I had to spend a good part of Christmas Eve morning in my “Mighty Thor” pajamas, sipping extra strong coffee in the dark while writing a column I had not planned to write -- because America’s “Wreck it Ralph” was at it again. This time, President Obama has decided to give Israel one last (we can only pray) kick in the behind before he leaves office.
On December 23, the U.N. Security Council brought a resolution to a vote basically declaring that settlements Israel had built on and occupied since 1967 have “no legal validity." The Obama administration took the bizarre and unprecedented move to turn its back on Israel when it declined to veto the resolution, which serves to end Jewish settlement building and threatens to plow Israel back to its 1967 borders, potentially leaving them indefensible.
And the enemies of God’s chosen people cheered.
I’m sorry to be the one to break the bad news to Israel’s enemies, but Bible scripture clearly states Israel will never be indefensible, because God is on its side.
Zechariah 2:8 says those who touch Israel “touch the apple of his eye.” And Isaiah 43: “…O Israel, fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you won’t be burned…For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly responded to the U.N. action, saying the resolution was nothing more than “old world bias against Israel,” and said the resolution is out-of-whack because it stipulates the Western Wall and Jewish quarter are “occupied” territories.
Call it “occupied” or whatever they wish, but Israel is the land God promised through a covenant to Abraham with specificity in Genesis 15, confirming it to his son, Isaac, in Genesis 26 and then to Isaac’s son, Jacob, in Genesis 28. Deuteronomy 1:8 reiterates that promise: “See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers – to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – and to their descendants after them.”
One would think that with so little time left until January 20, Wreck-it-Ralph Obama would concentrate on something productive like fixing his legacy problems rather than steamrolling over our longstanding and faithful ally in the Middle East. After all, coddling our enemies made Israel (and the world) less safe. Obama’s legacy includes the bloodbath that is Syria, ISIS, and an empowered Iran with nuclear capabilities, to name a few. With “friends” like that, Israel needs no new enemies.
The United Nations is a despicable waste of U.S. taxpayer dollars so maybe now is the perfect time for the United States to exit the United Nations and kick the U.N. out of the U.S. Maybe Trump could buy the U.N. building and turn it into a presidential library and museum with a special section allocated for Israeli memorabilia when he leaves office in 2025.
So, hang on Israel, there’s hope. With January 20, 2017, just around the corner, please know that you have a friend in us, and an American president-elect who will stand with Israel and rebuild that which the Obama administration sought to demolish.