There have been several interesting developments this week.
First, today Iran's presidential elections are taking place. I am not that interested because it really doesn't matter who gets elected, prophetically, for two main reasons. The election is between current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and challenger Hossein Mousavi, who is viewed as a "reformer". The reformer aspect of his campaign is focused on their (failing) economy, not foreign policy. Both candidates will continue to expedite the nuclear program. Additionally, it is well known that the Islamic "clerics" actually determine all policy in Iran - the "President" is basically a puppet to the clerics.
As described in this article "Ahmadinejad lashes out at rival..." the same idea is summarized by the following statement:
"The outcome will have little direct impact in Iran's key policies - such as its nuclear program or possible acceptance of Washington's offer for dialogue - which are directly dictated by the ruling Islamic clerics. But Ahmadinejad has become a highly polarizing figure on the international stage with comments that include questioning the Holocaust and calling for Israel's demise."
This may be revealing, as the clerics may determine that its a better policy to keep their "end-game" goals (specifically, the destruction of Israel) much quieter, and getting rid of Ahmaddinejad could allow them to continue their nuclear progress in a much more covert way. Or they may feel that it doesn't matter, and continue to allow Ahmadinejad to hold his position. Either way, the clerics will determine who serves as President of Iran.
Another summary of the elections can be found here.
Perhaps more important news can be found here,
To summarize: Israeli Prime Minister "Bibi" Netanyahu is set to give a speech on Sunday, describing his positions on Middle-East peace plans. This is viewed as a counter to Obama's speech last week. There is a LOT of speculation regarding exactly what he will say, and it is difficult to determine until the speech. It will be a "landmark" speech, because it will formally define his new coalition's position in clear terms. While the details are uncertian, it does appear that we'll see the following:
Regardless of his statements relating to peace in the region, he will most likely demand that the "Palestinians" (in this case, we assume it will extend to Hamas and Hezbollah) recognize Israel as a nation, and confirm that Israel has a right to exist.
From that point, everything else will be irrevelant. We know from history that this point will never be recognized. IF (and thats a big "if") they DO recognize Israel's right to exist - it will be a lie, intended to buy temporary peace while they continue re-arming for an imminent invasion of Israel. It would be a lie (which, by the way, is a common method in Islamic "negotiations"), because we know from the last 60+ years what their intentions really are. Of course, we also know from bible prophecy what their intentions really are.
More than likely, Mr. Netanyahu recognizes that it is highly unlikely that the so-called "Palestinians" will recognize Israel's right to exist, thus, whatever else he says after that point will be largely irrevelant. Good luck finding this truth in the mainstream media.
Imagine that. Netanyahu simply wants the leaders with whom he is negotiating "peace" - to confirm their (Israel) right to even exist as a country. If it weren't so ridiculous and prophetic, it would be funny; but there is no humor here. God certianly doesn't find any humor in this situation, and a close reading of Ezekiel 38-39 will reveal God's view on the situation.
Sunday will be pivitol, as Israel takes their stand and makes their position clear to the world. It should be quite revealing, perhaps prophetic - we'll be watching closely.
Stay tuned, the story in the Middle-East is just starting to unfold.