Lennon and McCartney once stated a seemingly indisputable truth of life:
“I don’t care too much for money.
Money can’t buy me love.”
Of course there are those who might cynically add, “You can’t buy love. But you can rent it.”
But if current events are any indicator, it looks like our State Department is going to see if they can prove the Beatles wrong.
The United States plans to offer more than $900 million to help rebuild Gaza after Israel’s invasion and to strengthen the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, U.S. officials said on Monday.
The money, which needs U.S. congressional approval, will be distributed through U.N. and other bodies and not via the militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, said one official.
“This money is for Gaza and to help strengthen the Palestinian Authority. It is not going to go to Hamas,” said the official, who asked not to be named as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planned to announce the funding at a donors’ conference in Egypt next week.
Neither the United States nor Israel have direct contact with the Islamist Hamas movement which runs Gaza and remains formally committed to the destruction of the Jewish state.
The official said the pledge was a mix of money already earmarked for the Palestinians and some new funding.
“The package is still shaping up,” he said, when asked for specifics over how the money would be spent and a breakdown of old and new funding.
In December, the former Bush administration said it would give $85 million to the U.N. agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
Help me if I’m missing something here.
Our economy is by all accounts mired in a recession.
We have just passed a nearly trillion dollar stimulus bill and passed the tab onto future generations of Americans.
We are making extreme cuts in minor things like road building and education.
California, one of our most prosperous states, is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy
And we have nearly a billion dollars to give to “rebuild” Gaza?
But don’t worry.
The terrorists who warp the minds of their children with Farfour the Militant Mouse and Assoud the Jew eating rabbit won’t see a penny of it.
Because it’s going to be distributed by those paragons of economic efficiency the United Nations!
Does anyone really think that pouring money into the infrastructure of a state that held celebrations and gave out candy to it’s children on 9-11 is going to make them play nice?
I guess someone does.
And is willing to spend a large chunk of our tax dollars to fund the experiment.
The notion of providing material support to those who hate God’s people is nothing new.
In II Chronicles we see the story of a king with a good heart but bad judgment.
His name was Jehoshaphat.
And although Jehoshaphat had trusted God, and had seen God’s hand of blessing on his life, he developed a relationship with one of the most wicked kings in biblical history – a man named Ahab.
A joint military exercise had not only killed Ahab, but nearly cost Jehoshaphat his life as well.
And when he returned there was a tough message waiting for him.
Delivered by a prophet no less.
Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned safely to his house in Jerusalem. And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Therefore the wrath of the LORD is upon you. Nevertheless good things are found in you, in that you have removed the wooden images from the land, and have prepared your heart to seek God.” (II Chronicles 19:1-3)
Jehoshaphat made the crucial error of choosing to try to keep one foot in the light while seeking to play with darkness for personal gain.
Are we walking down the same path?
And if so, what kind of wake up call might await us if we befriend those who are committed to hate, terror and murder?
Winston Churchill once offered this telling insight into the fools errand of trying to win over darkness by befriending it.
“Appeasement is a case of throwing others to the alligator and hoping it will eat you last.”
Let’s pray that our nation does not adopt a policy of feeding the sworn enemies of Israel and the West while hoping for the same result.
Cartoon in official Palestinian Authority daily
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