In most European polls, and in an ever-increasing number of American surveys, Israel is viewed as evil and very self-serving, as opposed to being open-minded like the rest of the world's nations.
America is currently controlled by a regime run by a fellow who has spent the majority of his time, during his foreign sojourns, apologizing for past American mistakes. The concept of America first, in a global-thinking era, is repulsive to President Barack Obama.
Our president has stated, concerning past wars, that he does not like the word victory when speaking of American's war activities. Our former enemies, you see, dislike hearing win, won, or victory. Hang the blood spilt and the pain endured at Iwo Jima, Normandy, or Okinawa. We must look forward.
The same commander-in-chief who bragged, If they bring a knife to the fight, we'll bring a gun, cavalierly discards past American military sacrifices. We Americans may be able to afford to think of others first...for a little while longer.
But Israel cannot. In December of 1939, Hitler told the German people that he would eradicate Jews from Europe. Just a few days ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad bragged that he will wipe Israel off the face of the earth. When Iran gets three atomic bombs (one for Eilat, one for Haifa, and one for Tel Aviv) he will be able to kill six million Jews in a few seconds-a feat that took Hitler's Third Reich six years to accomplish.
America isn't that concerned about the threat, opting for sanctions (which have never been effective in the past) to force this tyrant to straighten up and play correctly. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his fellow Israelis are rightly more concerned. It's their very lives that are at stake.
Netanyahu, you see, actually places Israel's national interests at the front of the line and takes threats of annihilation seriously. Israel has enemies that wish her great harm as does America. Oh, how I wish Mr. Obama understood that - really understood that.
Israel is a tiny country, smaller than America's state of Massachusetts. The Jews are surrounded by hundreds of millions of Muslims who salivate at the very thought of slaughtering every last Jew in Israel. Because of oil interests, those Muslim nations hold the West hostage concerning Arab/Israeli affairs. In the past, when the oil-rich nations have flexed their muscles, America, Canada, and Europe flinched.
Israel is very interested in an idea that is very foreign to current American thought: self-preservation.
One of the latest proposals to reappear on the bargaining table is the right of return for all displaced Palestinians. No Muslim country, with vast tracts of empty land, will take them but Israel must. Once inside Israel, of course, those ever-increasing numbers of Muslims will vote to oust the Jews.
In the end, the area will be ethnically cleansed of the hated Jews. Ideally, those offspring of monkeys and pigs will no longer occupy their ancestral homeland.
What the West is asking the Jews to do is commit political suicide. The necessary suicide, of course, will result in cheaper gasoline and peace in the Middle East. Let's go for it.
Walt Osterman is the author of Not Home Yet: A Tale Concerning Israel's Rebirth. He served in Vietnam and is a Bronze Star recipient. He lives in Wyoming.