The United States dealt a few hard blows to its supposed ally Israel in December 2016. And some believe that America could be punished by God for its decisions.
According to CBS, the United States failed to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution that condemned Israel’s construction of settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, even though the U.S. has a strong history with the Middle Eastern country.
Then came Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech, in which Kerry reiterated the Obama administration’s support for a two-state solution to the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.
“This is an issue which all of you know I have worked on intensively during my time as secretary of state, for one simple reason, because the two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Kerry said, according to Time. “It is the only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living in peace and security with its neighbors.”
Those at End of the American Dream believe America could be punished for its latest slight against Israel, the country they consider the fulfillment of the biblical promise of “the Promised Land” populated by a “chosen people.”
They say that God Himself forewarned revenge against those who refuse to support Israel. “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:3).
They gave 10 examples of times America was allegedly punished for its actions against Israel. Here’s what they said:
1. On March 22, 1979, the Carter administration chose not to veto U.N. Resolution 446, which related to territory gained by Israel in its 1967 war with neighboring Arab states. Four days later, the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty was signed in Washington. As a result of that treaty, Israel gave up a tremendous amount of territory. Two days later the worst nuclear power plant disaster in U.S. history made headlines all over the globe.
2. On Oct. 30, 1991, President George H. W. Bush opened the Madrid Peace Conference, which brought Israelis and Palestinians together to negotiate for the very first time. At the same time, the “perfect storm” was brewing in the North Atlantic. This storm traveled 1,000 miles the “wrong” direction and sent 35-foot waves slamming directly into President Bush’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
3. On Aug. 23, 1992, the Madrid Peace Conference moved to Washington, D.C., and the very next day Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Florida, causing $30 billion in damage. It was the worst natural disaster up to that time in U.S. history.
4. On Jan. 16, 1994, President Clinton met with President Bashar Assad of Syria to discuss the possibility of Israel giving up the Golan Heights. Within 24 hours, the devastating Northridge earthquake hit southern California.
5. On Jan. 21, 1998, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the White House but received a very cold reception. In fact, President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright actually refused to have lunch with him. That same day, the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, sending the Clinton presidency into a tailspin from which it never recovered.
6. On Sept. 28, 1998, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was working on finalizing a plan that would have had Israel give up approximately 13 percent of Judea and Samaria. On that day, Hurricane George slammed into the Gulf Coast with wind gusts of up to 175 miles an hour.
7. On May 3, 1999, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was supposed to hold a news conference to declare the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. On that day, the most powerful tornadoes ever recorded in the U.S. ripped through Oklahoma and Kansas.
8. On April 30, 2003, “the Road Map to Peace” that had been developed by the so-called “Quartet” (U.S., E.U., U.N. and Russia) was presented to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer. Over the next seven days, the U.S. was hit by a staggering 412 tornadoes. It was the largest tornado cluster ever recorded up to that time.
9. In 2005, President George W. Bush convinced Israel that it was necessary to remove all of the Jewish settlers from Gaza and turn it over entirely to the Palestinians. The very last of the settlers were evacuated on Aug. 23, 2005. On that precise day, a storm that would be given the name “Katrina” started forming over the Bahamas. It’s ranked as the costliest natural disaster in all of U.S. history up to that time.
10. On May 19, 2011, President Barack Obama told Israel there must be a return to the pre-1967 borders. Three days later a half-mile-wide multiple-vortex tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri.
We don’t necessarily endorse the theology behind an effort to draw a correlation between these disasters and these events in U.S.-Israel relations, of course, but the list is interesting to think about.
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