Will there be a settlement?
A recent Jerusalem Post story revealed more disturbing news from the White
House. The geographical area there in Washington
isn’t known as “Foggy Bottom” for nothing.
“On Wednesday, CIA director Leon Panetta said Israel knew it needed to
coordinate its strategy on Iran
with other nations and that attacking Teheran's nuclear facilities would mean
“Acknowledging that he had recently traveled to Israel to meet Netanyahu and
warn him against a strike on Iran, the CIA chief told
that he ‘felt assured’ Israel would not break ranks with Washington's strategy.
“’Yes," he said, ‘the Israelis are obviously concerned about Iran
and focused on it. But [Netanyahu] understands that if Israel
goes it alone, it will mean big trouble. He knows that for the sake of Israeli
security, they have to work together with others.’
That’s comical. That’s funny. In a scary sort of way.
For a guy as smart and pedigreed as Panetta — U.S.
congressman, White House chief of staff, and currently director of Central
Intelligence — Panetta doesn’t get it. He’s in a really crowded club.
Panetta’s warning to
is identical to every other White House warning to Israel
for the last half-century. Several times, in order to, you know, keep from being
has indeed decided to go it alone.
At the height of the crisis leading up to the Six Day War, President Lyndon
Johnson, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and Defense Secretary Robert MacNamara
(who should have stuck to making cars) all warned the Israelis that “you won’t
be alone unless you go it alone.” Thankfully, the country that produced Joshua,
Bar Khoba, and Ariel Sharon told the country that produced Bill Clinton that
they’d do what they had to do.
A side note here: it’s instructive for prophecy students who wrestle with our
beloved country’s wacky diplomacy to remember that to our urbane diplomats,
kooky ideas like demanding that Israel
trade “land for peace” seems perfectly reasonable. Many times, Christians ask me
types don’t get it when it comes to Israel
and God’s prophetic word. Here’s a clue:
Rusk and MacNamara were Presbyterians!
Now, before Israel-loving Presbyterians deluge me with emails, understand that
I’m speaking in generalities. In general, mainline churches dislike Israel.
That tendency infects every area of its members’ lives. Including Washington
These guys know little about Bible prophecy and what they do know, they reject.
So we come to the question of “the settlements” in Israel.
Just this week, the Economist, the British high-brow political magazine, slammed
Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, whose Zionism is as colorful as his
upscale wardrobe. The magazine’s editors felt it necessary to say that
Lieberman’s “anti-Arab campaign” damages peace-making attempts in the region.
Lieberman lives there. He knows that Arab citizens of Israel
are not loyal to the state, and he’s simply bringing this problem before the
public. He also knows that the heat is being turned up on Israeli citizens who
live in hundreds of communities in the biblical heartland.
But they are being thrown to the wolves, in order to appease the terrorists,
some of whom wear suits and sit at the U.N. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and
others are starting to show their fangs where the “settlements” are concerned.
This community of 300,000 Jews in the biblical heartland is a sweet, joyous
reminder that the God of the Bible keeps His word. I love them. There’s nothing
like driving through the country and breathing that clean mountain air and
seeing thousands of red-tiled, white-stucco homes dotting the Land of Israel.
They are the punch-line to the joke that is American and international
“settlers” aren’t going anywhere. Were they to be uprooted, Arab hatred of the
Jews would not only not diminish, it would intensify. For the Arabs, everything
revolves around the destruction of the Zionist entity. No amount of diplomacy
and no passage of time pacifies a hatred that is supernatural.
We are coming down to the conclusion of the matter, my friends. For ages, there
has been a war that we cannot see. That war centers on the authority of the word
of God. Is it true and sustainable? Or is it myth, no longer relevant.
We are coming down to a stand-off. In this corner, the world’s only superpower
and its friend in the international community, with all the power that that
awe-inspiring coalition can muster. In that corner, a tiny nation that has in
its midst an ember of sacred fire.
Someone recently asked me if I could help him get his pro Israel
book into the hands of Barack Obama. The answer is, of course, no.
But more to the point, even if one brought it on a silver platter, with a muffin
and pot of coffee, and the opportunity was there to “explain” Israel to the
commander-in-chief…he wouldn’t listen.
The time for that kind of appeal is over. From this point on, those of us who
are lovers of Zion must content
ourselves in sitting back and watching the greatest historical show of all time
presence in her ancestral homeland is permanent.