The Watchman On The Wall

The Watchman On The Wall
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Verse 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Friday, December 30, 2016

A Stumbling Block For All The Nations Of The World

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one of the worst things "The Great Agitator and Kerry did was take away Israel's negotiating position. All Israel has to give is her land and the U.S. took that away from Israel by automatically siding with the Palestinians. In essence what the U.S. and UN preemptorily did was take away Israel's land. I think this move foreshadows a larger war in the Middle East and demonstrates that when push comes to shove Israel has no friends in the world.

Pat Buchanan wrote this article. 
Did the community organizer from Harvard Law just deliver some personal payback to the IDF commando?

By abstaining on that Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal and invalid, raged Bibi Netanyahu, O’bomber "failed to protect Israel in this gang-up at the UN, and colluded with it."

O’bummer's people, charged Bibi, "initiated this resolution, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed."

White House aide Ben Rhodes calls the charges "falsehoods."

Hence, we have an Israeli leader castigating an American president as a backstabber and betrayer, while the White House calls Bibi a liar.

This is a serious matter.

By standing with the sworn enemies of Israel to enable the passage of this destructive, one-sided anti-Israel rant and tirade, O’bomber showed his colors."

But unfortunately for Israel, the blow was delivered by friends as well as "sworn enemies."

The U.S. abstained, but Britain, whose Balfour Declaration of 1917 led to the Jewish state in Palestine, voted for the resolution.

As did France, which allied with Israel in the Sinai-Suez campaign of 1956 to oust Egypt's Col. Nasser, and whose aircraft were indispensable to Israel's victory in the Six-Day War of 1967.

Putin, who has worked with Bibi and was rewarded with Israel's refusal to support sanctions on Russia for Crimea and Ukraine, also voted for the resolution.

Egypt, whose Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was welcomed by Bibi after his coup against the Muslim Brotherhood president, and who has collaborated with Bibi against terrorists in Sinai and Gaza, also voted yes.

China voted yes as did Ukraine. New Zealand and Senegal, both of which have embassies in Tel Aviv, introduced the resolution.

Despite Israel's confidential but deepening ties with Sunni Arab states that share her fear and loathing of Iran, not a single Security Council member stood by her and voted against condemning Israel's presence in Arab East Jerusalem and the Old City. Had the resolution gone before the General Assembly, support would have been close to unanimous.

While this changes exactly nothing on the ground in the West Bank or East Jerusalem where 600,000 Israelis now reside, it will have consequences, and few of them will be positive for Israel.

The resolution will stimulate and strengthen the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, which has broad support among U.S. college students, Bernie Sanders Democrats and the international left.

If Israel does not cease expanding West Bank settlements, she could be hauled before the International Criminal Court and charged with war crimes.

Already, J Street, the liberal Jewish lobby that backs a two-state solution in Palestine — and has been denounced by Donald Trump's new envoy to Israel David Friedman as "far worse than kapos," the Jewish guards at Nazi concentration camps — has endorsed the resolution.

The successful resolution is also a reflection of eroding support for Israel at the top of the Democratic Party, as a two-term president and a presidential nominee, Secretary of State John Kerry, were both behind it.

Republicans are moving to exploit the opening by denouncing the resolution and the U.N. and showing solidarity with Israel. Goal: Replace the Democratic Party as the most reliable ally of Israel, and reap the rewards of an historic transfer of Jewish political allegiance.

That Sen. George McGovern was seen as pro-Palestinian enabled Richard Nixon to double his Jewish support between 1968 and 1972.

That Jimmy Carter was seen as cold to Israel enabled Ronald Reagan to capture more than a third of the Jewish vote in 1980, on his way to a 44-state landslide.

Moreover, U.S. acquiescence in this resolution puts Bibi in a box at home. Though seen here as a hawk on the settlements issue, the right wing of Bibi's coalition is far more hawkish, pushing for outright annexation of West Bank settlements. Others call for a repudiation of Oslo and the idea of an independent Palestinian state.

If Bibi halts settlement building on the West Bank, he could cause a split in his Cabinet with rightist rivals like Naftali Bennett who seek to replace him.

Here in the U.S., the U.N. resolution is seen by Democrats as a political debacle, and by many Trump Republicans as an opportunity.

Sen. Chuck Schumer has denounced Obama's refusal to veto the resolution, echoing sentiments about the world body one used to hear on America's far right.

"The U.N." said Schumer, "has been a fervently anti-Israel body since the days (it said) 'Zionism is racism' and that fervor has never diminished."

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says he will urge Congress to slash funding for the United Nations.

If the folks over at the John Birch Society (JBS) still have some of those bumper stickers — "Get the U.S. out of the U.N., and the U.N. out of the U.S.!" they might FedEx a batch over to Schumer and Graham.

The JBS may have some converts there.

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Israel has endured four major wars, countless minor wars, a media war, and a commerce war (the BDS movement, which stands for Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions against Israel).  None of these things are working for those opposed to Israel.  Zechariah 12:3 warns us "In that day I will make Jerusalem a stumbling block for all people; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth gather against it."

Pat Buchanan wrote this article. 

Donald Trump has a new best friend.

(Watchman comment: Pat does not acknowledge Biblical prophecy in this article he wrote specifically that God will make Jerusalem a stumbling block for all nations.)

Donald Trump has a new best friend.

"President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support of Israel," gushed Bibi Netanyahu, after he berated John Kerry in a fashion that would once have resulted in a rupture of diplomatic relations.

Netanyahu accused Kerry of "colluding" in and "orchestrating" an anti-Israel, stab-in-the-back resolution in the Security Council, then lying about it. He offered to provide evidence of Kerry's complicity and mendacity to President Trump.

Bibi then called in the U.S. ambassador and read him the riot act for 40 minutes. Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer charged that not only did the U.S. not "stand up to and oppose the gang-up" at the U.N., "the United States was actually behind that gang-up."

When Ben Rhodes of the National Security Council called the charges false, Dermer dismissed President Obama's man as a "master of fiction."

Query: Why is Dermer not on a plane back to Tel Aviv?

Some of us can recall how Eisenhower ordered David Ben-Gurion to get his army out of Sinai in 1957, or face sanctions.

Ben-Gurion did as told. Had he and his ambassador castigated Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, as the Israelis dissed John Kerry, Ike would have called the U.S. ambassador home.

Indeed, Ike's threat of sanctions against Prime Minister Anthony Eden's government, which had also invaded Egypt, brought Eden down.

But then Dwight Eisenhower was not Barack Obama, and the America of 1956 was a more self-respecting and more powerful nation.

Still, this week of rancorous exchanges between two nations that endlessly express their love for each other certainly clears the air.

While Kerry has been denounced for abstaining on the U.N. resolution calling Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem illegal and an impediment to peace, this has been U.S. policy for years.

And Kerry's warning in his Wednesday speech that at the end of this road of continuous settlement-building lies an Israel that is either a non-Jewish or a non-democratic state is scarcely anti-Semitic.

Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the most decorated soldier in Israel's history, has warned his countrymen, "As long as in this territory west of the Jordan River there is only one political entity called Israel, it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-Democratic."

"If the bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote" added Barak, "this will be an apartheid state." Of John Kerry's speech, Barak said, "Powerful, lucid ... World & majority in Israel think the same."

Defense Secretary-designate Gen. James Mattis warned in 2013 that Israeli settlements were leading to an "apartheid" state. (Watchman: note that Barak and Mattis do not recognize Israel’s historical right to the land. The Turks lost the land to the British during WW1 and the British lost the land to the Jews. There is no such thing as a Palestinian people and never has been. Moreover, the truth be known the Arabs and Muslims want a one state solution, they want to exterminate the state of Israel and the Jews.)

After Joe Biden visited Israel in 2010, to learn that Netanyahu just approved 1,600 new units in East Jerusalem, Gen. David Petraeus warned: "Arab anger on the Palestine question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnership with governments and people in the region."

Yet facts and reality, however unpleasant, cannot be denied.

The two-state solution is almost surely dead. Netanyahu is not going to remove scores of thousands of Jewish settlers from Judea and Samaria to cede the land to a Palestinian state. After all, Bibi opposed Ariel Sharon's removal of 8,000 Jewish settlers from Gaza. (Watchman comment: read the Watchman’s article concerning God punishing the U.S. and read what happened to Sharon and the U.S. after Sharon gave away the Gaza strip.)

How will all this impact the new Trump administration?

Having tweeted, "Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching," and having named a militant Zionist as his ambassador, Trump is certain to tilt U.S. policy heavily toward Israel.

Politically, this will bring rewards in the U.S. Jewish community.

The Republican Party will become the "pro-Israel" party, while the Democrats can be portrayed as divided and conflicted, with a left wing that is pro-Palestine, Muslim and sympathetic to sanctions on Israel.

And the problem for Trump in a full embrace of Bibi?

Britain and France, which voted for the resolution where the U.S. abstained, are going to go their separate way on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, as is the world. (Watchman comment: Pat, we know this already because Yeshua and the prophets of the Bible told us that one day Israel will stand alone and Yeshua will save her by himself.)

Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf Arabs will be pressured by their peoples and by the militant states of the region like Iran, to distance themselves from the Americans or face internal troubles.

And once U.S. pressure ends and settlement building in the West Bank proceeds, Netanyahu, his hawkish Cabinet, the Israeli lobby, the neocons and the congressional Republicans will start beating the drums for Trump to terminate what he himself has called that "horrible Iran deal."

Calls are already coming for the cancellation of the sale of 80 Boeing jets to Iran. Yet, any U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal, or re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, will further split us off from our European allies. Not only did Britain and France vote for the Security Council resolution, both are party, as is Germany, to the Iran deal.

Having America publicly reassert herself as Israel's best friend, with "no daylight" between us, could have us ending up as Israel's only friend — and Israel as our only friend in the Middle East.

Bibi's Israel First policy must one day collide with America First. 
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