The American public remains largely unaware of the magnitude of the conflict due to the general failure of the mainstream media to report accurately concerning the wrongs suffered by Israel. Instead, any measure Israel takes to defend herself is decried as brutal and over the top. In the meantime, Israel’s enemies have boasted about its impending destruction. Most vocal today are the threats we hear from Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who is known to be supplying Hamas with their weapons.
On President Obama’s watch, the United States has gone from being a staunch ally to the only democracy in the Middle East to something like a silent peer. But Israel will not wait for our approval to defend itself, nor should it. As Dr. Josef Olmert observed in the Huffington Post in June of this year, “When pushed to the wall, with a deep, genuine fear of extinction, the Israelis act, even against the odds.”
At the time of this writing, the New York Daily Post showed a picture of the half naked, tortured body of an alleged traitor which was being dragged through the region to the cheers of Palestinian men, women, and children. This man was executed along with 5 others. The Daily News article carried a huge heading which read: “SAVAGE.”
Meanwhile the United Nations, which says little about the attacks on Israeli civilians, is publicly urging Israel to exercise “maximum self-restraint.” The current conflict is complicated by the fact that the United Nations is scheduled to vote on November 29th to elevate the Palestinian Authority to the level of an “observer” nation, formally recognizing Palestine as a legitimate country. Ironically, and no doubt intentionally, this will be 65 years to the day since the United Nations first recognized the modern state of Israel.
With Hillary Clinton leaving the State Department; the president's very own vision, philosophy, wisdom and willpower are going to be tested in the Middle East.
Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.