Thursday, September 01, 2011

01-SEP-11 Edition: U.S. must stand with Israel ~ By Herman Cain

Glenn Beck's special event in Israel on "Restoring Courage," where I attended the closing program, could not have been held in a more appropriate location. No other nation has exemplified courage throughout its history better than the nation of Israel. It has consistently survived and thrived against the odds.

The United States must have the courage to stand with its friend, Israel, despite the enemies around it. It is in our shared interest to do so for the sake of peace in the Middle East and the rest of the world.

With me as president of the United States of America, we would stand with Israel.
I just saw a movie last night that may have enhanced my perspective to this very relevant column. The movie, "The Blind Side," was about doing the moral thing, sticking to our convictions, looking out for our loved ones, and supporting each other with more than just words. It takes actions to really do what God wants us to do for each other. As a commenter on Netflix for this movie wrote, "...Leigh Tuohy, a Christian woman who does more than talk about her faith..."

Mrs. Tuohy displayed the courage to Michael Oher and helped him to learn how to take the responsibility to protect his team mates, especially in keeping the quarterback from taking a big hit from "the blind side." Leigh taught Michael that the love of family also meant protection of family. It was a good lesson in life. And it was a good lesson for certain American leaders that need to be responsible for having the courage to protect Israel.

The United States still has many allies around the world, but none more solid than the country of Israel, especially in that part of the world. (It was kind of like the courage that Leigh Tuohy had to have in order to go into Michael Oher's former neighborhood... Or for that matter, in how she dealt with the misgivings of her peers!) Shouldn't America be honoring the commitment to defend Israel? Isn't that the honorable thing to do? Is that not the courageous thing to do?

Herman Cain has once again impressed me as a courageous candidate among the great Republican field of hopefuls for the GOP nomination. In this column, he makes sure that the readers know where he stands on Israel. That is a very important distinction that I would want to see in the next GOP nominee.

And of course, trust is a virtue that I have wanted to have in any political candidate. With trust comes responsibility, an indispensable ingredient that can only be derived from courage. While the Tuohy family and Michael Oher exemplified responsibility and courage to do what was right, America is in need of a leader that would be willing to stick out his/her neck - and ours - for Israel. If that isn't the kind of leader you want, then forget about Herman Cain. I'm just sayin'...

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U.S. must stand with Israel

By Herman Cain

August 28, 2011 ~ 9:00 pm Eastern

© 2011

Imagine living in a neighborhood where most of your neighbors wish you would move away. Since you have a right to be there and it happens to be the home of many generations of your family, you refuse to be intimidated into leaving, even though you are violently attacked frequently and sometimes family members are killed. Although painfully saddened, your resolve to remain there is not weakened.

That neighborhood is the dwelling place of Israel, a nation surrounded by many of its enemies.

Having spent last week in Israel talking and listening with many of Israel's citizens, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, the leader of the opposition party in the Knesset, the mayor of Jerusalem, the mayor of the city of Ariel and the deputy prime minister, and touring the landscape of Israel, I now have a greater appreciation for the threats against Israel, its frustrations and its genuine desire for peace.

Threats against Israel from some of its neighboring nations and the Palestinians are very real. Those threats are not only from Iran wanting to wipe Israel off of the face of the earth, but also frequent terrorist attacks, most recently along its southern border.

After seeing first-hand the proximity of its enemy's borders to communities within Israel, and the peaceful and positive developments in the city of Ariel, often referred to as the West Bank, it is easy to understand why the Israelis consider the idea of going back to the pre-1967 borders, as proposed by President Obama, to be unreasonable, impractical and, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said, a non-starter.

Unreasonable and impractical demands by the Palestinians have stalled the so-called peace process for decades. This was not just a recent conclusion from one trip to Israel. This is from decades of watching the developments between Israel and the Palestinians as far back as the efforts of former President Jimmy Carter.

One of Israel's major frustrations stems from a lack of clarity about its relationship with the United States of America.


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