Abbas asks for NATO to replace IDF in West Bank as part of peace deal
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
As the peace talks between Israel and the so called "Palestinians" have been in a virtual deadlock for a while now, France has stepped up and is currently trying to find a way to get the two parties back at the negotiating table. Israel apparently welcomes the chance to hold unconditional talks with the so called "Palestinians". However, the "Palestinians" are wanting the talks to be based on the previous 1967 lines as well as with east Jerusalem as their capital.
A recent article in the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post stated that Palestinian president Abbas has asked that NATO forces replace the IDF in the West Bank. The Jerusalem Post article reports:
"Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday called for NATO forces to replace the IDF in the West Bank as part of as part of any peace deal that leads to the creation of a two-state solution.
Speaking in Cairo before the Arab League, he also rejected the idea of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. Recognition of Israel as the Jewish homeland as well as acceptance of a demilitarized Palestinian state with the IDF maintaining a military presence in the West Bank have been two of the cornerstone Israeli demands for any resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
Further, the Jerusalem Post article goes on to report:
"Abbas spoke in advance of a June 3 ministerial meeting in Paris that will launch a new French-led peace initiative that would set the parameters for renewed negotiating process.
Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians have been invited to the Paris meeting. Israel has opposed the initiative, which it believes dictates the results of the negotiations, though the Palestinians have welcomed it since it aims to set a blue-print for such talks.
Abbas said negotiations should be based on the understanding of a two-station solution based on the pre-1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital."
These rejections of recognizing Israel as well as replacing IDF troops in the West Bank I believe are an attempt to undermine the entire peace process. These rejections are nothing new and it makes one wonder why should Israel "sit down" to negotiate with a group of people that will never accept or recognize their right to exist in the region?
No sane individual would sit down with an enemy who refuses to recognize their right to exist. The whole problem for the "Palestinians" is that Islam will not allow them to accept a Jewish state. This is part of their religion and has been so for the past some 1,400+ odd years. The Islamists just will not do that. And the last almost 70 years have shown us that reality through the many opportunities for "peace" in that time period.
The Israelis are essentially in a predicament where they are darned if they do and darned if they don't. I'm afraid the Israelis will be pressured to sit down with the "Palestinians" and try to negotiate something that can't be done with a people who deny recognizing their very existence in the region.
I believe that as long as the IDF remains in charge of the West Bank, this keeps the "Palestinians" in check because the IDF is well trained for any situation with the "Palestinians". However, the idea of replacing the IDF with NATO troops, who are not prepared to be "caught in the middle" of a clash between Israel and the "Palestinians" is exactly the scenario that the "Palestinians" would like to have. I believe they would eventually try to get NATO to leave and replace their own forces were the IDF had maintained the peace. Or at the very least make it difficult for Israel to retaliate against the "Palestinians" should push come to shove. Having NATO forces in between the Israelis and "Palestinians" would seriously hamper the Israelis ability to retaliate and stop any aggression from the "Palestinians". We see this sort of situation playing out in areas where the United Nations is involved in the region.
It really can be said that if the "Palestinians" are pushing for something, then it is most likely a bad deal for Israel. I think the idea of replacing the IDF with NATO troops is a very bad idea and one that I hope the Israelis will not cave into the international pressure to do so. Since the situation in Syria and with the ISIS being the main issue for the past few years, I believe it is almost surely certain that we will eventually see the resumption of focus on Israel and the hot button topic of Jerusalem being pushed to the forefront again.
We know the Bible says that Jerusalem will become a burdensome stone to the world here in the end times. With a lull from the situation in Syria, I believe that the focus will begin to shift back on Israel and Jerusalem in the rest of 2016.
I believe that we should watch the situation in the Middle East, especially for any signs of a continuation of the so called "peace" process.
In the meantime, as we see things heating up, we need to keep looking up, for our redemption is coming nigh!