>> UPDATE (9:30am, Thurs):
- Palestinian leadership blinks — decide not to push for quick vote
- May delay statehood bid for several months
- Netanyahu thanks Canadian PM Harper for standing with Israel
- Iran’s Ahmadinejad Is Weakened, Isolated at UN
- Report: Palestinian vote may be delayed weeks
- Obama to meet separately with Netanyahu and Abbas in NYC on Wednesday
- Dinner with Ahmadinejad
Most of the world’s leaders are asleep, even as a new storm is gathering in the Middle East. Inexplicably, the world is hyper-focused on forcing Israel to accept a Palestinian state without negotiations — to divide the land of Israel and divide Jerusalem — even as the Iranians race to build nuclear weapons and prepare for the coming of their so-called messiah, the Twelfth Imam.
A new U.N. report shows growing evidence that Iran is working on nuclear weapons. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to call for the annihilation of Israel and continues to talk publicly about his incredibly dangerous End of the World theology. Yet most of the world and the media is focused on the showdown between Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Don’t get me wrong. This is an important showdown, too. Abbas is calling for the U.N. to vote in favor of recognizing a unilaterally declared Palestinian State, thereby agreeing with the Palestinian decision to reject all direct negotiations with Israel and abandon all of the Palestinians previously pledges to only create a state after complying with U.N. resolutions calling for direct negotiations with the Jewish State. Netanyahu, who wasn’t originally planning to come to the opening session, changed his plans and is now on the way to explain why unilateral moves could lead to more violence, not to peace. [Update: Netanyahu en route to U.S., doesn't expect "warm welcome"] President Obama, meanwhile, has maneuvered the U.S. into an awkward position. By failing to persuade the Palestinians not to move unilaterally, the President now finds himself having to veto a Palestinian state (thus breaking with the Islamic world and much of the rest of the world); or voting in favor of a Palestinian state (thus breaking a public promise to Israel); or voting to abstain, which would look weak. [Update: Saudi leader warns U.S. not to veto the Palestinian state or risk losing the Saudis as an ally]
But as important as the Palestinian issue is, it shouldn’t be our top priority — certainly not right now. Stopping Iran should be our top priority. I realize I’ve been saying that for quite some time, but I’m encouraged by a just-released new poll conducted by Democrat Pat Caddell and Republican John McLaughlin which finds that Americans don’t believe that creating a Palestinian state at this time should be the top U.S. objective in the Middle East. Rather, most Americans believe the U.S. should be taking decisive measures to stop Iran from building, deploying and using nuclear weapons. Key findings:
- “The bipartisan poll found that after combining 1st and 2nd responses, 63 percent of those surveyed identified Iran as the top U.S. threat, with China next at 50 percent, followed by North Korea at 47 percent.”
- 63.5 percent of Americans surveyed approve military action against Iran if sanctions do not stop their nuclear program.
- 77.6 percent of Americans think the Obama administration’s current polices towards stopping Iran’s nuclear program “will fail.”
- “Though both the Bush and Obama administrations have been reticent to consider military options to address the threat posed by Iranian nukes, the American people are prepared to support such action should sanctions fail,” said Secure America Now member Devon Cross, a former Defense Policy Board member and mother of two.
- Secure America Now is the non-profit organization that commissioned the poll.
- To read the full poll with many more details and nuances, please click here.
Bible prophecy indicates that “all the nations” of the world will be judged for dividing the Land of Israel (see the Book of Joel chapter 3).