Events in the Middle East are rapidly moving toward total chaos. Eyes worldwide are directed toward every country except the one that is most important-Israel. It has been called the "world's canary in the coal mine." You know the story of how miners carried canaries into coal mines to detect poisonous methane gas. It was one of the first early warning systems.
Each of the countries that surround Israel-Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt-is in upheaval to some degree. The only matter on which all can agree is their hatred for Israel and the Jewish people.
Sorrowfully, the Liberal Left in America has drawn a line in the sand and stepped over to the other side-away from our long-time ally, Israel. President Barack Obama's one-world view has placed him squarely alongside the United Nations. He has cast his lot with those who would see Israel stripped, bleeding, and impotent to defend herself. No longer the Good Samaritan, he has befriended those who pass by on the other side and ignore the threat Israel faces.
It is time for Mr. Obama to take an unpopular stand. It is time for him to take his position firmly beside our brothers and sisters in Israel. The U.S. cannot afford to lose her staunchest ally in the Middle East. Should Mr. Obama decline to support Israel, the only true democracy in the region, he should be given his walking papers and allowed all the time he might want to improve his prowess at basketball, practice filling in his brackets for next year's March Madness, or just community organize to his heart's delight.
It is time for the American people to call for accountability from their elected officials and to post a warning that the job of defender of the brave and free is up for grabs. Only those who are willing to stand with our staunchest ally in the Middle East need apply. The field of applicants is frighteningly narrow.
"Mike Evans is a fighter for freedom in a world of darkening and narrowing horizons. In his devotion to Israel, Mike has consistently demonstrated the moral clarity that is necessary to defend Israel against the lies and distortions of its enemies, and championed the Jewish people's claim to the Land of Israel... I look forward to strengthening our friendship on his many future visits to Israel."
- The Honorable Benjamin Netanyahu,
Prime Minister of Israel
"The Prime Minister (Ariel Sharon) would like to express his personal appreciation to you, Mike Evans, for being such a great friend of Jerusalem and the State of Israel, speaking out with courage and compassion for over two decades. He salutes your achievements and wishes you continued success."
- The Honorable Danny Ayalon,
Ambassador of Israel
"I have known Mike Evans for more than two decades, and I consider him to be a great friend of Jerusalem and the State of Israel. He has always been there for us in our time of need speaking out with courage and compassion. Mike Evans is a true ambassador of Jerusalem, representing millions of Christians in America."
- The Honorable Ehud Olmert,
Former Prime Minister of Israel