Opinion

President Obama is not Israel’s friend

If we want peace in the Middle East, we have to publicly choose a side and defend that side. We have to stand with Israel. We must be their advisor and protector. We must make clear that there will be no talks and no negotiations until the other side acknowledges Israel’s right to exist, stops spewing anti-Israel hatred among its youth, and stops any and all terrorist activity. If the Palestinians take these steps, we can begin negotiations. If they don’t, the Palestinians will face the combined wrath of Israel and the United States. That can be the only basis for lasting peace. The other side will only give up its vow to destroy Israel and commit to lasting peace if they understand and fear our strength.

As a freshman Congressman, I am pro-Israel first and pro-peace second. True peace in the Middle East will only come when that is our nation’s stated policy and not the other way around. Most U.S. presidents have followed the old paradigm and tried to be an honest broker between the two sides. President Obama seems only to pay lip service to even that role, and clearly his sympathies lie with the Palestinians. He is not capable of achieving peace in the Middle East because he is not pro-Israel.

Lasting peace will only come about when America publicly stands with a strong and secure Israel.

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is the Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax & Capital Access.