Obama's Diplomatic Plan - PA State, No 'Return'
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
As a result of the current stalemate in the Middle East peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians, there has become a tremendous amount of pressure being applied to the U.S. and Israel to jump start the "dead" peace talks that have resulted from a lack of genuine interest in negotiating and compromising by the Palestinian side. Israel has made numerous gestures in the past to appease and show a "good faith" effort to the Palestinians as well as the international community about their sincerity for a peaceful agreement to the long time conflict. but despite these numerous "good faith efforts" the Israelis have made, the Palestinians on the other hand continue to show absolutely no flexibility in trying to reach an agreement. The Palestinian Authority has made one ridiculous demand after another that simply mocks the entire process.
Currently news reports indicate that both U.S. President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu are both working hard on alternative plans to present to the Palestinians and international community. The Palestinians are threatening to try to unilaterally declare a state in September of this year, but have so far been rebuffed by the U.S. which has a veto power in the UN Security Council. The Israel National News issued a report that U.S. President Obama's latest "plan" is to recognize a Palestinian state but to reject the Palestinian demand for a "right of return" of millions of so called "refugees" into what is left of the Israeli state. This demand essentially makes the founding of a Palestinian state senseless as the refugees would be expected to live in the new Palestinian state, not in what is left of Israel. This essentially divides Israel in half and keeps the current situation of having the Islamists threatening to over-crowd the Israeli state and destroy it from within. These kinds of ridiculous demands are what is really holding up the region from trying to make peace, despite the fact that students of Bible prophecy know that no real and genuine peace will be established until the Lord Jesus Christ returns and enforces it from the throne of David.
The INN news article goes on to report:
United States President Barack Obama has created his own diplomatic plan for talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority to rival that of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to the New York Times. Obama's plan is reportedly based on principles including: the creation of a PA state in Judea and Samaria, with borders based on the 1948 armistice line, the split of Jerusalem, Israel's capital city, the negation of the PA “right of return” for descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948, and a focus on Israel's security needs. The details have yet to be determined, according to the Times report.
To complicate matters both Fatah which is headed by Abbas and Hamas have both declared that a peace deal without a "right of return" would not be accepted essentially has the terrorists dictating the terms of any peace deal. As a result it is my opinion that Israel needs to cease dealing on the peace deal front until the terrorist get "real" in their dealings on statehood. right now the demands the terrorists are making does not guarantee Israel's security or take into consideration the safety of Israelis after any deal. This is simply because the truth of the matter is that the terrorists still will not recognize Israel and are determined to try to "steal land" from Israel before creating another conflict that could erupt into something serious. The Jerusalem Post is currently reporting:
The Palestinian Authority and Hamas on Saturday separately rejected US President Barack Obama’s reported plan for peace in the Middle East, because it calls on Palestinians to give up the right of return of refugees to their original homes in Israel.
“The PA said that it would reject any peace initiative that requires Palestinians to relinquish the right of return. Nabil Sha’ath, member of the PA negotiating team, said that the right of return was a basic right, which the Palestinians couldn’t give up. “We will reject any American peace plan that calls on us to give up one of our basic rights – the right of return for refugees,” Sha’ath, a former PA foreign minister who played a major role in the signing of the Oslo Accords, said. Sha’ath noted that the Oslo Accords, signed between Israel and the PLO, call for holding discussions on major issues like Jerusalem, refugees, borders and security.
While the Palestinians cling to their ridiculous demands for a "right of return" to what is left of Israel, the current feeling on the ground is that if there is no major breakthrough in the next few months that a Third Intifada could break out like the two previous ones that will cause the Israeli and Palestinian people to endure more senseless bloodshed and violence. To me this is not going to go over well with the Israelis who have mentioned recently that one of their current options is to retake the Gaza strip after this failed experiment of letting the terrorists run it has shown to be futile. The idea of a retake of the Gaza Strip and a Third Intifada does not seem far fetched to me as one considers the prophecies of Psalm 83 that show Israel destroying their "inner ring" or enemies that are on their immediate borders. This would include Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria, and other West Bank terrorist groups. This scenario actually has Israel increasing in size as a result of this conflict. This in light of the ongoing stalemate seems to be the likely scenario for the region.
Right now Palestinian President Abbas is currently in Europe trying to garner support for a Palestinian state from countries like France and Germany. Reports indicate that while French President Sarkozy may be receptive to the idea the Germans on the other hand are going to try to persuade the Palestinians to hold off on any unilateral actions that could hamper the delicate peace process. I have a feeling that the Palestinians will not listen to Germany and as a result they could be setup for a disappointment in September that spills over to further bloodshed and violence. This could happen if the U.S. uses it's veto to torpedo the unilateral Palestinian efforts. So in the final analysis and in light of Bible prophecy, it is my opinion that we are headed toward more conflict despite the best attempts of the Palestinians to bypass direct negotiations with Israel.
As we see this things taking place, we need to remember that no matter how bad things look for Israel, the God of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers when it concerns his chosen people. Nothing that happens in the world surprises God and nothing happens without his divine permission. We should also note that as we see these things taking place that the Lord reminded us to stay sober and keep watching, as our redemption was drawing nigh. The promise of the rapture is surely around the corner as we see the prophetic puzzle pieces moving into place and things appearing to head towards a peak. Let us continue to watch the situation on the ground and pray for the peace of Jerusalem as we are commanded to do. We should also pray for the peace of Israel as well. Let's stay tuned to the current events in the region as they are pointing now more than ever to the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ.