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Are U.S.-Israeli Relations Headed for a Train Wreck?

Posted by avideditor on November 22, 2010

As Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Washington this weekend to address the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, relations between the U.S. and Israel appear to be headed for a train wreck. Indeed, Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., told Israeli diplomats in a conference call over the weekend that U.S.-Israel relations face their worst crisis in more than three decades.

Here’s what happened and why.

During Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Jerusalem last week to show American support for Israel, some lower-level officials in the Israeli bureaucracy decided it would be a good time to announce the construction of 1,600 new homes in a Jewish neighborhood of East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority immediately went ballistic, calling the announcement a threat to peace. The vice president was deeply offended and told Netanyahu that the timing of the announcement made the Israelis appear to be trying to sabotage the beginning of new peace talks with the Palestinians.

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One Response to “Are U.S.-Israeli Relations Headed for a Train Wreck?”

  1. theyenguy said

    The issue in Jerusalem is one of sovereignty over Jerusalem. The Zionists maintain Medinat Yisrael, Medinat Israel, the State of Israel, is sovereign over the city of Jerusalem, and that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel and that Jerusalem cannot be divided and that it cannot be the capitol of any other peoples.

    It was on May 21, 2009 Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, went on record saying, “A unified Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Jerusalem always has been and always will be ours and it will never again be divided.” This was followed the next day by a statement from French Foreign Ministry spokesman Frederic Desagneaux: “The international community does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the city’s status is a stumbling block in negotiations with the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.”

    If you know Scripture, that statement should make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, as it is a fulfillment of bible prophecy. Through the prophet Zechariah, the Lord God spoke: ”In that day I will make Jerusalem a stumbling block for all people; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth gather against it.” (Zechariah 12:3). Gills Exposition of the Entire Bible comments on the verse relating: “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people. The Targum renders it “a stone of offence”; at which they shall stumble and fall; but it seems to design the immovableness of the state and condition of Jerusalem, that those who attempt to remove her out of her place, or to make any alteration in her happy circumstances, will not be able to do it.”

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