Catastrophes and Events 1997 – 2000 …
God has said in His Word,
“In those days and at that time,
when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
There I will put them on trial
for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
and divided up my land.”
(Joel 3:1-2, NIV)
Excerpts from Eye To Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israelby William Koenig …
U.S. Catastrophes and Events in 1997 – 2000 under the Administration of William J. Clinton concerning Israel:
MARCH 2, 1997: Chairman Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization arrived in Washington D.C. for a requested meeting with President Bill Clinton to complain about settlements that Israel had begun to build in East Jerusalem. Clinton remarked to the press that he would have preferred if Israel had not decided to build the housing project.
MARCH 1-2, 1997: DEADLIEST OUTBREAK OF TORNADOES SINCE 1994, several of which were categorized as F-4 intensity. Unusually heavy rainfall and flooding from northeast Arkansas through western Tennessee and into Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia. In parts of northern Kentucky rain fell at a rate of one inch per hour for a twelve-hour period. $1.1 billion in damages; 67 deaths.
“When Chairman Arafat used America as a platform to promote the dividing of Israel, and President Clinton warmly received him, the president’s own home state [Arkansas] was ravaged by storms and floods soon thereafter…. The New York Times front-page headlines reported, ‘In storm’s wake, grief and shock’ adjacent to a photo of President Clinton and Arafat with the caption reading, ‘President Clinton rebukes Israel.’” — William Koenig
APRIL 7, 1997: President Clinton met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to present “some serious things to think about” concerning the stalled peace process. Clinton vowed that he would continue to be heavily involved.
APRIL – MAY 1997: RECORD WINTER SNOWFALL FOLLOWED BY RECORD FLOODING CAUSED BY A HIGHLY ABNORMAL THAW in the Northern Plains. APRIL 5 BLIZZARD hit the upper Midwest. In the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota flooding persisted from early April through early May. On April 17 the Red River crested 22.5 feet above flood stage, breaking a 100-year-old record. 80,000 evacuated; 5 deaths; $4.1 billion in damages.
APRIL 27, 1997 (the international community gets involved): The United Nations General Assembly condemned Israel and called for the “cessation of all forms of assistance and support for illegal Israeli activities” in the “occupied Palestinian territory.” The Assembly demanded that member nations actively discourage settlements in the “occupied territories” and constitute a major obstacle to peace. The vote was 131 for, 3 against (U.S., Micronesia, and Israel), with 14 abstentions.
JULY 1997 – NOVEMBER 1998: LOSS OF HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS WORLDWIDE due to “Financial Contagion” — domino effect of banks and lenders that transmits a crisis from one country to another. FIRST: The Asian economic collapse erupted in Thailand in July 1997 and continued through 1998. SECOND: By July 1998, Russian asset markets plummeted and interest rates in ALL economies rose. Russia found itself unable to service the debt and asked for an IMF bailout, which eventually failed. THIRD: On November 13, 1998, the IMF approved a $41.5 billion rescue package to Brazil.
“As the nations of the world called on Israel to make painful concessions to a terrorist state … these nations began experiencing an enormous, worldwide financial crisis …” — William Koenig
JANUARY 7, 1998: U.S. Special Middle East Coordinator Dennis Ross told the press that he was in Jerusalem to help “prepare the ground” for upcoming meetings in Washington D.C.
JANUARY 4-9, 1998: NORTHEAST ICE STORM, one of the most long-lived and damaging ice storms to hit the northeaster U.S. during the 20th century. And the worst natural disaster in Canada’s history!
JANUARY 20, 22, 1998: Meeting between Clinton and Netanyahu at the White House to try and break one-year impasse in the Middle East peace talks. Meeting between Clinton and Arafat to discuss the concept of land for peace.
JANUARY 21: Monica Lewinski sex scandal broke. Clinton denied the allegations.
JANUARY 22: Clinton reiterated his denial of a relationship. Special Prosecutor Ken Starr issued subpoenas for the expansion of his Whitewater investigation and for White House records.
JANUARY 23-26: Clinton continued to deny sexual relations with Lewinski. Lewinsky promised to “tell all” to the Grand Jury in exchange for full immunity. From this point on, Bill Clinton was in a fight for his political survival.
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 1998: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza “to seek to resolve” the Middle East crisis and put the peace process back on track. Bill Clinton up to his neck in controversy.
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 1998: THE WARMEST AND WETTEST MONTHS IN 104 YEARS in the U.S. — $550 million; in damages, 17 storm related deaths, 5 counties declared federal disaster areas in California; series of tornadoes in central Florida (one was an F-4), 42 fatalities,, $500 million damages, 54 counties declared disaster areas. Up to 20 inches of rain in Texas Hill Country. (West, middle, and eastern U.S. were hit.)
MAY 1 – JUNE 5, 1998: As U.S. delegates and the international community pressured Netenyahu to agree to “land for peace” and the creation of an eventual Palestinian state, the Clinton administration came under fire in what came to be called “Clinton’s Chinese Scandal.”
SEPTEMBER 24-28, 1998: Benjamin Netanyahu and Yasser Arafat came to New York City to address the United Nations and to discuss a plan in which Israel was to give away an additional 13% of its land. As both men were preparing to address the United Nations, a “killer storm” headed toward the Gulf of Mexico.
SEPTEMBER 28, 1998: Yasser Arafat made an emotional plea to the United Nations for approval of an independent Palestinian state by May 1999, and was given a standing ovation by the General Assembly…. At the same moment, HURRICANE GEORGES smashed into the Gulf Coast, causing $1 billion in damages. The storm began to dissipate when Arafat left America.
OCTOBER 15-22, 1998: Arafat and Netanyahu met at the Wye Plantation in Maryland to continue negotiations. The talks were scheduled to last for five days. When negotiations stalled, President Clinton pressured the two to continue talking until a settlement was reached. In the end, Israel agreed to give away the 13% of land in exchange for assurances from Arafat of peace.
OCTOBER 17, 1998: TWENTY INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN ONE DAY over the San Antonio area of Texas causing flash floods that destroyed thousands of homes. The Guadalupe River (normally 150 feet wide) swelled to three to five miles wide! The rains fell at almost the entire time Arafat and Netanyahu were negotiating “land for peace.” Clinton was forced to declare a section of America a disaster area at the exact time he was orchestrating an agreement to carve up God’s covenant land!
NOVEMBER 30, 1998: President Clinton made an announcement at the second Conference to Support Middle East Peace and Development, held at the State Department with 50 countries and international organizations present. Clinton declared that he would be seeking an additional $400 million in U.S. aid to assist the Palestinian people and $100 million a year for 1999 through 2003. And Arafat announced that he was going to declare Jerusalem the capital of a Palestinian state.
NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 1: THE DOW JONES AVERAGE FELL 216 POINTS!
DECEMBER 11, 1998: IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES I, II, AND III APPROVED BY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE accusing President Bill Clinton of two counts perjury and obstruction of justice.
DECEMBER 12-15, 1998: CLINTON RETURNED TO ISRAEL AND DECLARED THE PEACE PROCESS “BACK ON TRACK.” Prime Minister Netanyahu was also struggling for his political life.
DECEMBER 17, 1998: The House delayed debate on the articles of impeachment while the U.S. launched military strikes against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
DECEMBER 19, 1998: THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTED IN FAVOR OF IMPEACHMENT for President Clinton, and the case went to the Senate for trial.
DECEMBER 21, 1998: THE ISRAELI KNESSET VOTED TO HOLD EARLY ELECTIONS after Prime Minister Netanyahu failed to win their support for his peacemaking policy with the Palestinians.
MARCH 23, 1999: President Clinton and Yasser Arafat met in Washington D.C. to discuss carving up Israel to create a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
MARCH 23, 1999: THE STOCK MARKET TOOK ITS BIGGEST TUMBLE SINCE NOVEMBER 30, 1998!
MARCH 24, 1999: THE KOSOVO WAR BEGAN!
MAY 4,1999: Arafat intended to declare a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. (It was postponed until December 1999.) Clinton refused to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and stated that Jerusalem was negotiable.
MAY 3-4, 1999: MOST POWERFUL TORNADOES EVER TO HIT THE U.S. (up to that point in history) raged through Oklahoma and Kansas. The highest wind speed in U.S. history was recorded (316 mph), and several of the tornadoes were declared F-4 and F-5 (over 260 mph)! . $1.6 billion in damage.
MAY 6, 1999: First Lady Hillary Clinton declared her suppoert for a Palestinian state and the “broader goal of peace in the Middle East.
AUGUST 24 – SEPTEMBER 7, 1999: ERRATIC HURRICANE DENNIS (Catagory 2) began to affect the U.S. east coast. It moved very slowly up the seaboard, drenched Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and lingered off the coast of North Carolina for nearly a week. Dennis traveled a bizarre path. At one point it reversed itself; another time it headed away from the coast, then came ashore ON SEPTEMBER 4TH. It weakened as it continued moving inland over central North Carolina. Not much damage but the amount of rainfall would prove significant within a few days!
SEPTEMBER 4, 1999: The Sharm El-Sheikh Accord was signed by Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak (the new Prime Minister of Israel), and witnessed by U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1999: The Israeli Foreign Minister met with one of Arafat’s deputies to work out arrangements for the “final status”of Israel’s land give-away in exchange for peace. They agreed to present outlines for the borders of a new Palestinian state, the status of Jerusalem, and Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by February 15, 2000.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1999: HURRICANE FLOYD STRENGTHENED TO A CATAGORY 5 STORM. The forecasters at the National Hurricane Center were astonished at how fast that occurred! Three days later it slammed into North Carolina, prompting the greatest evacuation in U.S. history. $6 billion in damages.
“While Israeli officials were meeting with the Palestinians to make plans for giving away God’s covenant land, a huge section of America’s east coast was being ravaged by a monster hurricane, resulting in some of the greatest property devastation in the nation’s history. The time coincided exactly with the implementation of President Clinton’s plan to have Israel give away her covenant land in exchange for peace.” — William Koenig
OCTOBER 14-16, 1999: Jewish settlers evicted from 15 West Bank hilltops as a part of the ongoing “land-for-peace” process which was actively supported by President Clinton.
OCTOBER 15, 1999: DOW JONES’ BIGGEST WEEKLY DROP SINCE 1989 (hundreds of billions of dollars lost), and HURRICANE IRENE hit North Carolina.
OCTOBER 16, 1999: 7.1 HECTOR MINE EARTHQUAKE hit Southwest U.S. (fifth largest earthquake to hit America in the 20th century.
JANUARY 3-9, 2000: Syrian-Israeli negotiations over borders and security. Clinton continued to pressure Israel to give up more land.
JANUARY 4, 2000: STOCK MARKET PLUMMETED — Dow 359 points; NASDAQ 229 points (worst drop ever, at that point) — $600 billion in losses in one day!
MARCH 26, 2000: Clinton held a summit with Syrian President Haffez Assad to discuss stalled peace talks with Israel over the Golan Heights.
MARCH 25 – APRIL 1: Three weeks after a record high, the NASDAQ WAS OFF 17% and finished the last week of the first quarter of 2000 with an 8% loss of its value.
APRIL 3-4, 2000: U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen held talks in Israel.
APRIL 3, 2000: NASDAQ SUFFERED LARGEST POINT DROP IN HISTORY!
APRIL 11, 2000: Clinton summoned Barak to the White House and said that he was ready to make an even greater personal commitment to the peace process.
APRIL 10-14, 2000: NASDAQ LOST $2.1 TRILLION DOLLARS, crushing all records!
[Between January 3 and June 10, 2000: Numerous meetings between U.S., Israeli, Syrian and Palestinian delegates.]
JULY 11-24, 2000: CAMP DAVID SUMMIT SAW UNPRECEDENTED NEGOTIATIONS IN BOTH SCOPE AND DETAIL.
JULY – AUGUST 2000: 35% of the U.S. FACED DROUGHT CONDITIONS; 20 dead, $4 billion in losses.
YEAR 2000: THE MOST EXPENSIVE U.S. FIRE SEASON ON RECORD. The first wildfire started January 1 and the last was put out in December. Major violence erupted in Israel as Palestinian terrorists tried to make their desire for an independent state known through dozens of violent acts against innocents.
Next will look at what happened on President George W. Bush’s watch …