"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found"  (Psalm 32:6)

THE CAPITOL HILL PRAYER ALERT

July 28, 2000

"PEACE" TALKS COLLAPSE

"The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace." Isaiah 59:8

  • After two weeks of intense negotiations at Camp David in Maryland, the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians backed their bags on Tuesday, July 25, and headed home. Returning to the White House, President Clinton admitted failure to reach a peace agreement "at this time." The major obstacle to the talks was due to Arafat's refusal to accept anything less than absolute control over the whole of the eastern section of Jerusalem.
  • Facing an uncertain political future, Barak returned to Israel to try to rebuild a fractured government. Taking into account Barak and his aide's independent manner of negotiations during the Camp David meetings, the Knesset is considering a bill that would require a majority of parliament members to approve the transfer to a non-Israeli authority of any area of Jerusalem.
  • Palestinians were urged to leave their homes and line the streets of Gaza to welcome Arafat, "the hero of peace, the hero of war." It is expected that Palestinian protest will escalate up to and through September 13, the day on which Arafat has promised he will declare an independent Palestinian State whether or not a peace accord is attained.

"Lord, we pray for the PEACE of JERUSALEM! Thank You for watching over Your Holy City. And thank You for hearing our prayers" (Ps 122:6; Is 62:1-7).

BUSH PICKS CHENEY FOR VP SPOT

  • On Tuesday, July 25, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush announced his running mate as former Defense Secretary Richard B. Cheney. This news was greeted with great enthusiasm from many conservative Republicans.
  • National Right to Life Committee voting records indicate that Dick Cheney scored 100% on life-related roll-call votes while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming (1979-1988). He supported and voted for the Siljander Amendment that stated "the term 'person' shall include unborn children from the moment of conception" and was co-sponsor to the "President [Reagan's] Pro-Life Bill" that declared disagreement with Roe v. Wade.
  • Ambassador Alan Keyes has expressed his support for the Bush/Cheney ticket and has said he is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Keyes told reporters he backs Bush's choice of Cheney as running mate because Cheney's views on abortion mirrored his own.
  • Defense and foreign policy are strong points for former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and were major factors in guiding Bush's decision. The Bush/Cheney ticket intends to make military preparedness, declining morale in the armed services and deployment of an anti-missile system major issues in their run for the White House.
  • Even with many conservative and Christian leaders singing their praises for Bush's VP choice, there are two critical areas of concern that must be addressed: 1. Cheney's health (he has had three mild heart attacks plus quadruple bypass surgery); and 2. Cheney's stance on homosexual lifestyle (his 31 year-old daughter lives an openly lesbian lifestyle). Reportedly, his doctors have given Cheney a clear bill of health. And while he is opposed to homosexuals serving in the military, outside of military concerns he believes that one's sex life is no one's business.

"Almighty God, cause America to HUNGER for Your Righteousness even in their politicians and leaders. Cause this nation to DESIRE to be governed by those who are JUST and RULE IN THE FEAR of the LORD. HONOR the candidates as they have HONORED You" (1 Sam 2:30b; 2 Sam 2:2-4; Matt 5:6, 6 33).


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