h/t Heidi Allen
Friday, April 04, 2008
JOHN McCAIN- A TRUE FRIEND OF ISRAEL?Dear Friends,
Letter from Ruth Matar (Women in Green) Jerusalem
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
US Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Tuesday, March 18, in an exclusive interview with The Jerusalem Post: “The success of Hamas and Hizbullah in the region is not only a danger for Israel, but also a threat to United States national interests.”
“If Hamas/Hizbullah succeeds here, they are going to succeed everywhere, not only in the Middle East, but everywhere. Israel isn't the only enemy,” Arizona Senator McCain said, in the only interview he gave to the Israeli media during his visit here.
“They are dedicated to the extinction of everything that the US, Israel and the West believe and stand for. So America does have an interest in what happens here, far above and beyond our alliance with the State of Israel.” Mr. McCain further said that while he would never tell Israel not to speak to Hamas, he was personally against it.
“Someone is going to have to answer me the question of how you are going to negotiate with an organization that is dedicated to your extinction,” McCain said in a lounge in Jerusalem’s David Citadel Hotel, as senators Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina listened.
McCain, who has been here on numerous occasions since his first visit in 1979, was careful about dispensing advice or coming across as dictating policy to the Israeli government.
“I really think that we should understand that the US and Israel are partners. Israel is not a client of the United States,” he said. “If you are partners, then you don't dictate what you think the terms of the survival of a nation should be.”
Asked whether Israel was using the right tactics in trying to quell the rocket fire on Sderot and the western Negev, McCain praised defense minister Ehud Barak, terming him “one of the great military people he has met”- and added, “I can't give you a good answer as to how you respond to these rocket attacks.”
But, he then said dryly, “I can tell you that I believe that if rocket attacks came across the border of the United States of America, that the American people would probably demand pretty vigorous actions in response. I think I know my constituency in the state of Arizona, and they would be pretty exercised if rockets came across our southern border.”
(The foregoing are excerpts from an article in the Jerusalem Post, March 18, 2008.) Reading these statements of John McCain, I became a strong admirer of his.
At this point I want to introduce myself to those who are not familiar with me and my weekly email articles, which are sent to an extensive email list. I am now an elderly lady. I am a holocaust survivor, who at the age of nine was able to escape from Hitler’s death machine, together with my older brother and sister, on a Kinder Transport to Sweden. My parents were subsequently able to cross the border to Italy illegally, on foot and in the dark. We were reunited in the United States after the war, where we became naturalized American citizens. (In 1954 I married an American Jewish lawyer, who had enlisted in the army at the beginning of World War II to fight the Nazis, but was instead sent to fight the Japanese.)
We were not able to escape Austria as a family, as the doors of every country in the world were closed to the Jewish people, even the doors of Palestine, which had been designated as the British Mandate of Palestine.
Britain’s Double Standard
To Britain’s great shame, it allowed Arabs to enter the British Mandate of Palestine with ease, but tried their very best to keep the Jews out.
In the words of Anthony Eden in 1943: “If we must have preferences, let me murmur in your ear that I prefer Arabs to Jews.” Anthony Eden was Britain’s Foreign Secretary for three periods between 1935 and 1955, including WWII. He subsequently served as Prime Minister from 1955 to 1957.
Because of Britain’s double standard, many European Jews perished in the Holocaust.
There is a very special reason why I will do my utmost to convince my family and friends in the US to vote for John McCain in the upcoming election, as well as bringing out the Absentee Vote for him of Americans living in Israel. John McCain visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, on his recent trip to Israel. He is reported to have written in the Guest Book, “NEVER AGAIN.” And I do think he is sincere.
With John McCain as president of the United States, I believe that we Jews can count on him to protect Israel’s sovereignty and not to divide the Holy land. As it is written in the book of Genesis, in the Bible, G-d gave this Land to the Jewish People as an everlasting inheritance.
With Blessings and Love for Israel,
For your information, I include an article from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
British Mandate of Palestine
The British Mandate for Palestine, sometimes referred to as the Mandate of Palestine, was a League of Nations Mandate created after the First World War when the Ottoman Empire was split by the Treaty of S vres.
At the 1920 San Remo conference of the Allied Supreme Council, at which the Mandates were granted, the precise boundaries of all
territories, including that of the British Mandate of Palestine, were left unspecified, to "be determined by the Principal Allied Powers" and were not completely finalized until four years later. However, it was clear that the boundary of Britain's mandate for Palestine was to extend eastward to the western boundary of its mandate for Mesopotamia. As drafted at the San Remo Conference, the British Mandate of Palestine comprised territory in modern-day Jordan, Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In 1921, the
Transjordan (later Jordan) was split off to be administered separately, a move formalized by the addition of a September 1922 clause to the charter governing the Mandate for Palestine.
The objective of the League of Nations Mandate system was to administer parts of the then defunct Ottoman Empire, which had been in control of the Middle East since the 16th century, "until such time as they are able to stand alone."
The borders of the Mandate for Palestine extended from the Mediterranean Sea to the west, the British Mandate of Mesopotamia to the east, the French Mandate of Lebanon to the north, the French Mandate of Syria to the northeast, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kingdom of Egypt to the southeast and southwest respectively.
The British Mandate over Palestine came to an end on 15 May 1948, heralding the start of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the establishment of Israel in 1948.
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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrapped up a two day visit to Israel and the Middle East [on March 31], but warned the Israelis that she will be monitoring them even more closely to ensure that they carry out their obligations under the Annapolis agreement.full article
Could someone tell me when Israel lost her sovereignty to the US? I am disgusted by the Bush administration's heavy handedness on Israel while appeasing and aiding the Arab Islamists who call for her destruction. With friends like us who needs enemies? I am hopeful that President McCain will be more sensible and stay out of it. Let the Israelis take care of business.
Stan Goodenough responds to Condi: Ms Rice, God is watching you.
Dear Secretary Rice
As I write this, you are making your way back home after spending two days throwing your weight around in Israel, my adopted homeland.
Yes, I know it’s your job as Secretary of State; you have a president to please. You speak for the world’s number one superpower. And of course you have your reputation to think of and your destiny to fulfill.
I know, too, that you will never read this, and it is doubtful that anyone near you will either. Unlike you, I do not have any earthly power; people will obviously not hang onto my every word, circulating and commenting on what I say.
But that’s okay. I’m going to write you anyway. Because just as you are obligated (unless you want to lose your post) to represent and communicate the position of your boss, I am obligated to represent and communicate the position of mine. I can choose to ignore what you say, and you can choose to ignore what I say. The choice to speak out, and to take heed, is always ours.
All Christians who believe the Bible and strive to live by it are responsible for conveying its truths. We have a calling, a duty, a responsibility; and a day is coming when we will have to give an account.
I therefore feel bound to tell you, Madam Secretary, that ever since you set your sights on implementing the two-state vision that aims to create an Arab state on biblically and historically Jewish land, you have been playing with fire; potentially with eternal fire, and not just with your own life, but with the life and future of your nation.
You need to know this.
I know you go to church and I assume you read the Book of books. If so, you may remember the account in the 21st chapter of 1 Chronicles, where David, a God-appointed king, saw tens of thousands of his own subjects die as a direct result of his deliberate decision to ignore the Lord’s injunction not to take a census in Israel.
As Israelites were dropping like flies around him, David cried out to God saying: “Was it not I who commanded the people to be numbered? I am the one who has sinned and done evil indeed; but these sheep, what have they done?”
A man after God’s own heart, he had the moral courage to add: “Let Your hand, I pray, O LORD my God, be against me and my father’s house, but not against Your people that they should be plagued.”
Ms. Rice, like David, you and your president have been raised to your positions by that same God. It is He who “removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:21).
At the same time there was a national responsibility and a national consequence. The Israelites asked for a king and got David. Americans voted for a president and they got Mr Bush, who appointed you. Just as the Israelites were subject to David’s authority, Americans are subject to the authority represented by the White House and its administration.
What I want to convey in the strongest possible terms is this: Just as the Israelites bore the consequences of the actions of their leaders, your American people are bearing the consequences of your actions, particularly your actions in the Middle East, into which the Bush administration was drawn against its will, but which it has now made its top priority as its time in office runs out.
“I hope that President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert can sign an agreement before the end of my presidency [in January] that defines a clearly-outlined Palestinian state,” the German daily Die Welt quoted Bush as saying yesterday.
And, speaking on the same day here in Jerusalem, you let Israel know that you “intend to be much more systematic about what is being promised and what is being done” by Israel to facilitate this. You are “expecting it to happen very very soon.”
Then, in Amman, Jordan this morning, standing next to veteran terrorist leader Mahmoud Abbas - who used violence against civilians to generate support like yours for his “cause” - you denounced Israel for settling Jews in Samaria and Judea.
“We continue to state America’s position that settlement activity should stop, that its expansion should stop – that is indeed not consistent with Road Map obligations,” you said.
That’s a good solid biblical word, “settlements.” If I may, I’d like to draw your attention to two more Bible verses:
In Isaiah 14:1 it says: “For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and SETTLE them in their own land” [emphasis mine].
And through Ezekiel in chapter 34, God says: “And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL” [emphasis again mine].
Do you see the phrase “the mountains of Israel?” Do you know where these are? The mountains of Israel are Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights, the very parts of the Land of Israel you are working to sever from Jewish “occupation.”
Occupation? It is THEIR God-given land; it has never been the “Palestinians!’”
Bottom line: It is not the Israeli government that is behind the settlement activity in Judea and Samaria. It’s the LORD God Himself.
Moving on, I was interested to read that, while you planned to give Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu just 15 minutes of your time on this visit here- an expected courtesy perhaps - what he had to tell you, as he spoke of the dire consequences of giving Judea and Samaria to the Arabs, compelled you to spend at least an hour with him.
“I brought her information from security officials and intelligence indicating that Hamas could take over the West Bank and create what is essentially an Iranian base there,” Netanyahu told reporters after that meeting.
In other words you can never say that you were not warned - and not for the first time - of the very probable outcome of what you are forcing Israel to do.
I say forcing, because it is what you are doing; and you are building on what Israel has been forced to do - through diplomatic blackmail and not-always-so-veiled threats - by the presidents and secretaries of state that have preceded you.
With respect, your argument that the US is only doing what Israel’s governments are in agreement about doing is deceptive. The overwhelming majority of those in Israel who today go along with land-for-peace and the creation of Palestine ONLY do so because they have been pushed and pressured by America for decades to do so.
The buck for this stops in the Oval Office - and at Foggy Bottom. And please don’t protest about all the good things America has done for Israel - your “friend” and “ally” in the Middle East. There is little that is laudable about giving support to someone while aiding his enemies in their efforts to kill him.
I come back to what I said about the consequences of your actions to your nation.
As you are flying home, Madam Secretary, the Fox Extreme Weather Center is reporting multiple tornado warnings and unrelenting flooding hitting great swathes of your country.
The weather, which has been excessive for weeks on end, with “freak tornadoes” brought about by “record-breaking warm winter weather” rampaging through towns and cities - is today being described as “brutal.”
Here in Israel we are watching pictures of destroyed homes in Oklahoma City and other parts of what the forecasters call “America’s heartland” and more damage is reportedly on the way.
“The weather is training through this region, storm after storm, flashflood warnings, six to eight inches of snow, and a possible uncontrollable tornado breakout lashing the country tomorrow.” Instead of March “roaring in like a lion and going out like a lamb,” said Fox, the month was roaring out an even bigger lion than it came in.
And the second story topping the news? The most sweeping regulatory power being brought into play by the Treasury in America since the Great Depression.
I don’t need to tell you about what has happened to your dollar; what your people are now paying for gas. How Vice President Dick Cheney had to go to Saudi Arabia, cap in hand, and ask for a favor to keep that price-per-barrel from going out of control.
Bible believers read that God will require at America’s hand, and at the hands of all those nations who participate in this process, an answer for its dividing up of the Land of Israel and the scattering of its people.
Ms. Rice, I know it will require a superhuman ability you likely do not have within yourself. But for the sake of your nation and for the sake of your ultimate legacy, it is my deep and earnest hope that you will recognize the error of the way in which you are set, and turn from this path before it is too late.
Yours, as a lover of Zion and a lover of the United States
Stan Goodenough - a Jerusalem Watchman