Keith's Comments
How To Win Friends & Influence People
When that book was first published in 1937 it was an overnight success, eventually selling 15 million copies. In it author Dale Carnegie describes how to achieve success through "the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people." President Obama may have used those tactics to attain the Presidency of the United States, but he certainly hasn't continued to utilize that strategy in diplomatic relations.

A recent Washington Post article states that allies everywhere are feeling snubbed by President Obama. Everyone from the British and French to the Poles and Czechs in Eastern and Central Europe are wondering about their relationship with the President. Even relations with Japan and India are rocky. But one nation's relationship with America has me concerned more than any other: Israel.

A little over a week ago Vice President Joe Biden flatly condemned a years-old city construction project in Israel's capital of Jerusalem saying it is "undermining the trust" needed to jump-start final status talks with the Palestinian Authority. “I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem,” Biden said. The words hardly having the time to ooze from the Vice President's mouth till Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chimes in that Israel's decision to continue building "was an insult to the United States." In a 45-minute telephone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Clinton demanded that he take more steps to show his nation's commitment to peace. And if that weren't the icing on the cake, President Obama condemned the humiliation caused to Joe Biden with Israel's announcement of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem during what was supposed to be the vice president's friendly visit to Israel, and warned that the Prime Minister take "specific actions" to show he is "committed" to the U.S.-Israel relationship and to the peace process itself. The rift between the nations was bad enough to cause Prime Minister Netanyahu to convene his top ministers to discuss the situation.

This entire issue is due to the United States believing they can negotiate a peace treaty between Israel and the so-called 'Palestinians' (Arabs) by dividing the city of Jerusalem into a capitol for two countries. There's one major problem: It's not what the Lord wants, and He's going to deal harshly with those who attempt such a thing:

"I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land." (Joel 3:2)

I continue to shake my head in disbelief at the arrogance of this Administration. To have the audacity to believe they can impart restrictions on where a sovereign nation can undertake new construction is below the realms of peaceful international relations. But to meddle in the affairs of Israel is to set foot within the boundaries of a land that God calls His own. He warned everyone that in the Last Days He would make Jerusalem the centerpiece of contention for the world:

"And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." (Zechariah 12:3)

Prophetic events in the world are escalating at an astounding pace which tells us the appearance of the Lord Jesus to receive us in the Rapture is near. Make sure you have a saving relationship with Him, but if you don't or your not sure, please visit our page The Truth to find out how Jesus can be your Savior.

It's not going to be pretty when He draws His hand of protection from America, but it's going to happen, and it's going to be soon.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)

Keith

03-17-2010

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