Farewell, and a look at Israel
July 28, 2011
By Kayla Purvis
Editor’s Note: This week is the final installment of “Right to the Point.” Kayla Purvis has been the columnist for “Right to the Point” since June 2010. We wish her luck in college next year and beyond. The Observer will no longer run political columns but looks forward to beginning its “Life in Williston” series in the near future.
I was privileged enough to spend last week in Washington DC for a conference known as Christians United for Israel.
I learned many things during this conference, one of which was that the Observer has chosen this to be the last of the bimonthly political columns. I am disappointed, but fully understand the need to move on. I would like to use my farewell column to advocate for a wholly worthy political cause, and the subject of the CUFI conference: Israel.
And yes, I’m going to get Biblical.
The people of Israel started with Abraham. In Genesis 12, God says to Abraham, “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed by you (Genesis 12:2-3).” So Israel would be the nation to rise from Abraham, and anyone who blesses Israel will be blessed, and anyone who curses Israel will be, well, not blessed.
A perfect example of this is the United States. We are, as it stands, Israel’s one true ally. And look at our nation! Look at how quickly we advanced, how many privileges we have that other nations do not. And look at the Six-Day War. Israel had a stunning victory over Egypt, Jordan, and Syria and gained control of the Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights.
The Jewish people have historical and biblical rights to Israel; they are not “occupying” it. They own it! And anyone — including the United States — who tries to remove them from that land is going to be torn down.
There is question about America’s loyalty to Israel right now. There are calls to destroy and delegitimize Israel, to divest from them, and even to return the Jewish people to Germany and Poland “where they came from.” Helen Thomas, a former member of the White House Press Corps, has been recorded saying that the Jews need to “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to Germany and Poland and the U.S.
Listen to me carefully. Bad things will happen to the United States if we abandon Israel. Enemies surround Israel; one of which is also threatening to wipe out the U.S. There is the ruthless Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, radicals in Syria who received $1.56 billion from Iran and has allies in Turkey, Al Qaeda presence in Yemen; Libyan rebels with strong ties to Al Qaeda.
Then there is Iran, which is a huge problem. President Barack Obama, you will not be able to negotiate with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. You must prepare for military actions because Ahmadinejad wants us to feel powerless and powerful at the same time. Iran will soon have the capabilities to wipe out our entire electronic infrastructure; from traffic lights and cell phones to Wall Street, banks and our military intelligence system.
Iran’s nuclear missiles are capable of reaching our eastern states so it’s not just Israel’s problem. They call Israel “Little Satan” and call the United States “Big Satan.” We’re a target.
I will leave you with these few statements that were our talking points for our Congressional meetings: Israel is not the problem. Pressure on Israel is not the solution. We need to provide security aid to Israel. We need to stop Iran.
Williston resident Kayla Purvis is a 2011 graduate of CVU High School.