Friday, August 16, 2013


In yesterday’s post, I took note of an open letter written by Israeli Knesset member MK Ayelet Shaked to Secretary of State John Kerry.

While discussing Shaked’s letter with Daniel at Prayers for the People, he and I came to the conclusion that Shaked had actually asked Secretary Kerry a question very similar to what Jesus asked the religious leaders about John the Baptist.

And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?

And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?

But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. --Matthew 21: 23-27 (emphasis mine)

Jesus asked the chief priests about the baptism of John, and we see the difficulty they had in responding in verses 25 and 26.

John Kerry, and thus President Obama, is now in the SAME position as the chief priests with this question by Shaked in her letter:

By forcing Israel to capitulate to terrorism by releasing murdering terrorists with so much blood on their hands that the US would never dream of releasing if it was their own citizens murdered – you are not only being extremely hypocritical, but are actually dabbling in experimentation and gambling, by putting me and my children’s lives at risk . . .

How will you carry the burden of the terrible price toward which you are leading us?

If Kerry answers that there is NO burden because the released terrorists, many of whom were imprisoned for murdering Israeli women and children, will NOT murder again, then how does he or, more importantly, President Obama GUARANTEE that these murderers won’t murder again?

They can’t. It is simply not possible.

If these two men, Kerry and Obama, CANNOT guarantee that these murderers won’t murder again then the quandry becomes that if Kerry and Obama cannot guarantee that these murderers won’t murder then shouldn’t they not force the release of these terrorists?

If Obama and Kerry were to agree with Shaked that these murderers could murder again, the question becomes “Why release them then?”

Neither Kerry, and certainly not President Obama, will backpedal the demand because they simply can’t afford to. To do so would be to admit that their demand is wrong. And if that demand were to be conceded as misguided or faulty, then other demands could also be subject to further scrutiny, particularly those that involve weakening Israel’s security by forcing Israel to withdraw from land currently used as buffer zones from hostile neighbors.

Therefore, like the hypocritical chief priests of Jesus’ day, Kerry and Obama are forced to not answer Shaked’s question.

Daniel has written a post about the formation of Tropical Storm Erin. Erin formed as the talks in Jerusalem were being concluded. Bill Koenig in his book Eye to Eye has noted many a time when tropical storms formed when presidents have pushed the Israelis on the peace process. Some of these storms have developed into strong hurricanes, others have become mainly heavy rain-makers, while others have simply not produced at all.

In this instance with Erin, it is unknown what she will do. But as Daniel notes the timing of her formation not only puts her on the radar for watching, but also because she formed on the same day as another Tropical Storm ALSO named Erin that ALSO formed while the peace process was underway. In that instance, that Erin formed while a memorandum was being signed concerning Israel’s security needs. That memorandum PROMISED certain security measures would be upheld by the U.S. to help secure Israel’s future.

The Voice of Erin : How Will You Carry the Burden?

While THIS Erin formed, we have a member of the Israeli Knesset questioning security but not in the broad sense of overall security for the country, but rather the threat now faced by individual mothers and their children. And the question Shaked poses cannot be answered by Secretary Kerry or President Obama without them looking like hypocrites, or worse, fools.

And strangely enough, as Israel is struggling to cope with the demands made by President Obama that determine not only the future of Israel but whether more women and children might die as a result of his demands, President Obama, when forced to step away from his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard to address the horrific violence that has erupted in Egypt, he said this very telling statement as a defense for his hands-off stance:

“America cannot determine the future of Egypt. That's a task for the Egyptian people. We don't take sides with any particular party or political figure.”

The Pentagon Has Lost Its Leverage with Egypt. Now What?

Really? President Obama has no problem making every effort to try and determine the future of Israel, and his team has openly shown on a number of occasions that they have embraced Palestinian sympathies, demands and preconditions, especially where "settlements" are concerned. Obama’s statement on Egypt’s future has exposed his hypocrisy on Israel’s. It is really fascinating to watch his stunning lack of self awareness.

Shaked had noted at the conclusion of her letter that perhaps Kerry’s, thus Obama’s, attention might be better served by focusing on true “hot spots” in the Mideast, such as Syria and Egypt. And she said that BEFORE the Egyptian body count started escalating yesterday.

How prescient.