By Scott Tibbs, May 25, 2011
Last summer, Democrats were apoplectic about polls that showed a significant minority of people believe that President Barack Obama is a Muslim. Obama has professed Christian faith multiple times, so how could this be? One needs only look to this story in the Washington Post for a good example of why this persists.
Obama proposed on May 19 that Israel go back to the 1967 borders as a means of making peace with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors. Let's not forget that the reason Israel took the occupied territories in the first place is because of aggressive military maneuvers by its enemies, who were calling for the obliteration of Israel. Let's also not forget that this was just 20 years removed from the Nazi Holocaust, so the Jewish state had reason to be worried.
The reality is that Israel faces a number of enemies that would love to wipe them off the map, and the occupied territories are strategically vital to the security of Israel. This is why Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Obama's call for militarily indefensible borders. President Bush recognized those borders are unrealistic in 2004.
The fact is that it if Israel gave up the occupied territories and recognized Palestinian statehood, it would not matter. Israel's enemies - especially the Muslim terrorists in Hamas - will not be satisfied with "land for peace" deals. Their goal is the annihilation of the state of Israel. Is President Obama so na´ve that he does not understand this? Or is he really so arrogant that he believes he can succeed where everyone else has failed?
Obama's proposal is not a peace deal, it is a suicide pact. Orrin Hatch is correct to introduce a resolution in the U.S. Senate rejecting Obama's foolish and dangerous demands on a consistent U.S. ally to appease Muslim terrorists. Indiana Senators Richard Lugar and Dan Coats should support this resolution.