Friday, May 20, 2011

Israel - #2915 - Glenn Beck: Announces When and Where for Restoring Courage Event In Jerusalem - The Blaze (2) Standing Strong With Israel - Heritage Foundation (3) Obama's Israel Surprise - Wall Street Journal

Glenn Beck Announces When and Where for Restoring Courage Event In Jerusalem - On his radio program Friday morning, Glenn Beck revealed more details about the event he will be holding this summer in Jerusalem.  The “Restoring Courage” event will take place August 24th at the excavation site at the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount.  Tickets for the primary location there are very limited. Only 600 are being made available to listeners in the United States. Only two tour operators have been designated to handle the the tickets and travel packages. You can find them, and more details on the event, by clicking here.  Listen to Beck’s announcement above.

Standing Strong With Israel - Heritage Foundation - When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits President Barack Obama at the White House today for three hours of meetings, he will likely ask the President a very important question: Do you stand by the long-standing U.S. commitments to Israel’s future as a Jewish state?  He’s right to ask the question. In a speech yesterday on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East following the “Arab Spring” uprisings, President Obama broached the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Notably, he stated that, as part of finding peace between Israel and Palestine, the two parties should return to their 1967 borders. The Heritage Foundation’s James Phillips explains that the President’s proposal is a “misreading of the past” and an “underestimation of the terrorist threat” that Israel faces:  Israel’s 2005 withdrawal to its 1967 border with Gaza led not to peace but to expanded terrorism after Hamas staged a bloody coup in 2007 and transformed Gaza into a base for launching rockets against Israeli civilians. Israel cannot afford to return to its 1967 border with the West Bank unless it has ironclad guarantees that any territory relinquished will not again be transformed into a base for future terrorist attacks. This is impossible as long as Hamas, committed to Israel’s destruction, remains a potent force.  Read more.......

Obama's Israel Surprise - Wall Street Journal -President Barack Obama, seeking to get ahead of historic changes rolling through the Middle East, promised support for democratic uprisings in the Arab world and called for the first time to begin negotiations for a Palestinian state based on Israel's pre-1967 borders.......The comments marked the clearest call by a U.S. president for negotiations on a future Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders. The lines were implicitly referred to by President Bill Clinton in "parameters" he set down during 2000 peace talks, and further clarified by President George W. Bush in his "Roadmap" to peace.  Mr. Obama also challenged Mr. Netanyahu's position that some Israeli troops might remain in the West Bank to protect Israel's borders. "The full and phased withdrawal of Israeli military forces should be coordinated with the assumption of Palestinian security responsibility in a sovereign, nonmilitarized state," Mr. Obama said.  Mr. Netanyahu rejected Mr. Obama's position, saying a retreat to the 1967 borders would leave segments of Israel's population outside those lines, and "indefensible." He also said Washington shouldn't walk back from Mr. Bush's "assurances" not to force such an agreement upon Israel. Read more.......

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