"US wants agreement now, peace later"
This article contains a few gems:
White House document reveals American preparations for Israeli-Palestinian talks: President Obama to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah, call for painful concessions
Hmm....Painful? Who will these concessions be painful for? Historically, there has been little-no painful concessions for the so-called "Palestinians" - in fact I can't think of any concessions that have been required for the Palestinians, as we have watched the Israeli borders shrink over the years. We'll see, but I am not holding out any hope that the Palestinians will be asked for ANY concessions. Why? Because they have never been asked to give any meaningful concessions. That is Israel's job. The article continues...
The Obama administration plans to present Israel and the Palestinian Authority with a new outline aimed at ending the Middle East conflict.
The Yedioth Ahronoth daily has learned that the Americans will pressure the parties to sign a framework agreement for a permanent settlement within one year, but that the agreement itself would be implemented within 10 years.
Hmmmm again. I wonder if we'll be seeing a 7-year plan produced for this "implementation" period? Perhaps "confirming the covenant" would be another way to put this?
This time, Obama plans to get into the thick of things himself. Daniel Shapiro, the National Security Council's top Middle East expert, told the leaders of the American Jewish organizations that the president planned to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the coming year.
According to the American plan, the Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams would hold hectic talks in a bid to reach a framework agreement within a year. The intensive talks would be held in isolated sites, so as to allow the teams to calmly discuss the core issues of the permanent agreement: Jerusalem's future, the borders, the settlements and the refugees.
Now we may see a glimpse of the huge "concessions" which will be asked of the Palestinians.
If the talks reach a deadlock, American officials would intervene and attempt to bridge between the sides. In addition, the US would try to convince the Arab states to offer goodwill gestures to Israel and influence the Palestinians to compromise.
Ahhhhh. Thats it. The Palestinians may be asked to "offer goodwill gestures" to Israel.
Meanwhile while Israel will be asked to:
- Give up at least 1/2 and perhaps all of Jerusalem
- Give up the West Bank
- Divide their country with a "land bridge" between the West Bank and Gaza.
- Continue a "settlement freeze"
Yea, that's really balanced isn't it?
The framework agreement aimed at ending the conflict would be signed within a year. From that moment on, the agreement would be implemented gradually over a period of several years.
It will be fascinating to see if a 7-year time frame is mentioned. We shall see.
But there is more. The Palestinians are being asked for some vague symbolic gestures, while Israel would continue to give away massive amounts of their land - but thats not enough. Now we see further Palestinian "demands", and guess what these involve? Anyone?
The Palestinians, on their part, have already clarified their demands ahead of the direct talks, the first one being the establishment of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital
There is is again. JERUSALEM.
As we watch this process, beginning on September 2, just watch for these issues:
- Jerusalem and just how much of Jerusalem Israel will be asked to give up
- Length of the "peace plan"
- ANY real concessions that will be required by the Palestinians, as part of the process (Hint: little to nothing)
- How much land Israel will have to give up
- Genesis 12:3
Every time in the past that serious "peace talks" have progressed, major violence has broken out in the region - violence that has been instigated by Hamas and Hezbollah (as directed by Iran), because these groups have never sanctioned any kind of peace agreement. They only want one thing, and that is the complete destruction of Israel.
We will see how this all plays out, and it's a guarantee that the coming weeks will be fascinating to watch. At least for a prophecy watcher.