One Israel Fund honors radio talk show host
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When he used to hear the term “Land for peace,” he said, “I guess I remember hearing ‘they live in a tough neighborhood’ as a way to dismiss the problem.” Then he added, “Israel would have no conflict if its neighbors were not predators.”
Mr. Batchelor sees the events unfolding in the Middle East as a prelude to a protracted war. “The demise of Egypt and the Brotherhood, the demise of Syria, and losing Iraq as we are,” appear to be an indication that “we will look back at these events in twenty years and see these at the catalysts that lead us to this.”
As for Iran, he says the Tehran is a predator state. He sees a conflict as inevitable, “I do not see a way for a negotiated settlement to this issue with Iran.”
But he is confident of Israel’s preparedness. “Israel is ready and knows what to do when the time comes,” he said. “Iran will send its bombs via its agents, Hezbollah and even Hamas… They supply the weapons and give the orders.”
Batchelor’s sense is that terrorist factions will begin putting more heat on Israel in an effort to get the Jewish state to launch an all out attack, with the hope of using media and political pressure to show the world how Israel is a war mongering nation.
Mr. Batchelor believes that Israel has a true partner in Jordan. “The King of Jordan is a close confidant of the prime minister of Israel... and that mean a lot of stability for the United States.
When asked about President Obama, he said, “you cannot say he isn’t a friend of Israel, but he is ineffective.” Mr. Batchelor sees President Obama’s belief in a the possibility of Palestinian acceptance of Israel as a flaw in his thinking.
However, the one thing that remains constant in Bachelor’s mind is the support of Congress. “Congress is well informed and extremely vigorous in its support of Israel and the one thing you can say that unites Congress and ends partisanship is the question of the survival and prosperity of Israel.”
“Administrations come and go, but Congress is an organic institution,” he said, “The Senators and Representatives, whether they are Jewish or not, or even if they have Jewish constituents or not, are very well educated on the matter of Israel.”