Hamas: We won't recognize Israel
Speaking at mass rally in Gaza to celebrate Hamas' 23rd anniversary, Haniyeh says group won't recognize Israel but will accept state within '67 borders. US envoy meets Abbas, says America committed to creation of Palestinian state.
Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters gathered in the Gaza Strip Tuesday to celebrate the organization's 23rd anniversary.
During the rally, Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh addressed the crowds and declared: "We will not recognize Israel."
Haniyeh urged the Palestinian Authority to put an end to all negotiations and security cooperation with the Jewish state. He added the group would accept "a Palestinian state with full sovereignty in the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital."
At least they are being honest about it.
Because of the continual failings of "peace talks" - which many of us have witnessed for decades - I am beginning to have stronger and stronger convictions regarding how this will eventually occur.
The antichrist, who will ultimately "confirm" the covenant, will have to have a way to make this happen. So what will be his magic bullet?
I believe (and this is speculation only, as the Bible is unclear on these details) something really big has to happen in order to break up this endless cycle of attempts at peace and "final borders". There are certain concessions that neither side is willing to make, mainly concerning the fate of Jerusalem, but also the Golan Heights and parts of the West Bank.
And don't forget that the "Palestinians" want a "contiguous" state, which means Gaza and the West Bank would be connected via a land strip - something that Israel would never accept.
And there is that little issue of the Temple Mount - don't forget - something very "big" has to happen which will allow for the rebuilding of the Temple. Can you even imagine something THAT big - something that would allow for the Jews to rebuild their Temple, on what is viewed by the Muslims as their sacred ground?
So what breaks these major obstructions?
The only "big" event on the horizon which would seem big enough to break up the current impasse - is the epic battle of Gog-MaGog as described in Ezekiel 38-39. Consider this:
After Gog-MaGog, the radical Muslim groups who now surround Israel and who are sworn to destroy Israel, will be decimated. That includes Iran, Turkey and Russia, not to mention the northern African alliances. Presumably, before this, the more immediate hate groups, Hamas, Hezbollah, along with Syria and Lebanon will have seen their fate. All of these groups and nations will have seen God's hand intervene and destroy their invading forces. What was once organized groups, banded together in hatred of Israel - will now (following Gog-MaGog) find themselves in complete tatters and morale will be gone. There will be a time of almost no resistance to Israel in the region.
What an ideal time to confirm the covenant. And in this environment - the post Gog-MaGog environment - the Temple rebuilding will also begin.
Of course, this is speculation, but the prophetic fulfillment of the antichrist's confirming the covenant and the rebuilding of the Temple seems impossible at this point. Negotiations have covered almost every conceivable scenario and we are no closer to a peace deal than we were decades ago.
Its going to take something big. Something epic. Something huge. All of this will be accomplished with the invasion of Gog-MaGog.
Again, this is all speculation at this point. Only God knows how this will play out. But for now, that speculation seems very plausible.