At least Democrats cannot be accused of hypocrisy when it comes to sovereign borders. They despise Israel’s sovereignty and its desire to protect its people as much as they do our own sovereignty and the security of our ow people. However, it is absolutely remarkable how Democrats and their cohorts in the media are more sympathetic to Hamas than almost all of the Sunni Arab governments in the region and how they have changed so quickly in one generation.
Democrats used to support Israel – less than a generation ago
On October 24, 1995, every Senate Democrat except for Robert Byrd voted for the Jerusalem Embassy Act, a bill that officially recognized Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and provide funding for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv. Almost every Democrat supported it in the House, including Nancy Pelosi.
Today, Chuck Schumer is the only Democrat supporting that position. Numerous other prominent Democrat politicians and their allies in the media are attacking the Israelis for defending their sovereignty from the Hamas invasion fomented in response to the embassy move. The idea that Chuck Schumer would become the right-hand goalpost of the Democrat Party is something none of us envisioned just a generation ago, but that is just how extreme and immoral the political compass of the Left has become.
After Iran was humiliated by Israel in Syria last week, it is now turning to Hamas, its proxy, to defeat Israel in the media because it can’t hurt Israel on the battlefield. Nobody explained the dynamic on the ground better than UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, following the reaction from the U.N.:
“In recent days, multiple news organizations have documented the Hamas incitement in Gaza. They have documented the Hamas maps and social media which show the fastest routes to reach Israeli communities in case demonstrators make it through the security fence. They have reported on Hamas messages over loudspeakers that urge demonstrators to burst through the fence, falsely claiming Israeli soldiers were fleeing, when in fact, they were not,” Haley said.
“Hamas has attacked the Kerem Shalom Crossing, the biggest entry point in Gaza, for fuel, food and medical supplies. This is how determined they are to make the lives of the Palestinian people miserable.”
Yet the American Left is taking the side of Hamas. Former CIA Director John Brennan accused Trump and Netanyahu of disregarding the Palestinian “homeland.” Patrick Leahy, who voted for the 1995 bill, condemned Trump for following that very law and called Israel’s defense of its sovereignty “deplorable.” Even Dianne Feinstein, who also voted for the embassy move and who is regarded as “too conservative” by many in the party, condemned the move and refused to recognize Israel’s security problems.
The truth about Gaza
The irony of the left-wing assault on Israel’s right to control its border is that Israel was originally supposed to own Gaza but gave it up under the most painful circumstances.
Gaza, like most of the rest of the holy land, was a no man’s land under control of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. There never was an Arab Palestinian state in the Holy Land, and all the land west of the Jordan River, including Gaza, was originally earmarked for the Jewish state under the Balfour Declaration exactly 100 years ago. That plan was adopted by the Allied powers and the League of Nations in 1920 and 1922. On Sept. 21, 1922, President Warren Harding signed H. J. Res. 322, which formally adopted the Mandate for Palestine as official U.S. policy.
The committee report from the House Foreign Affairs Committee in 1922 recognized the fact that the land had become desolate, and ironically, the committee laid the blame at the feet of the “deplorable” Ottoman Turks. They observed that the Jews were already rehabilitating the conditions of the people living there from the “wanton and deplorable policy of desolation systemically carried out by its rulers, the Turks, for centuries.” Observed the report: “What was once the land of milk and honey, has become, through misrule and oppression, a devastated and sparsely settled land.”
It was part of a universal recognition of both parties in Congress that the Jews were the only ones in the area who could properly develop the land and respect the human rights of all. At the time, there were only a smattering of Arabs living in the land, but Congress was concerned they would stir up trouble. During consideration of the resolution on the House floor on June 30, Rep. Walter M. Chandler, R-N.Y., delivered a lengthy and riveting speech summing up the purpose and background of the resolution. He declared that if the Arabs “will not consent to Jewish government and domination, they shall be required to sell their lands at a just valuation and retire into the Arab territory.” And if they refuse to sell their land, they “shall be driven from Palestine by force.”
Throughout the ’20s and ’30s, local Arabs and their surrounding neighbors fomented a violent jihad against the Jews living in their homeland. The riots were incited by Grand Mufti Hajj Amin al-Hussein, a close ally of Hitler who was eventually expelled from the region and fled to Germany. They flooded these regions with Egyptian and Syrian Arabs and expelled the Jews living there. All of the Jews were officially expelled from Gaza in 1948, when Egypt stole the land in a war designed to annihilate the Jews living in every part of the land.
When Israel reconquered Gaza in 1967, after Egypt lost a war of aggression with the intent to exterminate every last Jew living in Israel, the Israelis once again had to start from scratch. Whenever Arabs win territory, they expel every Jew, but when the Israelis win it back, they never return the favor. Thus, they have always faced a demographic problem. But either way, there was never an Arab “Palestinian” state inside Gaza, much less one with the right to invade the land outside it.
When the Israelis withdrew from Gaza in 2005, they used their own military to physically uproot every last Jewish resident of the region. Their houses, businesses, and farms were destroyed and they were exiled from their land. Historians regard this move – using a country’s own army to uproot its citizens and hand the territory over to enemies – as unprecedented. What’s worse, far from fostering a peaceful reconciliation, Israel had to dig up every last Jewish grave in Gaza so that their cemeteries would not be destroyed by the inevitable violence of the local Arabs. They were originally going to destroy the synagogues but left them intact after the State Department and the Palestinian Authority promised to guard them. Yet within minutes of the Arabs occupying the land, the synagogues were torched and destroyed, vividly conjuring up images of Kristallnacht.
As a result of the military pullout, the Arab terrorists breached the borders, creating irrevocable consequences for both Israel and Egypt:
In 2005, these very same liberals and journalists celebrated the fact that Gaza had become completely Judenrein – deracinating every last vestige of Judaism from the heart of the land. But that was supposed to bring peace. Now liberals won’t allow Israel to defend its own border from the land they ceded over at a painful cost.
The same moral relativism is behind the assault on America’s sovereign border
It is stupefying to watch the speed with which the Left’s assault on sovereignty and security intensifies, fueled by a perverted moral compass. And it has consequences for our borders as well. While those coming over our border don’t engage in the degree of overt violence that the Hamas rioters are employing while breaching Israel’s border, the results – and the deaths – are similar. The disregard for borders and sovereignty has allowed the most violent drug cartels – indeed, “inspired them to do so,” in the words of Judge Andrew Hanen – to smuggle in MS-13 gangs and the most lethal drugs we’ve ever seen, resulting in the death of tens of thousands of Americans.
And whereas Israel is fighting Hamas on its border with Gaza, we face an existential threat from Hezbollah in Latin America, which possibly has more operatives in our hemisphere than in the Beqaa Valley on Israel’s northern border. Every time liberals encourages migration with “dream” amnesty and sanctuary cities, they are putting money in the pockets of MS-13, as well as the Sinaloa and Zetas cartels that work with Hezbollah to smuggle in drugs, weapons, and terrorists. The same holds true for Gaza. Every time the media fawns over the Hamas “protesters,” they are not only endangering Israel but empowering the terrorists to abuse their own people.
Secure borders and rule of law are the lynchpins to sovereignty and security for people on both sides of the demarcation. Compassion for open borders is about as safe as a “compassionate soul” who stops his car in middle of a highway to hand out food and medicine. The stated intentions of the policy don’t change the reality of the car wreck that is created by disrupting the laws of nature.
Violent opposition to national sovereignty is nothing to take likely. It is the biggest threat facing this nation and other nation-states. It demonstrates the dangerous shift on the Left in just one generation. In 1995, the same year Congress voted to recognize Israel’s sovereignty, Bill Clinton boasted during his State of the Union Address of the efforts he was undertaking to protect our sovereignty from illegal immigration. He cited the recommendations of Rep. Barbara Jordan, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, whose ideas tracked very closely with Trump’s campaign promises. Sure, Democrats believed in socialism for quite some time, but even the leftists understood that you need to have a country in order to promote having a socialist country.
Nowadays, defending borders against an invasion is “deplorable.” We should all be scared – very scared.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.