For the Palestinians, peace process with Israel is dead
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
According to a recent Jerusalem Post article, the Palestinians have effectively said that unless the Israelis agree to their demands that the Middle East peace process is effectively "dead" in the water. The Palestinians said that they would be willing to resume negotiations provided that the Israelis stopped so called "settlement construction" and agreed to discuss borders along the 1967 lines. These demands show that the Palestinians are not serious about negotiating a peace with Israel, but rather they are only interested in "dictating" what a deal will look like. Not only are both sides far off on these issues, they are also far off on many others including the "right of return" of so called refugees and the status of Jerusalem. The real truth is that the "peace process" has been dead for years now. The only thing the two sides have done is played a game of "talks" to avoid what the Bible tells us in Psalm 83 will be an inevitable clash between the Israelis and their "inner ring" of enemies that are currently on their borders. The Jerusalem Post article went on to report:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington and two speeches by US President Barack Obama have reinforced the Palestinian Authority’s belief that the Middle East peace process is dead. Some Palestinian leaders were even talking about the need to consider “other options” in the wake of Netanyahu’s and Obama’s statements. The “other options” include proceeding with plans to ask the United Nations in September to recognize a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines, and declaring a third intifada against Israel.
“All options are now open,” declared PLO Secretary- General Yasser Abed Rabbo following an emergency meeting of PLO and Fatah officials in Ramallah to discuss the repercussions of the two leaders’ remarks. Another Palestinian official, Nabil Sha’ath, went as far as announcing that Netanyahu’s speech before Congress was nothing less than a declaration of war.
From reading the above quotes it is clear that the Palestinians have basically adopted an attitude of "it;s our way or the highway" when it comes to dealing with Israel. Even the comment about the recent events being a "declaration of war" is a sign to me of things to come. Neither side is going to budge on their positions and as the Bible says in Psalm 83, the coming conflict will provide Israel with a decisive victory that I believe will lead them into the coming Gog/Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39. The result of a decisive win against Israel's immediate enemies will provide the perfect "peace and safety" that will fit the prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 of a Russia led invasion of an unsuspecting people who are at rest and safety.
The problems with the current demands of the Palestinians is that the 1967 lines or borders will leave Israel in a situation where they can not defend themselves properly. This is exactly what the Palestinians and the rest of the Islamic world want as their ultimate goal is to push the Jews off the land and into the sea. Israel for their part recognizes this and this was one of the reasons that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu recently address the U.S. Congress and explained why the 1967 borders was not feasible.
U.S. President Obama has also been the object of scorn from the Palestinians as well as he has given into the pressure from Netanyahu who has quite frankly said "No" to 1967 borders. This has caused the Palestinians to be angry with Obama as well as they wanted him to pressure Israel into whatever deal they were willing to offer. And when Obama did not do this, he has started to take some heat from the Palestinians. This is typical Palestinian tactics whereby they put on one face while they are trying to get something and when that doesn't work out like they wanted, they rip off their "mask" and show their true face or colors. Yet while the Palestinians are disappointed with Obama, they have been very careful not to be openly critical of him as they prepare for a September showdown in trying to win U.N. support for a unilateral Palestinian state. The Jerusalem Post article went on to further state:
While the PA has directed most of its public criticism toward Netanyahu, many Palestinian officials also did not conceal their deep disappointment with Obama. Yet Palestinian officials and spokesmen in Ramallah were careful not to voice their anti- Obama views in public. PA president Mahmoud Abbas instructed his aides to refrain from commenting publicly on Obama’s speeches at the State Department and the annual AIPAC gathering in Washington. Abbas, too, is reported to be extremely disappointed with Obama for allegedly “endorsing” Netanyahu’s policies. But Abbas can’t afford to lose the backing of the US, and that’s why he and his top aides have refrained from openly criticizing the American leader.
The primary reason for holding back their frustration with Obama is that he has already said that he does not want to see the Palestinians try to push a unilateral Palestinian state at the U.N. With the U.S. holding the trump card in a "veto" in the UNSC, the Palestinians are trying hard not to upset Obama in the hopes that between now and September they can persuade him to change his mind on the issues. The general assembly of the U.N. will likely approve a unilateral Palestinian state, but the issue can't be brought up for a vote if the UNSC does not agree with it. A veto by the U.S. would effectively kill any attempt at passage of a Palestinian state recognition. Obama has made it clear that the only acceptable path to a Palestinian state is through direct talks and negotiations with the Israelis.
With both sides not budging on their positions, the Palestinians are right that the Middle East peace process is dead. And it has been for quite some time. the reason it has been dead is that the Palestinians have presented one demand after another that is unacceptable to Israel and/or that makes the situation on the ground impossible to apply. Israel refuses to allow a right of return for refugees into Israel after the creation of the Palestinian state as that demand defeats the purpose of creating a Palestinian state. A Palestinian state is for Palestinians, and Israel is for Jewish people. The Palestinians are essentially trying to carve away parts of the current state of Israel and continue on with the conflict by flooding what remains of the Jewish state with millions of refugees. This is totally insane and there is absolutely no reason Israel should agree to this ridiculous demand. Another sticking point is the status of Jerusalem. Israel insists that the city remain the eternal capital of the Jewish state while the Palestinians are trying to divide the city and keep the most sacred areas for themselves. The situation goes on and on as one goes over the various issues that surround the conflict. This is truly one situation where on the Lord Jesus Christ will be able to fix.
As a result, the next few months will be very challenging for Israel as the September month approaches and the unilateral attempt to recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 borders and with east Jerusalem as it's capital will continue to increase the pressure in the region. There is also a matter of another flotilla being organized for next month that will be larger than the one a year ago that threatens to cause the region to boil over in tension. At times like this, we need to continue to pray for Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We can definitely see that things are heading towards a peak and that now more than ever we need to remain focused on the Middle East. Stay tuned!!