Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Stalemated; Hezbollah Beats Chest Amid War Fears
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
In signs that the current peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians remain deadlocked, it is being reported today that the Arab League has announced that they are against continued talks with Israel unless clear borders of a future Palestinian state are worked out. This development comes even as the Arab world continues to deny the recognition of Israel. How can one ask for a state to be carved out of an existing state and not even recognize the original state? This defies logic and shows that the true obstacles to peace are coming from the Arabs and Islamic world rather than from Israel. It would be totally insane to carve out a Palestinian state out of Israel and expect Israel to recognize it when they are not even recognized in return. This to me is simply more of the Islamic doublespeak and hypocrisy that allows them to lie and deceive in order to obtain their goals according to the rules of Islam. This teaching of Islam is that it is OK to lie to the non-believers and make deceiving deals in order to advance the cause of Islam. The Jerusalem Post reports:
Arab foreign ministers spoke out Wednesday against any talks between Israel and the Palestinians, direct or indirect, unless the US takes a firm stance on the future borders of a Palestinian state. The Arab position attempting to push the US to endorse the original 1967 borders as the baseline for negotiations between the two parties.
The Jerusalem Post article mentions that the US is being pressured to get Israel to agree to 1967 borders which are totally unrealistic and will put Israel at a strategic liability should there be an outbreak in hostilities following such a move. The 1967 borders would also give the Arabs favorable terms on east Jerusalem and other sensitive issues. The fact that the Islamics want the US to pressure Israel has become the new tactic in the peace process. Instead of sitting down with the Israelis and working out a mutually agreed upon deal, the Islamics want the US to do their negotiating for them. This is why the Islamics have refused to carry on diplomatic talks with the Israelis and have instead preferred to have the US be the "go-between" in this problem.
This strategy has so far helped put pressure on Israel yet at the same time the Israelis have resisted efforts to restart a construction freeze in east Jerusalem and other areas that Israel would be expected to retain if the two-state solution is somehow implemented. The Jerusalem Post article goes on to further state:
While the Arabs are not backing a return to negotiations at this stage, they are not advocating any alternatives yet, such as a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state. The United States' peace efforts suffered a major setback after Washington abandoned efforts to coax Israel to freeze Jewish settlement in areas the Palestinians want for a future state.
"The negotiation track between the Palestinians and Israelis is futile. There is no return to talks. Any resumption is conditioned on a serious offer that ensures the end to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the peace process references," a final statement from the Arab ministers said. The Palestinians say they want a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast War. They say they are willing to swap 1.9 percent of the land to enable Israel to keep some of the settlements.
One of the most recent alternatives entertained by the Palestinian Authority is that they would go to the UNSC and request recognition of a Palestinian state without further negotiations. Despite making these threats repeatedly, the Palestinians have declared that they don't want to do this. Some analysts have speculated that the US and EU's refusal to recognize a Palestinian state without a deal is a non-starter. T%his being despite the fact that several South American states recently recognized a Palestinian state within 1967 borders. The bottom line is that a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state is not in the best interest of the Palestinians at this point in time despite the fact that it is tempting to them to try this option to break the current stalemate. But then again, we go back to the issue of recognizing a Palestinian state when the Palestinians won't even recognize Israel. The truth of the matter is that no amount of peace deals is going to solve the Israeli and Palestinian problem. The only one that can truly solve the problem once and for all is the Lord Jesus Christ. And eventually he will solve this problem as foretold in the Bible.
On another note, it appears that Hezbollah is beginning to get quite big headed lately in their assertiveness of being ready for war again with Israel. The UN tribunal set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri has met fierce opposition from the terrorist elements in Lebanon. The threat now is that if the UN tribunal goes ahead with indictments and proceedings that the terrorist elements may start a conflict with Israel in order to remove the pressure on Hezbollah and Syria who are expected to take the majority of the heat in the coming tribunal indictments. This whole situation leaves the tension in the northern part of Israel at a high level. The Haaretz newspaper is reporting that Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has stated that the terrorist group is ready to repel any Israeli attack:
Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said Wednesday that his Shi'ite militant group is ready to repulse any future Israeli attack, despite internal tension in Lebanon over a UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. "The resistance is working day and night and training day and night," Nasrallah said.
In his speech on Wednesday, Nasrallah accused Israel of spying on Lebanon with radars hidden underground that send pictures day and night. Nasrallah's speech came after an announcement earlier in the day by the Lebanese army that military experts had discovered and dismantled two Israeli spy cameras planted in the country's mountains. The military was tipped off about the systems by Hezbollah, the army statement said. Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran and Syria, holds veto power in the Lebanese government.
One of the long range spying systems was placed on Sannine mountain, which overlooks Beirut and the eastern Bekaa Valley, and the second was on Barouk mountain, southeast of the capital, the army said in a statement. The system found in Sannine included a camera, a device to send images and a third to receive signals, the army said. The device found in Barouk was "much more complicated." The cameras, equipped with an independent power supply, could establish coordinates of targets and included lasers capable of reaching 20 km (12 miles) away.
As we can see tensions remain high and efforts are being made by both sides to monitor the work of the other. This detection of the spy system will be an intelligence blow for the Israelis but I would not be surprised if they remedy this problem while planting more spy equipment to make up for the ones found. And I also would not be surprised that if there is more spy equipment on the border as well that has not been found. The Israelis are very good at spying and gaining intelligence in the region.
While the Israeli-Palestinian talks remain stalemated and the recent US announcement that it had failed to find a solution to the construction freeze issue seems to place the entire peace process in limbo. This of course could give rise to a conflict as when the peace talks break down, attacks against Israel usually go up, and the next conflict has many Bible prophecy watchers wondering if the Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 prophetic scenarios could be fulfilled soon? The answer may come in the not so distant future. Whatever the future holds, we know that the God of Israel will protect them as he has declared that he would do. He will not do this because they deserve it, but he will do it for his name's sake. The God of Israel has promised that the plots of the Islamic will not succeed and that Israel will actually grow rather than shrink in the next conflict.
Let us continue to pray for Israel and especially for the peace of Jerusalem. While 2010 came and went without a conflict, it could signal that 2011 is over due for one. With the weapons the terrorists have amassed on the border with Israel, it won't take much for the fuse to be lit that forever changes the region. Let's continue to watch and warn a world that has fallen asleep at the wheel. Stay tuned!