I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been to Israel; over 20 I think, but I know why I keep coming back. I know how I felt when I came here 40 years ago this summer when I was 18. The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness under Moses, but these past 40 years have not been years in the wilderness for the people of this tiny speck of real estate about the size of New Jersey. I have witnessed first hand the dry bones coming to life; I have watched the desolate and barren desert bloom with lush vegetation and tall trees. I have marveled to see a tiny besieged nation move from a struggling economy barely able to equip its soldiers with uniforms and weapons to being an economic engine of high tech innovation, a center of world class medical care, energy exploration, and educational excellence, and an oasis of free speech and free elections. With the exception of Jordan, dictators, terrorist tyrants, and the mad dogs of medieval and malicious mayhem surround it. While Israel has created a true and modern democracy and given its women the opportunity not only to vote, but to lead, the radical Islamic nations around it have sanctioned so-called honor killings of its wives and daughters, the wholesale slaughter of their own citizens who dared to speak up for freedom of thought, and the glorification of those deceived into believing that it is okay to strap a bomb on one’s own baby and turn it into human bomb so it can kill and maim other people’s babies. President Obama will finally come to Israel as President next month. I wish he would let me show him around. I’ve brought thousands of people here over the years to show them the Israel that I love and respect. I fear his tour will be coordinated by some of the same naïve politicians who think that we need to lecture our ally Israel about expanding neighborhoods to build bedrooms for their children in land that God deeded to them long before Obama was born and ever heard of the Six Day War. Instead, our President needs to come and express his solidarity with a nation that has never been our enemy but stood with us against those who have trained, supported, financed and applauded the deranged religious fanatics who flew airplanes into the Twin Towers and Pentagon, who murdered 14 people in Fort Hood, who shamelessly shot soldiers in Little Rock, and who planted IEDs on the roadside in Iraq and Afghanistan to kill those who wore our flag on their shoulders. I have a hard time convincing some Americans why it really does matter that we act like friends to our friends and stop believing our enemies are not that different, even people at my own network who aren’t that sure that these issues are riveting to Americans. But Israel is the only nation in the Middle East who mirrors our core values of individual freedom and responsibility, of the equality of human beings, of the value of education and the power of dissent, even with one’s own government, and the right of the people to change their government with ballots instead of bullets and bombs. The President could do the country and the world a favor by withdrawing the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary, a man so utterly and completely ignorant of the real enemy we face that he believes Iran can be trusted and Israel can’t. He would be better suited for taking tickets at Yellowstone than directing the strategic placement of our military assets to defend against threats. Call and email your Senator. Urge him or her to use some common sense and while acknowledging that the President has the privilege to name his team, he does NOT have the right to put people on his team who betray the trust of the American people and our real friends in the world.

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  • Tenzin Lundrup

    03/12/2013 02:06 PM

    I hope that your support for Israel does not include support for the following:

    (1) Roads in the West Bank for settlers only.
    (2) The non-issuance of permits for water wells and buildings to Palestinians while settlers get them.
    (3) "Public" buses and trams for settlers only. Here is a picture of an "religious Jews" pummeling an Arab lady as she was waiting at a tram stop.


    (4) A system of 520 check-points within the West Bank so severe that its takes days to travel a short distance. Women have died trying to give birth while Israeli soliders look on.
    (5) The killing of a families who were lined up holding white flags during operation Cast Lead.
    (6) The bombing of schools, including a UN school during operation Cast Lead which has no Hamas munitions hidden in them.
    (7) The expulsion and killing of Palestinians in 1948 and denial of their right to return.

    I hope that one day the institutionalized racism of Israel can end and Jews and Arabs can live as equals.

  • Youssef El Ashmawi

    03/06/2013 01:55 PM

    To all of you who consider yourselves to be Christians and support Israel because you think the Jews have a Biblical right to that area: The Zionists who run the state of Israel are not the same as the Jews. Many of them do not even believe in God. Abba Eban famously once said that the Jews created God! And if you think that your support of Israel will hasten the second coming of Jesus (may God's Peace and Blessings be upon him), it will not. God operates according to His own Plan and Timetable. You know that.

    It is incumbent on all of us who believe in God to support what is right and warn against what is wrong. The oppression of the Palestinians is not right. Do not blindly support the oppressors. May God guide you and me.

  • Debbie Shafer

    02/27/2013 03:55 PM

    I wonder what the ramifications will be for the US putting anti-Israel people in office? The Obama administration wants to divide Jerusalem, and force Israel back to 1967 borders. This would severely limit their ability to defend themselves. "Behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. ~Zechariah 12: 2-9~

  • Youssef El Ashmawi

    02/26/2013 02:11 PM

    With all due respect, neither Iran or Israel can be trusted. And the bedrooms you speak of are being built in neighborhoods where other people already live. And at the cost of pushing those people out. How many of your listeners know that in the West Bank, Israeli settlers and Palestinians are not allowed to drive on the same roads? How does that fit with "democracy"? I repeat; You are being used by the Israelis. Open your eyes.

  • Los Angeles, Mike

    02/21/2013 01:22 AM

    Re: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

    Dear Michelle,

    I remember that nice interview you had with Gov. Huckabee what seems like yesterday. Mike has also given interviews in Israel.

    Please ask your husband to have Governor Huckabee show him and you around Israel next month. You can save millions in tax dollars and it will be quite natural.

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