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Halt! Or We’ll Shoot the Victim!

Every now and then a news story breaks about a burglar suing his intended victim for damages after being hurt in the commission of the crime.

Tragically, it seems this same mentality is on the verge of being adopted in the United States relationship with Israel.

Secret U.S.-Israel Nuclear Accord in Jeopardy

President Obama’s efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons threaten to expose and derail a 40-year-old secret U.S. agreement to shield Israel’s nuclear weapons from international scrutiny, former and current U.S. and Israeli officials and nuclear specialists tell The Washington Times.

The issue will likely come to a head when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Mr. Obama on May 18 in Washington. Mr. Netanyahu is expected to seek assurances from Mr. Obama that he will uphold the U.S. commitment and will not trade Israeli nuclear concessions for Iranian ones.

Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, speaking Tuesday at a U.N. meeting on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), said Israel should join the treaty, which would require Israel to declare and relinquish its nuclear arsenal.

“Universal adherence to the NPT itself, including by India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea, … remains a fundamental objective of the United States,” Ms. Gottemoeller told the meeting, according to Reuters.

She declined to say, however, whether the Obama administration would press Israel to join the treaty.

A senior White House official said the administration considered the nuclear programs of Israel and Iran to be unrelated “apples and oranges.”

If you have been a regular reader of Scott’s Blog, we have detailed how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thrown down the gauntlet regarding the imminent danger of a nuclear Iran.

His famous quote – “Disarm Iran or we will.”

This move by the Obama administration appears to be a response.

“OK.  Abandon your nuclear deterrent and we will talk about it.”

How crazy is this?

At first blush many people would say, “Well, making a place as volatile and dangerous as the Middle East a nuclear free zone sounds like a good idea.”

And so it would be.

If  Israel had not faced three wars of annihilation in the last sixty years.

Or if Israel had not been regularly receiving death threats from members of an apocalyptic death cult feverishly working toward their own nuclear capability in Iran.

Or if Israel didn’t have three terrorist groups operating on their borders with the sworn goal of making Israel a “Jew Free Zone”.

Ed Morrissey, writing at the Hot blog sums up the case for the wisdom of the previous “secret accord” between Israel and the United States .

The Bush administration and its predecessors handled the situation more tactfully, supporting a “nuclear-free Middle East” without naming names.  Why?  The position of Israel in the Middle East is unique.  They are not just simply another nation among many.  They had been the one successful continuous democracy in that region, save Turkey, and quite obviously surrounded by nations explicitly threatening to annihilate them.  Israel had to develop a deterrent that would keep a nation of 5 million people alive among 100 million enemies.

The bottom line?

It seems as if the United States is insisting Israel adopt defensive policies that are not only putting their own people at serious risk, but are also an approach that our government would never apply to our own security.

Would the United States be willing to completely dismantle our own nuclear deterrent?

Would the United States be willing to cede territory to a group whose constitution explicitly stated their reason for existence was to “wipe America off the map”?

Would we be willing to do this in exchange for nothing more tangible than a promise that a country that lies half a world away would seriously look into making sure our sworn enemies don’t obtain WMDs?

I don’t think so.

And yet this is precisely what our State Department has in mind for Israel.

It is not unlike a city’s police force telling a family that lives in a crime ridden neighborhood that they willl only consider responding to their 911 calls if they keep their windows open at all times, take the locks off the doors, and remove every gun from the house.

But trust us.

We will think long and hard about responding to your calls for help if you do.

This is not a recipe for peace, but for destruction of the Jewish State.

Let’s pray that those who have the final say in the implementation of this policy remember that Israel has a Defender far greater than any super power on this earth.

And if this country adopts a policy that aids and abets those who hate Israel in their desire for her destruction, we will not only find ourselves on the wrong side of history..

But also on the wrong side of Heaven as well.

I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3)


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