A severe blow to Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s peacemaking efforts in the Middle East was struck Thursday, April 24, 2014, when Israel halted peace talks with the Palestinians. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release states the Israeli government broke off US-sponsored peace talks after Palestinian leaders announced the Fatah-Hamas Unity Agreement. Hamas is one of the leading anti-Israel terrorist groups. Fatah, considered more moderate, was founded by former leader Yasser Arafat.
The announcement seems to put an end to Mr. Kerry’s nine months of personal diplomacy, which was facing a deadline next week. Israel’s statement came the day after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared a plan to form a new government with Hamas. Hamas, the largest Palestinian militant terrorist group, controls the Gaza Strip and refuses to recognize the right of the Jewish state to exist. The proclamation of unity seems to be an indication that the opposing Palestinian factions are seeking to join forces against Israel.
A statement issued by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This evening, as peace talks were about to take place, Abbas chose Hamas and not peace. Whoever chooses Hamas does not want peace.” He goes on to say, “Abbas has formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organization that calls consistently for Israel’s destruction. Instead of choosing peace, he has formed an alliance with an organization whose charter calls on Muslims to fight and kill Jews.”
Christian’s need to be aware of the biblical significance to the times in which we are living and the biblical significance to what is happening in Jerusalem and throughout the Middle East. The relationship between Israel and the rest of the world is significant, for God has said so.
It seems that no matter what mankind does to force their will on this situation, nothing changes. Maybe that is because we are charging ahead with our will and not listening to God’s will. Does God have a plan for Israel? The Bible certainly says so, and this plan does not involve dividing the land.
If you do not understand the Biblical world view on what is happening in the Middle East, you fail to grasp the significance of the state of Israel. The thesis of author and White House correspondent William R. Koenig’s book, Eye to Eye: The Consequences of Dividing Israel brings our attention to Genesis 12:3 and the Abrahamic covenant. With this covenant God says to Israel, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Today, there are many countries that curse Israel. God says there will be consequences for such actions. If you pay attention you will see global headlines describing the prophetic fulfillment of God handling those who are out to divide Israel.
At first glance it may seem as if the countries which openly despise Israel are not taking direct hits from God while the United States is getting hit hard. These other countries may want Israel’s destruction and its land, but they are not whispering in Israel’s ear through a continually promoted peace process to go against God’s decree for the land, as the United States does, and divide it.
The United States is Israel’s greatest ally and our political leaders are pushing a certain agenda. Israel listens to the United States and feels obligated to do something to appease us, but they know they cannot give up their land. Secretary of State John Kerry has been putting a lot of pressure on Benjamin Netanyahu to comply with the peace process. In retrospect, that pressure may not be the best idea. There are spiritual consequences to such actions.
According to Koenig, many disasters which have hit America have come in direct response to George H. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush's devotion to pushing Israel off some of their God-given land. Mr. Koenig documents these incredible facts.
Nine of the ten costliest insurance events in U.S. history, six of the seven costliest hurricanes in U.S. history, three of the four largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history, nine of the top ten natural disasters in U.S. history ranked by FEMA relief costs, and the two largest terrorism events in U.S. history all transpired on the same day or within 24-hours of U.S. presidents applying pressure on Israel to trade her land for promises of peace and security, sponsoring major land for peace meetings, or making major public statements calling for a Palestinian state.
For example, October 1991, President George H. Bush promoted and proudly signed the infamous Oslo Accord at the Madrid Peace Conference. The Oslo Accord was labeled a land for peace accord that demanded Israel award their land to the Palestinian terrorists in exchange for peace. This perverse proposition was if you give us your land and we’ll stop killing you.
The next day the Perfect Storm hit Kennebunkport, Maine. Waves over 30 feet demolished the home of President George H. Bush, the instigator of the Oslo Accord. This very rare storm started in the north Atlantic, moving east to west, the wrong direction for storms to move. In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is said to move east to west. This storm was so unusual and contrary to Mother Nature it was called a perfect storm by meteorologists due to the rare combination of factors that created it.
The Lord has blessed Israel with prosperity. Israel desires peace and would like nothing better than to be left to live in peace. It is one of the most productive countries in the Middle East with a GDP of $215 billion and a population of 8 million people. In contrast, their next-door neighbor, Egypt, has a population of 80 million people with a GDP not reaching $200 billion.
Through Israel the Lord has blessed the world. These gifts have been more than spiritual. The contributions of Israelis in the fields of agriculture, medicine and science have been enumerable. America cannot continue to blatantly defy the Word of God and his plans for Israel.
Psalms 83:3-5: They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. 4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent, they are confederate against thee. So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.