JPost: “The US and Europe appear to be moving in different directions regarding the immediate future of the Mideast diplomatic process, with US President Barack Obama scaling back ambitions for a comprehensive deal, while the Europeans continue talking in terms of an overarching agreement.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday in Brussels on the eve of a visit Wednesday to Israel and the Palestinian Authority that her visit just after the establishment of a new Israeli government was meant to send a message and has “political meaning.”
Opinion: It is the dream of every secular progressive politician; make peace between Jacob and Esau.
In recent history George H.W. Bush tried it. On October 30, 1991 as President George H. W. Bush was opening the Madrid Conference to consider “land for peace” and Israel’s Middle East role, the “perfect storm” develops in the North Atlantic, creating the largest waves ever recorded in that region.
The storm traveled 1000 miles from “east to west” instead of the normal “west to east” pattern and crashes into the New England Coast. Thirty-five foot waves pound Kennebunkport, Maine, and destroy the summer home of the Bush family.
William Jefferson Clinton tried it. The next failed land for peace deal was the Oslo Accords, August 20, 1993. The Accords were subsequently officially signed at a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 13, 1993. Present were US President Bill Clinton, PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
On December 13, 1993 President Bill Clinton was faced with allegations that state troopers had arranged sexual relations for him while he was governor. One of the women mentioned was Paula Jones, a claim that dogged the president throughout his administration. On November 4, 2005 Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Yasser Arafat went on to earn the dubious title of the father of modern terrorism.
George W. Bush tried it. The Gaza Expulsion Plan was concocted by Israeli PM Ariel Sharon and US President George W. Bush.
The Gaza plan deadline was August 15, 2005. Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States hit 8 days later on August 23, 2005
The eviction of all Israeli residents, demolition of the residential buildings, and evacuation of associated security personnel from the Gaza Strip was completed by September 12, 2005.
The following year, Sharon went into a coma and the Bush presidency suffered widespread criticism for his handling of Katrina and lost the majority in Congress in 2006.
The Bush presidency never recovered, and neither did Sharon who remains in a vegetative state.
And Barack Hussein Obama tried it with John Kerry at the helm. Kerry went into the talks ready to give the Edomite Abbas a state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
But nothing was enough for Abbas and the peace talks folded with Secretary Kerry warning that Israel was in danger of becoming an apartheid state. No blame was put on Abbas despite even refusing Israel’s right to exist.
The common denominator in every failed land for peace scheme was and is that God’s Eternal Covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:3, 17:7-8, Joel 3:1-2 Amos 9:15) is left completely left out of the picture.
So here we go again, and it won’t end well for the EU either.