Bush and Sharon Meeting
Followed by a Week of Serious
Note from Bill:
In my book, Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel , I point out that when President George W. Bush or one of his top officials puts pressure on Israel to divide her covenant land, major catastrophic events and/or major political events occur the same day or within 24 hours or the U.S. begins experiencing a period of disruption.
Specifically, when President Bush or one of his top officials pressures Israel to relinquish its covenant land and/or calls on Israel to evacuate Jews from the covenant land, the U.S. experiences a major catastrophic event and/or major political event the same day or within 24 hours, as outlined in Chapter 2 of Eye to Eye.
When President Bush makes major statements and/or top-level Administration officials begin meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials over Israels covenant land, there are periods of disruption that have ranged in length from seven days to three months as outlined in Chapter 4 of Eye to Eye.
Below are the headlines that followed U.S. President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's meeting Monday, April 11, at President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch. Bush stated he wanted Sharon to freeze settlement construction (but didn't pressure him) and wanted unauthorized settlements in Judea and Samaria evacuated. Sharon didn't commit to freezing settlement construction but did agree to evacuate unauthorized settlements.
In an example of the tension in Israel over the disengagement plan, Sharon said the following in an TV interview with NBC White House Correspondent David Gregory prior to leaving Israel for Texas:
Sharon: One should not underestimate the tension here, the atmosphere here. It looks like on the eve of a civil war.
Gregory: Do you worry about your life?
Sharon: All my life I was defending [the] life of Jews. Now, for [the] first time, security steps are taken to protect me from Jews.
The policies of previous U.S. Administrations and the Bush Administration has led Israel and her prime minister into a very precarious position and will have even greater consequences unless there is a course change, which doesn't seem likely at this point.
Below is the news that followed the Bush - Sharon meeting; the more serious news is highlighted in bold.
Bush To Sharon: Don't Expand Settlement April 11
Sharon: 'Atmosphere Looks Like On The Eve Of A Civil War' April 11
Sharon Pressed To Discuss Iran Options With Bush April 11
Iran Says Will Never Give Up Uranium Enrichment April 11
Israel To Disarm West Bank Settlers April 11
U.S. Trade Deficit Hits All-Time High In Feb. April 11
U.S. Israel Relations At Lowest Point In Years April 11
India, China To Form Strategic Partnership April 11
Senate Panel Grills Bolton Over Record April 11
Cheney Meets Sharon in Washington D.C. - April 12
Bush's Fort Hood Reception A Bit Subdued April 12
Rumsfeld Visits Iraq, Warns Against Corruption April 12
Rumsfeld Tells Iraqis To Hurry Up With Gov't April 12
U.S. Consulate In Pakistani City Closed April 12
Poland To Pull Troops From Iraq At End Of Year April 12
Al-Qaida Sought Nuclear Weapon: Head Of U.N. Atomic Watchdog Warns Of 'Most Horrible Scenario' April 12
China Builds A Smaller, Stronger Military: Modernization Could Alter Regional Balance Of Power April 12
Bush will host Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah at his Texas ranch on April 25 - April 13
Stocks Get Slammed, Dow Off 104 Points, Nasdaq 31 Points April 13
China-Japan Rivalry Heats Up: U.S. Faces Policy Challenges Amid Struggle For Supremacy In The Far East April 13
Worldwide Race To Destroy Flu Virus After Samples Distributed By U.S. Lab April 13
Sharon Meets With Wolfowitz, Winds Up U.S. Trip April 13
Sharon: Israel Won't Attack Iran April 13
Settlement Issue Could Split Bush, Sharon April 13
Stock Indexes Reach New Lows For Year. Dow Off 125, Points Nasdaq 27.66 April 14
Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 18, Wound Dozens April 14
U.S. May Get Tough On Iran April 14
Rice: Israel Provided 'No New Revelation' On Iran's Nukes April 14
Violence Continues In Iraq April 15
Wall St. Suffers Worst Day In Two Years April 15
Dow's Losses To About 400 Points Over Three Sessions, Caps Worst Week For The Index In Over Two Years April 15
U.S. Drops Israel From Fighter Jet Development Over China Row April 15
Iraqi Insurgents Reportedly Seize 60 Hostages: Heavily Armed Sunnis Said To Control Town Near Baghdad April 15
World Finance Officials Try To Calm Markets April 16
Delay Ducks Ethics Questions At NRA Speech April 16
Tom Delays Days Maybe Numbered April 16
50,000 American Jews To Protest Disengagement - April 17
5.1 Quake Hits Southern California - April 17
Border Patrol union supports Minutemen: Says it has had no complaints about monitors, blasts Bush over amnesty - April 18
Sleeper cells in America: 'Atomic Iran' explains terrorist threats to U.S. homeland - April 18
Iraqi Lawmakers Demand Apology From U.S. - April 19
Surge of Violence in Iraq Continues - April 20
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