Before going to the most significant parts of the article below, let us recall the pertinent scriptures that are very much in play in these last days:
"This is the word of the Lord concerning Israel...I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling...On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves."
"I Will Bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse"
As mentioned before - those who wish to see Israel destroyed seek take Israel back to the "pre-1967 borders", a time when Israel did not have the Golan Heights, West Bank or Jerusalem. The idea now is to once again take away Golan, the West Bank and divide Jerusalem. The same mantra.
The UN political chief called Wednesday for a major international effort and bold leadership by the Israelis and Palestinians to break the political deadlock on peace talks and move ahead on an important opening by US President Barack Obama.
Jeffrey Feltman told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that Obama and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon agreed at a White House meeting on April 11 that there is “a window of opportunity” for the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations.
He said the secretary-general reaffirmed the U.N.’s support for “a substantive initiative” to achieve a two-state solution, including through the Quartet of Mideast mediators — the US, UN, European Union and Russia.
“Now is the time for the international community to work in a concerted manner and without delay,” Feltman said. “The fragile hope triggered by the renewed U.S. engagement must be sustained and translated into serious efforts by the parties.”
Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank last month led to renewed hopes of U.S. engagement, which were reinforced by three quick follow-up visits by Secretary of State John Kerry.
He has been trying to get Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree on a new and ambitious peace process that includes reviving parts of a long-dormant plan embraced by the Arab world. The 2002 Arab Peace Initiative would have provided Israel recognition throughout the Arab world in exchange for a pullout from territory conquered in 1967.
Feltman said the secretary general spoke of the urgency of progress and reaffirmed the UN’s support for “a substantive initiative” to achieve a two-state solution at his meeting with Obama, including through the Quartet of Mideast mediators — the US, UN, European Union and Russia.
In another follow-up, he said that on the sidelines of a meeting April 10, ministers from the G-8 major powers — the US, Britain, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and Canada — recommitted themselves to comprehensive peace in the Mideast and the need for a major international effort involving the Quartet and regional leaders “to drive the peace process forward.” On April 28, he said, Arab leaders are sending a ministerial delegation to Washington to discuss the peace process.
But for a meaningful and successful political process, Mansour said, Israel must halt all settlement building.
“This would constitute a serious signal from Israel that it is ready to negotiate in good faith an end to the occupation,” he said.
Israel must also accept the principle of withdrawal from land it seized in the 1967 war, release Palestinian political prisoners and detainees, end its “blockade” of the Gaza Strip, and allow Palestinian refugees to return, Mansour said.
I have to stop the press right here. Once again - what exactly is being asked of the "Palestinians"?
Israel has already given up the Gaza strip in order to reveal their "seriousness" in "peace talks", while the Palestinians were asked nothing. Since then, thousands of missiles have been launched into Israeli civilian areas.
Now, once again, Israel must show their willingness to negotiate by giving up building plans, giving up defensible borders, the West Bank, Golan and half of Jerusalem (if not all) - and absolutely nothing is asked of the "Palestinians" in return. Nothing. How interesting yet predictable.
The article concludes with this last key reminder:
Prosor accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of claiming to march toward a peaceful two-state solution while building a monument in Bethlehem depicting the boundaries of a Palestinian state which would wipe Israel off the map.
In these days of political corruption, lies and deceit, one has to wonder if somehow agreements on Iran (U.S. "allowing" Israel to strike - an absurd concept, but I digress...) and this peace process are intertwined. Suffice it to say, a lot is going on behind the scenes and we only see a tiny fraction of what is really being negotiated. It is hard to ignore the timing of both of these ongoing efforts.
Once again, we see the birth pains in the Middle East contracting again, and we have to wonder how far away we are from the beginning of the Tribulation.
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