May 30, 2011
Dear President Obama:
I’m writing to express my concern and support for Israel. While times are dangerous around the world, Israel’s situation is especially perilous. She is surrounded by nations that repeatedly and publicly call for her destruction. When she tries to defend herself from security threats, she is harshly and unfairly criticized by the international media and foreign governments.
I would like to make some comments on your May 19 speech in which you stated,
“We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”
- As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu publicly stated to you, the 1967 borders are completely indefensible. Going back to these borders would ensure the destruction of Israel, as her enemies long to see. This would also mean the re-partitioning of the Holy City of Jerusalem, which you have vowed yourself can never happen.
- As long as Hamas is allied with the Palestinian Authority, there can be no peace with Israel. How can you demand that Israel make peace with an entity that is sworn to her destruction? This is tantamount to the U.S. making peace with Al Qaeda!
- Mr. Netanyahu stood before our Congress and few days ago and eloquently spoke of the impossibility of peace with the Palestinians at this present time. Though he has courageously stated that he would accept a Palestinian state, his counterpart refuses to do so. As he stated in his speech, “ It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say: ‘I will accept a Jewish state...” Until this happens, there can never be peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
In summary, the beginning point of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority must not be the 1967 borders, but should be the renunciation of the terrorist organization Hamas by PA and the public acknowledgement of Israel by President Abbas.
Mr. President, as a American and as a Christian, I stand unequivocally with the state of Israel and affirm the historic relationship between Israel and the U.S. I believe the Jewish people of Israel have a right to live within secure, recognized, and peaceful borders. I affirm her right to protect her citizens. I recognize her capital in Jerusalem, where she ensures the rights of all faiths in the Holy City.
As my president, I ask that you hear my voice and the voices of millions of pro-Israel Americans.
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