On March 3rd, 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the United States Congress. Simply put, he is trying to stop the Iranians from building nuclear weapons. His country’s very existence is on the line.
Critics say this is grandstanding to garner more votes in an upcoming election, or that it’s an attempt to undermine Obama. The anti-Semites are out in force as well. Don’t be deceived. This is one of the bravest, most daring moves undertaken by a national leader in modern times and the entire human race stands to benefit. Some are comparing Netanyahu to Churchill in the 1930s, like Steve Forbes:
Like Winston Churchill in the 1930s with Nazi Germany, Netanyahu has been sounding the alarm about Iran’s ominous nuclear and terrorist activities.
It’s a message much of Europe and even segments of the US, particularly in the Obama administration, don’t want to hear. The President has made clear his intense dislike of Israel’s prime minister and his refusal to keep quiet about Obama’s desire to conclude a Neville Chamberlain-like deal with Teheran. In a flagrant interference in another country’s election, Obama operatives are working hard in Israel to help bring down the courageous Prime Minister.
Congress needs to hear first-hand the truth about what Iran is doing and the dreadful implications of those activities.
Netanyahu’s boldness and purpose was aptly analyzed by Joel Rosenberg, an expert on the Middle East, as well:
Because he understands something too few in the West do – that the most serious threat we face today is not simply from “Radical Islam,” but from “Apocalyptic Islam.”
“I think the West misunderstood, and still misunderstands, the threat” posed by Iran, Mr. Netanyahu told me during a 2007 interview for a documentary film I was producing.
“It is a fanatic, messianic ideology that seeks to have an apocalyptic battle for world supremacy with the West. It seeks to correct what it sees as an accident of history, where the West has risen, and Islam had declined. The correction is supposed to be done by the resurrection of an Islamic empire and the acquisition of nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear weapons, if necessary, to obliterate Islam’s enemies, and to subjugate the rest.”
Why do I stand with Israel? Here are some of the reasons, from my 2012 post Stand With Israel:
Because I believe in freedom
Because I believe in democratic republics
Because I believe in the rights of women and children
Because I don’t believe in supporting terrorism, madmen, hatred, bigotry, dictators, bullies, or anyone calling for an entire race of people to be wiped from the face of the earth
Because we’ve already learned what happens when genocidal maniacs target the Jews
Because I don’t believe that the horrors of the past should be repeated
Because God said these are His people and He will bless those who bless them
Because this tiny country is a blazing beacon of hope in a sea of darkness
Because America needs a strong ally in the Middle East
Because I believe that peace will rule if Israel is not attacked
Because my faith was born in this region and its Leader will return to it again
Because Christians by nature should stand against anti-Semitism
Because their very survival is an example of God’s divine intervention
Because it is through their people that the greatest promises God has ever made have been and will continue to be fulfilled I stand with Israel.
This is one American who is proud to stand with Israel and defend their right to defend themselves. I would never stand idly by if someone were desiring to hurt or kill my family and I and I don’t expect the nation of Israel to do that either.
Israel, know that there are many Americans who stand with you and we are sending prayers to heaven on your behalf.
I don’t believe it’s an accident that Netanyahu’s speech is falling on the eve of Purim, the Jewish holiday that celebrates their deliverance from genocide through Esther. Prophecy News Watch had a fascinating article about this:
Some religious leaders have noted that the same kind of break in protocol was key to the Jews’ redemption in the Book of Esther. The Jewish holiday of Purim, which this year is celebrated March 5, marks Esther’s success in her mission to thwart Haman’s destructive plan.
“Remarkably, this is not the first time the issue of protocol lies at the heart of an Iranian threat to destroy the Jewish people,” Yeshiva University Professor Rabbi Benjamin Blech wrote in an article for the Jewish educational organization Aish Hatorah. “There is biblical precedent. Eerily echoing today’s story, the Book of Esther recounts the first recorded instance of attempted genocide against Jews in the ancient empire of Persia, today known as Iran.”
The article goes on to hit on the heart of this whole matter:
Goldberg recalled a lesson shared by the late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, considered one of the leading rabbinical figures of Orthodox Judaism. Purim is often celebrated as commemorating a miracle, but Soloveitchik offered a unique view on what the real miracle was.
“A madman rose and articulated his intentions to destroy the Jewish people. The miracle was that we didn’t ignore him, we didn’t excuse him, and we didn’t seek to reinterpret him. The miracle was that we actually believed him and sought to do something about it,” Goldberg wrote, citing Soloveitchik’s lesson.
Standing with Israel, an ally and beacon of freedom in a tumultuous region in which people are being raped, beheaded, enslaved, burned to death, and otherwise exterminated, is a no brainer to me. Yet our government is trying to negotiate with madmen who put on a good front but have insidious ulterior motives.
Netanyahu is trying to prevent nuclear annihilation. What would you do if extremists wanted to kill you and everyone like you? Stand back and let others who might not have your best interests in mind try to work out some mutually agreeable deal? No. You would do whatever you have to do to stop them. This is what he, King Abdullah of Jordan, and Egyptian President al-Sisi are trying to do.
Amidst Obama retreat from Mideast, three regional leaders are forming a quiet but fiercely determined alliance against Iran & ISIS. Israeli PM Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah II & Egyptian President el-Sisi face high stakes. Will they succeed?
Ultimately, I must revisit my 2013 post Caprica is Burning to detail why it’s so important that Bibi Netanyahu be taken seriously and treated with respect.
This is a time that our nation’s leaders must be making uncompromising, unequivocal, fearless statements that we will not tolerate these threats. It doesn’t matter what party they are; their top priority should be the defense of the American people. We should be strategically eliminating these threats before they can carry out their arrogant promises. We should make an example of them before other megalomaniacs become so bold.
I will conclude with the same video I posted then, a depiction of nuclear war from the sci fi series Battlestar Galactica. Yes, without decisive action, this is our possible future.
You can also contact Prime Minister Netanyahu via his website and let him know his resolve is appreciated.
Peace is purchased from strength. It’s not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats. -Benjamin Netanyahu
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