In recent weeks, the President has hosted numerous left-wing Jewish/American groups to the White House, supposedly discussing and forming in depth plans as to how to force Benjamin Netanyahu to conform to Obama's plan for peace. It is no coincidence that no conservative or pro-settlement groups have been invited.
Now, President Obama has taken his pressure to a new level. Not only has he spoken out against Jewish settlement due to "natural growth," (population) he is now placing Jerusalem in the category of a Jewish settlement. Wake up, Mr. President, Jerusalem is the Capitol of the State of Israel. It is not a settlement. It is a city in which both Jews and Arabs have the right to grow, build, and live. It is only the Jews who are not allowed to worship on their history Temple Mound. It is only the Jews who are in the American President's cross hairs. And I make no bones about it. Pressuring Israel on the subject of dividing Jerusalem is another in a growing list of fatal mistakes being made by Barack Obama.
The following is a Jewish take on the situation. From today's Debka Files...(More commentary to follow.)Netanyahu rejects US demand to cancel East Jerusalem housing project
DEBKAfile Special Report
July 19, 2009, 10:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
Opening the weekly cabinet session Sunday, July 19, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu sharply rejected the US State Department demand handed to Israeli ambassador Michael Oran to put a stop to construction work at the Shepherd's Hotel site in Jerusalem. The abandoned hotel is located between the Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and Mount Scopus, where the Hebrew University and Hadassah are situated.
Netanyahu stressed the issue of construction in Jerusalem, capital of Israel and the Jewish people, is not open to discussion. Hundreds of Arab residents have purchased apartments in the west of the city without difficulty, he pointed out, and there is no bar on Jews buying or building on the eastern side. Building permits are issued by city authorities for Jews and Arabs alike in the open, undivided city of Jerusalem, said Netanyahu.
The Shepherd's Hotel site originally belonged to the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini and his heirs turned it into a hotel in the years between 1948 and 1967 when Jews were forbidden to set foot in Jerusalem. In the 1980s, the Husseinis sold the site to American businessman Irwin Moskowitz who intends building a 20-apartment Jewish housing estate there.
DEBKAfile's political sources add: The left-wing Meretz party leader Haim Oron predictably supported the US demand issued in response to a protest from Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. This circular process has become a regular feature of US-Israeli relations, usually beginning with left-wing Israeli activists "alerting" the US administration to Jewish construction activity on the West Bank and Jerusalem in order to trigger a Palestinian complaint and invoke American pressure on the Israeli government.
Moskowitz has devoted himself to purchasing land from Palestinians in east Jerusalem for the construction of Jewish neighborhoods. Likewise, Jewish neighborhoods abutting on east Jerusalem and the West Bank, such as French Hill and Pisgat Zeev, have in recent years attracted a growing number of Palestinians apartment purchasers.
Netayahu has made it clear, like his predecessors, that Jerusalem is no "settlement."
I say, more power to Bibi! Someone must stand up to the growing idiocy coming out of Washington D.C. Remember it is all written. Ezekiel 38 and 39 speak to the issue of Israel standing alone in the face of overwhelming opposition and threat. Verse thirteen of chapter thirty-eight says; "Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish (peoples of the West) and all its leaders will say to you. 'Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled yours hosts to carry off plunder...." This is not a military defense of Israel. It is diplomatic-speak for "We need to talk about this!" Nothing more by way of assistance will come from the West. What a sad state of affairs to see this beginning to happen in 2009.
In the end, whether America survives Barack Obama or not, it will be the God of Israel that stands up and comes to the rescue for his people. "And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am (Yahweh) the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about; declares the Lord God. That is the day of which I have spoken." 39:7-8
Oh my.....buckle your seat belt. Be found on the side of God's covenant people. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and wisdom for Benjamin Netanyhu. Pray for President Obama to wake up before he places our precious country and heritage under a curse!
Jimmy Root Jr
Author of Distant Thunder, Book One of the Lightning Chronicles Release August 10, 2009
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