Catastrophes and Events 2001 – 2004 …
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 2001-2004 under the Administration of George W. Bush concerning Israel:
MARCH 31 – APRIL 11, 2001: Egyptian President Mubarak and Jordan’s King Abdullah III visited President George W. Bush to persuade him to be more involved in the Middle East talks and support land-for peace initiative.
APRIL 1, 2001: U.S. NAVY EP-3E SURVEILLANCE PLANE COLLIDED WITH A CHINESE FIGHTER JET. The political crisis that resulted completely overshadowed the visits of Mubarak and Abdullah. (The very next day after King Abdullah left the U.S., the U.S. and China reached an agreement for the American crew’s release.
JUNE 5-13, 2001: CIA Director George Tenet met with Egyptian President Mubarak (June 6) and Israeli Prime Minister Sharon (June 7), and later with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. Violence in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip had claimed more than 600 lives. President Bush said, “I I;m encouraged that both Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to a ceasefire plan, and I’m proud of America’s role in helping to achieve it.” Violence continue despite Arafat’s call for a ceasefire, and the agreement was never officially signed.
JUNE 5-18, 2001: TROPICAL STORM ALLISON became the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history (up to that point in time); 24 dead; over $5 billion in damages in Texas, Louisiana, and along the Gulf and East coasts.
“It was one of those freak accidents. I don’t think we can fault the forecasters. No one can predict 36 inches of rain [in Port of Houston].” — Joe Allbaugh, FEMA director
(17 days prior to) SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: President Bush, Secretary Colin Powell, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Kurtzer, with Saudi cooperation, worked on the most comprehensive plan ever to be offered about Israel’s covenant land by a U.S. President. The majority of the work was completed on September 10. Secretary Powell was scheduled to present the plan to the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2001.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: DREAMS OF A NEW MIDDLE EAST PEACE INITIATIVE EVAPORATED after the greatest attack ever on American soil occurred. The U.S. war on terror was birthed at the very same time President Bush was completing a comprehensive plan for Israel!
OCTOBER 2, 2001: President Bush declared that a Palestinian state was always “part of a vision” if Israel’s right to exist was respected. Officials said a speech to be delivered by Secretary Powell would “clarify [U.S.] views on on an end result” of the peace process, leading to the eventual “creation of a Palestinian state” was circulating on Capital Hill.
OCTOBER 2, 2001: CAPITAL HILL DISRUPTED BY ANTHRAX ATTACKS. Traces of anthrax were discovered in several federal buildings, interrupting the work of America’s executive, legislative and judicial powers.
“I can’t think of anything that has disrupted government as much since the Civil War” — James Thurber, professor of government at American University
NOVEMBER 11, 2001: President Bush addressed the UN General Assembly, saying “The American government also stands by its commitment to a just peace in the Middle East. We are working toward the day when two states — Israel and Palestine — live peacefully together within secure and recognized borders as called for by the Security Council resolutions.”
NOVEMBER 10th and 12th, 2001: OMINOUS WARNINGS RECEIVED BY THE U.S. from Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein concerning nuclear, chemical, and biological retribution. And AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT #587 EXPLODED OVER NYC.
APRIL 28, 2002: President Bush and the State Department negotiated Israeli defense force withdrawal and Arafat’s release from his compound in Ramallah. President Bush announced a personal bond of friendship and strengthened relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia in the quest to promote peace in the Middle East.
APRIL 28, 2002: F-5 TORNADO LEFT A 24-MILE PATH OF DESTRUCTION IN MARYLAND; major disaster area declared.
JUNE 8, 2002: President Bush and President Mubarak called for a Palestinian State and for Israel to leave their land!
JUNE 8, 2002: THE LARGEST RECORDED WILDFIRE IN COLORADO’S HISTORY (to that point in time), spurred by record drought and and extreme weather.
JUNE 18th and 24th, 2002: June 18th was the date President Bush had planned to present his vision for the Middle East. It was postponed due to two major suicide bombings in Jerusalem. He finally managed to deliver it on June 24.
JUNE 18-19 and 24th, 2002: THE RODEO-CHEDESKI FIRES IN ARIZONA, called one of the worst in western U.S. history. On July 24th Wall Street stopped trading when MCI declared it had made a $3.6 billion accounting error! Shockwaves sent throughout the world financial markets and MCI soon became the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. corporate history (up to that time).
“Again, as Bush was promoting the division of Israel’s land, America’s land was being devastated by massive record-setting wildfires.” — William Koenig
NOTE: As a candidate for President in 2000, George W. Bush backed Israel’s claim on Jerusalem as its capital. But once in office he turned aside a congressional demand for steps toward moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2002: George Bush criticized a provision in an $8.6 billion spending bill for State Department programs around the world. The provision recommended recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Bush said that it “impermissibly interferes with the president’s constitutional authority to conduct the nation’s foreign affairs.”
OCTOBER 2-31, 2002: HURRICANE LILLI ($750 million in damage) and the D.C. SNIPERS (held Washington DC hostage for four weeks. Security checkpoints on the on the highways resembled security checkpoints in Jerusalem!
NOVEMBER 7, 2002: President Bush hosted a dinner for Muslim leaders in honor of the beginning of Ramadan, which commemorates revelation given to Muhammad that appears in the Koran, and said, “America treasures your friendship. America honors your faith.”
NOVEMBER 9-11, 2002: AN ESTIMATED 88 TORNADOES slashed through Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania — highly unusual for that time of the year. One of the worst tornado systems on record. ($200 million in damages.)
DECEMBER 4, 2002: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon accepted in principle the U.S.Road Map for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
DECEMBER 5, 2002: WORST ICE STORM IN THE HISTORY OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINAS. $133 million in damages and costs.
FEBRUARY 1, 2003: SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA DISASTER; first Israeli astronaut ever to be on a space mission killed along with 6 others. Shuttle was descending from the mission and was only 16 minutes from landing at Cape Canaveral when it broke up OVER PALESTINE, Texas!
FEBRUARY 5, 2003: Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that the Bush administration would adhere to the Road Map devised in partnership with the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations to create a Palestinian state by the year 2005, “carved out of land that Israel has held for more than 35 years.” On that same day, Pres. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed to give Iraq 6 weeks to comply over the pending Iraq war, which is the same amount of time Bush gave Sharon to form a coalition government and give a formal response to the Quartet Road Map.
APRIL 30 – MAY 11, 2003: International mediators presented a long-awaited Middle East peace plan. May 3 – 4, Secretary Powell headed to the Middle East and committed to Syria a Middle East peace that would include Syria, Lebanon, and the Golan Heights (northeastern border between Israel and Syria). For the first 11 days in May meetings were held between political, multinational VIP’s concerning dividing up God’s covenant land.
MAY 1 – 11, 2003: 412 TORNADOES ripped through Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee — the most observed since record keeping began! $2.2 billion in damages; 38 people killed.
MAY 1, 2003: European Union declared that the United States was not the sole owner of the Road Map for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
MAY 1 – AUGUST 17, 2003: The Quartet partner countries — E.U., U.S., Russia and the U.N. — experienced RECORD SETTING HEAT, DROUGHT, FIRES, RAINS, FLOODS, BLACKOUTS, AND CROP LOSS that caused thousands of deaths and costs billions of dollars and euros.
MAY 12, 2003: LARGEST TERROR EVENT TARGETING AMERICAN INTERESTS SINCE 9-11. American interests in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia were attacked with suicide bombings. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility. 29 people killed, 200 injured.
JULY 15, 2003: HURRICANE CLAUDETTE clobbered President Bush’s home state of Texas. $100 million in damages.
SEPTEMBER 6-19, 2003: U.S. told Israel that they would deduct money from their $9 billion loan guarantee equal to amount spent on the security fence. President Bush’s meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan to discuss the Road Map, Iraq, and bi-lateral relations had to be postponed because of Hurricane Isabel.
SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2003: HURRICANE ISABEL — the third most costly U.S. hurricane (to that point in time); disrupted federal business and transportation in Washington D.C.
LAST SIX MONTHS OF 2004: As international politicians continued discussing and planning for the division of God’s covenant land in the name of peace between Israel and the Arab countries of the Middle East, the following catastrophic events occurred:
RECORD SOLAR FLARES AND CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — after President Bush spoke out against security fencing in Israel and hosted a Ramadan dinner at the White House for a third year.
HURRICANES CHARLEY, FRANCES, IVAN, AND JEANNE — as President Bush was putting pressure on Israel to dismantle outpost settlements and stop new settlement construction, four of the largest evacuations in U.S. history occurred within 45 days. $22 billion to $25 billion in damages.
“Israelis’ lives were disrupted in the biblical heartland because of U.S. political pressure, while Floridians’ lives were disrupted (not to forget those in other southern states) by four record-setting hurricanes.” — William Koenig