May 26, 2011

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So what is all this flap about the June 1967 borders for Israel?

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So what is all this flap about the June 1967 borders for Israel?

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

We constantly hear that Israel is occupying Palestinian territory in contravention to international law. But UN resolution 242 only requires Israel to withdraw from some of that territory once final borders have been established, which has never happened.

In 1948, the UN partitioned Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state, Trans-Jordan, which was to be the home for the Palestinians. The Arab countries didn’t like it; they attacked Israel and threatened to annihilate the new Jewish state. When the war ended in 1949, an armistice was signed for temporary borders. The final borders were supposed to be determined by negotiation but the Arab countries refused to ever negotiate.

In 1967 Syria, Jordan and Egypt attacked Israel once again and they lost more territory. Once again, the temporary lines moved. But now we had this thing called “Palestinian Territory”; gee, where did that come from? I t used to be owned by Jordan, there’s never been a Palestinian state. The Oslo peace process was supposed to determine the final borders but that didn’t work. And now the push has begun in the United Nations to force ’67 borders on Israel by unilaterally declaring an independent Palestinian state.

If that succeeds, Israel will then be guilty of occupying sovereign territory of another country, as well as having its own security compromised. That can’t be allowed to happen.

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com, that’s how it seems to me.

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Apr 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

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In the debate over politics sometimes we’ll hear expressions like “Jesus is neither a Democrat nor a Republican.”

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

That’s sort of like saying I’m not a jelly doughnut. Maybe Christians in Germany could have said Jesus wasn’t a Nazi or a Communist either.

It doesn’t really sound as good that way, does it?

You see, your religious worldview does control the political views you have, as well it should. Religion determines how we think we should live, even if we don’t always live up to it.

And that’s the problem facing progressive evangelicals today: that they can’t decide which worldview is driving their train.

Are their biblical values driving their religious ones or are their progressive socialist values being painted to make them look like biblical ones?

Take the social gospel red letter evangelicals love so much. They tell us socialism originates in the gospel because we’re supposed to care about the poor and needy. Well we are supposed to care about the needy but you and I are supposed to do that so that our heavenly Father receives the credit.

But nowhere in the gospel does it tell us to take money forcibly from one person and give it to another person. The Bible prohibits spreading the wealth around that way.

In reality progressive Christians have imported ideas from Karl Marx and other humanist sources while trying to give them a Christian covering. That isn’t going to fly.

So don’t be fooled by the nice Christianese language used to conceal non-Christian ideas and values.

You have to know which worldview is in control, because Jesus said no one can serve two Masters.

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

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Apr 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

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It’s amazing how often Americans keep voting themselves into poverty.

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

Better put, it’s funny how Americans allow themselves to be distracted by red herring debates that keep them from identifying the real source of their economic woes.

To listen to the politicos, our economic problems seem to rotate around whether the rich are paying their fair share of taxes, the key being a definition of “fair share.”

But when then dust settles, the tax code always seems to soak the middle class, which is why there are no jobs, because that over-taxed, over-regulated class creates 90% of our jobs in the country. Besides over 35% of the population pays no taxes. This is not sustainable.

The real problem is that we have a government that has spent itself into hideous amounts of debt, has squandered the social security trust fund, can no longer keep the social promises it has made, is promising a gigantic healthcare program it can’t afford, and will not engage the fiscal discipline to keep us out of the next financial crisis, which is just months away.

That’s the problem and no amount of soaking the rich can deal with the onrushing economic storm, which will make the subprime mortgage crisis look small by comparison.

We must hold our politicians’ feet to the fire on the issue and not allow them to wiggle out of it with diversionary issues. If we don’t we’re the ones who will get burned.

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

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Apr 5, 2011

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April 5, 2011

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There is a growing political push to have the United Nations General Assembly — this September — declare the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem as a sovereign Palestinian state, shaped along 1967 border lines, with or without Israel’s consent.

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

We constantly hear that Israel occupies Palestinian territory in contravention to international law.  But UN Resolution 242 only requires Israel to withdraw from some territory it occupies once final borders have been established and they never have been.

In 1948, The UN partitioned Palestine into Israel and Trans-Jordan, which was to be the home for Palestinians.  Israel did not even control Jerusalem under this arrangement.

But the Arab countries didn’t like partition so they attacked Israel, threatening to annihilate the new Jewish state.

When the war ended in 1949, an armistice was signed whereby temporary borders, called armistice lines, were drawn up.  The final borders were to be determined by negotiation.

But the Arab countries refused to ever negotiate, so the armistice lines remained.

That was until 1967, when Syria, Jordan and Egypt attacked Israel, once again losing control of areas to Israel, namely East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.  Once again, the temporary armistice lines moved.

But suddenly we had this thing called Palestinian territory.  Now where did that come from?  It used to be occupied by Jordan, not by a Palestinian government.  There has never been a Palestinian state other than Jordan.

The Oslo peace process was trying to hammer out final borders and create a new Palestinian state.

But the Oslo talks are now dead and the push has begun to force 1967 borders on Israel.  If it succeeds, Israel will then be guilty of occupying sovereign territory of a member country, incurring the wrath of the world.  It remains to be seen where the Obama administration will come down on this issue.

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

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