CATASTROPHES AND EVENTS 1993– 1995 …
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 1993 -1995 under the Administration of William J. Clinton concerning Israel:
FEBRUARY 18-25, 1993: Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State visited Israel and reiterated the U.S. commitment to the role of full partner in reinvigorating the peace process.
FEBRUARY 26, 1993: A CAR BOMB EXPLODED UNDERNEATH THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000. Mario Cuomo, NYC Mayor stated, “No foreign people or force has ever done this to us. Until now we were invulnerable.”
MARCH 10, 1993: Announcement made by Secretary of State Warren Christopher made the statement, “Events in the Middle East have historically captured the attention of the world…. A passive American role is not enough. What is called for is an active, positive effort that will take advantage of what many believe to be a historic moment in that region.”
MARCH 12-15, 1993: THE STORM OF THE CENTURY battered the eastern U.S. with tornadoes, high winds, record low pressure and heavy snows. It affected 26 states, covering one-third of the U.S. and incurring $3-6 billion in damages, 270 deaths on land, and 48 more were missing at sea. Fifteen tornadoes hit Florida, with six inches of snow on the Panhandle. In Mount LeConte, Tennessee, 56 inches of snow fell. Snow fell at 2-3 inches per hour and 25 percent of flights were cancelled for two days.
MAY – SEPTEMBER 1993: Secret negotiations resulted in The Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, signed (The Oslo Agreement) on the White House lawn by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat (September 13, 1993). President Clinton pledged continued direct engagement of the United States in the peace process.
MAY – SEPTEMBER 1993: THE GREAT MIDWEST FLOOD produced major and record breaking flooding across North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Hundreds of levees failed along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. As the heartland of Israel was being negotiated, the heartland of America was being devastated with record rains and floods — cost: $21 billion!
JANUARY 16, 1994: President Hafez- al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic and President Bill Clinton held a joint news conference. Clinton said: “We pledge today to work together in order to bring the negotiations that started in Madrid over two years ago to a prompt and successful conclusion. Critical issues remain to be solved, especially … the question of relating withdrawal to peace and security. But as a result of our conversation today, I am confident that we laid the foundations for real progress in the negotiations between heads of delegations that will begin next week in Washington.
JANUARY 17, 1994: NORTHRIDGE EARTHQUAKE, 6.9 rocked southern California, centered 25 miles from Los Angeles — the second most destructive natural disaster (at that point in history) ever to hit the United States, second only to Hurricane Andrew!
OCTOBER 17, 1994: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin and Jordanian Prime Minister Dr. Abdel Salaam Al-Majali initialed the text of a peace treaty, which was signed on October 26 in Israel. President Bill Clinton underscored the U.S. commitment to the peace process.
OCTOBER 17-21, 1994: SOUTHEAST TEXAS FLOODING: The worst flooding on record for southeast Texas. Major highways flooded; fuel pipelines ruptured; massive fuel spills and wildfires. $900 million in damages. 17 lives lost.
SEPTEMBER 28-29, 1995: Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement concerning the West Bank and Gaza Strip was signed in Washington D.C. President Clinton hosted a summit following the signing. First meeting of the U.S.-Israel Palestinian Trilateral Committee was convened. 18-month Integrated Development Study of the Jordan Rift Valley began in October.
SEPTEMBER 27 – OCTOBER 5, 1995: HURRICANE OPAL drifted the Yucatan Peninsula and the southwestern Gulf of Mexico from September 27 until October 2, then turned northeast toward the Florida peninsula and attained Catagory 4 status on October 4th. 12 hours before landfall, Hurricane Opal neared Cat. 5 status. It ranked among the top 18 hurricanes to have struck the Pensacola area since 1900, and was the most devastating — $3 billion and 27 deaths.
That was during Bill Clinton’s first term. Let’s see what happened during his second …