Palestinians set date for statehood showdown at UN
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
As the world moves closer and closer to the coming September showdown between the Israelis and "Palestinians" at the United Nation, there is a new report out today that says the Palestinians have picked September 20th as the day they plan to seek statehood. This puts us about 5 weeks away from a historic moment in time when the world community will have to choose between Israel and the Palestinians. With the United States threatening to veto any statehood attempt, the Palestinian Authority is still going ahead anyway with the statehood bid. The Jerusalem Post reports:
The Palestinians on Saturday set the date for the much anticipated vote over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations for September 20, according to AFP. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki wrote to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon informing him he would raise the issue on the first day of the UN's annual gathering at its headquarters in New York.
“Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will personally present the request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon... at the opening of the sixty-sixth session," he was quoted as saying by the French news wire. “[Abbas] will insist on this historic initiative and Ban Ki-moon will present the request to the Security Council.”
Why would the Palestinians move ahead with a plan to seek statehood status when they have been told by the United States that they will veto any such move? Some have speculated that if the U.S. does indeed veto any bid that it will inflame tensions in the region and perhaps start a conflict as mass protests would be expected. Yet on the other hand any successful bid at the U.N. would probably put Israel and the Palestinians in a state of war as there has been no agreement on borders. So the result of this statehood bid is probably nothing more than to either call the Obama administration's bluff on the issue or to possible "stir the pot" in the region so that violence is unavoidable. I personally do not trust Obama and the idea that he might "abstain" from any vote at the last minute has entered my mind. This would setup a terrible situation while turning America's back on their trusted ally Israel.
Even if Obama delivers through with his promise to veto any Palestinian statehood bid, there is a chance that the Palestinians may try to seek "non member state" status or a status that is equal to that of the Holy See. In this case, an upgraded status at the U.N would benefit the Palestinians in the international court of public opinion. Such a move could be a springboard to future bids at the U.N. If the U.S. does indeed veto a Palestinian bid it likely to raise the tensions in the Islamic world against the so called "Great Satan" and could possibly increase terrorist activity against the U.S. both overseas and at home.
Another news article at the Haaretz website reports that Israeli President Peres and Palestinian Authority President Abbas met four times in secret in an attempt to revive the deadlocked peace talks. The Haaretz news article reports:
A Palestinian official told AFP on Saturday that President Shimon Peres met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas four times in recent months in a bid to resume Middle East peace negotiations. The Palestinian official said that a fifth meeting was scheduled to take place between the two leaders in Amman two weeks ago but was cancelled when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that Peres not meet Abbas.
Here it appears that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put the brakes on these secret meetings with Abbas. It probably likely that this was a good idea as the typically "dovish" Peres would probably give away the farm in any serious talks with the Palestinians. In addition to Peres meeting with Abbas, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni has blamed Netanyahu for the Palestinians statehood bid at the U.N. The fact is that Livni can't blame Netanyahu for not yielding to the Palestinians in negotiations, especially when the Palestinians continue to refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. There is simply no reason to carry on negotiations with people who are determined to kill you. Netanyahu is right in my opinion to cutoff talks. This will perhaps draw the Palestinians back to the negotiating table when they see that other measures are getting them no place. But then again, perhaps not.
In another sign that the Palestinian statehood bid is making things worse, an Israeli MK is calling for Israel to cancel the Oslo Accords as a result of the Palestinian statehood bid. The Jerusalem Post reports:
National Union MK Arye Eldad on Saturday called on Israel to cancel the Oslo Accords in reaction to the announcement that the Palestinian Authority will submit their bid for statehood to the United Nations on September 20. "The Government of Israel should announce immediately that with this application to the UN the Oslo Accords will be canceled and Israel should declare that Israeli law will be implemented in Judea and Samaria," Eldad said in a statement.
This call for cancelling the Oslo Accords comes on the heels of several calls recently in which different politicians have called for Israel to annex the areas of Judea and Samaria. Such a move is sure to be extremely unpopular with the Palestinians and would probably lead to war. But the Israelis are now lined up against with their backs against the wall right now. It is now more important than ever that we stand with the people of Israel in face of this devilish scheme to declare a Palestinian state in the ancient homeland of the Jewish people. there is no sitting on the fence and no wavering on the issues. The people of God need to stand with the Jewish people and resist this plot to steal the land from the Jews that they have fought so hard to keep and which is rightfully theirs according to the title deed found in the Holy Bible.
Let us pray for Israel during this difficult time, she needs all the prayers she can get in face of this vicious onslaught against her very existence. For students of Bible prophecy, these events should let us know that something major is likely around the corner. With the continuing unrest across the Middle East, this is one of the last things the region needs right now is a Palestinian statehood bid. It has in my opinion the possibility of pushing the region over the edge. Please, join with me and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the Jewish people. God bless.