On May 19, 1848, the United States ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo with Mexico and this ended the Mexican-American War with $15 million being paid to Mexico and the United States getting 500,000 square miles of land which is now in seven states. On May 19, 2011, President Obama states that Israel should go back to its pre-1967 borders and give back land that they had ceded to them because they won the Six Day War.
The rhetoric continues to be used of the Israelis “occupying” the land that they rightfully won in a battle that they were forced into fighting to defend their country. President Obama has now shown his true heart regarding Israel and confirmed what many have suspected all along. The timing of these two May 19 dates is interesting. Should the United States be expected to go back to it’s pre-1848 borders and quit “occupying” the land that was rightfully won in the Mexican-American War?
We already have a federal government that won’t enforce the borders. Is the timing of this announcement of a practical abandonment of Israel symbolic for some other reasons? Time will tell, but if we use the reasoning of President Obama, the logic would certainly make one wonder how the United States can rightfully continue to keep our own borders.