bar mitzvahs, bus stops and ice cream parlors.  They did so without prejudice, killing even women and children because they are Jews.  To stop the carnage, Israel had to close off Palestinian neighborhoods and closely monitor everything coming in and out.  Now they live in fear of rockets raining down on them.

Israel has every right to exist, and they have a right to live in peace.  If that peace can only be found on the other side of war, so be it – at least the Israelis actually care about not killing civilians.  Hamas uses them as human shields.  How anyone can accuse Israel of apartheid is a complete mystery to me.

We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.  -Golda Meir



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  • MaMcGriz

    As our own Israeli Cajones has said, this time they need to finish the job and end this madness.

  • nkra

    Nicely done.  Thank you for the history lesson.  We must stand with Israel as our own government is proving that they will not.  It’s truly amazing the contrast between those who radicalize the ideas of peace and freedom to the point where they are constantly starting wars of territory, race, gender, sexuality, etc., and those who silently go about their lives living the example that human advancement via achievement allows far more possibility for peaceful cohabitation.  But the lesson of the past few years should be that we MUST win.  There will be no more compromise.  Prayers for Israel.

  • dave7777

    This will be an awful four years for Israel. The Obama administration is abandoning our only friend in the middle east. Horrible. 

    • RebinTexas

       David – you are half right, sad to say. True – Israel is "our – We The People" only friend. But to bho….seems he is doing as he can for his friends……our real enemies – the enemies of all freedom loving Christians & Jews & all other religions as well.
      Reb

  • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

    God Bless Israel!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ted-Belman/565026569 Ted Belman

    Israpundit is my blog. I have always been a big supporter of Sarah Palin, Yesterday, I posed the question 
    Why is Israel not allowed to defeat her enemies? 

    Many countries condemn Israel’s attacks on Gaza. A few countries including Canada, Britain, Germany and the US support Israel’s right of self defense. With the exception of Canada, the latter go on to recommend restraint with a variety of words.But no country encourages Israel to devastate Hamas and its rocket arsenal. When they support our right of self defense they imply that should the rockets stop, Israel should stop.Why is Israel not allowed to defeat her enemies? Especially here where our enemy Hamas is recognized as a terrorist organization. Does anyone demand that the US stop killing al Qaeda terrorists. On what basis does the US have the right to kill terrorist who aren’t targeting the US.

    After 9/11 the world accepted that the US had the right to destroy Al Qaeda and remove the Taliban from power.Hamas with its arsenal of up to 50,000 rockets within killing range of over one million Israelis, represent a much bigger threat to Israel than all the terrorists in the world represent to the USA.Hamas started the war. Israel should have the right, and the support of the world, to finish it by defeating Hamas.If the UN passes a ceasefire resolution, which it will, Israel should ignore it and the war on her terms.

    • RebinTexas

       Ted – I TOTALLY AGREE…..have long appreciated your writings. Know we are praying.
      Reb

    • Kalena

      Israel should also make no apologies for any rocket launch site that they take out which might be located in or around a mosque, school, hospital, etc.  Israel should just issue a blanket warning that no area is off limits from retaliation from rocket launches.

  • Quiet_Righty

    This book helps explain liberal hatred for Israel:

    http://www.amazon.com/United-Hate-Romance-Tyranny-Terror/dp/1935071602

  • conservativemama

    Thank you Mel.

    How can it be that a people, a people who’ve contributed so much to this world, have to continually fight just to exist?

  • WalkTogether

    Amen Kim!
    I’m praying for everyone in Israel. For safety and salvation in Christ–their Messiah.
    I’m also praying for everyone on the other side–the generation that grew up on nothing but blind hatred. May God have mercy on their souls; may they have a chance to hear of His grace through Jesus, Who gave His life (without killing anyone in the process) so their sins might also be forgiven, and they too might live eternally in God’s presence.

  • Patriot41

    We can thank God for the strength the Israelis possess and for their determination to live in peace.  I still believe that if the U.S. did not continually mettle in their affairs and restrain them from taking the necessary action to protect their country, that they would not have the problems in the Middle East that they are facing today.  Israel with God’s help, contrary to most peoples’ belief, has the capacity to defend itself and they should be allowed to do so without the intervention of the western world.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ted-Belman/565026569 Ted Belman

      Right on.

  • HuntingMoose

    Israel’s difficult situation is the result of the mess moderates and leftists create.

    Who did pressure Israel to give up Gaza ‘for peace’?

    The only thing that can save Israel is when they realize they should never again listenen to those Chamberlain people who live in an alice in wonderland fantasy instead of reality rooted in common sense.

  • RebinTexas

    Excellent post Mel……….We The People do support and pray for all in the Middle East – especially our allies in Israel…….May God protect them, give them as they may need in this time….
    Reb

  • HuntingMoose

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    And may I add, the temple of Doom has been squatting long enough on the temple mount and ruins of the 2nd temple.

    Time to move that thing to another place as well since it clearly is build on something that is not their land, and building something on land that is not yours is something that Clinton, Obama, the UN and other pressure groups time and again tell never to do.

    • Terry Malpass

      How ironic if one of those rockets would fall squarely on the Dome of the Rock.

      • HuntingMoose

        Now that is something to pray for. Much easier than to move that squatter building to another place

  • Ceejay

    Any posts from IC? Prayers sent —– 

  • IsraeliCojones

    Hello Golda,

    A leader who does not hesitate before sending his nation to battle is not fit to be a leader.

    Right. Since you are now in the good company of the 2,800 heroes killed in action in 1973 just because, being such a great leader, you hesitated listening to your common sense and to the multiple signs of an imminent attack by our enemies, and sent them to the slaughter, I’ve got another quote for you:

    But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. – Ezechiel, 33:6

    And now for:

    It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them.  We don’t want victories anymore.

    … speak for yourself and this repulsive elite who trapped us in the Oslo bloody mirage for almost 20 years.

    Me, I’m sitting here and I want victory. And a decisive one, so that our soldiers’ sacrifice is not in vain, for once.

    And then I want repentance.

    Public and collective repentance.

    About the evilness and the baseless cruelty deployed against the Gush Katif communities in 2005. They were not the "obstacle to peace". They were the obstacle to war.

    • http://www.arizonarangerems.blogspot.com The Ranger

      I don’t blame Meir for the missteps leading to the Yom Kippur War…I blame Mossad for putting too much trust in Ashraf Marwan.  Meir died in 1978 and had nothing to do with the Oslo Accords.

      For THAT, I blame Bill Clinton.  That man knew nothing about history or the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  I quoted Meir because she encompassed everything I believe about Israel – they are a nation that desperately wants peace but has become very efficient at war because it is necessary for them to survive.  The dichotomy was never lost on Meir even if it is lost on the left-wing anti-Israel crowd today.

      • IsraeliCojones

        I don’t blame Meir for the missteps leading to the Yom Kippur War…I blame Mossad for putting too much trust in Ashraf Marwan.

        And you’re wrong. Ashraf Marwan warned there would be an attack in May and Israel mobilized for nothing. Then he warned of an attack on Yom Kippur and he was right but not listened to.

        But what has it got to do with anything? Do you think there was nothing happening on the field? Alarming signs of an offensive were there days before the war. They were neglected. And when Dado Elazar decided to mobilize two days before Yom Kippur and suppress all leaves, Golda Meir and her "kitchen" still decided for a minimal something while all the soldiers on leave were either on the road or having reached home.

        The buck stopped with Meir and Dayan for Yom Kippur – as everybody in Israel knows – and nobody else.

        Meir died in 1978 and had nothing to do with the Oslo Accords.

        LOL. Thank you for that, I didn’t know /sarc.

        Do you know how many times we heard that kind of defeatist and la-la-land crap since then? Well, a LOT. And mind you, they didn’t really care for asking us what WE really wanted, us, the Israelis, that is of no interest for them. Since when a Nation facing genocidal enemies doesn’t want victory? They may have become suicidal "up there" but, we, the people, haven’t become so the least.

        I blame Bill Clinton.  That man knew nothing about history or the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

        But the Israeli leaders knew everything about it, right? So what has become of their ability to say "NO"? Just "NO", not "YES"? And don’t tell me it’s impossible because "NO" is what the US have heard from ALL the Arab Leaders since, like, forever. Strangely, for them, the red lines never change because they stand their ground.

        Do you have an answer for that question: what happened of our ability to stand our ground, especially since any decision jeopardize the country as a whole (as we see now, because ALL OF THIS happens because the Gazan Jewish communities – who were shielding us by being their fire’s targets – have been destroyed)?

        Well I’ve got one, and it has nothing to do with Bush I Clinton, Bush II or Rice (who anyway will be judged one day for their absurd and relentless demands on my country while our enemies are getting away with virtually everything).

        The result? Israel’s red lines must be in Jordan right now. /sarc.

        I quoted Meir because she encompassed everything I believe about Israel

        You were not the subject of my post.

  • Anno76

    "Peace will come when the arabs love their children more than they hate us" – Golda Mier – love and miss her.

    I am sick of the world blaming the Jewish people for all that this bad in the world. The Jewish people believe in love, kindness and the golden rule (undo to others as is is undone to you) – Arabs = hate, murder and destruction of everything they posses – even their own people!!!

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