Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Terrorists demand more from Israel.

We are learning what happens when we try to appease terrorists.

President Obama repeatedly used the words of the terrorist group, Hamas, when he called Israel's legitimate and peaceful settlements in the West Bank an "occupation." And his call for a return to the 1967 borders is a policy that would divide Jerusalem, give terrorists control of some of the world's most holy landmarks, and shatter Israel's ability to defend itself.

Hamas' response to President Obama's rebuke of the Israeli people is to demand even more. The terrorist group is now calling for a return to "the 1948 borders" - the extermination of the Israeli state.

Since President Obama will not support Israel, we must stand up for the Israeli people and defend their right to exist.

Never has there been a more dangerous time for Israel than now -- when the U.S. government supports the terrorists over the security of Israel.

The President has refused to back away from his speech to the Muslim world in which he called on Israel to give up its security and negotiate with the terrorist-led Palestinian government. In a speech to a pro-Israel group, he continued to demand that the "borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines" as a starting point for negotiations.

Forcing Israel to give up its security by accepting these indefensible borders - a worst-case scenario for Israel that requires divided control of Jerusalem - as the starting point for negotiations is absurd.

If Israel were to accept the 1967 borders, it would be only nine miles wide at one point - a security nightmare for any country, much less one bordering people who want Israel destroyed. As Congressman Allen West stated, such a compromise "could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state."

The President's position plays directly into the terrorists' hands. Hamas' number one goal is the extermination of Israel and the Israeli people. Even as President Obama urged Israel to make dangerous concessions and to negotiate with the terrorists, a Hamas spokesman reiterated the terrorist group's intractable position that the United States and President Obama "will continue to fail in its attempt to convince Hamas to recognize the Israeli occupation."

We must not allow President Obama's flawed strategy for a Palestinian state to become the U.S. policy that leads to the destruction of Israel.
It is crucial that we continue this legislative and legal defense of our greatest ally in the Middle East region, as America's national security interests are inextricably tied to the fate of Israel. U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said it best: "If Israel goes, we all go."

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