Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sharply criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday for threatening Israel with boycotts if peace talks fail.
“Attempts to impose a boycott on the State of Israel are immoral and unjust,” Netanyahu stated, at the opening of his weekly cabinet meeting. “Moreover, they will not achieve their goal. First, they cause the Palestinians to adhere to their intransigent positions and thus push peace further away. Second, no pressure will cause me to concede the vital interests of the State of Israel, especially the security of Israel’s citizens.
“For both of these reasons, threats to boycott the State of Israel will not achieve their goal,” Netanyahu concluded.
Last Wednesday, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times published some details of Kerry’s plan which, he said, will call for a phased Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria based on the 1949 lines, with “unprecedented” security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley.
The Israeli withdrawal will not include certain settlement blocs, but Israel will compensate the Arab side for this with Israeli territory. The deal will call for “Palestine” to have a capital in Arab East Jerusalem and to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. It will not include any right of return for Palestinian refugees into pre-1967 Israel, Friedman said.
Jewish leaders later revealed that mutual recognition is another factor of the plan – with Israel recognizing a Palestinian state and the Palestinian Authority (PA) being forced to recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland – a condition the PA has already publicly refused to accept.
The public’s outcry over the plan has been long and loud, with ongoing protests against the plan’s preconditions – the release of 106 Palestinian Arab terrorists back into public life – and vigils, protests, and even mass prayer calls being held against Israel accepting the Kerry framework.
Outrage has intensified since the new boycott threat, the second time Kerry has been known to orchestrate boycotts against Israel – despite being an ally. Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon responded to Kerry’s threats of boycotts, saying “we respect Secretary of State Kerry but will not hold talks with a gun to our head. Friends don’t put ultimatums on the security of the state of Israel.”
“We will make decisions that guard the interests of the state of Israel,” Danon continued. “If we made choices based on the various forecasts of boycotts, we wouldn’t be here today. In the past we saw that wherever the IDF wasn’t present terror takes root.”
My sermon at New life Worship Center, Peoria, AZ, yesterday titled, “As You Have Done To Israel – God Will Do To You!” included the following 3 passages promising that God will Bless those who bless Israel and God will Curse those who curse Israel (instituting a Government imposed Boycott upon Israel by the United States is “cursing” Israel and should America follow through with Kerry’s threats, then be assured that America will continue to be “Cursed” by God with continued historic hurricanes, storms, floods, fires, earthquakes and economic distress!
My sermon also included Joel 3:1-2, declaring that God Judges nations who have “divided up My land!” America is pressuring Israel again to give up land that God Almighty Deeded to them – thereby America is picking a fight with God – America, you arms are too short to Box with God! If Prime Minister Netanyahu bends to U.S. pressure to give up land in the hope of peace, then not only will God judge PM Netanyahu, but America too!
Genesis 12:3 (NKJV)
3I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Genesis 27:29 (NKJV)
29Let peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethren, And let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, And blessed be those who bless you!”
Numbers 24:9 (NKJV) (See also, 23:19-23)
9He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? Blessed is he who blesses you, And cursed is he who curses you.
Joel 3:1-2 (NKJV)
1“For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, 2I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.
The good news is that so far PM Netanyahu appears to be resisting U.S. pressures to divide up God’s Land!
Let us pray for the peace & prosperity of Jerusalem and Israel by speaking the blessing of peace and prosperity upon them!
Psalms 122:6-9 (KJV)
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
9 Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.
SHALOM! SHALOM! BE UPON JERUSALEM!
SHALOM! SHALOM! BE UPON ISRAEL!
Pastor Jim Alderdice