Being currently in Israel, I am witnessing first person the result of the betrayal of President Bush of his commitment to the Jewish Nation and to his Evangelical Christian supporters.
This betrayal took the form of the lack of any national official representation from the Bush administration for the opening ceremonies for Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial. This event occurred during the sixty year anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of the Holocaust.
Like many other presidents before him, Bush is more than willing to sacrifice his principles for the sake of possibly getting a "peace" in the middle-east during his last term in office. For this goal he and his advisers seem to willing to sacrifice the historical and theological status of the Jewish people.
Not only is he willing to pressure Israel to remove itself from lands that are part of its historical and religious right in fulfilling its proper role to the nations of the world, he and his whole administration is too busy to attend the commemoration of the most important, although, tragic experience of the Jewish people in the Twentieth Century. Bush officially informed Israel and the Jews that he and his whole administration was to busy to attend the ceremony; besides it was sufficient that the Mayor of New York will be attending. First the Mayor of NY would be attending anyway and a mayor is not the same as a representative of the national government.
This was a time that the Bush administration could have shown solidarity with the Jewish people and its fulfillment of its biblical covenant. Someone from the Bush administration could have been attending, not for some middle-eastern balance, but to show the special status of the Jewish people with America and Evangelical Christian Zionists.
No, instead every single member of Bush's administration was busy. Not only that -- guess was Bush was doing? He was hosting the so called "moderate" Arab, the King of Jordan, Abdallah. Now besides the fact that an Arab Muslim moderate is an oxymoron because that is like saying there is such a thing as a moderate murderer, i.e. a murderer who kills his victims quickly so they don't suffer.
Jordan is inherently and unabashedly anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish if you will, and anti-Christian. Maybe not as openly and as perhaps the Iranian mullahs or the Saudi imams; but nonetheless equally as evil from any religious biblical eyes.
Jordan's constitution, whatever value it has in an absolute kingdom, denies Jews and Christians the right to own property in the country. Unlike the Jewish nation of Israel that allows both to own land etc. and that other devil according to the Jordanian people, the United States, that also allows Muslims and other none Christians and Jews to own property.
Israeli television commented consistently about the fact that there was no representation from the American nation and none from the American Evangelical community; although the pontiff was represented. The role of the number one evangelical in the world was placed on President Bush because of the support he pursued and received from the Evangelical community. If he could not attend, he needed to make sure that there was the show of solidarity with the Jewish people in their commemoration of this greatest of tragic events in their new Nation as promised in G-D's covenant. There was none.
In a real way, the commentary of the Israeli television was reminiscent of the abandonment of World War Two. Most of the other dignitaries that were there, like the UN's Koffee Hannon, the Israelis know are not their friends or supporters. But, even the U. S. did not show up. It is a sad commentary on President Bush's lack of sensitivity, along with his new Secretary of State Rice.
The Evangelical Christian community should be up in arms in protest and pray to turn around the moves of this Administration away from its support of the Jewish covenant with the land. This has been a second term change. Peace is never bought at the price of support for true Judeo-Christian tradition of support of G-D's covenant.