Report: Quartet may formally recognize Palestinian state if peace talks not renewed
American and European diplomats warned that if peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are not renewed, the Quartet of Mideast peace makers may formally recognize a Palestinian state, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.
They might as well, the rest of the world is agreeing to this.
The Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to Obama's target date of September 2011 for an agreement, but negotiations collapsed weeks after they restarted last September because Israel ended its moratorium on settlement construction.
The Palestinians have launched their own initiative aimed at gaining recognition of independent statehood at the UN General Assembly in September.
Israel under pressure to offer peace plan
Reporting from Jerusalem— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under mounting pressure to unveil a new plan for solving the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict or risk having the U.S. and international community move ahead with a strategy of their own.
The statement above pretty much says it all.
Israel won some breathing space with the postponement last week of a meeting of international powers in Berlin, but American and European diplomats are continuing to prod Netanyahu to lay out his vision for restarting peace talks and ending the occupation of the West Bank. If he does not, diplomats warned, the so-called Mideast quartet — the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations — may attempt to jump-start the process by formally endorsing, for the first time, the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Just imagine. What if the UN and the "Quartet" suddenly decided that the U.S. should give southern California, Arizona and New Mexico to Mexico because that land was considered as belonging to Mexico, and we could either come up with a plan to do so, or the UN would mandate such a move. Just some food for thought.
President Obama has said he wants to welcome a Palestinian state into the U.N. in September. Not coincidentally, that's also when the Palestinians are promising to take their statehood bid to the U.N. General Assembly, which most predict will approve it.
Palestinian leaders are nonetheless increasingly confident that their September statehood strategy is gaining steam. At an international donors conference in Brussels last week to aid the Palestinians, a U.N. report was released that praised Palestinian Authority institutions dealing with finance, law, education and infrastructure as being ready for statehood
Israel staunchly opposes U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, saying the Palestinians are trying to avoid the difficult decisions that should be made at the negotiating table.
Israeli analysts say Netanyahu's alternative plan, if he announces one, would need to be ambitious and detailed enough to rival the Palestinians' initiative. U.S. and European officials are pushing Netanyahu to formally embrace using the 1967 borders as a basis for talks, as some of his predecessors have done, and agree to East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.
'Quartet may recognize Palestinian state'
Foreign diplomats warn that if Netanyahu fails to present new peace plan soon, superpowers may officially endorse Palestinian state in 1967 border, with east Jerusalem as its capital
American and European diplomats warned that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to present a new peace initiative soon, the Quartet may be compelled to recognize a Palestinian State in the 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.
If the prime minister does not deliver, the Quartet members – which include the United State, Russia, The European Union and the United Nations – may opt to resume the peace process by officially endorsing a Palestinian state.
Palestinian UN diplomat: Palestinians prefer peace treaty with Israel by September
Riyad Mansour, the top Palestinian diplomat at the United Nations, said the Palestinians prefer to have a peace treaty with Israel by September, the month when the Palestinians plan on taking their case for an independent state to the floor of the UN.
First, Israel and the Palestinians agreed on President Barack Obama's target of September 2011 for a peace agreement, a date endorsed by the European Union and much of the world. Second, the two-year program to build the infrastructure of a Palestinian state will be complete, and third, the Palestinians hope two-thirds of the 192 UN member states will have recognized Palestine as an independent state, Mansour said.
'Quartet may support Palestinian state along 1967 borders'
This is coming and its coming soon.
Prophecy watching in the Middle East is going to become even more interesting between now and September as we watch God's prophetic scriptures come alive - even more so than now, if thats possible (and we know it is).
Stay tuned, what we are witnessing now is truly the beginning of the end.
I don't personally think we will still be here by September. The groom is ready to come for His bride. I'm not date setting just trying to read the abundant signs that all point to a soon return.
My lynch pin verse is Jesus returning in the Days of Noah when people are eating, drinking and giving in "marriage". Jesus will come when it is still business as usual and time is just about up for the world in that regard.
The biggest wedding of the decade is comig up on the 29th of April and it is just like God to drive home the point of this verse before He comes for the church IMO.
the marriage of one prince...and then the marriage of the Prince of Peace! yes i see it as a big possibility somewhere between may and sept.i would love to be here for the signing of the peace treaty just so we can narrow down that pesky son of perdition.i keep looking for thae leader with the "fierce contenance". we will see and very soon i think :-) ally
WV, ya got a good point there Brother.
Another thought as the idle brain cells make a random spark.....the world is almost forcing Israel to reverse roles and cause a camotion big enough to take the world's attention off this abomination. Maybe a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities would fill the bill.
That would surely bring lots of the "other players" into the game, but at Israel's timing. Lots of advantages to shutting down Iran's nuclear ambitions/capabilities and diverting the world's attention during this time frame. Not to mention of putting Israel in charge of deciding on the timing and sequence of events.
Oh well....just an idle though....or 3. Ok, brain, time for another extended nap.
During these difficult times it's easy to lose enthusiasm for the return of Christ--particularly if one has been waiting for Christ's return for years. When I feel overwhelmed I like to think about our engagement and how my Groom is coming for me!
This is kinda off topic, but do you believe there is salvation after the rapture? I do, because if not, then why did God give us prophecy about the tribulation? What would the point be? So in my eyes, either the rapture doesn't happen (which is totally unscriptural) or there is salvation after the rapture. I'm gonna go with the latter of the two.
lots of salvation yes indeedy! i believe they are known as the "tribulation saints". but they are in for a bit of a rough ride. maranatha! ally
Dylan, there are many who come to Christ during the Great Tribulation. However, they pay a steep price for prolonging their acceptance of Christ.
Revelation 6:11 (New King James Version)
11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.
In Revelation 8 things get so bad on Earth that there is silence in Heaven for 30 minutes! Imagine, no songs of praise for the Father or His Son. Just deafening silence.
Scott, every time I see the title of your latest post I keep reading The Coming "PASTE".
gearedup - I quickly scrolled up to see if I had misspelled it! OK - I see what u mean ! :)
Dylan, I agree with gearedup and ally
I agree with the "days of Noah" reference - completely.
I also stand firm in my speculation that we won't be here for Gog-MaGog which HAS to bee in the near future IMO
Scott-i have found you to be extremely knowledgeable and well studied. you even changed me from a mid trib to pre trib lol! So if i cut on the tv and the Gog magog war is starting....i am coming here immediately! after a prayer of course. the time is really compressing. i feel like i should be running all over warning people. i would too if i thought even one person would recieve it.
Anonymous said "Scott-i have found you to be extremely knowledgeable and well studied. you even changed me from a mid trib to pre trib"
That is brilliant news!
Another crown for the Blessed Hope of His imminent return to cast at the feet of Jesus, to glorify His Name!
BIG HUG :D
Thats awesome -! Welcome to the blessed hope!
We could still see Gog-MaGog (which I believe happens before the Tribulation - and have plenty of time to be raptured before the Tribulation.
Believing we get raptured before Gog-MaGog is just speculation, but before the Trib is scriptural based, as you have figured.
Either way, I believe both events (well, all three: The Rapture, Gog-MaGog and the beginning of the Trib) are very close at hand
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