There’s no doubt in my mind that President Obama has been the most hostile president towards Israel that this nation has ever been saddled with.
Israel remains the United States’ most reliable, faithful ally in the Middle East, but relations between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu are “chilly,” at best.
With that in mind, it’s no wonder they’re hopeful about the incoming Trump administration.
Senator Ron Johnson is the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He relayed that message after returning from a weekend trip to Israel, where he met with Netanyahu.
“The primary point that he wanted to make to me is that Israel is America’s best friend in the region, the most important ally, and he wants to strengthen that relationship and so do I,” Johnson said.
The senator visited Israel to meet with their foreign policy, border and cybersecurity experts.
What impressed him most was how Israel strives to work with Palestinian officials, even delivering 800 trucks a day of food and supplies, while most reports in Washington suggest instead that Tel Aviv is persecuting its neighbor.
This is an important point.
Liberals have this violent aversion to telling the truth about Israel’s role in the region. In fact, as long as Israel exists, they will find ways to paint the tiny nation, surrounded on every side by people who want them wiped off the face of the planet, as the aggressors.
“America, on a bipartisan basis, multiple administrations, have put Israel under tremendous pressure to make unilateral concession after unilateral concession offering a deal to make peace so that they can have two people, two states live in peace,” he said.
But the other side never recognizes those efforts, said Johnson. “Their goal is to destroy the state of Israel. And we have to face that unfortunate reality. And it looks like the Trump administration will and from my standpoint, I think American foreign policy ought to recognize that you achieve peace through strength.”
He said that America must “Do everything you can to strengthen your friends and weaken your enemies which has been the exact opposite of what the current administration has been doing. We need to reverse that trend and recognize that Israel is America’s best friend, best ally, represents the greatest hope for the Middle East.”
This is true.
Every resolution has been for Israel to bend, and it has not made the region or the world safer.
I’ll admit, I have very little faith in Donald Trump knowing what he’s doing in domestic matters, much less foreign affairs, but he can’t be worse than Obama, and he might even stumble into something good.
His choice of David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel was a plus for Israel, as Friedman is definitely a friend to the region. Fiercely so, as a matter of fact.
After eight years of being snubbed and disrespected, the only place to go, as far as diplomatic relations, would seem to be up.
For myself, I will be watching this one with keen interest, as it is not only an interest of national importance, but it appeals to my sense as a Christian.
God made his intentions for Israel and those friends of Israel clear from the first book of the Bible.
“And I will bless (do good for, benefit) those who bless you,
And I will curse [that is, subject to My wrath and judgment] the one who curses (despises, dishonors, has contempt for) you.
And in you all the families (nations) of the earth will be blessed.” – Genesis 12:3 AMP
I hope Trump proves to be a better steward of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel. It will be a nice change from the egregious treatment of the Obama administration.