Aug 28, 2009

One that Calls for a Response

Jim HutchensBy Jim Hutchens

Benjamin Netanyahu said: "I reiterated Israel's commitment to peace and outlined what I believe is the winning formula for peace: a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state. They have to say unequivocally 'it's over.' We are going to make a real peace. It'll be a final peace. It will be a peace that will end all claims to further conflict.

"If we're asked to recognize a Palestinian state as the nation state of the Palestinian people, it is absolutely essential that the Palestinian leadership says to the Palestinian people 'you will have to accept Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.' Recognition is the pivot of peace. The absence of such clear and forthright expressions by the Palestinian leadership of such recognition has been what has been holding peace up and this is what the people of Israel and I think all fair minded people in the world expect."

"Jerusalem is the sovereign capital of Israel. We accept no limitations on our sovereignty....Jerusalem is not a settlement ....Jerusalem is the united capital of the Jewish people. It has only been around for 3,000 years. We recognize that there are obviously Arab residents in Jerusalem, and they enjoy all the equal rights and all the equal benefits of the Jewish residents."

God says: “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.” … “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has born? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me” (Psalm 137:5-6; Isaiah 49:15-16).

The Jerusalem Connection says: While Huckabee recognized that "he is out of the mainstream in his beliefs,” he appears closer to what is becoming mainstream in Israel. By and large the US Congress is pro-Israel. The problem is it’s to inclined to Obama’s idea of what is pro-Israel: a two-state solution with a divided Jerusalem. Not only does Huckabee’s pro-Israel stance make sense, it’s much more in sync with God’s covenant promise for a national homeland for the Jewish people. Hopefully, more of our political leaders will begin to track with Mike Huckabee and Prime Minister Netanyahu rather than President Obama.

Related Links

Palestinians must show unity in peace talks: UN chief - AFP
Mike Huckabee, Tour Guide - Atlantic Online
Poll: Obama's popularity in Israel waning - UPI
Israel Under Fire: The Prophetic Chain of Events That Threatens the Middle East - John Ankerberg/Jimmy DeYoung (Book)