Friday, May 13, 2016

Methodist Hillary Clinton Defends Israel because of Shared Socialist Values


Methodist Hillary Clinton Defends Israel because of Shared Socialist Values

By Julio Severo
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has been very open about her lifelong affiliation with the United Methodist Church, but she has been in conflict with the leaders of her denomination because she opposes the anti-Israel stances officially advocated by the United Methodist Church.
In response to a letter from the Jewish Federations of North America calling on her to denounce the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) Movement, she wrote:
More than three decades ago, my husband, Bill, and I took our first trip to Israel, walked the ancient streets of Jerusalem's Old City, and fell in love with the country and its people. Israel became a special place for us, and I am lucky to have had many opportunities to return and to make many dear friends there over the years.
As Senator and Secretary of State, I saw how crucial it is for America to defend Israel at every turn. I have opposed dozens of anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N., the Human Rights Council, and other international organizations. I condemned the biased Goldstone Report, making it clear that Israel must be allowed to defend itself like any other country. And I made sure the United States blocked Palestinian attempts at the U.N. to unilaterally declare statehood. Time after time, no matter the venue, I have made it clear that America will always stand up for Israel. If I am fortunate enough to be elected president, the United States will reaffirm we have a strong and enduring national interest in Israel's security.
It is because of my longstanding commitment to the Israeli people and to the security of Israel that I am writing to express my opposition to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement, or "BDS," the global effort to isolate the State of Israel by ending commercial and academic exchanges. I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority, and that we need to work together—across party lines and with a diverse array of voices—to reverse this trend with information and advocacy, and fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel. It would be a serious mistake for the United States to abandon our responsibilities, or cede the mantle of leadership for global peace and security to anyone else. The Jewish state is a modern day miracle—a vibrant bloom in the middle of a desert—and we must nurture and protect it.
I believe that BDS seeks to punish Israel and dictate how the Israelis and Palestinians should resolve the core issues of their conflict. This is not the path to peace. I remain convinced that Israel's long-term security and future as a Jewish state depends on having two states for two peoples. But that can only be achieved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians; it cannot be imposed from the outside or by unilateral actions. As Secretary of State, I convened the last round of direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders; I know how hard this will be, but it is an effort to which I would be committed as president.
Israel is a vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy, and it faces existential threats to its survival. Fighting for Israel isn't just about policy; it is a personal commitment to the friendship between our peoples and our vision for peace and security. Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world, we need to repudiate forceful efforts to malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people. Anti-Semitism has no place in any civilized society—not in America, not in Europe, not anywhere. We must never tire in defending Israel's legitimacy, expanding security and economic ties, and taking our alliance to the next level.
Please know that I am grateful for your work, and that I stand ready to be your partner as we engage all people of good faith—regardless of their political persuasion or their views on policy specifics—in explaining why the BDS campaign is counterproductive to the pursuit of peace and harmful to Israelis and Palestinians alike.
Clinton has been very vocal about her support for Israel and her opposition to BDS. But her United Methodist Church opposes Israel’s “occupation” of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. It also opposes the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, which it calls “illegal.” Now her denomination wants to embrace BDS.
The BDS Movement has received the support of a number of mainline denominations, including the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Clinton’s support for Israel is good, but her stance of two states as a solution — the same solution followed by pro-life conservative Republican George W. Bush — for Israel and “Palestine” in the Promised Land for the Jews is nonsense, from a biblical perspective.
But why left-wing Clinton differs from other left-wingers and also from her leftist denomination? It is a fact that not all leftists are equal. For example, many pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality socialists around the world opposing Israel seem to be ignorant of the fact that socialism is welcome in Israel, which has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world. Besides, Israel is the only Middle East nation having homosexual parades and privileges.
So it is just natural that Clinton, who is pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality, is a supporter Israel. Her socialism is not different from the socialism of most U.S. Jews, who prefer any socialist candidate over conservative candidates.
In his first election in 1980, Ronald Reagan earned 39% of the Jewish vote. In his 1984 reelection, he managed to garner just 31%. In comparison, socialist Barack Obama earned an astonishing 78% of the Jewish vote in 2008, even though Obama is more pro-Islam and anti-Israel than Reagan.
Sadly, Clinton will probably get massive support from U.S. Jewish voters, because they identify themselves with her socialism, including her abortion and homosexuality stances.
This socialist alliance is not always good. In the Soviet Union, until the end of his life Vladimir Lenin was supportive of the Jews, who in turn supported him. Josef Stalin also supported the Jews, including by leading his Soviet Union to be the first nation to recognize officially the birth of the State of Israel in 1948. But later he began to harass and persecute them.
Clinton may be a kind of female Lenin, willing to impose abortion and sodomy around the world and to support the socialist apostasy of the Jews. In fact, when a woman considers herself as a Methodist Christian, but she supports abortion and sodomy, she is in the same socialist apostasy herself.
With information from Charisma.
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