I can’t believe it.
Or, maybe I should say that I believe it but am thoroughly disgusted by it.
Apparently, the United States and the EU are boycotting the celebrations marking forty years since the liberation of Jerusalem.
I could scream, I’m so mad!
In fact,Â since I am on the verge of incoherence, let me have someone else speak for aÂ moment while I go and jump up and down and scare the cats:
The Jewish restoration to Jerusalem in modern times is one of the clearest cases of historic justice ever, whereby a people longing to return to a land and a holy city from which they were violently uprooted millennia ago finally realized that sustaining dream. Yet due to Arab pressures and threats, the Jewish return to Jerusalem has been perversely turned into an immoral act.
Â – Â Rev. Malcolm Hedding, Executive Director of the International Christian Embassy,Â
in a letter toÂ Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.
Okay, I’m back. You know yelling and screaming can be VERY therapeutic.
Now, where was I… Oh yes. Boycotting Jerusalem Day.
Why am I so upset by this?
Is it because they are poorly treating Israel?Â Â No.
Is it because, I love Jerusalem and want everyone to give her some respect?Â No.
Is it because…
Well, let me just come out and tell you.
I’m upset because this is theÂ same stupidÂ policy that allowed the Arabs to become ascendant in the 1950s – which is part of why we have an oil crisis now.
I’m upset because this is the same stupid policy that allowed the PLO to becomeÂ a worldwide terrorist network – which gave rise to a rash of such networks and eventually Al Qaeda.
I’m upset because this is the same stupid policy that allowed the evil dictators of this world to abuse their people and threaten their neighbors.
As long as these short-sighted attitudesÂ govern the international relations of the countries of the developed world… we will continue to pay the price.
Will we never learn?Â