On August 24, 1992, the Madrid Peace Conference moved to Washington, D.C. The nations involved felt the United States was a better location for continuing the negotiations. The United States representative was the Acting Secretary of State, Lawrence Eagleburger. The New York Times quoted Eagleburger about the opening of the talks, as follows:
The peace talks were resuming “in the context of an Israeli Government that is prepared to be far more forth coming.” He predicted that the issue of Palestinian self-rule in the Israeli-occupied territories would be the focus of discussion.
On that same day (August 24, 1992), Hurricane Andrew smashed into southern Florida, hitting Louisiana a few days later. Hurricane Andrew was the worst natural disaster, up to this time, ever to hit America.
The Madrid meeting article was at the top in the center of the front page, while the hurricane story was directly to the right. Directly to the left of the Madrid Peace Plan article was a story about President Bush’s ratings collapsing in the polls.
It was just a year before, following his victory in the Iraq War, that President Bush’s approval rating was a tremendous 92 percent. In October 1991, he personally initiated the Madrid Peace Process and pressured Israel into these negotiations. By August 1992, less than one year later, he crashed in the polls and was heading for a reelection defeat.
In 1993 the Madrid Peace Plan evolved into the Oslo Accords, which set a timetable for Israel’s withdrawal from parts of the covenant land. The United States became the prime force in this peace process.
President George W. Bush committed the United States to recognizing a Palestinian state. He first announced this during his speech to the United Nations on November 10, 2001. This was the first time a United States president used the words “Palestinian state.”
On September 1, 1993, the front-page headline of the New York Times read, “Israel and PLO Ready to Declare Joint Recognition”; the subtitle read, “Met Secretly in Europe.” The article went on to say that diplomatic action was going on secretly in Europe. They reached an agreement known as the Oslo Peace Accords.
Hurricane Emily had meandered across the Atlantic Ocean for five days but finally hit North Carolina the very day of this peace accord agreement!
This agreement involved Israel surrendering Gaza, Jericho, and the rest of the West Bank to the Palestinians. In return, the Palestinians agreed to recognize the state of Israel and live in peace [remember those words]. This peace plan was to conclude seven years later, ending in September 2000. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat agreed to sign this document in Washington on September 13, 1993.
On January 16, 1994, President Clinton met in Geneva with Syria’s dictator, President Hafez Assad. They met to discuss peace between Israel and Syria. President Clinton said Syria was ready for a peace agreement with Israel; this peace agreement included Israel giving the Golan Heights to Syria. The Golan is the border between Syria and Israel and In 1967, during war with Syria, Israel gained this territory.
The Golan is part of the covenant land given to Abraham.
On March 1, Yasser Arafat left Israel and arrived in Washington, D.C., for a meeting with President Clinton. They discussed the building of a Jewish housing project in an East Jerusalem section called Har Homa. The Palestinians claimed this section of Jerusalem, but the Israeli government had begun building sixty-five hundred housing units there. Arafat was upset and met with President Clinton to discuss this issue.
President Clinton gave Arafat a warm welcome. The New York Times reported the meeting with this headline article:
“Welcoming Arafat, Clinton Rebukes Israel.” The President rebuked Israel for building the homes in East Jerusalem, and he condemned Israel for creating mistrust.
Arafat went on a speaking tour of the United States, and many people received him warmly. He also spoke to the United Nations about the situation in Jerusalem. In one speech he cited the Vatican in Rome as an example of what should happen in Jerusalem, a proposed Palestinian city within Jerusalem.
The issue of Israel building homes in Jerusalem upset the entire world.
From March 1, when Arafat arrived in America, until mid-April, Israel was under constant criticism by the Clinton administration for the housing project in Jerusalem. The United States supported Israel in the United Nations, but outside of the UN, President Clinton constantly criticized Israel.
On the same day Arafat landed in America, powerful tornadoes devastated huge sections of the nation. It was one of the worst tornado storms in the nation’s history. The states of Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio suffered tremendous damage. While Arafat was on his speaking tour, these storms stalled over Ohio and caused tremendous flooding. The tornadoes destroyed Arkadelphia, Arkansas, while the flooding destroyed Falmouth, Kentucky. The storms’ damage amounted to more than one billion dollars. Also, heavy snows fell during March and April in the Northern Plains. These snows melted
in April, causing the worst flooding of the Red River in over a century. The flooding hit the Dakotas hard and once again caused more han a billion dollars in damage.
On March 11, the Stock Market reached an all-time high of 7,085.21 The Market had been steadily increasing since October 1996. On March 13, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn Israel, and on this day the Stock Market plunged 160 points.22 The Market continued to plunge until April 13, when it stabilized and then resumed its upward climb.23 Between March13 and April 13, the Market lost 694 points.
On January 21, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met with President Clinton to discuss the peace plan. In Israel, there was pressure on Netanyahu not to surrender land—pressure so great that politicians in Israel threatened a vote of no confidence in Netanyahu’s government if he gave away the land. This would result in elections for a new Israeli government.
Clinton met with Netanyahu and received him coldly. Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright refused to have lunch with him. Shortly after the meeting ended, a sex scandal involving Clinton became headline news. Clinton became totally absorbed in the scandal and was unable to devote any time to Israel. He met with Arafat the next day, but at that time there was no effort to pressure Israel into surrendering land.
On October 8, 1998, the House of Representatives voted for an impeachment inquiry. On
December 11, 1998, the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives began deliberations. The purpose was possible articles of impeachment against President Clinton. On December 12, the Committee completed the deliberation and voted to approve four Articles of Impeachment. The Committee then forwarded the articles to the House for a vote.
As the Committee was voting on the four Articles of Impeachment, President Clinton landed in the Palestinian controlled section of Israel. He had agreed in October to visit Israel to ensure the Wye Agreement moved forward. The timing was such that it occurred at the exact moment the House issued Articles of Impeachment against him! Just as he landed in Israel, the House of Representatives drew up the four articles of impeachment against him.
The news sources reported that the President was the first in United States history to visit the Palestinian-ruled territory, and that his visit was giving statehood status to the Palestinians. The capital of this state was to be Jerusalem! These same news sources reported that this impeachment of the President was the first in 130 years.
On September 24, 1998, President Clinton announced a meeting with Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the stalled peace plan. The President wanted Israel to surrender an additional 13 percent of its land. On this same day the headlines of the national newspapers read that Hurricane Georges was gaining strength and heading toward the Gulf
This hurricane hit the coast and then stalled. The hurricane moved very slowly inland and
dumped tremendous amounts of rain, causing severe flooding. On September 28, President Clinton met in the White House with both Arafat and Netanyahu to finalize the division of Israeli land. The three agreed to meet on October 15 and formally announce the agreement. The headlines of USA Today stated, “Georges lingers.” The article next to it was, “Meeting puts Mideast talks back in motion.” The newspapers actually had the hurricane and the Israeli peace talks next to each other on the front page!
On September 28, Arafat addressed the United Nations and talked about establishing an independent Palestinian state by May 1999. The General Assembly gave Arafat a rousing and sustained ovation. As Arafat was speaking, Hurricane Georges was smashing the Gulf Coast and causing one billion dollars’ worth of damage! Arafat finished his business in the UN and then left America. Hurricane Georges then dissipated.
On October 15, 1998, Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu met at Wye Plantation, Maryland, to continue the talks that had ended on September 28. They scheduled the talks for five days, and they focused on Israel giving away 13 percent of the West Bank land. The talks stalled, but President Clinton pressured them to continue until they reached a settlement. They agreed to extend the talks, which finally concluded on October 23. In the end, Israel agreed to surrender the land for assurances of peace by Arafat.
On October 17, awesome rains and tornadoes hit eastern Texas. Twenty inches of rain in one day deluged the San Antonio area! The rains and floods ravaged 25 percent of Texas and did over one billion dollars’ worth of damage.
On October 21, President Clinton declared this section of Texas a major disaster area and directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in the relief for the flood-ravaged families. For almost the entire duration of the Middle East talks, torrential rains and storms were smashing Texas.
The national newspapers once again had the Middle East talks and disaster together on the front page! As the talks ended, the storms and flooding in Texas ended. Once again, President Clinton had to declare a section of America a disaster area at the exact time he was meeting with Arafat to divide Israel!
On May 3, 1999, starting at 4:47 p.m. Central Time, the most powerful tornadoes ever to hit the United States fell on Oklahoma and Kansas. Meteorologists officially measured the winds at 316 miles per hour, making them the fastest ever recorded. The meteorologists nearly classified this tornado as an F-6 on the rating scale. There has never been an F-6 tornado.
The storm included many F-4 and F-5 tornadoes (F-5s have winds over 260 miles per hour), which are extremely rare. There were almost fifty confirmed tornadoes with nearly two hundred warnings! One F-5 tornado was over a mile wide and traveled for four hours, covering eighty miles on the ground. It destroyed everything in its path. This twister was unprecedented in the history of tornadoes.
Category F-5 tornadoes make up less than 1 percent of all tornadoes. Tornadoes are usually several hundred yards wide at the most, not over a mile, and they seldom last for more than ten to fifteen minutes, not four hours.
The tornadoes destroyed more than two thousand homes in Oklahoma City alone. Small communities disappeared entirely as the winds leveled everything and destroyed thousands of vehicles. The town of Mulhall, Oklahoma, ceased to exist. The storm’s destruction totaled billions of dollars.
On May 4, the federal government declared large sections of Oklahoma and Kansas to be disaster areas.
The storm warnings began at 4:47 p.m. Central Time. In Israel this
would have been around 1 a.m. on May 4,
the date Yasser Arafat was scheduled to declare a Palestinian state with
Jerusalem as its capital. At the request of President Clinton, he agreed to postpone
this declaration until December 1999. President
Clinton had already stated the Palestinians should have a state and that Jerusalem
was negotiable. He even refused to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem.
On September 1, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright flew to the Middle East to meet with several Arab leaders before meeting with Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak on September 3. The purpose of Albright’s visit was to restart the stalled Wye Agreement.
On September 3, after five straight days of lingering off the coast, Hurricane Dennis struck North Carolina. This was not a powerful hurricane—it was a category-two with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour—but it had tremendous rainfall and flooding occurred.
Hurricane Dennis came ashore at nearly the exact time Albright met in Israel to assist in giving away the covenant land! This hurricane was literally doing circles in the Atlantic Ocean until the meeting in Israel. Although this hurricane did not do tremendous damage, it did drop enormous amounts of rain. This would prove to be extremely important when Hurricane Floyd hit just two weeks later.
On September 13, 1999, the Israeli Foreign Minister and one of Arafat’s deputies met to work out arrangements for the “Final Status” of Israel giving land away. This meeting was a result of Secretary Albright’s trip the week before. On September 13, 1999, Hurricane Floyd strengthened into a very dangerous category-five storm with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour.
The forecasters at the National Hurricane Center were astonished by how quickly Floyd grew in size and strength in one day. The actual statement was, “Floyd grew unexpectedly into a monster of a storm on Sunday.” This was the very day the meeting took place in Israel to surrender the land.
On September 16, Hurricane Floyd slammed into North Carolina. Floyd’s winds had diminished to 105 miles per hour, making it a category-two, but the hurricane was still huge. Hurricane force winds extended 150 miles in front of it. This hurricane caused the greatest evacuation in American history up until that time. As the storm moved up the coast, it forced millions of people to evacuate in front of it.
The destructive force of this storm was in its rains. Heavy rains of twenty inches or more fell over the entire eastern part of North Carolina. Hurricane Dennis had caused the rivers to swell greatly just two weeks before, and now Floyd destroyed the entire eastern section of the state, some eighteen thousand square miles. Twenty-eight counties declared a state of emergency and a few were almost totally destroyed. The loss to buildings, homes, and roads was in the billions. This was the greatest disaster to hit North Carolina since the Civil War.
While the Israelis were meeting with the Palestinians to give away the covenant land, a monster storm ravaged almost the entire east coast of America.
The Stock Market was another telling factor during September 1999. On September 21, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 225 points to the steepest loss in four months. On September 22, the Stock Market lost 74 points, and the next day, September 23, the market fell another 205 points. The total loss for the three days was 504 points.
This was the first time in the history of the Stock Market that it suffered two 200-point losses during the same week! The loss coincided exactly with Arafat’s visit with President Clinton. They met on September 22, the day between the two 200-point losses on the Stock Market. Arafat then left Clinton and went to the United Nations, where he asked the UN to back independence for a Palestinian state. The Stock Market dropped 524 points for the week that Arafat visited.
During the week of October 11, the Israeli government evicted Jewish settlers from fifteen West Bank hilltops. The settlers resisted this eviction and the national media reported this confrontation. On October 16, the New York Times ran a front-page article about this confrontation titled, “On the West Bank, a Mellow View of Eviction.”
Amazingly, there was another article right on the front page titled, “Big Sell Off Caps Dow’s Worst Week Since October ‘89.” During the week, the Market had lost 5.7 percent! While Israel was forcing the settlers off the covenant land, the Stock Market was melting down.
Hurricane Irene also hit North Carolina on October 15, and a powerful 7.1 earthquake rocked the Southwest on the morning of October 16
Thus, in a twelve-hour span, the Stock Market closed down 266 points, a hurricane hit the east coast, and a huge earthquake rocked the west coast. This all occurred as Jewish settlers were being evicted from the covenant land!
On January 3, 2000, President Clinton met with Ehud Barak, the Israeli Prime Minister, and Farouk al-Shara, the Foreign Minister of Syria, to discuss peace between Israel and Syria. This peace plan called for Israel to surrender the Golan Heights, an area critical to Israel’s defense. Prior to 1967, Syria controlled the Golan Heights and used it as an artillery base to shell Israel. The talks were to last two days, January 3 and 4.
On January 4, Israel’s Prime Minister agreed to transfer 5 percent of this territory to the Palestinians. They were to complete the transfer by the end of the week. The hand-over of this land came from previous agreements brokered by President Clinton.
By December 31, 1999, the Stock Market had reached its all-time high for this period. On January 4, 2000, the Stock Market plummeted. Both the Dow and NASDAQ plunged. The Dow fell 359 points for the fourth worst one-day decline in history, and the NASDAQ fell 229 points for its worst drop ever. The combined losses in money for the one day were six hundred billion dollars.
During the exact time of the meetings, the Stock Markets was reeling with huge losses. When the meetings were completed, the Market recovered the losses and went on to register huge gains. The New York Times reflected on the Stock Market activity for the week with an article titled, “Three US Stock Gauges Rally to End a Turbulent Week.”
By March 10, 2000, the NASDAQ had reached its all-time high of 5,048 points. The DOW Industrials had already peaked in January 2000. (The NASDAQ would soon spiral out of control, lose four trillion dollars, and never fully recover.) On this same day, March 10, after years of negotiations, Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, agreed for the first time to recognize a Palestinian state.
On April 12, President Clinton summoned Ehud Barak to Washington, D.C., for a conference regarding the peace process. President Clinton wanted to get more involved in the peace process. On April 11, 12, and 13, the NASDAQ section of the Stock Market collapsed. The NASDAQ trades in technical stocks during the 1990s had grown to four trillion dollars; in this week, the NASDAQ fell 618 points for its worst week ever. At the precise time that Israel’s Prime Minister was in Washington to meet with President Clinton, the Stock Market collapsed into the NASDAQ’s worst week in history.
Starting on July 12, 2000, President Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat met at Camp David, Maryland, to try to reach an agreement for peace. The talks continued until July 26, when they collapsed over the issue of Jerusalem. President Clinton was personally involved in trying to divide Jerusalem into Muslim and Jewish sections and to give away sections of land to Palestinian control. The Israelis and Palestinians failed to reach an agreement. Arafat made statements
that he was declaring a Palestinian state with or without an agreement. Tension escalated after the meeting.
As the meeting was taking place, tremendous forest fires erupted in the West. The fires exploded at the end of July and burned uncontrollably during August. By the end of August, some of the worst fires of the century had burned nearly seven million acres.
The federal government declared the states of Montana and Wyoming to be disaster areas. The states called for the army and National Guard to help fight the fires. All available fire fighters in America were helping, numbering more than twenty-five thousand people. There was no hope of putting the fires out, and only the winter snows and rains could do it.
The weather conditions for the fires were the equivalent to the Perfect Storm. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman reported the weather patterns over the western section of America were ideal for fires, and were similar to the odd meteorological events that created the Perfect Storm. High temperatures, low humidity, lightning storms with no rain, and high winds, created a pattern that lasted for months on end.
During the month of July, the rains stopped in Texas. On July 28, Governor George Bush declared the state a disaster area for 195 counties because of the drought and fires. The state also went through the entire month of August without rain. This drought lasted more than sixty days and was compared to the “Dust Bowl” of 1934.
On September 28, 2000, which was Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, Ariel Sharon, the famous Israeli General, went to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This visit sparked riots, the causes of which were attributed to the failed Camp David meetings in July 2000, in which President Clinton had pressured Israel to give away some Jewish land and sections of East Jerusalem.
The sections of Jerusalem included the Temple Mount. The failure of the Camp David meetings destabilized the political situation between the Israelis and Palestinians. By the end of October 2000, Prime Minister Barak’s government had collapsed and Israel was without leadership.
The United States held its presidential election on November 7. The election resulted in total political chaos, as neither major candidate won enough electoral votes. The state of Florida’s election results were key in determining the winner of the election. The election dragged on and on until the Florida vote count went to the United States Supreme Court. On December 12, 2000, the court made a ruling that declared George W. Bush the winner.
From November 7 until December 12, the United States was in disarray with no elected government.
President Clinton invited Arafat to Washington for the purpose of renewing the peace talks. Arafat arrived in Washington on November 9, as the United States was in the worst presidential crisis in more than one hundred years! Arafat met with President Clinton just two days after the election, while the election process was melting down!
On December 9, 2000, Barak resigned his position as Prime Minister and called for new elections, which were set for February 2001. From the end of October to December 9, Israel was in political chaos.
President Clinton’s action destabilized the Israeli government. Almost during the exact time the Israeli government was in chaos, the United States government was destabilized and in chaos.
On December 9, the election was set in Israel. A few days later the United States Supreme Court settled the American election. Both governments were in chaos at nearly the exact time! What happened to the Israeli government happened at the same time to the American government!
On June 8 and 9, 2001, one of the greatest rainfalls in the history of the United States happened in eastern Texas. In a 24-hour period, more than 28 inches of rain fell in the Houston area; between June 5 and June 11, three feet of rain fell on the area.
The rain was the product of Tropical Storm Allison, whose ten-day history will go down in Weather Bureau records as “weird.” Allison formed within one day in the Gulf of Mexico, which was unusual. This storm then headed into Texas east of Houston and broke up as a storm system. The remnants drifted to the north of Houston and circled around the city before sliding back south to the Gulf.
The storm then re-formed into a tropical storm, which began to unleash incredible torrents of rain.
The destruction in Houston alone was catastrophic. The floods destroyed or damaged an estimated twenty-five thousand homes and businesses along with possibly fifty thousand automobiles and trucks. The storm closed down the city for three days.
The federal government declared twenty-eight counties in Texas to be a disaster area along with fourteen parishes in Louisiana. The resulting damage was close to three billion dollars in Houston and four billion dollars in the state. The storm moved from Texas into Florida and up the east coast. The federal government declared disaster areas all the way up to Pennsylvania. Meteorologists claim that Allison was the worst tropical storm in history. In its ten-day life, this storm unleashed enough rain to last the United States for a year! Texas is President Bush’s home state, and he was vacationing at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, at the time of the flooding. He declared the twenty-eight counties in Texas a federal disaster area while he was in Texas.
On June 6, President Bush sent Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director George Tenet to Israel to try to broker a cease-fire between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This was the Bush administration’s first real involvement in the Middle East crisis. Tenet’s mission was for Israel to stop building in the settlement areas. Tenet arrived in the Middle East on June 6.
On June 8, the CIA director hosted talks between senior Israeli and Palestinian security officials while Assistant Secretary of State William Burns met Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. This was at the same time that Allison re-formed as a tropical storm and began dumping tremendous rain. The two events coincided exactly! This tropical storm ravaged the United States for the entire time the CIA director was in Israel.
September 11, 2001
On September 11, the greatest attack ever on American soil occurred. The hijacking of four airplanes and the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., left almost three thousand people dead. More Americans died on September 11 than in the attack on Pearl Harbor. These suicide attacks by Muslim terrorists caused approximately forty billion dollars in damage and stunned the country. The attack came without any warning.
The attack on the WTC was an attack on the financial heart of the United States. The largest stock brokerage firms in the world were located in the WTC, along with many international banks. The effect of this attack on the Stock Market was devastating; the week after the attack was one of the worst ever for the Market.
Before the attacks, on August 9, 2001, a suicide bomber in Jerusalem killed nineteen people and wounded more than one hundred. Later on that day, President Bush made a speech condemning the terrorist attack. After condemning the attack, the President demanded that Israel abide by the Madrid Peace Process, the Mitchell Plan, and United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338.
An excerpt of the President’s speech follows:
The United States remains committed to implementation in all its elements of the Mitchell Committee Report, which provides a path to return to peace negotiations based on United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242, 338, and the Madrid Conference. To get to Mitchell the parties need to resume effective security cooperation and work together to stop
terrorism and violence.
These United Nations resolutions called for Israel to retreat back to the pre-Six-Day War borders. This would mean giving up East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and ending all settlements in the West Bank. The President was totally ignoring God’s covenant with Israel, and also putting the nation in a dangerous position by telling them to retreat to indefensible borders. The President ended the speech by pressuring Israel to negotiate with the very people who had just committed a horrible terrorist
Exactly thirty-two days after the President’s August 9 speech, the terrorists struck America. The United States came under the same type of terror that the Israelis were under. America too was now engaged in a war with Muslim terrorists. Israel was fighting for its very existence and now America was in the same battle for its existence.
Historically, America began to pressure Israel with the Madrid Peace process starting in October 1991. This process reached a climax in July 2000 with Israel offering to withdraw from East Jerusalem and most of the West Bank. This offer failed because the Palestinians rejected it. In the outbreak of fighting, confusion, and terrorist attacks that followed, Israel was politically destabilized and its economy suffered greatly. The parallel between what happened in Israel since September 2000 and what happened in America is eerily similar:
At the same time the Israeli government was destabilized in late 2000, America was too.
Almost a year to the day that intense terrorism began against Israel, America was attacked by the same type of terrorists.
Israel was in a low-grade war with Muslim terrorists; America also entered into a low-grade war with similar terrorists.
Terrorists attacked Israel’s capital of Jerusalem. Terrorists also attacked America’s capital of Washington, D.C.
Israel’s economy suffered because of the terrorism. The American economy fell under the same pressure.
The tourist industry collapsed in Israel because of the terrorism. The tourism industry in America collapsed after the terrorist attacks.
Israel’s economy recovered from the terrorism. America’s economy recovered from the September 11 attacks.
The American policy since October 1991 was to pressure Israel to concede covenant land for peace. This resulted in America suffering in 2001 from terrorism, similarly to how Israel had suffered. America had touched the “apple of God’s eye” and paid an enormous price. God’s word says that what a nation does to Israel comes right back upon that nation. What happened to the United States plainly illustrates this. The pressure from God will only get worse if America continues to force Israel to divide the covenantland.
The United Nation’s General Assembly meeting on September 21 was canceled because of the terrorist attack on the WTC and was rescheduled for November 10, 2001. On that day President Bush addressed the UN and spoke mostly about terrorism. He spoke briefly about the Middle East and stated that there should be two states: an Israel and a Palestine. He called for the borders to be in accordance with Security Council resolutions 242 and 338.
The part of the President’s speech touching on Israel follows:The American government also stands by its commitment to a just peace in the Middle East. We are working toward the day when two states—Israel and Palestine—live peacefully together within secure and recognized borders as called for by the Security Council resolutions. We will do all in our power to bring both parties back into negotiations. But peace will only come when all have sworn off forever incitement, violence, and terrorism.
On November 11, Yasser Arafat spoke to the United Nations General Assembly. He also spoke about a Palestinian state, saying that Palestine was not completely responsible for all the fighting since September 2000. Later on that same day, Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Arafat.
On November 12, 2001, an American Airline jet crashed when taking off from JFK Airport, killing 265 people. This crash was less then twenty-four hours after Arafat’s speech to the United Nations. The speech was about fifteen miles from the crash scene in the very same city! Arafat’s activities in the United States and a national disaster were once again headlines.
By April 2002, the Israelis and Palestinians were engaged in serious fighting, leaving hundreds dead. Israel eventually quarantined Arafat in his headquarters in the city of Ramallah. On April 28, the United States pressured Israel to lift the siege of Arafat’s headquarters.
On this day, a massive tornado storm ravaged the east coast of the United States from Missouri to Maryland. It was the most powerful tornado ever recorded in Maryland: a monster F-5 storm packing winds between 261 and 318 miles per hour. The storm came directly over Washington, D.C., and the tornado was just south of the city. On May 1, 2002, the President declared Maryland a disaster area.The headlines for the Washington Post of April 29, 2002 read, “Israel Agrees to Lift Arafat Siege” and “Deadly Tornado Hits Southern Maryland.”
On June 24, the President made a major policy speech regarding Israel. He called for two states living side by side and declared that the United States was going to take the lead to ensure the two states came to pass. He turned this plan over to Secretary of State Colin Powell for implementation.
Throughout the month of June 2002, record-setting forest fires were burning in the West. The worst fire in Colorado’s history burned 138,000 acres. In Arizona two fires merged into a monster that burned 550,000 acres. Only the heroic efforts of fire fighters kept it from burning cities.
Immediately after the President made the two-state policy speeches, he traveled to Arizona, declared it a disaster area, and tried to encourage the firefighters. The national newspapers’ headlines captured the speech and the fires. The Washington Post’s headlines for June 25 read, “President Outlines Vision for Mideast” and “Everything is Just a Nightmare, Forced to Flee Western Wildfires.”
On April 30, the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations drafted a Road Map for peace for Israel. This plan called for Israel to surrender parts of the covenant land for peace. On May 4, Secretary of State Colin Powell traveled to Israel and Syria to promote this plan. He stayed in the Middle East until May 11.
Throughout the duration of his stay, massive tornado storms were pounding the east coast of the United States. A record total of 412 tornadoes struck, causing more than two billion dollars’ worth of damage. This was the worst tornado outbreak since May 1999. When Powell left Israel to return home, the tornadoes stopped.
This month witnessed tremendous activity involving Israel. Israel weighed all options against Arafat, including his assassination. The United States condemned Israel for this. On September 12, President Bush also blocked Israel from expelling Arafat. On this day, Hurricane Isabel reached category-five status and its course pointed directly at the United States.
On September 16, the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution against Israel; the hurricane lessened in intensity. King Abdullah of Jordan met with the President to discuss the peace plan. Hurricane Isabel was bearing down on Washington, D.C., and caused this meeting to end early! The President left Washington as the storm approached. The hurricane hit on September 19 and caused four billion dollars in damage in the mid-Atlantic states.
During this six-week period, a record four hurricanes slammed into Florida. Never in such a short period of time had four major hurricanes hit one state. They did enormous destruction and the combined damages totaled about forty billion dollars. The hurricanes were named Charlie, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne.
Starting in early August and continuing through September, the United States put enormous pressure on Israel to withdraw from twenty-one settlements in Gaza and four in Samaria. The Bush administration even made a one billion dollar loan guarantee to Israel for relocating Jews from the settlements. In addition, the President wanted Israel to remove security roadblocks, limit settlement construction, and unfreeze hundreds of millions in Palestinian money. On August 7 he sent the American envoy, Elliot Abrams, to pressure Israel in these areas. The key to all this pressure was relocating Jews off the covenant land, primarily Gaza.
On August 9, a tropical depression formed in the Caribbean Sea that became Hurricane Charlie. On August 12, Hurricane Charlie was bearing down on the west coast of Florida and forced the evacuation of 1.4 million people. The hurricane intensified rapidly, and within hours the destructive winds attained category-four status. On August 13, the hurricane slammed into southwest Florida and traveled diagonally across the state. This storm did over fourteen billion dollars’ worth of damage.
The United States attempted to pressure Jews to evacuate the covenant land, and then 1.4 million Americans had to evacuate their homes. Bush wanted twenty-five Jewish settlements closed, and he then declared twenty-five Florida counties disaster areas. The President wanted home construction stopped in the settlements, and this hurricane destroyed ten thousand American homes and damaged sixteen thousand others.
On September 1, Hurricane Frances was bearing down on the east-central coast of Florida. Frances was tremendous in both size and power. This hurricane was the size of Texas and reached category-four status. The approaching hurricane caused the largest evacuation in American history up to this time, as 2.8 million people fled their homes.
On September 2, President Bush gave his reelection acceptance speech while Hurricane Frances stalled off the coast of Florida. On August 30, Israeli Prime Minister Sharon had said he would speed up the evacuation of twenty-one settlements in Gaza.
On September 5, Frances smashed into Florida as a category-two storm and caused ten billion dollars’ worth of damage. On September 12, tens of thousands of Israelis protested the evacuations of the settlements. On September 14, Sharon’s cabinet created evacuation guidelines and the Israeli army established a command to oversee the evacuation of the settlers.
On this date, President Bush requested an additional $3.1 billion in aid for hurricane damage, bringing the total to $5.1 billion. On September 15, Hurricane Ivan slammed into Florida’s panhandle. Ivan was a powerful category-three that did over twelve billion dollars’ worth of damage, not only to Florida but also Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and other states. Hurricane Ivan caused the evacuation of two million people from its path. Amazingly, this hurricane hit on the Jewish holy day of Rosh Hashanah.
On September 20, Hurricane Jeanne was in the Atlantic Ocean, traveling on a course away from the United States. On September 20, Secretary of State Colin Powell gave a speech and said the Israeli pullout from Gaza was just the first step in peacemaking. He went on to say there should not be a long time between the Gaza withdrawal and the final two-state settlement.
On September 21, the President spoke to the United Nations General Assembly. During the speech he mentioned Israel and said the following:
Israel should impose a settlement freeze, dismantle unauthorized outposts, end the daily humiliation of the Palestinian people, and avoid any actions that prejudice final negotiations.
Following the speech, the hurricane made a complete turn and headed directly toward central Florida. September 25 was Yom Kippur, the holiest day for Judaism, and on this day Jeanne roared into central Florida as a category-three hurricane. Three million people fled before this storm, which caused $6.8 billion in damage. On September 28, the President requested $7.1 billion in additional disaster relief, for a new total of $12.2 billion!
From August 13 through September 25, the United States suffered a record four direct hits from powerful hurricanes. During this time, President Bush was pressuring to divide the covenant land. America pressured Israel to evacuate Jews off the land, and the hurricanes forced nine million Americans to evacuate. The President made a one billion dollar loan guarantee to relocate Jews, and it cost the United States $12.2 billion in hurricane related damages. Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne even hit on Jewish holy days!
On November 11, 2004, Yasser Arafat died. In January 2005, the Palestinians elected Mahmoud Abbas to replace him. President Bush immediately sent congratulations to Abbas and said that the road map to peace would go forward. The President’s “road map” meant Israel surrendering covenant land for a Palestinian state. He even invited Abbas to the White House.
Like Arafat before him, Abbas continued to call for the destruction of the state of Israel. On December 31, 2004, Abbas had called for Israel to withdraw to the 1949 borders, and claimed Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state. He also declared the right of the millions of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel, and, on January 4, he declared that Israel was the “Zionist enemy.”
In his victory speech, Abbas said that the election was “a victory for Yasser Arafat and the entire Palestinian people.” He added, “The small jihad is over and the big jihad has begun.” Even with all these statements, the President still invited Abbas to the White House and claimed the road map to peace was
going forward. The President said:
The United States stands ready to help the Palestinian people realize their aspirations….We look forward to working with [Abbas] and the Palestinian people to address these challenges and to advance the cause of Middle East peace consistent with the vision I set forth on June 24, 2002, of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.
While the Palestinian elections were taking place and the President was praising Abbas, awesome storms were striking the western section of the United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) climatologist William Patzert said the weather in the Western part of the United States was the worst in 119 years, with torrential rains resulting in killer mudslides in California, and cold weather bringing snowfalls up to nineteen feet in Nevada.
The storms were not limited to California. Along the Ohio River, hundreds of Ohio and West Virginia residents evacuated their homes. The river was nearly four feet above flood stage in Ohio and in West Virginia. Meteorologists reported the storms in the Midwest were the worst in 104 years! All this happened when the President merely invited Abbas to the White House.
On April 11 and 12, President Bush met with Israeli Prime Minister Sharon to discuss the “Road Map to Peace.” President Bush said that this meeting with Sharon was the result of the two-state plan he had initiated on June 24, 2002, and Sharon was now ready to take the necessary steps for peace. The heart of this meeting was the closing of twenty-five Jewish settlements. Twenty-one settlements were in Gaza, while four were in Samaria. The meeting ended with Sharon agreeing to close all twenty-five of the settlements. Delighted, the President announced that they had established a timetable to close the settlements:
“Today, the Prime Minister told me of his decision to take such a step. Israel plans to remove certain military installations and all settlements from Gaza, and certain military installations and settlements from the West Bank. These are historic and courageous actions.”
President Bush also requested that Israel not build a 3,650-home complex in the Maaleh Adumim section of East Jerusalem. The President said he “opposes any further construction, saying it threatens peace with the Palestinians and violates the ‘Road Map’ that calls for a settlement freeze.”
During this week, the Stock Market took a huge downturn. This was the worst weekly decline since March 2003. All three sections of the Stock Market, Dow Industrials, NASDAQ, and S&P 500, reached their lows for the year. The mood of investors turned sour as the effect of high oil prices over the last year finally began to hit the Stock Market.
The Closing of the Twenty-Five Jewish Settlements After President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Sharon met in April 2005, Sharon set a timetable to begin the withdrawal from the twenty-five Jewish settlements. On August 16, the Israelis began the process, and by August 23, the Israeli government completed the withdrawal by removing approximately ten thousand Jews from the covenant land.
President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice put enormous pressure on the Israeli government to evacuate these twenty-five settlements. The United States and Israeli governments were negotiating $1.2 billion in aid to help relocate the settlers. The removal of all Jews from Gaza was the first step in President Bush’s plan to establish a Palestinian state next to Israel. In Gaza, sixteen of the twenty-one settlements were collectively known as Gush Katif. These sixteen settlements together made up a small city with a population of about eight thousand. It was one of Israel’s major agriculture centers, and about 15 percent of all Israel's vegetables were grown there. This was not a primitive village but a small, modern city.
To accomplish the evacuation, the Israeli government sent forty thousand soldiers into Gaza to remove approximately ten thousand residents. The government requested the settlers to leave voluntarily, and any who refused were forced out of their homes and off the land. The army then demolished their homes and destroyed the twenty-one Gaza settlements. The demolition left only twenty-one synagogues and the huge vegetable greenhouses standing. It is against Jewish law to destroy a house of worship of any religion, so the Israelis let the synagogues remain.
The Israelis removed the last of Jewish settlers from Gaza on August 22, and the last settlers from Samaria on August 23. The removal of the settlers took a mere seven days to complete. President Bush was extremely happy and mentioned the Israeli withdrawal in speeches on August 22 and 23. In the speech on August 22, he acknowledged that the closing of the settlements caused pain but called it historic. The President’s speech of August 22, in part, follows:
“This past week, Prime Minister Sharon and the Israeli people took a courageous and painful step by beginning to remove settlements in Gaza and parts of the northern West Bank. The Israeli disengagement is an historic step that reflects the bold leadership of Prime Minister Sharon.”
In a speech on August 23, the President again praised Prime Minister Sharon for his “courageous decision to withdraw from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.” He felt this was the beginning of the creation of the State of Palestine. The following is an excerpt from the President’s speech:
I want to congratulate Prime Minister Sharon for having made a very tough decision….The Prime Minister made a courageous decision to withdraw from Gaza….This is step one in the development of a democracy….This is a very hopeful period. Again, I applaud Prime Minister Sharon for making a decision that has really changed the dynamics on the ground,
and has really provided hope for the Palestinian people. My vision, my hope is that one day we’ll see two states—two democratic states living side by side in peace.”
On September 12, Israel handed over the twenty-one Gaza settlements to the Palestinians. This was the largest evacuation of Jews in modern Israeli history, as never before were so many Jews forced off their covenant land. When the Palestinians took control of the settlements, their first objective was to destroy and burn the twenty-one synagogues. Mobs then looted and burned everything in sight, including the huge greenhouses which Israel had left for them.
The energy, the near-record low pressure in the storm’s core, and its huge dimensions add up to an inevitable disaster. That’s why they’re basically forecasting Armageddon when it goes inland.
–Bill Read, meteorologist, tracking Hurricane Katrina, August 28, 2005
On August 23, just as Israel removed the last settler, tropical depression twelve formed over the Bahamas and upgraded to a tropical storm named Katrina. Katrina grew rapidly in power and on August 24 became a category-one hurricane. On August 25, Katrina hit southern Florida, doing about one billion dollars’ worth of damage. Katrina weakened over Florida and was downgraded to a tropical storm.
The hurricane then moved into the Gulf of Mexico and rapidly intensified. By August 29, it was a massive category-five storm about 375 miles in diameter. It was heading directly toward New Orleans. The approaching category-five storm forced 1.5 million people to evacuate their homes and flee inland.
As Katrina approached New Orleans, the eye veered slightly eastward and missed the city by fifty miles. The storm destroyed entire parishes both east and south of New Orleans, and heavily damaged the Port of New Orleans, the fifth largest in the world.
The eye struck the Mississippi coast with a storm surge up to thirty-five feet high. This was the highest storm surge ever recorded! The storm entirely devastated the fifty-mile Mississippi coast. When the eye struck land, the barometric pressure was 27.18. This was the third lowest barometric pressure ever recorded for a hurricane making landfall in the United States. The low pressure is an indication of the storm’s power. This was a catastrophic storm in every sense of the word.
The storm surge reached miles inland, destroying everything in its path. This surge totally annihilated the small city of Waveland, Mississippi. A two hundred mile stretch of the Gulf coast from Louisiana to Florida felt the hurricane’s powerful surge. The storm was so powerful that hurricane-force winds struck Jackson, Mississippi, one hundred and fifty miles inland! The winds and rain damaged the entire state of Mississippi.
The direct impact of Katrina initially missed New Orleans, but the next day, August 30, several of the city’s levees failed and water from the surrounding lake poured into the city. Most of the city is below sea level, and now 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded. In some places the city was sixteen feet underwater. This was one the greatest disasters in a major city in United States history, and the only comparison to it was the destruction of San Francisco in 1906 by a powerful earthquake and fire. The only comparison to the overall destruction was the Great Hurricane of 1938. The federal government declared a ninety thousand square mile area of land, an area nearly the size of Great Britain, to be a
disaster area. New Orleans ceased to function as a city.
City officials estimated that entire neighborhoods were destroyed, and that 120,000 buildings, or 70 percent of the city’s structures, were unsalvageable. Peter Teanen, national Spokesman for the American Red Cross, put the disaster in perspective:
“We are looking now at a disaster above any magnitude that we’ve seen in the United States. We’ve been saying that the response is going to be the largest Red Cross response in the history of the organization.”
[8,000 Israeli settlers from the Gaza strip were forced to leave their homes and villages. Exactly 7 days later, Hurricane Katrina smashed Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. 80% of the city of New Orleans was under water.
It is interesting to note almost to the person, 100 times more people were made homeless from Katrina than Jews made homeless from being kicked out of Gaza. What is more interesting is the place where the hurricane broke the levy was called the West Bank levy in Louisanna (http://www.slfpaw.org/). side note: The area across the river is known as the "West Bank", despite the fact that because of the twists of the river it is actually to the south or east from parts of central New Orleans. Such details are not likely to be noticed by people who are not familiar with New Orleans.
Hurricane Isaac pounds Louisiana on (7 year) anniversary of Katrina
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2012/08/28/hurricane-isaac-makes-landfall-in-southeast-louisiana/#ixzz2NJObvub7 ]
The connection between the United States government pressuring Israel to destroy twenty-five settlements on the covenant land and Katrina’s destruction is obvious. The hurricane destroyed Southern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi a mere six days after the completion of the Gaza evacuation of Jews off the covenant land. Just as the major southern Jewish city in Gaza was
destroyed, so was a major southern city in the United States.
The New York Times vividly captured the connection between Gaza and Hurricane Katrina. On the editorial page for August 31, there were two articles. The first, titled “New Orleans in Peril,” was about the destruction of New Orleans; the second, titled “The Battle for Israel’s Future,” was, in part, about the evacuation of Gaza. The following are excerpts from the two editorials to show just
how Gaza and Katrina were linked, so that anyone reading the articles could put them together:
“On the day after Hurricane Katrina was declared to be not as bad as originally feared, it became clear that the effects of the storm had been, after all, beyond, devastation. Home owners in Biloxi, Miss., staggered through wrecked neighborhoods looking for their loved ones.”
In New Orleans, the mayor reported that rescue boats had begun pushing past dead bodies to
look for the stranded living. Gas leaks began erupting into flames and looking at the city, now at 80 percent under water, it was hard not to think of last year’s tsunami, or even ancient Pompeii. –from “New Orleans in Peril”
Mr. Sharon’s withdrawal of Israeli settlers from Gaza completed last week was a historic shift that should be acknowledged and extended. Now that Mr. Sharon has demonstrated that he is able to carry out a territorial compromise…he needs to extend the principle from Gaza to the crucially important West Bank. –from “The Battle for Israel’s Future”
[Shortly after the eviction, Mr. Sharon went into a coma that lasted eight years, ending with his death in January of 2014.]
A mere twenty-one days after the eviction of the last Jew, the President of the United States was publicly humiliated. On September 13, President Bush told the nation, Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government. And to the extent that the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility.
The man behind the humiliation of Israel, by forcing Jews from their covenant land, was himself humiliated before the entire world. His handling of the disaster relief directly impacted his presidency. The public’s opinion of him soured and started the downward spiral of his popularity.
The following is a list of similarities between the destruction of Gaza and Hurricane Katrina.
Prior to removal, the Israeli government called on Jews to evacuate their homes. The US government called on residents to evacuate their homes prior to the hurricane.
On August 17, Israel ordered a mandatory evacuation of the settlements. On September 7, the mayor of New Orleans ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city.
The evacuation of twelve thousand Jews was the largest in Jewish history since 1948. Several million Americans would evacuate from the path of Hurricane Katrina.
Israel sent forty thousand troops to evacuate the settlers while the United States had to send eighty thousand soldiers to the destroyed area.
Jews went to their roofs to try and delay the eviction, while thousands in New Orleans went to their roofs to keep from drowning.
Gaza is located in Israel’s southern coastal area. A section of America’s southern coast was destroyed.
The evacuation destroyed thousands of Jewish homes. The hurricane destroyed or damaged more than five hundred thousand American homes.
The day Hurricane Katrina hit, Jews were digging up their dead to re-inter them in cemeteries outside Gaza. Katrina’s tidal surge uncovered hundreds of bodies from Gulf coast graveyards.
The Israeli government barred citizens of Gaza from their homes. American citizens in the destroyed areas were barred from their homes.
Many Jewish people felt abandoned by their government. Many Americans felt abandoned by the government’s failure to respond quickly to Hurricane Katrina.
The Israelis from the settlements boarded buses and were taken to locations all over Israel. The people trapped in New Orleans were loaded on buses and taken to shelters all over the United States.
Gush Katif was a major agricultural center. The Port of New Orleans was the major agricultural shipping center in the United States, and the midwestern states shipped much of their produce through this port.
President Bush promised $2.2 billion for the relocation of the settlers. The early estimates were a cost upwards of $200 billion to repair the damage from the hurricane.
While the nation was still reeling from Hurricane Katrina, a second monstrous storm, Rita, headed into the Gulf of Mexico. On September 20, Rita brushed Key West, Florida, and headed into the Gulf. Rita exploded to a category-five on September 21 with 175 mile-per-hour winds and headed directly toward Texas. The people living along the Gulf Coast began to evacuate, and eventually nearly everyone fled Houston. Traffic jams one hundred miles long stretched out of Houston as 2.8 million people fled the coast. This would be the greatest evacuation in United States history.
As Rita headed west, the hurricane weakened and turned northward. The storm dropped to a still-powerful category-three hurricane with 125 mile-per-hour winds. On September 24, the hurricane came ashore in Texas just west of the Louisiana border. The eye hit a sparsely populated area of Texas, devastating the cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur. The coastal area of western Louisiana was also devastated, and many small cities were totally destroyed. The hurricane’s storm surge reached all the way to New Orleans, flooding the city for the second time in a month. The total damage inflicted by Hurricane Rita was more than ten billion dollars.
The Israel Connection
Hurricane Rita also had a connection with Israel. The destruction of New Orleans occurred just seven days after the removal of the last Jew from Gaza. On September 12, the Israelis gave control of the twenty-one settlements in Gaza to the Palestinians. On September 21, Israel completed its pullout from the four settlements in Samaria. When Israel completed the pullout, the Palestinians poured in and destroyed the settlements, just as in Gaza.
The Palestinians overran the settlements and burned everything, including the trees. They then looted everything possible. At the very time Israel transferred the final four settlements to the Palestinians, Hurricane Rita exploded into a category-five storm with sustained winds of 175 miles per hour!
On the day Israel surrendered Gaza, New Orleans
and huge sections of the Gulf Coast lay in ruins. On the day Israel turned over
the Samaria settlements to the Palestinians, a category-five hurricane bore
down on the United States. It seems that Katrina was for Gaza while Rita was
for Samaria. Within a very short time, Rita tore through the oil rigs in the
Gulf, heading toward some of the major refineries in Texas, and destroyed
several small towns along the Texas and Louisiana coasts.
For several months, the president had little to say about Israel and his two-state peace plan. Then, on Monday, July 16, he gave a short but significant speech. This speech became one of the turning points in the relationship between the United States of America and the holy God of Israel, ranking with the speech that George H. W. Bush gave on October 30, 1991, in Madrid, Spain.
This speech preceded monumental events that shook America to its core. George W. Bush began the speech by stating that he was the first American president to call for the creation of a Palestinian
State. He referred to the Israeli control of the Palestinian areas as an occupation. He again called for two democratic states—Israel and Palestine. A selection from the speech follows:
“More than five years ago, I became the first American president to call for the creation of a Palestinian state. In the Rose Garden, I said that Palestinians should not have to live in poverty and occupation. I said that the Israelis should not have to live in terror and violence. And I laid out a new vision for the future—two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side
by side in peace and security.”
The president said that the Palestinian state needed to be contiguous, which meant that Israel would be divided; Gaza and the West Bank are separated by thirty miles. The president wanted Israel cut in two so that the Palestinians could have an unbroken state. He said that America is prepared to lead the discussions to create such a state. Then, he made the most dangerous statement of all: that the final peace would involve Jerusalem. This meant that Jerusalem would be divided and that the eastern section would become the capital of a Palestinian state. In the selection that follows, the emphasis added is mine:
“These negotiations must resolve difficult questions and uphold clear principles. They must ensure that Israel is secure. They must guarantee that a Palestinian state is viable and contiguous. And they must lead to a territorial settlement, with mutually agreed borders reflecting previous lines and current realities, and mutually agreed adjustments. America is prepared to lead discussions to address these issues, but they must be resolved by Palestinians and Israelis, themselves. Resolving these issues would help show Palestinians a clear way forward. And ultimately, it could lead to a final peace in the Middle East—a permanent end to the conflict, and an agreement on all the issues, including refugees and Jerusalem.”
President Bush then stated that Israel had a clear path. According to the president, this clear path was to stop the occupation of the West Bank and to start developing areas like the Negev and Galilee. For the second time, he used the word “occupation” to describe Israel’s presence in the West Bank. He called for removing the unauthorized outposts in the West Bank and ending settlement expansion. In the following selection from the speech, the emphasis added is mine:
“Israel has a clear path. Prime Minister Olmert must continue to release Palestinian tax revenues to the government of Prime Minster Fayyad. Prime Minister Olmert has also made clear that Israel‘s future lies in developing areas like the Negev and Galilee—not in continuing occupation of the West Bank. This is a reality that Prime Minister Sharon recognized, as well. So
unauthorized outposts should be removed and settlement expansion ended. At the same time, Israelis should find other practical ways to reduce their footprint without reducing their security—so they can help President Abbas improve economic and humanitarian conditions. They should be confident that the United States will never abandon its commitment to the
security of Israel as a Jewish state and homeland for the Jewish people.”
The president then called for an international conference in fall 2007 for advancing the two-state solution. He said that Secretary of State Rice would oversee the two-state plan and that the United States would take charge of creating a Palestinian state. He also called for the United States to give the Palestinians $190 million in new aid. This section of the speech follows:
“The world can do more to build the conditions for peace. So I will call together an international meeting this fall of representatives from nations that support a two-state solution, reject violence, recognize Israel’s right to exist, and commit to all previous agreements between the parties….They will provide diplomatic support for the parties in their bilateral discussions and negotiations, so that we can move forward on a successful path to a Palestinian state.”
In one speech, President Bush touched on every area of dividing the covenant land that God’s Word states will bring judgment on a nation. This speech was followed by sudden, disastrous economic consequences for the United States. While the president was giving this speech, the United States economy was rolling along without any serious setbacks. The stock market was experiencing a four-month rally, and at the time of this speech, it was near its all-time high. The stock market surge had resulted in an 8 percent gain since March of that year.
On Thursday, July 19, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index closed at 14,000.41, breaking
14,000 points for the first time in history. There was no talk of a recession or unmanageable debt.
The next day, Friday, July 20, the subprime mortgage debt implosion hit the stock market and the economy. On this day, the market fell 149 points. This was the start of the economic turmoil that shook America and, eventually, the world. The economic instability that rocked America can be traced back to the week President Bush called for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital!
The next week, the market plunged into what was nearly an economic black hole. The stock market fell 311 points on one day and lost 4.23 percent in one week. The dollar was plunging, and oil prices surged. The world economy was heading into troubled times.
On July 27, a headline for the New York Times read: “Global Stock Markets Tumble Amid Deepening Credit Fears,” and on July 28, 2007, the headlines read: “A Second Day of Declines Caps Worst Wall Street Week in Years.” This occurred in the week following President Bush’s speech.
In August, the stock market and economy reeled from the collapse of the dollar, surging oil prices, massive problems in the credit markets, and the collapse of the housing market. The entire world was shaking from what was happening to the United States’ economy.