The Gaza Pullout
August 09 05
On September 20, 2001, President Bush said this:
"We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."
And now we are anticipating one of the most significant events in history as Israel moves to implement a pull-out from the Gaza Strip area next week. President Bush's "roadmap to peace" outlines Israel's removal from Gaza and the so-called West Bank. It also calls for Israel to stop building new Jewish settlements on its own land. The roadmap is designed to give the so-called Palestinians their own sovereign country alongside Israel. The roadmap calls for Jerusalem to be divided into two capitols, one for Israel and one for this new Palestine. So what does this roadmap have to do with Bush's 2001 speech following the attack on the World Trade Center? It shows the utter hypocrisy of our president as he tells the world that he is a friend to Israel.
Bush said that he would cut off funding to all terrorists, yet he continued to send U.S. aid to Yasser Arafat, a known terrorist. After Arafat's death last year, Bush pledged to up U.S. foreign aid to Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat's successor, yet Abbas has done very little, if anything, to stop Palestinian terrorists.
Bush said he would "pursue nations that provide...safe haven to terrorists." The Palestinian Authority is made up of several members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah, all active terrorist groups that seek one thing: the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. In fact, in the last Palestinian election, Hamas members fared very well. Despite the continued suicide bombings against Israelis, Bush has done nothing to "pursue" the PA or Abbas. Instead, he has done just the opposite.
Bush continues to pressure Israel and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon into more concessions. Bush continues to tell Sharon not to retaliate when suicide bombers strike innocent Israeli citizens. Bush continues to reprimand Sharon for not dismantling enough settlements or building more settlements in the so-called West Bank.
Americans have come to learn that the Israelis stole the land from the Palestinians, so the Palestinians have every right to terrorize the Israelis. Nothing could be further from the truth. God gave the Land to the Jews. They were disobedient and lived without faith toward God, so God scattered them around the known world. Yet, the Bible is clear that the Land would one day be settled by God's people, the Jews, once again. After two millennia of displacement, Jews began coming back to the Land in the 19th and early 20th centuries. At that time, no one else wanted the Land. There was, literally, just a handful of so-called Palestinians living anywhere near present-day Israel. Following the Holocaust in the 20th century, Jews fled Europe, and many of them went to their homeland.
In 1948, Israel became a nation, in accordance with Biblical prophecy. The surrounding Arab nations declared war on tiny Israel. The Arab nations warned the "Palestinians" to leave, for the bombings were about to begin. The Palestinians did as they were told. Israel, by the grace of God, won the war. The Arab nations who told the Palestinians to abandon their homes would not harbor the Palestinians after the war. The Palestinians were now without a place to live, through no fault of Israel. In 1967, Israel was again attacked by her neighbors. In that war, Israel won new land. What Trans-Jordan had been calling its West Bank, for it was along the western border of Trans-Jordan, was won by Israel. What we know of now as the Gaza Strip had belonged to Egypt, but Israel won that piece of property in that 1967 war. Syria paid the price of going to war against Israel when it lost the Golan Heights. Now all these countries are saying that Israel is the "occupier" of their land. In addition, all these countries have refused, by and large, to take in the Palestinian refugees that they themselves created in 1948.
Demanding that Israel now "give back" the land they won is akin to the United States giving back Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona to Mexico. The United States won the land as a result of war. Is President Bush now prepared to give it back to Mexico? Now let's up the ante: Imagine that Mexico is the home of known terrorists, suicide bombers that frequently come into Texas and blow up hotels and marketplaces. Would it be prudent to give our land to the terrorists? Do you think that doing so would lead to peace?
Bush's theory that giving land to the Palestinian terrorists will stop the terrorism is absolutely unfounded. The terrorists will not stop until all of Israel is theirs. The Charter of the Palestinian Authority calls for the ultimate destruction of the Jewish people. The terrorists will not stop until they have accomplished their task. The PA has democratic elections, but they still harbor terrorists. Iraq has democratic elections, but will become yet another Islamic state with Sharia law. Iraq will look a whole lot like Iran and will join together in common cause against Israel. A democratic country of Palestine will only serve to strengthen the Arab stranglehold against Israel.