A WATERSHED WEEK FOR GOD'S COVENANT LAND by Bill Koenig of www.watch.org - posted 3/15/02

"It has been a watershed week in the Middle East positions of the United States and Israel. Has the Bush Administration neglected the warnings it has received about the implications of pressuring Israel into a 'land for peace' course? It appears so.

The world has known that United States President George W. Bush wanted his Arab 'allies' in the Middle East to join him in a global coalition against terrorism and especially against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. These same Arab nations may, and even might, agree to join the ranks of the anti-terrorist forces, but only with one condition: the U.S. would be expected to exert pressure on Israel, especially in the area of the "land for peace" provisions.

Not only has President Bush and his Administration responded recently by giving positive verbal homage to the smoke and mirrors of the recent Saudi initiative and by bringing the Tenet "land for peace" plan back to the table, but John Negroponte, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, stunned the world on Tuesday night.

With little or no advance warning to the media or even other members of the Security Council, Negroponte introduced a resolution to the U.N. Security Council which endorsed a Palestinian state to exist alongside Israel. The resolution passed unanimously, with one abstention (Syria).

The United Nations General Secretary, Kofi Annan, immediately jumped into the ring with his first-ever public criticism of Israel, accusing the nation of "daily humiliation" of Palestinian peoples and calling for an end to "the illegal occupation" of the territories.

All At Once!

The timing of this resolution turned heads, raised eyebrows, and generally caused parties both for and against Israel to do a double take. Consider the following circumstances, which could be termed "coincidence," but were they, perhaps, under the umbrella of God's perfect timing?

a.. Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, currently the Foreign Minister welcomed the resolution and spoke out in favor of Israel adopting UN Resolutions 242 and 338. No man in Israel has done more harm to the Biblical destiny of Israel than Peres. His comments have given other world leaders the fuel for their anti-Israel positions.

b.. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, one of Israel's strongest backers, had just begun his MidEast tour of 10 Arab nations and Israel, purportedly to discuss Iraq but already being complicated by having to deal with the Palestinian terror issues. He is hearing in every country that the U.S. has 'to do more to rein in Israel.'
c.. The UN resolution came on the eve of Retired Marine General Anthony Zinni's trip to Israel to mediate the cease-fire process. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, upon Zinni's request, had already a agreed to pull back from some of the IDF's military positions. (Note: As a reminder, during Zinni's first two trips to the region. the terrorism intensified.)

d.. Just when it seemed like the State Department was out of the loop and President Bush was taking charge in matters regarding Israel, Secretary of State Colin Powell, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), is back in the news again expounding on his thoughts and critiquing Israel's defensive moves against terrorism.

e.. President Bush, even though his Wednesday press conference showed him to be loose, doesn't seem aware of the consequences and is obviously under a lot of pressure. His ex-President father, George H. W. Bush, former Secretary of State Jim Baker, and other CFR personalities are evidently exerting influence over his decision.

f.. A conjunction which went unnoticed by the major media and most people was that the U.N. resolution was introduced and passed during Israel's nationwide Day of Fasting and Prayer, called by the Chief Rabbi, in response to the escalating violence and the impending territorial threat to the nation.

g.. The resolution was flagrantly introduced and passed in the face of a multitude of editorials, commentaries, and even a powerful speech by U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-OK), all of which explained, defended, and supported the premise that God's covenant land should not be traded away for peace. It IS about God's Land

The premise, ever since the Middle East peace process efforts began in Madrid (October, 1991), has been that Israel will gives up her covenant land, and that the Arabs will guarantee 'peace and security' for the Israeli people. The U.N. Resolutions 242 and 338, which call for Israel to give back the land they obtained during the 1967 War has been the focus.

And therein lies the problem, because it is all about the land. It seems that the entire world community, with the exception of Bible-believing Christians and observant Jews, now expects Israel to give up her covenant land.

However, the bottom line is that any nation which forces Israel to participate in the "land for peace" scheme will pay the price in the form of God's judgment. The repercussions will be costly and enormous no matter whether or not the intentions are good or innocent.

The United States continues to be the number one culprit in bringing Israel to the brink these days. While this country keeps announcing that she will protect Israel, the U.S. always seems to be the political force which leads Israel down the primrose path into a very vulnerable position with her enemies. We want to be positive, but we can't help but sense that the more this country attempts to appease the Arabs, the worse it will get for us.

President Bush and his staff are making enormous decisions without referring to the Bible. He and his staff are making decisions in the natural, and they are not acknowledging, whatsoever, what the Word of God says.

Presidential Choices

The current U.S. policy is an affront against the God of Israel, and the Lord will respond.

Isn't it an interesting irony that the President's top staff are all from the replacement theology churches, which proclaim that Israel has been replaced by the church, rather than grafted in, according to the Bible in Romans. Chapter 11. Yes, these same churches (Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and Episcopalian) have all called for Israel to leave the 'occupied' land and have blamed Israel for the conditions in Israel.

The President has two choices: go with the God of Israel and fully protect her, or stand with the enemy of Israel and face very harsh consequences. The Lord's fury continues to build daily and time is running out.

"Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is near at hand;" (Joel 2:1 KJV)

"Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee; because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent." (Revelation 2:4-5 KJV) (End of Bill's article)

How we need to pray, brothers and sisters...."