Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Peace Talks and Natural Disasters?

earl Do peace talks and world attempts to chop up and destroy Israel and carve out the Jewish heart of Jerusalem always occur during hurricane season and other times ripe for natural disasters?

Or do natural disasters always occur during peace talks and world attempts to chop up and destroy Israel and carve out the Jewish heart of Jerusalem?

Just wondering.

Others asking the same…

Rabbi Brody
Shirat Devorah

A quick google found this correlation list printed in some xian outreach book…

Below is a sampling of "record-size" natural events which coincided when the United States pressured Israel to give up its land for peace, as documented in (an xian outreach book).

Nine Major "Acts Of God" That Coincided With The Timing of US Pressure On Israel To Give Up Land

October 30, 1991: President George Bush (the 1st) opens the Madrid Conference with an initiative for a Middle East peace plan involving Israel’s land.

On the same day, an extremely rare storm forms off the coast of Nova Scotia. (It was eventually tagged "The Perfect Storm," and a book and movie were made about it.)

Record-setting 100-foot waves form at sea and pound the New England Coast, even causing heavy damage to President Bush’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

August 23, 1992: The Madrid Conference moves to Washington D.C. and the peace talks resume, lasting four days. On that same day, Hurricane Andrew — the worst natural disaster ever to hit America — produces an estimated $30 billion in damage and leaves 180,000 homeless in Florida.

January 16, 1994: President Clinton meets with Syria’s President Hafez el-Assad in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement with Israel that includes giving up the Golan Heights.

Less than 24 hours later, a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks Southern California.  This quake, centered in Northridge, is the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the United States, behind Hurricane Andrew.

March 1 to April 1997: The combination of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat touring America and Clinton rebuking Israel for not giving away her land for peace coincide with some of the worst tornadoes and flooding in US history.

On the very day Arafat lands in America, powerful tornadoes devastate huge sections of the nation, ripping across Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Arafat’s American tour also coincides with the storms in the Dakotas, which result in the worst flooding of this century, in addition to weeks of major storms throughout the Midwest.

Arafat finishes his tour and leaves the US and the storms stop.

January 21, 1998: Israeli PM Netanyahu meets with President Clinton at the White House and is coldly received.  Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright refuse to have lunch with him.

Shortly afterwards that day, the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks into the mass media and begins to occupy a major portion of Clinton’s time.


September 27-28, 1998: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright works on the final details of an agreement in which Israel will give up 13 percent of the West Bank of Israel.

The same day Hurricane Georges slams into the Gulf Coast with 110 mph winds and gusts up to 175. The hurricane hits the coast and stalls.

On September 28, Clinton meets with Arafat and Netanyahu at the White House to finalize the land deal. Later, Arafat addresses the United Nations about declaring an independent Palestinian state by May 1999, while Hurricane Georges pounds the Gulf Coast causing $1 billion in damage.

At the exact time Arafat departs the US the storm begins to dissipate.

October 15-22, 1998: On October 15, 1998, Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the Wye River Plantation in Maryland to continue the talks which ended on September 28.  The talks are scheduled to last five days with the focus on Israel giving up 13 percent of the West Bank of Israel. The talks are extended and conclude on October 23.

On October 17, awesome rains and tornadoes hit southern Texas. The San Antonio area is deluged with 20 inches of rain in one day.

The rains and floods in Texas continue until October 22 and then subside.

The floods ravage 25 percent of Texas and leave over one billion dollars in damage. On October 21, Clinton declares this section of Texas a major disaster area.

May 3, 1999: This is the same day in Israel that Yasser Arafat is scheduled to declare a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. The declaration is postponed to December 1999 at the request of President Clinton, whose letter to Arafat encourages him for his "aspirations for his own land." He also writes that the Palestinians have a right to "determine their own future on their own land," and that they deserve to "live free, today, tomorrow and forever."

That same day, starting at 4:47 pm CDT, the most powerful tornado storm system ever to hit the United States sweeps across Oklahoma and Kansas. The winds are clocked at 316 mph - the fastest wind speed ever recorded.

August 29, 2005:  In April 2005 Bush and Israeli PM Sharon met in Crawford, Texas where Bush praised Sharon for his "strong visionary leadership" in initiating the Gaza withdrawal, known as the disengagement plan.  "I strongly support his courageous initiative to disengage from Gaza and part of the West Bank," he said, referring to the withdrawal of more than 8,000 Jewish settlers from Gaza and four isolated West Bank settlements.  US political pressure (on one hand) and financial support (on the other) were key to pushing Israel to this major move.

Exactly one week after Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon completed the forcible eviction of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip hurricane Katrina struck the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with a destructive and catastrophic force.

80% of the entire city of New Orleans was left under water. Many weather experts called this the worse hurricane and natural disaster that has ever hit the the country, and it ranks as #1 by cost and number of people impacted.

5 years after both events, an equal percentage of the impacted people in both countries remain homeless in temporary government housing situations.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hurricane season happens every year like clockwork. Linking peace talks (that haven't even really begun) with a hurricane seems a stretch.

RAM said...

I think we have enough to think about and do in Elul without trying to micro-understand world events.

In any case, do we really want a storm to cut through an area with so many Jews just so we can sense some "poetic justice" for the current government?

Anonymous said...

Funnily enough, diagram plotting path of storm resembles a shofar.

Anonymous said...

well, its may and obama wants arab homeland in israel, speech on friday. sunday there is this massive tornado in Missouri

Anonymous said...

Hasn't it been crazy every day since, somewhere in the U.S.? Two of Israel's borders are unstable... That is horrific. Pray for Israel!

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