Mattis leaves Israel with unanswered questions

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Debkafile: The Syrian shells exploding on the Golan were ringing in Israel’s ears on Friday, April 21, when US Secretary of Defense James Mattis flew out after talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that this incident, far from inadvertent, followed on the surreal scene Thursday of a Hizballah officer taking reporters on a “tour” of Israel’s defense lines and proudly pointing a finger across the border to “explain” how the Zionist enemy was reduced to defense.

No less divorced from reality was the short Mattis visit to Israel. After the mandatory smiles were exchanged between hosts and visitor, the situation on Israel’s northern fronts with Syria and Lebanon remained as enigmatic as before his arrival. more …

Opinion: When you have little to say about the Israeli position in the Middle East, it is never good.

General James Mattis makes no secret of his two-state solution position. In 2013, Mattis was criticized by Jewish groups when he suggested that Israel bore blame for the region’s anti-American hostility. He went on to warn that Israeli “settlements” could lead to the country becoming an “apartheid” state.

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In December 2016, the Zionist Organization of America warned in a press statement that President-elect Trump should not appoint Mattis:

General Mattis believes the lack of a two-state solution is unsustainable and upsetting to the Arab allies of America, which weakens US esteem among its Arab allies. Mattis strongly supported Secretary of State John Kerry on the Middle East peace process, praising him for being “wisely focused like a ‘laser-beam’ towards a two-state solution.

In our post from last week (here) I attempted to separate the nationalists from the globalists within the Trump administration to see who has the advantage.

Strong leaders must avoid surrounding themselves with sycophants or they will be poorly informed. An old joke about Saddam Hussein was that he was the least informed leader in the ME because his advisers were afraid of delivering bad news to him for fear of being shot.

There is no question that the globalists have the president’s ear, but an effective leader must hear both sides of an issue.

When it comes to Israel, however, the president needs to hear the third side of the story that trumps (pun intended) the other two.

It is God’s side, and He has made it abundantly clear that Israel is His land (Joel 3:1-2) and He gave it to Abraham and his descendants after him as an everlasting possession (Genesis 17:7-8), and it is a matter of utmost importance (Jeremiah 31:35-36) to Him.

President Trump would bring God’s blessing to our nation (Gen. 12:3) by moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We will get our first clues of his intentions on May 3 when the head Edomite visits the White House.