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GAZA AND KATRINA
A Terrible Connection
by Bernard J. Shapiro
We have witnessed two great tragedies in the last few weeks. One, the expulsion of Jews from Gaza, was a man made catastrophe. In fact, it was a crime against the Jewish People perpetuated by the Jewish government of Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. Sharon was not alone in this criminal act. The United States, through its State Department and President George Bush aided and abetted this act against G-d’s Covenant with Abraham.
The second tragedy appears to be a natural phenomenon. Sometimes the wrong that men do seems to go unpunished. Sometimes the consequences are quick and furious. I have received many dozens of letters from both Christian Zionists and religious Jews telling me that they feel that Katrina was retribution for Gaza. The people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi were not guilty of the crimes against the Jews of Gaza. Unfortunately the Scales of Justice do not work with perfect human logic. They are subject to a divine purpose not always apparent to us. Jewish history is filled with nations who persecuted us and then fell and disappeared into the dustbin of history.
The Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Persians the Greeks and the Romans persecuted us and destroyed our Temples - and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up high and mighty and now they have vanished. In the 20th Century, we witnessed the German attempt to exterminate us and the Soviet Communist persecution. Where are they now? Gone. In 1948 and many times since the Arabs have tried to destroy Israel. They never succeeded, but now they are aided by the Israeli government of Sharon and the American government of Bush.
Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director International Christian Zionist Center, had this to say about the connection of Katrina and Gaza:
"God’s answer was shocking in its severity. The same scenes the whole world had been watching just barely a week before were now again before our eyes, this time however not in Israel’s Gush Katif, but in Louisiana’s New Orleans and other parts of the United States: People driven from their homes – put in buses to be brought to hotels or other places of assembling – just as a few days ago, under pressure and to words of praise from President Bush and his Secretary of State, Israelis had been cruelly uprooted from their own homes and livelihood and put on buses. Who can deny the parallel and the finger of G-d in all this, of Him Who says through His Word that ‘He who touches you, Israel, touches the apple of His Eye’?
On August 15, 10,000 patriotic Jews were expelled from their homes and made refugees in their own country. This was done to fulfil the dictates of the US-sponsored Road Map to Peace.
Steven Plaut made the following observation: "There are approximately 6 million people in Israel. 10,000 divided by 6,000,000 equals 0.00167.
Two weeks later, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in the southern United States, and laid waste and complete desolation to the City of New Orleans. New Orleans has a population of 500,000. US News agencies are openly calling those displaced by the hurricane "refugees."
There are approximately 300 million people in the United States. 500,000 divided by 300,000,000 equals 0.00167."
Gershon Salomon of the Temple Mount Faithful spoke in Houston recently to a large crowd of over 200 Christian Zionists and a few Jews. When he mentioned the connection between Gaza and Katrina, there was loud applause. This was a group of people who voted for Bush and are among the most patriotic Americans. But they saw G-d\'s hand in the disaster in New Orleans. I don’t believe that the people who draw this connection are exploitative or opportunistic. They are quite sincere and G-d fearing people. It seems that there is a division of opinion on the connection similar to that between those who believe in Darwin’s evolution and those who believe in creationism or inteligent divine design.
I am a political analyst and not a religious scholar. But I see the Hand of G-d in recent events and it brings trembling to my soul. I have always believed in the importance of Israel in the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Over the past 57 years, I have seen many miracles in the Land of Israel. The power of the Jews when reunited with the Land of Israel was magnified greatly. In strictly military terms, it power was much greater than the sum of its arms and men. In intellectual and economic terms, we have all witnessed miracles from Israel.
I believe the forced expulsion of the Jews from Gaza and N. Shomron has upset the Holy biblical command to "settle the Land." This retreat from the principles of Zionism has severe consequences for all that were involved in that policy. It may not be politically correct to say it, but we are only beginning to witness the full extent of the Wrath of the Almighty. History has proven over and over again that "He who blesses Israel will be blessed and he who curses Israel will be cursed." Another important less of history enunciated by Santayana is: "Those who fail to learn from history, are condemned to repeat it."
Jews as well as the nations of the world frequently failed to learn these lessons. The post-Zionist leadership of Israel had best begin to educate themselves about the consequences of their actions. Of course, this is equally true of the nations of the world. It is my fond hope that the future will be better for all concerned as TRUTH begins to penetrate the darkness.
Bernard J. Shapiro is the Executive Director of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies and the editor of its monthly Internet magazine, The Maccabean Online.