Last night I was watching the news with great sadness as I observed the continuing assault on Israel. Since Monday, Hamas has fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel and now riots are breaking out inside Israeli cities with large Arab populations.
I get it, the Middle East is a complex tinderbox of tension between passionate religious groups, all of whom claim an eternal right to the land. First known human habitation of Israel was during the Bronze Age when the Canaanites, part of the New Kingdom of Egypt lived in this region. It was the Egyptian Pharaoh Merneptah who first gave the land the name Israel in 1269 BC. As early as 1,000 BC the Israelites and Philistines, who lived in nearby Gaza, were at war with each other. Thus, the beginning of the on-going struggle between Israel and her enemies.
I mention this only to remind everyone that this struggle has been on-going for thousands of years. Jerusalem is the Holy City for Jews, Christians and Muslims. All three religions consider Abraham as the father to their religion, which makes Jerusalem significant to each.
Temple Mount in Jerusalem, blessed by Abraham, was the seat of the Kingdom of David. David is buried there. King Solomon built the Temple of God on the Temple Mount. Jerusalem is the sacred center of Judaism. For Christians, Jerusalem is the city in which Jesus preached and was ultimately crucified. Muslims believe Jerusalem to be the Holy City where Muhammad ascended into heaven. Thus, the triad of conflict over the Old City of Jerusalem and the struggles over its control.
Add to this the tension created by a desire to establish a Palestinian state. Today, Palestinians, largely Muslim by faith, seek to establish a homeland in the area known as Israel.
What have Democrats done in the past 20 years to strengthen the right of Israel to exist as a free and internationally accepted nation? Nothing.
Which brings me back to the mounting violence being seen in Israel this past week. What we are witnessing right now is a direct result of the feckless leadership from Washington. More about that later.
The unanswerable question: Why do most Jews vote Democrat? I have asked this question of my Jewish friends for decades. I’ve heard many reasons. The one that seems most common is the fear that conservatives in America may trend towards the discriminatory fascism that resulted in the murder of millions of Jews under the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler.
To my Jewish friends who may believe this, I can only say that you fundamentally misunderstand the guiding principles of modern American conservatism. Twenty-first century conservatism supports individual liberties, not collective socialism, and a commitment to smaller government with less control over people rather than greater government control that can lead towards mass abuse of power against select groups, like the current divisive progressive Democrat push to divide America based on the color of a person’s skin. As people who have experienced the holocaust by the hand of government, Jews supporting Democrats in modern America makes no sense.
What have Democrats done in the past 20 years to strengthen the right of Israel to exist as a free and internationally accepted nation? Nothing. In fact, Democrats have emboldened those who wish to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth. Hamas and Hezbollah, armed by Iran, have grown stronger under Democrats.
The anti-Israel crowd will try to blame Israel for the violence. They will ignore the fact that Hamas started the fight, just as they did in 2014.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed in 2015 by the Democratic Obama Administration provided a clear pathway for Iran to develop nuclear weapons that can be used against Israel and Europe to blackmail western society to accept Iran hegemony across the Middle East and the eventual destruction of Israel. Democrats supported the JCPOA, which also provided Iran with over $150 billion used to develop arms for use against Israel.
Despite the positive steps by the Trump Administration to exit the JCPOA, the Biden Administration has signaled to Iran a willingness to reenter the agreement. That has bolstered Iran’s aggressive behavior in the Persian Gulf and fueled the recent Hamas attacks against Israel.
Once again, Israel must deal with violent attacks against their nation by Hamas and Iranian sponsored terrorists. Iran is the arms supplier to Hamas. Just today the leader of Hamas in Gaza proclaimed: “If it wasn’t for Iran’s support, we would not have had these capabilities.”
The anti-Israel crowd will try to blame Israel for the violence. They will ignore the fact that Hamas started the fight, just as they did in 2014. However, the anti-Israel Democrats will continue spewing their anti-semitic dribble to stir up more violence. Just look at their mouthpieces. Representatives Omar Ilhan (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) are blatantly antisemitic, as are many other Democrat members of Congress. Remind me again why Democrats have received the Jewish vote these past 20 years?
There is no more critical a time than now to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
America has long been one of the strongest supporters of Israel, but it was never stronger than between 2017 and 2020. During those years, United States resolute diplomacy and military strength in the Middle East led to containment of Iran. During this period, the United States brokered the Abraham Accords Declaration, bringing peace between Israel and many Arab states like the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Bahrain and Sudan. These years provided relative peace for Israel, primarily because of the global realization that the United States would respond in kind if Israel were attacked.
The Abraham Accords was the most significant step towards peace in the Middle East since President Jimmy Carter signed the Camp David Accords peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978. Hopefully, the violence we are now witnessing against Israel, fueled and armed by Iran, may coalesce the Arab world to further unite with Israel to stop the international terrorist aggression of the Persian State of Iran. Again, this is not new history, as the Arabs and Persians have fought numerous wars over centuries. This is just a continuation of the past with Israel now the centerpiece of the struggle.
For the record, I grew up in a community with a large Jewish population. I had many Jewish friends and dated a Jewish girl. I have been a supporter of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) for decades. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” is from Psalm 122:6. It represents the mission of the IFCJ. There is no more critical a time than now to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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I have visited Israel three times, first visit as the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Commissioner. I was part of a homeland security group that went to Israel to learn about their approach to stopping terrorism. My second visit was as President and CEO of Alaska Aerospace, where I presented the benefits of the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) to Israel, which culminated with Israel conducting test operations of the Arrow III missile defense system at PSCA in 2018.
My last visit was as a tourist. Anne Marie and I not only visited Jerusalem, but we also drove around the country to meet their people, visit historical sites and to learn about the threat of extinction they face every day as a country. It makes one much more appreciative of the sacrifices they make to sustain their faith and independence.
Sadly, as I close this piece, the Israeli Defense Force is, once again, preparing to enter the Gaza Strip to restore peace. Just 120 days into the Biden Administration and the Middle East is on fire, with the Iranian goal being the elimination of Israel. It didn’t have to be this way. Just like the border crisis created by the Biden Administration, callous message projecting has emboldened Iran to use their proxies to destabilize the Middle East and wage war against the region’s most successful democracy.
I ask again, why do so many Jews vote for Democrats? Maybe it’s finally time to vote Republican!
The views expressed here are those of the author.