Netanyahu’s Visit: Raise or Call?


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One of the most telling trends in our culture today is the amazing interest in the game of poker.

Now for me personally, watching someone else play cards is almost as thrilling as sitting in on a discussion of the history of Swiss dentistry.

But I can understand why some find poker such a draw (if you’ll pardon the pun).

To be successful, you’ve got to know what you’ve got.

You have to have a pretty good idea of what the other guy has got.

And you’ve got to be shrewd enough to figure out if the other guy has the nerve to put what he’s got on the table.

Raise, call or fold.

I believe that within the next four days we will see a game of international poker unfold on the world scene.

And the stakes may very well be the continued existence of Israel, the continued march toward nuclear weapons capability in Iran, and very possibly the continued blessing of God upon the United States.

On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with US president Barak Obama at the White House.

The hand writing on the wall indicates that Mr. Obama will attempt to exert great pressure on Israel to accept and immediately implement the so called “two state solution” to the conflict with the Palestinians.

Mr. Netanyahu has countered by upping the ante, so to speak.

As we have detailed in this space, he has in essence told our government, “Fine. We will be willing to negotiate with the Palestinians, if you remove the threat of nuclear Iran from the world.”

Through the surrogate voice of King Abdullah of Jordan, the Obama administration has “called and raised the stakes” by saying, “Accept the two state solution, including partitioning Jerusalem, returning to pre-1967 borders and granting the so called right of return or face war with all 57 Muslim states within a year and a half.”

Now it appears that Mr. Netanyahu has turned the tables by intimating that he might take action against Iran before the Monday meeting with president Obama.

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Obama warns Netanyahu: Don’t surprise me with Iran strike

By Aluf Benn and Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondents

U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding that Israel not surprise the U.S. with an Israeli military operation against Iran. The message was conveyed by a senior American official who met in Israel with Netanyahu, ministers and other senior officials. Earlier, Netanyahu’s envoy visited Washington and met with National Security Adviser James Jones and with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and discussed the dialogue Obama has initiated with Tehran.

The message from the American envoy to the prime minister reveals U.S. concern that Israel could lose patience and act against Iran. It is important to the Americans that they not be caught off guard and find themselves facing facts on the ground at the last minute.

Obama did not wait for his White House meeting with Netanyahu, scheduled for next Monday, to deliver his message, but rather sent it ahead of time with his envoy.

It appears that this fast forward move of diplomacy may have been prompted by a fear in the White House that Netanyahu might order a pre-emptive strike against Iran ahead of the Monday meeting.

No doubt Mr. Netanyahu has realized that the new administration already considers him an “obstacle to peace”.

As such, the Monday meeting will likely be an arm twisting session, designed to cause Israel to capitulate to the demands of the Arab world.

At that moment both sides will have to “put their cards on the table.”

Unfortunately, if that reveals that our nation has taken the side of those who hate God’s chosen people we will find ourselves on the wrong side of one of God’s most famous promises.

Speaking of the children of Israel the Lord said:

I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.  I 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 12:2-3)

Please be praying for our leadership in Washington that we will not deny and betray not only a steadfast ally, but also a people God loves in a special way.

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