Netanyahu says no guarantee talks will succeed, Abbas makes more threats
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
The news coming out of the Middle East over the past few days has been very negative in respect to the current attempts to hold direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. The news reports are showing how difficult talks are and that they are essentially following the same path of failure as previous talks. In today's news Israel PM Netanyahu is saying that there is no guarantee that talks will succeed, which I believe is aimed to prepare the world for the soon to be collapse of the Middle East peace talks. The reason I think this is the case is that the Palestinians led by Mahmoud Abbas have insisted on an extended construction freeze by Israel in the Jerusalem and West Bank areas. The Israelis have made it clear that the freeze will expire on September 26th. Barring a change of mind by the Israeli government, this will effectively end the Middle East peace talks as Palestinian President Abbas has declared that he will walk away from the peace talks should the freeze not be extended.
Let's take a look at the news reports as well as a few other interesting articles to help give us a good look at what is going on in the Middle East. The Jerusalem Post reports:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said that while the opening of direct talks with the Palestinians is an important step towards drafting a framework peace agreement, there is no guarantee that negotiations will succeed. The comments came in Netanyahu's Rosh Hashana address to the nation. "There are many obstacles, there are many doubters, there are many reasons for doubt; however, it is a necessity that we attempt to obtain peace, and we are trying, sincerely but not naively."
Netanyahu stated that any agreement would be based on security and recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. "No peace can survive that is not anchored in real security arrangements on the ground. Not on paper, not some weak international obligation, but Israeli security arrangements on the ground.
"The second thing, of course, is recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. We are being asked to recognize a Palestinian state and it is only proper and natural that we ask the other side to recognize the Jewish state."
Netanyahu is right that the Islamic nations that surround Israel are going to have to recognize Israel and their right to exist should any peace agreements be made. Netanyahu also noted that Israel is to be recognized as a "Jewish" state which would negate any claims by the Palestinians for a so called "right of return" of so called descendants of refugees. The aim of the Islamics is to gain their Islamic state and then demand that Israel absorb a ridiculous amount of Islamic people in order to try to defeat Israel from within as they can't defeat Israel through military means. This is a very satanic attempt to undermine the Israeli nation.
In fact, there have been some reports lately that the Islamics will not recognize Israel as a "Jewish" state nor will they recognize Israel at all. An Egyptian official recently brought these concerns to the surface when he expressed "concerns" about the Arabs having to recognize Israel in any future peace agreement. The Haaretz news website reports:
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said Monday that Israel's demand to be officially recognized as a Jewish state was "a cause for concern", considering the growing Arab sector. "Arabs make up 20% of Israel's population," Aboul Gheit told the Al-Arabiya media. "What will happen when they're 30%, say in 25 years?"
From the beginning of his tenure as prime minister, Netanyahu has made Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state one of his top demands. In his speech at last week's peace summit in Washington, Netanyahu reiterated Israel's top priorities in the current negotiations: security and the legitimization of Israel as a Jewish state.
"We are ready to recognize Palestinian statehood," stated Netanyahu in Washington. "But we expect you to recognize Israel as the national home of the Jewish people." He stated, "Mutual recognition is necessary in order to signal to both of our nations that the conflict is over."
As we can see from the article, the Israelis are genuinely interested in reaching a peace deal. Afterall, they have spent the last two thousand years "wandering" the world. Only with the re-birth of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948 was it possible for the Jews to see any chance of finding a safe haven in the world where all Jews could find rest as we as a home. The Islamics on the other hand appear to want their cake in the form of a Palestinian state, yet it appears they want to eat the cake as well by not recognizing Israel as a "Jewish" state. This is simply a ploy by the Islamics to try to gain as much as they can from negotiations before trying yet once again to wipe the Israelis off the world map. Any one who was genuinely interested in peace would make a mutual recognition of their peace partner. But as we can see the Israelis do not seem to have a peace partner when it comes to the Palestinians.
In fact, it is being reported that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is on record as saying that he will not make even one concession as it concerns core issues and that if he is pressured by Israel or the U.S. that he will "pick up his bags and walk away" from the peace process. The Jerusalem Post reports:
Just four days after meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Washington, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday threatened again that the Palestinians will pull out of the direct talks if the construction freeze in the settlements, due to expire later this month, is not extended.
“The talks will be for this month only,” Abbas was quoted by the PA’s Al-Ayyam newspaper as saying. “If the Israeli government extends the freeze, we will continue with the talks. But if they don’t extend, we will withdraw from the negotiations.”
Abbas said that he made his position clear to US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Netanyahu during last week’s launch of the direct talks in Washington. Abbas stressed that he would not make any concessions to Israel. “If they demand concessions on the rights of the refugees or the 1967 borders, I will quit. I can’t allow myself to make even one concession,” he said.
Netanyahu responded indirectly, telling a visiting three person US Democratic congressional delegation he hopes Abbas “will not choose to abandon the road to peace.” Netanyahu told the delegation, made up of Rush Holt (D-New Jersey), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Florida) and Steven Israel (D-New York), that there were “many issues that we did not agree upon during our discussions, and the only way to reach agreement on them is though direct, continuous talks, without breaks and without delays.” According to a statement put out by Netanyahu’s office, the prime minister said again that he thought an agreement could be reached within a year through direct and continuous talks.
So there we have it. The Palestinians have basically said that they will not make even one concession to the Israelis on the core issues surrounding the Middle East peace talks. This shows that the Palestinians have adopted once again the Islamic "alpha male" attitude that if they can't get exactly what they want then they will walk away. And my opinion is that the Israelis should wait until the end of the month, watch Abbas walk away from the talks, and then the Israelis themselves should walk away as well. Then the Israelis should use whatever political and legal means to have the "Palestinians" removed from the state of Israel permanently. This is only fair as Palestinian President Abbas has been on record the past few days as saying that any future Palestinians state will be "Jew" free both militarily and civilian-wise. As a result, it is my belief that only when the Palestinians are removed from Israel either by diplomatic means or military means will Israel have any resemblance of peace.
As it relates to Bible prophecy, it should not be any surprise that the Middle East peace talks are failing already. The Bible predicts in the end times that there will be a conflict between Israel and her neighbors that immediately border her. This conflict is foretold in Psalm 83. This conflict could also open the door for the potential fulfillment of Isaiah 17 as Syria has promised to stand with Lebanon and the Iranian terrorist proxies should any military confrontation break out. To me, the stage is being set for the coming Psalm 83 conflict and a total breakdown in the Middle East peace talks will help facilitate the arrival and fulfillment of these ancient prophecies. For this reason, we should all maintain a close watch on the region over the next month as more prophetic puzzle pieces are moved across the end times chess board. Stay tuned!!