Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Can’t We All Be Friends?

Anyone who has been trying to figure out US foreign policy for the last four years has got to be scratching their heads. About the only obvious thing about our foreign policy is that it has been centered on the Middle East. But when our consistent support of Israel has now turned into “Israel is one of our closest allies in the Middle East” (in our president’s own words); when our president makes an “apology tour” of Muslim-dominated countries, but fails to visit Israel; when our administration keeps supporting the overthrow of governments we have previously supported in order to supplant them with Islamic regimes; when we fail to protect our own embassy staffs and call their assassinations “a bump in the road;” and when our administration employs and deploys people with known direct and indirect ties to Islamic terrorist organizations, about the only thing that we can conclude is that US foreign policy is “Can’t we all be friends?”

Regardless of what the policy is called, it is a disaster in the making. And it is getting worse. News services are now reporting that a series of covert meetings between US and Iranian representatives, initiated by the US, were held shortly after the current administration took office. The purpose of those meetings was to re-establish full diplomatic ties between the US and Iran
. One can only imagine the public outrage had we been aware of those meetings at the time. Now, the news is being leaked at a time when it will hardly be noticed.

What’s perhaps worse is that the US administration is currently attempting again to establish one-on-one talks with the Iranians under the pretense of “a last ditch effort to avert a military strike on Iran.” The good news is that the overtures in 2009 and the current ones in 2012 have been rebuffed by Iranian officials. At least we know where Iran stands.<

Iran rejected the 2009 propositions to avoid handing “a prize” to the new administration, which they have regarded as weak. Iran refused the current proposal to meet bilaterally on the basis that it did not know whom it would be dealing with after the November presidential election.

If we can’t figure out what the US foreign policy is, how do you think Israel feels? Foreign Minister Avrigdor Liberman said that he hoped the reports were not true. Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the US said, “We do not think Iran should be rewarded with direct talks, rather that sanctions and all other possible pressures on Iran must be increased.” It’s quite obvious that Israel is wary of a US policy of “Can’t we all be friends,” especially when that policy is dealing with the devil (or at least the people who call Israel the little Satan and the US the big Satan) and putting Israel at serious risk.

Not only is our foreign policy weakening our own country and playing right into the hands of the Muslims plans to take over our government, it is leaving Israel in a very uncomfortable position when she is surrounded by the very nations Mr. Obama has been cozying up to – the very nations who have declared that they will “wipe Israel off the map.”

Behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads.< They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones. They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!" (Psalm 83:2-4 ESV) The psalm becomes an imprecatory prayer as the writer asks the Lord to “Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O Lord. Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace, that they may know you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.” (Psalm 83:16-18 ESV)

It is vital that we pray for Israel and that the Lord will intervene to save her from the hand of her enemies. It is just as vital that we pray for the United States, so that we do not go down that slippery slope of “Can’t we all be friends?” to becoming numbered among her enemies. Please, please, pray for the peace of Jerusalem. (Psalm 122:6)

For more information on this topic, please see the following articles in RedState , the Times of Israel , the NewYork Times , and Maariv.

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