Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Finding "the devil in the details"

That is a common quote used in the U.S.: "The devil is in the details" - a term which can be applied to different scenarios, but in this case, it means you may read the headlines and assume you will read an article detailing the headline, but buried deep in the details may be information that comes unexpectedly and ominously (OK, I'm stretching the common use of the term a little, but it seems appropriate here)..

The title of this most recent article from Haaretz seems interesting enough:

EU to wait until 'appropriate' to recognize Palestinian State

The 27 EU foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels a day after chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat wrote a letter to foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, urging the body to back its efforts to rope in the international community.

"[The council] reiterates its readiness, when appropriate, to recognize a Palestinian state," it said in the statement, adding that "urgent progress is needed towards a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

That alone raises interesting issues, such as - when would the EU determine what the "appropriate" time would be.

Following this statement, we see the typical "PC" verbiage from the EU:

"We want to see the State of Israel and a sovereign, independent, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security," resolved the council, emphasizing that "The legitimacy of the State of Israel and the right of Palestinians to achieve statehood must never be called into question."

EU foreign ministers "noted with regret" Israel's failure to extend a moratorium on construction of Jewish settlements, and took a stand at odds with the decision by the United States to drop efforts to persuade Israel to freeze settlement building.

Then we find the hidden zinger, buried deep within this article - barely noticeable except to the prophecy watcher:

The EU ministers agreed to help Gaza authorities expand the capacity of their border crossings by buying and installing security equipment, training border personnel and building up the road network.

"The EU reiterates its call for the immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of crossings for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons to and from Gaza," the EU foreign ministers said.

"Despite some progress following the decision of the Israeli government ... to ease the closure, changes on the ground have been limited and insufficient so far," they said.

Well...How interesting. The EU is now declaring that they are concerned about "border crossings" in the region and intend to "install security equipment" and training "border personnel" ?

After just announcing the formation of the EEAS, one has to wonder if this scenario of border crossing activity involvement by the EU gets their "foot in the door" in the Middle East.

I'm still betting (speculation only) that to "confirm" the covenant of Daniel 9:27 would require such "peace-keeping" forces in and around Israel.

We're getting closer by the day. Almost everything we see in the news on a daily basis seems consistent with biblical prophecy of the last days, and stage setting as we approach the Tribulation.

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