Steven Collins
December 2, 2007
In the aftermath of the Annapolis Conference on Israeli-Palestinian issues, a sinister development has taken place. Right after the conference, the US State Department (and perhaps the overall US government) apparently tried to betray Israeli security interests by making the Israelis subject to the dictates of the United Nations. The UN has shown over the years that it is heavily biased against Israeli interests. Here is what reported.
Without telling anyone in the Israeli government, the US State Department tried to “sell out” Israeli interests via a secret, closed session of the UN Security Council which would have “obligate[d] Israel and the Palestinians to bring negotiations to a conclusion by the end of 2008.” This would have made the UN Security Council the “overseer” of the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” and would have empowered the UN to use international authority to impose a settlement upon the Israelis. Coincidentally, this secret deal would have resulted in an imposed settlement just before President Bush (and Condi Rice) leave office, allowing them to trumpet some kind of “legacy” at the obvious expense of the Israelis. The Debka report indicates that it would have been a “short distance from UN sponsorship of the process to the dispatch of international troops to the region.”
Apparently, the Israelis found out about the secretive betrayal of Israeli interests by the USA and averted it with a series of “urgent…phone calls” between Israeli and American leaders. Israeli Prime Minister Olmert even found the fortitude to act in Israeli interests instead of doing the bidding of anti-Israeli internationalists. Debka asserted that PM Olmert “made no bones about threatening to pull out of the entire diplomatic track charted at Annapolis,” and stressed that “the application to the UN directly contravened Rice’s own accords with the Israeli Foreign Minister.” The Israeli ambassador reportedly believed that this secretive process “originated with Secretary Rice,” and that “She sought to punish Israel for not following her lead at the conference.”
This entire matter is highly embarrassing for the US government. It left the White House blaming the State Department, and the State Department and the UN Ambassador’s office blaming each other for the diplomatic fiasco. It seems evident that Sec. Rice was caught “red handed” trying to subvert the entire negotiating process, betray the Israeli security interests and impose her dictates on the ultimate outcome of the process. While I doubt that it will be publicly stated, it also made it clear to Israel that Sec. Rice (and perhaps the US government itself) cannot be trusted any longer. While there are reports of a “falling out” between Sec. Rice and President Bush over the matter, this may be something concocted to permit the White House to save face. Sec. Rice and President Bush have been so close together as allies for so long that it seems inconceivable to me that she would have taken this high-risk gambit without the President’s approval. It will be interesting to see if the compliant “establishment” press reports this story or acts to “spike” it so the US public is “kept in the dark” about it.
Why would Sec. Rice do such a back-stabbing to the Israelis? The Debka report indicates it was to implement a demand by Saudi Arabia. The chronic mismanagement of the US economy, budget and currency by the Bush Administration has led to a situation where the US is dependent on the mercies of foreign governments, like the Saudis and other oil-rich Arab states, to keep world oil markets priced in dollars so the US currency does not collapse before the 2008 Presidential elections in the USA. Increasingly, in all relationships with other nations, the USA is the “borrower” and the other nations are the “lenders.” Proverbs 22:7 notes the immutable truth that borrowers are “servants” to lenders. The secretive (and rapid) sell-out of Israeli interests right after the Annapolis Conference may be a result of President Bush being “told” what to do by foreign lenders. The USA is losing control over its own foreign policy decisions due to America’s historic economic profligacy. This will increasingly work against the interests of the Israelis.
What does this have to do with prophecy? A lot! Zechariah 12:2-3 prophesies that in the latter days, Jerusalem will become a “cup of trembling” and a “burdensome stone for all people.” The status of Jerusalem is a critical issue in any Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement, and any satisfactory solution seems unattainable. The prophecy of Zechariah 12 is being dramatically fulfilled in modern world geopolitics! The Palestinians want not only Jerusalem for their own capital but they also want the world community to put an end to the Jewish state via successive surrenders of Jewish land and interests in endless “peace processes.” On the other hand, the Israelis have declared, quite rightly, that there will “never again” be an abandonment of the Jewish people to a Holocaust at the hands of their enemies, and they have a few hundred nuclear warheads to use on those who would try to do such a thing. Zephaniah 2:1-7 prophesies that it is God’s Will that the Jews (“Judah”) have a homeland in the latter days in the old Promised Land. That is abundantly clear. Zechariah 12:2-3 has been fulfilled. The rest of Zechariah 12 will be fulfilled in the years ahead of us. I suggest you read the rest of that chapter. Those who seek to end the existence of the Israeli nation will find that they will ultimately have the Creator himself as an enemy! The future fate of the Creator’s enemies is described in Zechariah 12:4-9, Zechariah 14:1-14, Revelation 19:11-21 and many other prophecies.