A close examination of the history of our country reveals our Jewish roots.
A SNAPSHOT HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF AMERICA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL:
The Republic prescribed by the American Constitution is the longest lasting free government in history. America saved Europe from tyranny three times in the twentieth century, and today it is the only solid bastion of freedom against totalitarian Islam.
What is not generally known, however, is that the American Constitution was rooted in ethical and political principles whose source is none other than the Torah, the Five Books of Moses. Protestant social revolutionary reformers, especially the Puritans of New England, saw in the Torah models for modern government. The Puritans adopted or adapted Torah principles and values in organizing their own colonial governments. Many New England divines agreed with Harvard President Samuel Langdon, who said, in his 1775 election sermon: ‘the Jewish government, if considered merely in a civil view, was a perfect republic.’ Yale President Rev. Ezra Stiles, who conversed with rabbis, apparently agreed with Langdon that the American Constitution was based on the Ten Commandments. Although many of the framers of the American Constitution were not devout, their political mentality was shaped in universities whose curriculum was based very much on Jewish ideas.
No nation has been more profoundly influenced by the “Old Testament” than America. Many of America’s early statesmen and educators were schooled in Hebraic civilization. The second president of the United States, John Adams, a Harvard graduate, had this to say of the Jewish people: “The Jews have done more to civilize men than any other nation…They are the most glorious Nation that ever inhabited the earth. The Romans and their Empire were but a bauble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the Globe and have influenced the affairs of Mankind more, and more happily than any other Nation, ancient or modern.”
On May 31, 1775, almost on the eve of the American Revolution, Harvard president Samuel Langdon, addressing the Congress of Massachusetts Bay, declared: “ Every nation, has a right to set up over itself any form of government which to it may appear most conducive to its common welfare. The civil polity of Isreal is doubtless an excellent general model.”
Clearly a brief consideration of these facts alone, (which warrant further reading and address in other forthcoming articles) is worthy of the appreciation of the influence that Israel and its people had upon the founding of America.
- The first reason why Americans should stand with Israel is because Israel stands with us. Unlike a number of other nations and Islamic groups, Israel shares much of western culture and respect for traditional ideals such as reason, individualism, happiness, and capitalism.
- Israel is the strongest military presence in the region, and America should always ally itself with strength unless other factors–such as human rights violations or wanton international aggression–dictate otherwise.
- Israel is a strong supporter of and advocate for middle east peace. Israel recognizes the right of Palestinians to have their own state despite repeated attempts by Palestinians and other Arab nations to destroy Israel completely. These attempts started on the day after Israel became an independent nation, only three years after the fall of the German Nazis who had killed six million Jews in their own attempt at genocide.
- Despite its strong military, Israel has not set out to conquer or subdue any neighboring states except insomuch as it was necessary for the nation’s self-defense, despite repeated provocations from Islamic terrorists. Israel actually inflicts fewer civilian casualties on its enemies than its enemies inflict on themselves.
- Israel has a strong human rights record, despite the literally thousands of frivolous complaints lodged against it in the United Nations. The same can be said for very few Arab or Muslim nations, much less its current opponent Hamas, whose use of human shields to protect its war-making equipment is well-established.
- America owes its founding to the nation of Israel. Despite what the current U.S. president claims to believe, America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles of liberty and the value of individual human life.
- Finally, Israel is a robust democracy, the only one in the middle east, giving its citizens the right and opportunity to have their say in the nation’s foreign and domestic policies.
Americans should not only support Israel because the other nations in the region are worse, although that’s certainly true. The ties between our two nations are much stronger than that. Sign the Petition.
Even were Israel surrounded by European nations with a stronger history of alliance and friendship with America, Israel would still be worthy of being called a close friend of the United States. Americans should be proud to stand for freedom and security with the nation of Israel.
As David French writes in his article entitled “Apologize to Israel, Mr. President”:
“This summer, as Hamas was raining rockets on Israeli civilians, storing munitions in civilian buildings, and firing rockets from mosques, schools, and clinics, the Obama administration had the audacity to say that it was “appalled” by Israeli attacks that unintentionally killed civilians, even calling them “disgraceful.”
In response, I observed that the administration holds Israel to a higher standard than it holds itself, demanding stricter rules of engagement for Israelis than Americans.
Now, as we drop our own bombs in Syria (and civilians die), the administration is further exempting itself from its own standards:
The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.
A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria’s Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.
The village has been described by Syrian rebel commanders as a reported stronghold of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front where U.S officials believed members of the so-called Khorasan group were plotting attacks against international aircraft.
But at a briefing for members and staffers of the House Foreign Affairs Committee late last week, Syrian rebel commanders described women and children being hauled from the rubble after an errant cruise missile destroyed a home for displaced civilians. Images of badly injured children also appeared on YouTube, helping to fuel anti-U.S. protests in a number of Syrian villages last week.
To be clear, I applaud the administration from loosening its absurd rules of engagement. When an enemy hides among civilians, the resulting civilian deaths are the enemy’s moral and legal responsibility, not ours. There must be no safe zones for jihadists, no place where they can lay their head in peace.
Yet I can’t help but notice the double standard. If Israel’s acts of self-defense are “disgraceful,” then how does the administration describe our own strikes?
The administration’s rhetorical attacks on Israel were not only baseless as a matter of law, they were morally bankrupt. The president of the United States owes the men and women of the IDF — men and women who risked and sacrificed their lives fighting the same jihad — a heartfelt apology.”
Bold Americans: Let’s stand with Israel. Make your voice heard. Protect Israel and preserve the Jewish people in the Holy Land.
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Israel faces yet another grave threat.
This time, the United Nations Security Council is considering a resolution to drive Israel back to its indefensible, 1967 borders—borders that invited war again and again.
Even worse, however, if this resolution is passed and enforced, 500,000 Israelis would be forced to flee their homes.
Jews would be forced out of their homes in the heart of the Holy Land.
If enforced, this resolution would be a crime against humanity.
The Obama Administration must step up. It must declare right now that it will veto this despicable resolution. It must declare that America will never permit a crime against the Jewish people.
Dear President Obama,
You must veto any Security Council resolution demanding that Israel return to its indefensible 1967 borders. The safety and security of 500,000 Israeli civilians living in the heart of the Holy Land depend on America’s commitment to their human rights.