>"Obama Shocker: Backs Palestinians, Tells Israel To Pull Back"

> This is from Gary Bauer of “American Values”

That was the headline on the Fox News website following President Obama’s address today on Middle East policy.

A couple of days ago, I reported to you how mobs of Palestinian extremists threw themselves against the physical barriers marking the borders of Israel, threatening to overwhelm the tiny nation by sending waves of people against its borders. It was terrifying to watch from the comfort of our homes here thousands of miles away. But imagine if you were an Israeli knowing that your country is surrounded by Islamofascists who are just mere miles away.

The president of the United States threw his influence against Israel today by demanding it shrink behind weak and exposed borders. In his speech at the State Department, President Obama said that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians should begin with the 1967 borders — with some swaps. Prior to the 1967 Six Day war, Jerusalem was a divided city.

This puts tremendous pressure on Israel now to give in to a key Palestinian demand: The division of Jerusalem. The Palestinians are making this demand in order to undermine and deny the Jewish heritage of Jerusalem and any claim to the land of Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly said that Jerusalem would remain the undivided capital of the Jewish state. During Jerusalem Day celebrations in 2009, Netanyahu declared, “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people, a city reunified so as never again to be divided.” Responding to Obama’s speech today, Netanyahu called the 1967 borders “indefensible.”

Depending on what these “swaps” mean, you may well see Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and other Iranian allies dancing in the streets of the Holy City. And there is one thing we know for certain: Instead of satisfying the Palestinians, the Iranians and other jihadists, the division of Jerusalem will only stimulate their appetite for the other half of the Holy City.

The people storming Israel’s borders last weekend were not calling for a return to the 1967 borders or Israel’s 1948 borders. They were commemorating the Nakba or “the day of catastrophe,” when the modern state of Israel came into existence in 1948. Their goal is not to coexist with the “catastrophe.” They want to end it. They want to completely destroy Israel.

It is audacious for President Obama to make such a radical demand on our ally in the very same speech that he acknowledges the merger of the Palestinian National Authority with the terrorist group Hamas. Obama suggested that “Palestinian leaders will have to provide a credible answer” for this merger. Just imagine our reaction if any nation demanded we negotiate with Al Qaeda!

Obama’s statement today seems certain to complicate his relationship with the American Jewish community. Today’s Wall Street Journal indicates that key aides were in damage control mode even before his speech. It is also certain to galvanize America’s evangelical supporters of Israel.

>Don’t Criticize Until You Have Been There…

>…or at least willing to be there….

Read this in an interview with former Navy SEAL Howard Wasdin in the May 23 issue of “Time.” He http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=031269945X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrresponds to question, “So why did the team make the choice to kill Osama bin Laden?:

“The guys in the room made that decision. If you want to be in a position to make those
types of decisions, go join the team.
Otherwise, just say thank you.”
Methinks that applies to any other profession/calling…like housewife, parent, quizmaster, preacher, youthworker, etc
If you think you need to second guess people who have to make decisions; zippeth thy lip unless and until you’ve “been there, done that” or at least are willing to put the effort into it.
By the way, I just looked at the reviews; and just ordered the book. It was scheduled to be published long before the Bin Laden operation, so it’s not a quick get it out and make money; the guy has been there, and it looks fascinating. Buy it (and, if you do, buy it off the link so I can make a few cents 🙂

>Headstone With Purpose

>Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth, died a couple years ago, but only this morning did I learn how she wanted her headstone to read.

Googled it, and here it is:

Tough to read, simply says:

End of Construction; Thank you for your patience
I really like that…perhaps enough to steal the idea and use it on mine…
Have a dear friend whose first two wives passed away very young. When Sarah was dying, she told Phil she wanted her headstone to read, “Where Will You Spend Eternity?”  A few years later Phil’s second wife died; she was buried next to Sarah with the words of one of her favorite songs carved into her stone, “In the Presence of Jehoveh.”