1 Nov 2021

Watch Your Back

I have always been puzzled by the worldview of diplomats, to some degree. Most in our world today have zero biblical worldview, which is why the numbskull Oslo Accords have festered for 30 years.

When your philosophy is shaped outside the Bible, you cannot make good decisions based in reality. That explains more than anything else the absolute disaster in Washington today.

Before the coup in November, Donald Trump had done marvelous things for our country and for allies such as Israel. He was quite literally shaping a new Middle East, one based in reality. Now that one of the coup leaders, Joe Biden, is the face of the regime, we are seeing profoundly stupid decisions being made all across the board.

This week came word that the U.S. regime will install a consulate office in Jerusalem for the Palestinians. This turns the clock back years, to the repeatedly failed efforts of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. By propping-up a terrorist organization, the PA/PLO, they take away Israel’s legitimacy in their ancient capital.

A piece in the Gatestone Institute explains this all very well:

“Biden plans to open a consulate in Jerusalem. This may seem like just another diplomatic facility to issue visas, promote trade and take care of US citizens, with no greater consequence than the US consulate in Edinburgh, UK. But it is far more than a mere office for paper-shuffling diplomats. It amounts to a de facto US embassy to the Palestinians on Israeli territory. Its true purpose is to undermine Israeli sovereignty in its own capital city and will jeopardise future prospects for peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs.

“The Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, understands the implications only too well. In a recent interview, he triumphantly predicted that the new consulate would re-divide Jerusalem.

“After the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital in 2018, it subsumed the existing consulate in the city to form a single diplomatic mission. This was achieved under the administration of President Donald J. Trump and that, together with a profound misunderstanding of the dynamics of peace, explains Biden’s determination to re-open the consulate. He has devoted much of his presidency so far to undoing everything he could of Trump’s work, with the exception of the Afghanistan debacle, over which he uniquely claims to have been bound by Trump’s previous plans.”

The problem here is, the consulate isn’t a collective effort; it is for the Palestinians. And I would disagree with one word in the Gatestone piece: I don’t believe Biden’s handlers have a “misunderstanding” of the issue. This is an extended problem: not calling a spade a spade. These are totalitarians that know perfectly well what they’re doing. These are left-wing ideologues, in the Soviet tradition, and they very well understand the implications of their pressure on Israel.

I listened with irritation recently to hear retired U.S. diplomat Dennis Ross finally sound tough on these kinds of issues—decades after he helped craft failed policy after failed policy. I consider that Western diplomats and heads of state have Jewish blood on their hands these last 50-odd years. They wouldn’t get out of the way and let Trump finish the job.

Now, Palestinian “leaders” will do what they do best (besides killing Jews): double-down on any real efforts at peace. They will continue working toward the destruction of Israel. Several years ago in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, I bought a small refrigerator magnet, a map of the entirety of Israel. It was labeled “Palestine.” Why is even this seemingly little thing allowed by the Israelis? Those items should be melted down and remade into Magen Davids.

The Palestinians have been rewarded for sick behavior and now it will continue. It goes without saying the lawless Obama/Biden regime currently operating at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is breaking international law, which does not allow the opening of a consulate without the host nation’s consent. One would hope Naftali Bennett, who himself took part in a soft political coup against Netanyahu, will stand up for his country on this issue.

It’s interesting. As we speed toward the conclusion of history, the Washington regime insists on taking us back to the darker days of pro Palestinian diplomacy.

It’s just one more thing they will answer for in the next life.

Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Oct 2021

From Russia With…?

Israel’s relationship with Russia has always been uneven, at best.

From the time of the czars, at least, anti-Semitism has been a scourge in that remote, gigantic country. As I’ve stated before, Benzion Netanyahu once told me, “Russia hated the Jews before she knew them.” Meaning, of course, that the reason for the hatred is something not often considered. I believe it is a spiritual sickness alluded to in the Garden of Eden.

I once met Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident that was eventually released from a gulag and allowed to emigrate to Israel. This was due to years of diplomatic pressure by and including key Democrats in Washington. The diminutive Sharansky is a moral giant, and his serene nature almost surprised me. He had endured.

We know of course that pogroms in Europe in the last century and beyond were horrific. The Soviets, a brutal regime, ground some Jewish communities to powder.

And yet, in November 1947, Russia was one of the 33 “yes” votes to the Partition of Palestine, thus giving the Jews a much-earned state. I’ve always wondered about that, and we can come up with geopolitical reasons, but I like to think that they gave consent because God wanted them to. The stones crying out and all that.

Some of us are old enough to remember the Soviet bloc countries and the breakup of the old Soviet Union, around 1990. Boris Yeltsin was probably a sincere, but drunken leader.

Then stepped Putin onto the world stage. A KGB officer, Putin is an evil man, to this day. His sometimes gestures toward peace mask an agenda that has a single focus: make Russia the dominant world power. Even though the Kremlin is no longer blood red, it’s still pretty red.

And so it is interesting to learn this week that Naftali Bennett, who stole the premiership in Israel away from Benjamin Netanyahu, is continuing the Israeli policy of almost deference to Putin.

(This is not unlike their too-chummy relationship with China.)

Bennett said that Putin is “attentive” to Israel’s security needs. This is probably akin to thanking Tony Soprano for not killing you as he takes protection money.

Bennett mentioned the need for coordination with the Russian presence in Syria, as Israel routinely launches strikes against Iranian proxies in that hellish country.

The Jerusalem Post reported it this way:

“The meeting on Friday, which Bennett said ‘was very good and went very in-depth,’ continued far longer than planned, causing the prime minister, who observes Shabbat, and his delegation to remain in Russia until Saturday night.

“’Israel’s foreign relations are in full swing,’ Bennett said. ‘This government is opening a lot of new doors for Israel in the world – and we are, of course, strengthening the existing and good relations with many countries.

“’It’s always heartening to see how much our country is valued and how much we have to contribute to the world,’ he said.”

Maybe so, but many of us watching this all through a prophetic lens know that the day is coming when the Russian Bear will not be so “attentive to Israel’s security needs.” In fact, those needs will be punctured with a coalition army that will find its doom on the mountains of Israel.

 

Until then, let’s celebrate at least this “cold peace,” this cessation of hostilities between Russia and Israel. The Soviets backed Israel’s Cold War enemies, and now have a warm-weather port in Syria.

 

Gog rising?

 

Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com