For the last 14 years, journalist William Koenig has been covering American politics straight from the White House.
What sets William apart from his fellow journalists is his ability to tell the news from a Biblically relevant perspective, which is published each week in a 14-page news report called “Koenig’s Eye View from the White House.”
While on a recent trip to Israel with his wife Claudia, William stopped by the Breaking Israel News office and sat down for a chat on some of the most explosive topics gracing the front pages of newsstands today.
Koenig, who has insider access to a span of US officials, jumped right on when I brought up the upcoming controversial speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“As a White House journalist, I am there frequently. I have got to say that this whole situation with Netanyahu is literally one of the most fascinating things I’ve studied in the last 14 years,” he told Breaking Israel News.
Netanyahu, who departed Israel on Sunday to the US, will address a joint session of Congress on March 3, warning lawmakers on the dangers of a nuclear Iran. The prime minister is a public opponent of the US-led negotiations between Iran and the P5+1. Along with other Arab nations, Netanyahu has been vocal about his opposition to a “bad deal” with Iran.
Koenig explained that Netanyahu’s arrival to Washington to defend the State of Israel is sending a message to the president.
“Obama said in his recent State of the Union address that he will veto any legislation that would strengthen any sanctions against Iran. Republicans know that Netanyahu is the only person who can share certain things about the Islamic Republic that no one is speaking about in the US,” he said.
“I can tell you for a fact that Iran does not fear or worry about the leadership of Obama and Kerry,” he added. With a president who is weak on foreign policy, it make sense that Republican officials would want to open the floor to Israel’s prime minister, who faces the threat of annihilation at the hands of Iran each day.
“I know many Republicans in Congress and they are passionate supporters of Israel. They are Israel’s best friend and they see the evil that Israel is having to deal with in the Middle East,” Koenig said to Breaking Israel News. “Obama’s comments infuriated many in the Republican Party and [Republican Speaker of the House John] Boehner immediately provided an invitation for Netanyahu to speak.”
In his recent trip to Israel, Koenig met with several Republican lawmakers as well as Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who were in Jerusalem. “They all say that Netanyahu has got to give this speech,” he said.
The prime minister’s speech has turned into a decisive issue among American and Israeli officials. Many Democratic leaders, despite their support of Israel, have threatened to boycott the prime ministers speech and even stage a walkout in the middle of the address.
President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry have all refused to meet with Netanyahu during his trip to Washington.
“I cannot believe the divisiveness that this issue has turned into in the US and in Israel,” Koenig remarked. “Many believe that Bibi has climbed into a trap.”
While the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu has not always been the greatest, Koenig explained that enemies of Netanyahu within the Obama administration “are trying to use the speech to marginalize and discredit Netanyahu.”
“There has always been some tension between Obama and Netanyahu, or rather, Obama with Netanyahu,” he pointed out. “Netanyahu has been concerned about some things Obama has said in the past. For example, in 2009, Obama called for the Muslim Brotherhood, a terror organization, to be given a front row seat in the new Egyptian government. This is unheard of!”
With a president who, for example, refuses to equate ISIS terrorists with radical Islam, the Israeli prime minister has some cause for concern.
“Dick Cheney said a great line when it comes to Obama’s leadership: ‘Our enemies don’t fear us and our allies don’t trust us.’ The Iranian government doesn’t fear Obama’s leadership or any other leadership.”
“Obama says he has Israel’s back but when you see who he has put into positions of power – John Kerry, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, John Brennan – he says one thing but watch what he is doing. The fact that it’s come out that there has been behind the scenes conversations between Obama with [Iranian President] Rouhani and Ayatollah Khomeini says a lot about his intentions,” Koenig explained.
Connecting the situation with Iran back to the Bible, Koenig soberly said that while Israel has an uphill battle, God will in the end rescue the Jewish nation.
“Ezekiel 38 and 39 talks about the force that will come against Israel and be defeated by God,” he explained. During the war of Gog and Magog, Persia and other nations of the world will rise up against Israel.
The Bible states that “troops and many nations” will “advance like a storm” on Israel and “will be like a cloud covering the land.” (Ezekiel 38:9)
“This is a very significant piece of scripture. Iran is part of this group and will be devastated during the Gog and Magog war by God. What Iran is doing is very biblical and expected. However, the Bible tells us that they will be dealt a massive blow and will be shocked that they will be defeated,” Koenig explained.
When it comes to settling the final score with Iran, “I think it will be up to Israel to deal the final blow, not the United States. Israel will have to take care of their own business.”