sweeping in to positions of prominence are ghosts of past administrations.. administrations without regard for Israel's security and a disinterest of its continued existence.
james baker, a long time Jew hater is now suggesting that the best method to resolve our issues in the middle east is to force our sole ally in to a smaller box with indefensible borders. the fact that robert gates would come out and explicitly label Israel as a nuclear power is inexcusable. the fact that this man is now our secretary of defense should concern us greatly.
i think that george bush is a man of great faith, however, i am concerned by his judgment since re-election. the united states has been blessed more than any country in the history of the world. these blessings are from God because of our foundation in his values and in his Son's name. We have also been the lone voice of support for Israel. if we back off our support for Israel, if we force them in to giving up land granted to them by God, then i fear for the country.
it is clearly stated in Genesis 12:3, "And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." we abandon Israel at our own peril. we are already legislation and litigating God out of our day to day lives, so i suppose it only makes sense that we would finally abandon God's chosen people. unfortunately, we will be judged for our actions as a nation who claims 'in God we trust'.
it is sad that when pressed, a once great people who stood for something now choose to negotiate with terrorist and murderers rather than stand and do what is right. but anymore, doing what is right is far to difficult for some and impossible for others. for those 'others' have no sense of right and wrong, just what is convenient.
DEBKAfile: Robert GatesÂ reference to an Israeli nuclear weapon was synchronized with BakerÂs exclusion of Israel from a Mid East conference. The Senate confirms Gates in defense by 95-2 vote
December 7, 2006, 5:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
The pair is pursuing a new policy line which sacrifices the traditional US-Israeli alliance for the sake of wooing Iran, Syria and IraqÂs neighbors for help in Iraq. During his senate hearings, Gates confirmed - and indirectly justified - IranÂs quest for a nuclear weapon by declaring that the Islamic Republic Iran wants the power of deterrence against Âthe nuclear countries surrounding them Â Pakistan in the east, Russia in the north, Israel in the west and the United States in the Persian Gulf.Â
Israeli vice premier Shimon Peres said Israel, backed by the US, has for decades pursued a policy of nuclear ambiguity as a powerful deterrence Âagainst enemies bent on its destruction, while threatening no other country itself.Â
DEBKAfile: The designated US defense secretary did not consult Â or even inform - Israel before a disclosure that violates a confidence long-held between the two governments.
Gates also said that ÂIf Iran obtains nuclear weapons no one can promise it would not use them against Israel.Â
He was then confirmed as defense secretary Wednesday by an overwhelming 95-2 Senate vote. The only two opposing votes were cast by two Bush allies, Sens. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Jim Bunning, R-Ky. They cited his criticism of the war and his view that the U.S. should engage Iran as part of a solution.
The Pentagon, which has warned against granting a role to Iran and Syria at IsraelÂs expense, has a new master, Robert Gates. He has already applied the broom to his predecessor Donald RumsfeldÂs senior aides.
Some Washington pundits accused the co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, James Baker, as forcing President George W. Bush to resort to dealing with the Iraqi Shiite-led government for the sake of an orderly US exit from Iraq. The price offered is acceptance that Iran could go nuclear within two years at IsraelÂs expense.
The groupÂs recommendation of a Madrid-2 peace conference for a Middle East peace would pander to the Arabs and their European backers by pushing for a full Israeli withdrawal from territories captured in the 1967 war. Israel and its supporters in the United States would have no say Â ÂÂ
a unique opportunity for the US to strike a deal without Jewish pressure,Â as one Washington observer put it.
This sort of crude language has not been heard in WashingtonÂs top circles since George Bush the elder was president and James Baker his secretary of state.
The new-old gang has also revived the threat of an imposed Âpeace.Â It is barely veiled in the Baker-Hamilton reportÂs statement: ÂThe US cannot achieve its goals in the Middle East unless it embarks on a renewed and sustained commitment to a comprehensive peace plan on all fronts.Â
The prime ministerÂs office in Jerusalem still clings to the now-meaningless statement that there is Âno fear of a change in US policy towards Israel.Â The statement released Thursday, Dec. 7, asserted that Ehud Olmert was assured during his Washington visit two weeks ago that Âthere was no linkage between the Iraq issue and Israel.Â