“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My Name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
Louis René Beres—The “Two State Solution”: Irony and Truth:
There is no lack of irony in the endless discussions of Israel and a Palestinian state.
One oddly neglected example is the complete turnaround of former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres. Recognized today as perhaps the proudest Israeli champion of a “Two State Solution” — sometimes also referred to as a “Road Map to Peace in the Middle East” — Peres had originally considered Palestinian sovereignty to be an intolerable existential threat to Israel. More precisely, in his book, Tomorrow is Now (1978), Mr. Peres unambiguously warned:
“The establishment of such a (Palestinian) state means the inflow of combat-ready Palestinian forces into Judea and Samaria this force, together with the local youth, will double itself in a short time. It will not be short of weapons or other military equipment, and in a short space of time, an infrastructure for waging war will be set up in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. … In time of war, the frontiers of the Palestinian state will constitute an excellent staging point for mobile forces to mount attacks on infrastructure installations vital for Israel’s existence…”
Now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in apparent agreement with this original position of Peres on Palestine, is nonetheless willing to go along with some form or another of a Palestinian state, but only so long as its prospective leaders should first agree to “demilitarization.” Netanyahu, the “hawk,” is now in agreement with the early, original warning of Peres, the “dove.” Peres’s assessment has been Netanyahu’s firm quid pro quo.
For Israel, as Mr. Netanyahu understands, legal mistakes and misunderstandings could quickly give rise to potentially irreversible harms. With reference to the particular matter of “Palestine,” the underlying hazards are complex, longstanding, and possibly global. These hazards would also only be exacerbated by any newly mandated (by the U.S., Russia, and/or United Nations) Israeli return of the Golan Heights to Syria. Then, armed militants could once again start shooting down at the farmers below, laboring on the Israeli plain.
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I’ve said this before, but it needs to be repeated again and again until it sinks in: the Two-State Solution won’t work. It can’t work because is runs counter to Yahweh’s promises about the Promised Land.
That’s not a big deal to people who don’t know Yahweh. In their world, He doesn’t exist, so it makes no difference at all.
But Yahweh does exist, and He is Sovereign. When He speaks on a matter, it is settled, and He doesn’t change His mind.
Yahweh told us that the Promised Land belongs to Abraham’s descendants through Isaac and Jacob/Israel. Trying to impose anything else puts people at odds with Yahweh.
We are heading for a showdown. It’s the unbelieving world vs. Yahweh. I know who wins.
I wish that believers didn’t have to suffer the consequences that unbelievers impose on the world, but that’s just a pipe-dream. We will suffer, too. Some more than others.
Trailing a dominant front-runner, a presidential candidate announces his running mate early, hoping to upend the race and win at an open convention.
Ted Cruz’s decision to tap Carly Fiorina on Wednesday is certainly unconventional, but not unprecedented — it echoes Ronald Reagan’s gambit heading into the 1976 convention, a history that offers cautionary notes for Cruz.
Reagan finished the primaries as both a beloved conservative and party underdog, trailing incumbent President Gerald Ford by 100 delegates.
I can see the parallel between Reagan and Cruz, but to me, this move looks more like John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin.
The parallels between Trump and Reagan are more pronounced. He has changing the face of the GOP. I expect him to do a lot more if he is elected.
The GOP needs a makeover.
Ted Cruz may be a Christian and he may be a gifted politician, but he has a blind spot. When you are beaten, it’s time to join ranks with the winner or pay a price.
Cruz looks desperate to me. Desperate people do dumb things.
The longtime Ohio powerhouse had not been very outspoken on the race since retiring last year, but he held little back when asked about the Texas senator and underdog GOP presidential candidate during a forum at Stanford University.
“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” he said, according to The Stanford Daily.
He reportedly said he’s played golf with front-runner Donald Trump, describing them as “texting buddies,” and said his relationship with Ohio Gov. John Kasich “requires more effort” but they’re friends “and I love him.” He also said he’d vote for Trump in a general election – but not Cruz.
- “That dark, designing, sordid, ambitious, vain, proud, arrogant and vindictive knave,” Revolutionary War General Charles Lee said in 1779 of soon-to-be President George Washington.
- “Hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman,” Thomas Jefferson said, referring to John Adams, whose son, John Quincy Adams, returned the favor, calling Jefferson, “A slur upon the moral government of the world.”
- “God forgive me for the vile thought, but I cannot help thinking of a monkey just put into breeches when I see him betray such evident marks of self-conceit,” Sen. William Maclay said of John Adams.
- “Of all the men whom it was ever my lot to accost and to waste civilities upon, [he] was the most doggedly and systematically repulsive,” British minister W.H. Lyttleton said of John Quincy Adams.
- Theodore Roosevelt was partial to backbone-related insults. He reportedly said President William McKinley had “no more backbone than a chocolate éclair,” though some have disputed he actually said it. “I could carve out of a banana a justice with more backbone than that,” Roosevelt also said of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
- “History buffs probably noted the reunion at a Washington party a few weeks ago of three ex-presidents: Carter, Ford and Nixon — See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Evil,” Sen. Bob Dole said in 1983.
- “People might cite George Bush as proof that you can be totally impervious to the effects of Harvard and Yale education,” Rep. Barney Frank said in 2005.
In February, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn bluntly said that a Donald Trump nomination could be an “albatross” to his Republican Party.
Wednesday, with Trump barreling toward the GOP nomination, Cornyn was singing a different tune.
“I think he could change the electoral map in ways we haven’t seen before,” Cornyn said when asked if he was worried about the Trump impact down-ticket. “This disrupts the usual Republican vs. Democrat, conservative vs. liberal paradigm, and I think we don’t know how this will all play out. I think it will be OK.”
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“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
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