Years afterward, whenever I recall the incident on our boat where my daughter's boyfriend “Bob” shook his fist at God, shouted “Is this all You can give me?” and reaped a terrifying windstorm, I can't help but laugh.

 

A later incident that brought it back to mind again was less laughable. It was a television broadcast that noted a few “coincidental” occurrences during the tenures of our past several U.S. Presidents. The key factor among the noted incidents was the ill-conceived “Roadmap for Peace”, by means of which our government insists that Israel give up big chunks of its already tiny territory to its Palestinian enemies in exchange for “guarantees” of peace. There are several things that are terribly wrong with the idea. First, Israel has already given up land for “peace” in the past with no demonstrable “peace” having resulted. Second, there can't be any lasting “peace”, because the Palestinians will continue to hate Israel until it no longer exists (if that were possible). Third, and most important, the Bible states most emphatically that not only will there be no peace, but that God doesn't like the idea of Israel giving up her land, which He gave to them as an everlasting possession. In Genesis 12:3, God promises to bless those who bless Israel, and to curse him that curses Israel. The prophet Joel, for another example, speaks on behalf of God against those nations who have scattered His people among other nations and parted His land:

 

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the Valley of Jeshoshaphat, and will judge them there for my people and for my heritage, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”

 

The prophet Obadiah foretells as well of a coming judgment against those who attempt to weaken that nation. Other prophets, besides, wrote of judgment against those who attempt to come against Israel, including Ezekiel, who very specifically described a future war that would decimate Israel's aggressors.

 

On October 30, 1991, the television broadcast recalled, George Bush senior spoke in favor of parting Israel's land to those attending the Madrid Peace Process. It was the first time that the U.S. had departed from its previous policy of firmly and uncompromisingly supporting Israel. That same day a freak storm of hurricane proportions that had developed in the North Atlantic and was heading in the wrong direction happened to create a huge, 30-foot wave that crashed ashore on a little spit of land in Maine and trashed the mansion that was located there. The ill winds became known as “The Perfect Storm”, and the estate was the Kennebunkport home of George Bush senior. The broadcast continued to link other “Roadmap to Peace” speeches by U.S. Presidents with corresponding shots over our bow, most of which also were same-day events. Thus, when the Madrid Peace Process came to the U.S. and we continued to demand Israel's removal of settlements from Gaza, we were hit by Hurricane Andrew. In 1994, as then-President Clinton met with Syria's Assad to discuss Israel's abandonment of the Golan Heights in return for pledges for peace, the devastating Northridge Earthquake hit Southern California. As George Bush junior was attempting to get Ariel Sharon to unilaterally give up the Gaza Strip, Hurricane Katrina was getting ready to pounce. As Israeli citizens began to evacuate Gaza, our own evacuation of New Orleans and its neighboring cities was occurring in lockstep with it. More recent links associate similar political events with significant stages of our recent economic meltdown. The three worst market freefalls occurred on three of Israel's major feast days.

 

Maybe it is just coincidence that Obama’s continuation of that policy along with his irritation with Israel and her Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu parallels our economic doldrums and the large number of natural disasters with which our nation has had to contend during his administration. But then again, maybe it isn't.                           

Published by Art Perkins