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Benjamin Netanyahu’s determination to influence US foreign policy has went to far


I use to highly respect this man but can’t say the same today. He and the ruling political party in Israel today, has for sometime now appeared determined to say (or do) whatever it takes in order to provoke the United States into starting another war. According to some people he has finally went to far. I’d have to agree.   

Benjamin Netanyahu has had his share of run-ins with the White House through the years. But his public outburst earlier this week over America’s unwillingness to issue an ultimatum to Iran has prompted some of the harshest American criticism of an Israeli leader in decades.

The censures include a sharply worded letter from a U.S. senator, a withering editorial by the former executive editor of The New York Times, and a raft of other denunciations from analysts and officials, including those ordinarily sympathetic to Israel’s positions. The common thread in much of the commentary: that Netanyahu is maligning President Obama (though not by name) in order to influence the outcome of the U.S. election in favor of Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate. (continued here)

Have you ever read George Washington’s Farewell Address? Its very interesting Especially what he said (and warned of) in regards to our duties to other nations.

Read this excerpt below closely, 

Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and Morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be,that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free,enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt, that, in the course of time and things,the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages, which might be lost by a steady adherence to it ? Can it be, that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its Virtue? The experiment,at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas!is it rendered impossible by its vices ?

…..a passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils…. Sympathy for the favorite Nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest, in cases where no real common interest exists,and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite Nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the Nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained; and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate,in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens, (who devote themselves to the favorite nation,) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent Patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practise the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the Public Councils! Such an attachment of a small or weak, towards a great and powerful nation, dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence Is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.  Excessive partiality for one foreign nation, and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.

The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connexion as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. 

(From George Washington Farewell Address: To the People of the United States. September 17th, 1796)

9 comments on “Benjamin Netanyahu’s determination to influence US foreign policy has went to far

  1. Netanyahu has always been an energetic hawk. He believes that military force is the first consideration in almost everything. Many Israelis are afraid of his policies. BTW – He was allowed to “preach” in John Haggee’s church. An unbeliever allowed to stand behind an evangelical pulpit? Israel is an evangelical idol in many churches.

    • I may be mistaken but i believe he’s spoken a few times at Hagee’s Church. John Hagee has no problem with allowing unbelieving Jews to speak from his pulpit. He’s invited a number of Rabbi’s to speak on numerous occasions.

      Many Israelis are afraid of his policies

      Amen, they sure are. I often read over at Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post and its obvious from comments left by many Israeli’s that they believe Netanyahu is a dangerous warmonger.

  2. We also should have listened to Eisenhower’s Farewell Address which warned us about the military industrial complex. Unfortunately we didn’t and now we’re broke!

  3. For me what this cited Washington’s address does is simply establish and underscore that there is nothing new under the sun and the issues he faced as the first outgoing President of the newly formed nation he guided and what it has become today and faces as the United States is the same.

    What this Prime Minister of Israel faces today is not unique to all heads of state and it is unique as well in that the world is a much different place full of obviously different ominous hostilities by good and evil wicked forces than when in 1947 and 1948 she was made a nation in a day. What is the same? God, the devils, the Angels and human nature.

    I was enlightened to this many years ago after hearing a story told to me by a friend. I went to Israel myself and experienced things but nothing like this story told.

    This man went to Israel to “evangelize” them one year in the 1980’s. During some of his debates on the street while sitting at the outside tables of restaurants in various cities he would take out his Bible and underline a passage or highlight a word or two with colored highlighters, yellow, blue, green highlights as the Holy Spirit gave him understanding. Each of the colors meant something to him personally.

    Several weeks visit later he was leaving back for the States. At check in to get his seat assignment before boarding the plane he was approached by Israeli security and asked to follow them into an interrogation room inside Ben Gurion. They asked him for his passport. They asked him to give them his Bible. He did not really understanding what was going on at first just there was great suspicion of him being in Israel.

    During the interrogation one of the Intelligence officers opened his Bible and asked him to explain the highlights saying he had been tailed by security during his visit and wanted to know what the meaning of the highlights was and they also wanted him to produce the “code” so they could interpret his messages because they were convinced he was a spy and some of the people he was reaching out too on the street and at the restaurants were known spies as well!

    Hmmmmm.

    He’s no spy. He’s just a guy who wanted to lift up the Truth about their Messiah and evangelize Israelis in their own homeland!

    Hmmmmm?

    When I entered the country for my own personal visit to Israel the custom official asked me if I wanted them to stamp my passport because if they did I wouldn’t be allowed into any Muslim nation afterwards.

    We live in some troubling times and the Church better wake up to this reality as was said by me above, there is nothing new under the sun and we will be harassed and oppressed, helpless without Jesus as much and more so in the days to come as now in some cases as we see the Great Day of the Lord nearer to us now than when we first believed. What was true then in Jesus’ day is true in ours:

    Mat 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
    Mat 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
    Mat 9:38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

    2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
    2Pe 3:11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,
    2Pe 3:12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!
    2Pe 3:13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

    We should not lose sight of what the really is that is going on behind the scenes of every nation. As Jesus said then, I repeat and assert the same now, both He and Our Heavenly Father along with the Holy Spirit, “on Their terms” not ours are actively working the streets:

    Joh 5:17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
    Joh 5:18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

    Netanyahu is only trying to convince the world on the world stage that Israel is the same yesterday, today and forever disregarding that that reality has already been ascribe to Their Messiah Creator and His Body not national Israel!

    Israel as a nation is not going anywhere. And not until the Truth is heard will there be any real repentance among national Israelis and that repentance will be about the same as before, like during the days when Jesus Himself evangelized them, He as well as the first Apostles and Christians after His resurrection.

    What was true then about these words spoken by Peter then as recorded in the book of Acts are still powerfully true words spoken by and to anyone who will listen to them today. You might think Christ came to establish Peace in the world, but according to what was being said quite the opposite is True:

    Act 3:23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’

    This is why it is important to stress that we ought to “fear” Him who after He kills the body can cast the soul into everlasting destruction even though fear is a natural outcome of suicide bombers and those who kill the body hell bent on destroying the nation of Israel today as well as cultures not adhering to their own!

  4. Listening to and reading all the comments Netanyahu has been making recently concerning Iran, war, and the US has really ‘bugged’ me.

    First it bothers me as a citizen of the United States who is frankly sick of war and all that it entails…especially the senseless loss of lives. Personally i believed the preemptive strike by our government, the invasion, and Iraqi war was illegal. It was based on lies. As information became public, few if any could claim it was NOT based on lies. I believe Bush was mislead and goaded by warmongers within his own administration.

    And frankly i can see the potential for a similar mistake today. Of being goaded into a preemptive strike (against Iran) and another long war. And i don’t like it one bit, in fact it makes me angry. Especially as the goading is coming from outside the US; from the Israeli government and it’s leaders.

    From 1948 to date, the US has been the biggest supporter of Israel, both financially and otherwise, and this, in many instances to our own detriment upon the world stage. Personally i believe we shouldn’t have continued that support without requiring some serious policy changes on their part. Policies having to do with the denial of basic human rights and the discrimination against non-Jews within their boarders; and their oppressive control over Gaza and the people living there.

    But who am i to dare say such a thing? Just someone with a personal opinion which i happen to feel strongly about.

    Looking at this as a Christian i cannot help but question how many of the American Christian-Zionist lobbying groups are influencing Netanyahu’s “boldness” in feeling he can bully the current administration into openly committing to another war. We know from their own words they want (and have wanted for years) a war with Iran and believe America should preemptively bomb Iran “yesterday”.

    In fact Hagee has been literally pushing for this war to begin for years. He, Hal Lindsey, and other influential Christian Zionist’s view a war with Iran as a precursor to WW3, which their type of theological/eschatological beliefs see resulting in an ultimate armageddon, and they want to ‘bring-it-on’.

    If i were president i’d tell Netanyahu, ‘if you want to draw a red line, go ahead. If you want to bomb Iran, go ahead. But you’re not going to goad the United States into committing to another war’

    That may be why he’s so angry…he may be hearing something like that from our current president. I hope so.

  5. Pj I agree with your analysis 100%. how much will this misadventure this cost? There is always enough money to fight wars never enough to spend on non-military projects. These wars are very easy to start never easy to end. I hope cooler heads prevail.

    • The cost could be catastrophic, for we have no idea how many other surrounding countries might jump in.

      There’s an interesting item today concerning an interview with Meir Dagan, a former head of the Israeli intelligence service. He appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday evening.

      Quoting his own words, attacking Iran today is “the “stupidest idea [I’ve] ever heard.”

      you can read it here

  6. PJ, I hear you and sense the frustrations you write about above.

    War and rumors of war will increase as the age draws to a close.

    I highly recommend you engage with these Words til they by the Spirit bring you safely to the shelter of our soul:

    Act 20:32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

    Why?

    Because this mystery is now unfolding upon the nations of the world:

    Eph 1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
    Eph 1:10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

    God is on His Throne and will unite all things in Christ, both things in heaven and on earth. The vision King David saw and had sung many many days before the Apostle wrote that are now upon us and the result will be just as was sung:

    1Ch 16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
    1Ch 16:32 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it!
    1Ch 16:33 Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
    1Ch 16:34 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
    1Ch 16:35 Say also: “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.

    And as for wars ceasing, here is some wisdom about that, too:

    Psa 46:9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
    Psa 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
    Psa 46:11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

    Do you see “how” wars will cease on earth from God’s point of view?

    Verse 9 says “He” breaks the bow, “He” shatters the spear; “He” burns the chariots with fire.

    Breaks
    Shatters
    Burns

    Those are actions done to those who make war.

    We are for Peace, the Bible teaches, but when we speak, they are for war.

    War is a nasty business and there is a lot of breaking, shattering and burning that goes on when armies are going about suppressing the forces of war that attack those who are for peace.

    Really Israel is for Peace and prosperity. Are there evil forces at work inside her government and among some people living in the cities and towns of this nation? Yes, of course there are just like there is in every nation.

    Ours is the only message of Peace that will succeed and cause wars to cease.

    But, unfortunately, Peace is made by breaking, shattering and burning those who want to break, shatter and burn our lives with instruments of war. It has been the same way from the moment Cain killed Abel and Noah slaughtered the clean animals offering an offering to God.

    Isn’t it interesting this verse:

    Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
    Gen 9:2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.

    Hmmmmmm?

    The question is “if there was such fear and dread in the hearts of every beast of the earth and every bird of the heavens and everything that creeps on the ground, how did Noah get them to be so willing to follow him into the Ark?

    I propose to say there was no fear or dread in their hearts towards Noah until after Noah killed the innocence clean animals as a sacrifice for the salvation of their souls by the Ark:

    Gen 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

    God put that fear in them.

    Think down the timeline a bit to the day when God tested Abraham telling him this:

    Gen 22:2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

    Think about that offering. Think about what Abraham and Isaac must have believed and understood about what would happen to Isaac’s flesh?

    That offering wasn’t just a slit of the throat and let the blood drain out sort of offering. No, that offering was to cause the sacrifice to become powder, dust, ashes!

    Think about how powerful the Faith was at work in Abraham and Isaac seeing as some scholars speculate Isaac could easily have been a young man, strong and healthy able to fight and defeat his dad to “get away” from being burnt up so great he would be reduced to ashes! Isaac must have understood what was going to happen to him and he “willingly” followed his dad as those animals followed Noah. And then to be made whole again was just as amazing powerful Faith at work in them just as was believed by these words to Abraham’s servants:

    Gen 22:5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”

    Our work is not to consider what is visible and understood that men are planning to do in the world by what they say and do or do not say and do not do.

    Our work is to come into submission to the Faith once delivered to the Saints in every generation including ours just as the Apostle indicated when we read this. These words are for every believer including us in our days upon whom the ends of the ages have come:

    2Co 4:16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
    2Co 4:17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
    2Co 4:18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

    It’s normal to be fearful of what men are planning. It is supernatural to live by Faith and come into submission to it:::>

    Rom 16:25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages
    Rom 16:26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith–
    Rom 16:27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

    • At re-reading my comment Michael, i guess my frustration was pretty obvious.🙂

      Thank you for the words of encouragement Michael. I will definitely ponder on them today.

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