During the last several weeks, while Washington was focused on the debt/budget crisis the world was not focused on Israel. However, those who know that God is alive and well and keeping His promises every day, have been wondering over these last few weeks what the US must be doing behind the scenes to Israel. The US has been an oven of judgment, with record heat levels never before seen in its recorded history and unprecedented financial woes. God promised He would bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3). Well, two days ago we obtained a glimpse into why the US has been under such an obvious strong arm of rebuke.
Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) revealed, for the first time, (Headline – Netanyahu Concedes to Obama) that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now agreed to meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, to discuss a peace agreement “based on the 1949-1967 borders”, if the Palestinian Authority agrees to drop its threatened move to have the UN in mid-September create a Palestinian State. Remember that Netanyahu told President Obama in May that if Israel is forced to give up its land back to the 1949 armistice lines, which were in effect in 1967 when Israel prevailed in the Six Day War, that Israel would have “indefensible borders”. The Obama Administration has been pressuring Israel since May, apparently, to get the tiny nation to violate God’s warning not to give up its land.
With this revelation (only reported in the US by Fox News and ignored by the New York Times, the purported newspaper of record), we now can have some knowledge as to why 2011 has not been a good year thus far for the United States. The economy has declined, the weather is sweltering and rating agencies threaten to downgrade the US, raising interest rates for all Americans.
The threat by the Palestinian Authority to obtain a UN Resolution creating a new State, and grabbing Israeli land to do so, could be stopped immediately by the US, if America would give a hard, irrevocable commitment that it would veto such a move in the Security Council, thus preventing the Resolution from being brought before the General Assembly. Unfortunately, the US has refused to give its “total commitment” to such a veto, according to Arutz Sheva. What that simply means is that the US is threatening its best friend in the Middle East with a newly created Palestinian State, putting teeth in its pressure on Israel by refusing to give its “total commitment” to stop the UN from taking Israel’s land. What kind of friend treats another friend with such a feckless lack of support? The Israeli news service put it this way:
“In a seeming concession to President Obama, the Prime Minister now is willing to meet with Abbas on condition that the Palestinian Authority withdraw his plan to go the United Nations.”
If the US would simply state that it will irrevocably veto any UN Resolution to create a Palestinian State, this manufactured crisis would be over. Why won’t the US do so? Arutz Sheva (which usually has the inside news on what the US is doing to Israel days before others) put it this way:
“The “peace process” has been dead for two years, if not longer, and is buried underground in the view of most analysts. The attempt to dig it up and resurrect it may be at the behest of United States, which has suffered a sharp decrease in its influence in the Arab world since President Obama’s failure to follow up with results on the ground after his “reaching out to Muslims” speech in Cairo two years ago.”
Think about that for a moment. The Obama Administration appears to be willing to throw Israel under the bus by forcing Israel to give up its land, rendering its borders indefensible, in order to increase US “influence in the Arab world” and to show “results on the ground” after his pro-Arab world, anti-Israel speech in Cairo two years ago. That is a scary thought for anyone who knows that God is very serious about Israel, that He loves Israel and that He won’t put up with mistreatment of Israel, by anybody, or by any nation.
What are the results of America’s ‘summer pressure’ on Israel? The world’s super power is described by the leader of Russia as a “parasite” on the world economy; Moody’s suggests it is about to downgrade US credit ratings; the Dow drops 1,000 points in just days; cities swelter in record-breaking heat; the national economy is stalled and may go into a second recession; the national government looks to be broken; and local governments are broke. Why are these many troubles happening? US government pressure on Israel to capitulate by turning over its land is an obvious answer. If ever prayer for Israel were needed, now is the time. Pray for the Peace of Israel – Psalm 15:5 and Galatians 6:16.