The Wrong Side
Our government has made a mistake. We have chosen the wrong side. I am referring to the United States’ decision to condemn the nation of Israel for choosing to build 1,600 new houses for Jews in Ramat Shlomo, a religious settlement within the Israeli-designated borders of Jerusalem. The announcement was made last week while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel. Biden called the announcement, and its timing with his visit, an “insult.” The rhetoric on the side of the U.S. was ratcheted up over the weekend when the Obama administration demanded that Israel halt the building project immediately. All of this has led to a level of tension between the U.S. and Israel that has not been seen in decades.
Israel is showing no signs of backing down and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that “The building of those Jewish neighborhoods in no way hurt the Arabs of east Jerusalem and did not come at their expense.”
The Obama administration appears to have chosen to side with the Palestinians. They have chosen to not recognize Israel’s claim on east Jerusalem that Israel won in the 1967 war. The Bible is clear when it comes to the boundaries of Israel, land that God gave to them. Those boundaries actually extend much, much further than what Israel claims for herself today. Israel has tried the land-for-peace approach with its neighbors and it has not worked. Yet its enemies, and it appears now us, want Israel to surrender even more land.
But most frightening of all, the Obama administration does not recognize the biblical promise of God:
Genesis 12:3 (ESV)
I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
History has not been kind to those nations that sided against Israel. And history may not be kind to the United States if we stay on the wrong side.