In my latest reading of This Is Herman Cain, Herman Cain presents his perspectives on a variety of issues. Cain criticized President Barack Obama’s call for Israel to return to her pre-1967 borders, which (I think) was Israel’s borders before she got the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. From this article, I gather that President Obama’s idea is that the West Bank would be used for a Palestinian state, although Obama also believes that Jewish settlement in the West Bank should be taken into account when determining where the borders should be.
Cain’s argument is that Obama’s idea would imperil Israel and “enable Israel’s enemies to lob weapons at them, as they did from Lebanon several years ago” (page 132). Cain also contends that it would embolden Israel’s enemies and “destabilize the whole region” (page 131). Moreover, according to Cain, we cannot afford to allow our relationship with Israel to erode by alienating her, for we may need Israel if we were to be involved in a Middle Eastern conflict (since “we would need its assistance militarily, in terms of being a conduit for supplies, fuel, and other combat-related resources”), plus we’d be sending a message that we don’t support our friends.
But doesn’t supporting Israel at the expense of the Palestinians alienate Arab countries that provide us with oil? Well, Herman Cain says that we should be energy-independent, so that takes care of that. Still, don’t we need Arab support for some of our Middle Eastern conflicts? In Operation Desert Storm, we had some Arab countries on our side.
I’m not taking a firm stand on Middle Eastern policy, for I’m sure that I have much to learn about the situation. I will say, though, that evangelical Zionism tends to upset me, for it presumes that God takes sides in this whole conflict. Herman Cain does not go that route, however, for he presents secular arguments for supporting Israel.