How should we as Americans regard this? Lincoln never postponed an election, for Congress or for his own place as president, even though we were in the midst of a civil war. President Roosevelt in World War II never failed to hold full, open, and fair elections. Our British allies in WWII were led by a national coalition of parties. Even so, Prime Minister Winston Churchill faced regular hostile questioning in Parliament. His friend Bob Boothby said of him “Winston feared Parliament. He was a good democrat.”
Mahmoud Abbas is no democrat. His education ministry continues to pump out books that teach young children to become “martyrs” by strapping on explosive suicide belts. American taxpayers paid for those books. Maybe not the belts.
We paid as well for the candy that parents in Nablus and other towns on the West Bank gave to their children to celebrate as our Twin Towers collapsed in flames. The towns controlled by the Palestinian Authority erupted in street demonstrations of ecstasy over the murder of 3,000 Americans by Islamist terrorists. Police and street vendors shot off their rifles into the air they were so overjoyed. When the Associated Press took photos of these events, their reporters and cameramen were threatened with death.
President Obama wants Israel to return to the pre-1967 borders, with much of Judea and Samaria turned over to the PLO. That would put Jerusalem and Tel Aviv within easy range of Hamas rockets. For Hamas would undoubtedly win the very next election after the PLO forms a state.
The late Abba Evan called those pre-1967 border “the Auschwitz borders.” Moderate Israeli leader as he was, this urbane, internationally-minded Foreign Minister knew how to make a point. The borders that President Obama proposed as the basis for negotiation between Israelis and their genocidal enemies would spell extinction for the Jewish people.
Israel’s national anthem is called Ha Tikva (The Hope). And there is hope. While some EU diplomats speak of seeing the settlements in Judea and Samaria “from my helicopter,” more and more Americans -- especially young Christians -- are visiting Israel and learning firsthand what the truth is on the ground. They will learn why there is “No Zionism without Zion.”