Alan Newman

Border wars

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In Congress, a funding package of about $100 billion links Israel Emergency Funding with monies for U.S. border enforcement and the Ukraine. So far, the legislative process is stalled due to bickering both between the parties and within them. Beyond these three geopolitical conundrums are implications for the American presidential contest as well as a ensuring America remains seen as a reliable superpower partner.

Since President Biden came into office, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency reports over 10 million border crossing “encounters.” What was once a well defended border, separating America from the rest of the world, is now an unguarded open door. Instead of a carefully maintained immigration process watched over by Lady Liberty, we have chaos and an all-out invasion.

Here are some frightening statistics. With 2 million members of the Armed Services serving around the world and 700,000 police officers throughout the country, there is no way to deal with over 10 million “border crossing encounters.” Migrants come not only from Latin America and South America, but also from China, Eastern Europe, Georgia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Because the aliens are simply too numerous to ever locate and expel, they are here to stay. For America, it is a national security danger, a huge financial burden, and a threat to our culture and moral values. For America’s enemies, it suggests weakness, and for her allies, the concerns are obvious.

Explaining President Biden’s border laxity must include a Democratic Trump Derangement Syndrome tantrum that reversed, on his first day in office, what his predecessor had initiated to eliminate the invasion. Beyond any humanitarian rationale, it is not a stretch to think Joe Biden’s border tsunami is cynically, and maybe conspiratorially, designed to leverage au courant write-in balloting to eventually swell the Democratic voter base. It is also a virtue signaling shoutout to his progressive base, and one aligned with an uber-liberal, ultimately self-destructive, Obama mindset.

Winning the vote in Dearborn, Michigan should not drive American foreign policy.

On October 7, Israel learned the bloody lesson of border-defense carelessness. Israel’s borders must hold back millions of jihadists sworn to her destruction, and the IDF must, day and night, stand guard on her “walls.” Following Biden’s terminated economic sanctions and the generous $150 billion JCPOA gifting of President Obama, Iran has raced ahead developing nuclear weapons and generously funds these malign terrorist organizations pledged to wound or eradicate Israel. On three of her borders, Gaza, Syria and Lebanon, the enemies are terror proxies of Iran. The Houthis, in Yemen, another proxy, fire missiles at Israel.

Only a few days after the Hamas atrocities, a groundswell of anti-Zionist, antisemitic hate erupted on college campuses and on city streets. The decades long investment by Islamic countries at our universities indoctrinating students against Israel was on full display. Placards referencing “river” and “sea” challenged, in raggedy rhyme, Israeli borders. Anti-Zionist pundits assigned, with Orwellian contortions, genocidal blame on Israel and not murderous Hamas. They ignored Jewish Biblical-era indigeneity, weaponized warped international “laws” and were suckered by Hamas and UNRWA falsely reporting about collateral civilian damage.

The borders of the modern state of Israel have been a much fought over and debated subject. Beyond the agonizing pathway to statehood in the first half of the 20th century, Palestinian intransigence, wobbly ally’s loyalty, and international regulatory interference has created the appearance of fluidity. The United Nations seems most “united” when it obsesses over Israel. The International Court of Justice’s immoral genocide litigation and UNRWA’s October 7 complicity are the latest travesties.

John Lennon, in 1971, during the Vietnam War, wrote his famous song “IMAGINE.” His universalist lyrics proclaimed: “…Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too…” America’s particular democracy with its Western values, melting pot pluralism and high energy capitalism is unique among a rouge’s gallery of sovereignties many of which are ruled by dictators or organized as communist nations. America should be proudly “particular” and should resist Mr. Lennon’s suicidal homogenization.

For Israel, amid the mega-religions like Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, Judaism’s particularism stands alone. In the diaspora, assimilation and homogenization are the universalist threats to the Jews. Tiny Israel is squeezed into a very rough neighborhood, between an often-challenged river and sea, holds just .2% of the world’s population. It is the only Jewish state among hundreds of sovereign nations, most of which identify with one religion or another. Only Israel receives obsessive, unrelenting animus from hypocritical organizations like the United Nations. It seems that one Jewish nation is one too many.

President Trump crafted the Abraham Accords to position a bulwark of alliances against the Iranian threat. Its logical expansion to include Saudi Arabia will be affected by America’s power and some kind of resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. While Biden’s support for Israel has been impressive, any kind of interference such as calls for a cease-fire will diminish Israel’s ability to completely remove Hamas from her borders and to rescue the hostages.

For both America and Israel, Western civilization and Judeo-Christian values are powerful shared connectors that should transcend any temporary political division. Americans should internalize the “border war” parallels with Israel. Yes, for Israel it is life and death, while for America the ramifications of the invasion on national demographic dilution have yet to be determined consequences.

In 410 C.E., it was the Visigoths, successfully attacking the “the eternal city” of Rome, who were the original “Barbarians at the gates.” Now, Iran has labeled America as the “great Satan” and Israel as the “little Satan.” Through this shared opprobrium we should together face the challenge of today’s enemies at our respective gates.

About the Author
Alan Newman is a life-long supporter of the Jewish community and Israel. His commitment is evident with his hands-on approach and leadership positions at AIPAC, StandWithUs, Ben-Gurion University, Ethiopian National Project and Federation’s JCRC. He has traveled to Israel almost two dozen times and is an enthusiastic supporter of pro-Israel Christians including critical organizations like CUFI, ICEJ, USIEA and Genesis 123 Foundation. Alan’s compelling novel, GOOD HEART, published by Gefen Publishing House, is a multi-generational story about a Christian and Jewish family. He was a senior executive at Citigroup and holds two US Patents. He lives with his wife in West Palm Beach and enjoys time with his two sons and their families.