On Tuesday, President Barack Obama met with President Shimon Peres at the White House, where the two discussed everything from the “Arab Spring” and the Peace Process to the global threat of Iran’s nuclear program … but, should we be happy about this meeting?
New Israeli Peace Plan?
Friends of Israel should be on the alert when reports start appearing that the Netanyahu government is crafting another peace plan and that Shimon Peres will deliver its framework to Obama, this coming week. Peres is slated to present the outlines of the plan to President Obama and then he is scheduled to address a very Left wing think tank that is close to Obama.
This is a troublesome development on several levels.
1. Israel is still pursuing the failed policy of trying to placate Obama on the Palestinian issue. Unless Israel agrees to pull back to the 1967 lines (which includes the division of Jerusalem) Obama will not be satisfied. And if Israel satisfies Obama it will be putting Israel in harm’s way.
2. Peres’ involvement almost certainly means that Israel is prepared to make major concessions: Division of Jerusalem, vacating the West Bank, leaving the Golan,satisfying Palestinians claims against Israel.
3. Peres should be meeting with Israel’s friends in Congress and not Obama’s friends.
4. If Peres delivers concessions to Obama it will confirm to Obama that they can continue to treat Israel as the problem and get away with it.
Israel needs to start standing up for itself and stop trying to win over Obama.
DANGEROUS MOMENTUM BUILDING FOR UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF A PALESTINIAN STATE IN SEPTEMBER: Bible warns nations not to divide the land of Israel
Posted: April 5, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized
Israeli President Shimon Peres met with President Obama at the White House to discuss the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Christian leaders around the world need to wake up and take notice of a rising new threat to Mideast security: the leaders of the Palestinian people are planning to go to the U.N. General Assembly this September and unilaterally declare their state in the “pre-1967 war borders,” and a dangerous momentum of international political support for this plan is growing.
Should the Palestinians proceed with their plans, growing evidence suggests they will receive an overwhelming majority vote at the U.N. in favor of dividing the land of Israel and dividing the city of Jerusalem. Indeed, a steadily growing number of countries around the world are signaling that they are ready to recognize a Palestinian state that includes all of the West Bank, all of Gaza, and at least half of Jerusalem as its capital. However, by making a unilateral declaration, the Palestinians will have chosen to refuse all negotiations with the Israelis. They will have chosen to abandon all diplomacy. They will have chosen to reject concessions and compromise. And they will have chosen to reject giving Israel the assurances of peace and security that the Jewish people so eagerly want. Even though Israel has given the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt, withdrawn from southern Lebanon, withdrawn from Gaza, and offered even more sweeping concessions to Palestinian negotiators in recent years – indeed, far more sweeping than I personally am comfortable with – the Palestinian leadership continues to say “no, no, no,” just as they did after the June 1967 war when they issued their famous “Three Noes” declaration from Khartoum: “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel.”
“We want to generate pressure on Israel to make it feel isolated and help it understand that there can be no talks without a stop to settlements,” Nabil Shaath, who leads the foreign affairs department of Fatah, the main party of the Palestinian Authority, told the New York Times. “Without that, our goal is membership in the United Nations General Assembly in September.”
As I first warned in a detailed column on the subject last December, this is a very dangerous development. If the Palestinians make a unilateral declaration of what they want, what will stop Israel from unilaterally declaring what they want? What if the Palestinians try to forcibly evict the Jews living in the West Bank? Those Jews would certainly fight back. Would the Israeli military move to defend the Jewish settlers? Would Palestinian security forces then fire upon the Israeli forces? Would the U.N. move into to condemn and isolate Israel, and even impose draconian economic sanctions on the Jewish state? Events could spiral out of control. Indeed, the likelihood is that far more violence – not peace – would result by such a Palestinian declaration of statehood outside the context of negotiations with Israel. Still, one country after another around the world is encouraging the Palestinian leadership to go in this direction and promising to publicly support them at the U.N. this fall. Some believe that after a big victory in the U.N. General Assembly, a resolution will later be brought before the U.N. Security Council to ratify the legal status of the newly declared state.
On Tuesday, Israeli President Shimon Peres met with President Obama at the White House. Initial reports suggest they discuss the stalled peace process and how to proceed. I hope that behind closed doors Peres was very clear and direct with Obama about what a dangerous road the Palestinians are on. Indeed, Prime Minister Netanyahu has continually offered direct negotiations with the Palestinians, yet the Palestinians keep refusing to sit down and talk face to face. They claim Netanyahu isn’t serious about making peace or new concessions. Yet Netanyahu was the first Israeli leader ever to give land to Yasser Arafat when he gave away Hebron in 1997. I pray that Peres conveyed to the American President what Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said last month: “We are facing a diplomatic-political tsunami that the majority of the public is unaware of and that will peak in September. It is a very dangerous situation, one that requires action….Paralysis, rhetoric, inaction will deepen the isolation of Israel.” An isolated Israel is not likely to feel secure enough to make peace with the Palestinians. What’s more, when Israel’s enemies (like Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas) see Israel increasingly isolated, they are more likely to launch a new war.
Publicly, the Obama administration says it opposes the Palestinian plan to unilaterally declare. But there is growing concern among pro-Israel leaders in Washington that should the issue come before the U.N. Security Council, Obama might direct his U.N. ambassador to abstain rather than to veto such a resolution.
Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9) Those who truly seek peace will encourage diplomacy, not rash, arrogant, unilateral actions on either side. Sadly, there are far too many leaders in the epicenter who do not seek true peace, and too many leaders around the world who are encouraging reckless behavior.
Bible prophecy makes it clear that the nations of the world will, in the last days, divide up the land of Israel. But the Scriptures are also crystal clear that the nations will face the judgment of Almighty God for doing so. “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them to the Valley of Jehoshaphat [“the Lord judges”]. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.” (Joel 3:1-2).
Let the nations be warned by the God of Israel: they are on a dangerous and disastrous road. I pray they will turn around before it is too late.
hat/tip Worldview Weekend with Brannon Howse
It is my opinion that the Obama administration will go along with this dangerous development.
President Obama is the most anti-Israel president that has occupied the White House. On the other hand, Israel still has true friends in our Congress and throughout our country.
My advice to Obama and his global buddies …. DO NOT DIVIDE JERUSALEM
Pat Robertson Warns Against Dividing Jerusalem
By The 700 Club
Israel is the spiritual capitol of the world. This is what God calls the navel of the earth in the Old Testament. So why are all of the nations so concerned about Israel?
I will tell you why. Because it is God’s outpost, and it would be, in a sense, a black eye against Him if his plans were frustrated by human beings. And He will not let people frustrate His plan.
When you look at the map you see what is known as the West Bank territory. And this is what the Palestinians want. Down along the Mediterranean Sea is what is known as Gaza. It is virtually impossible to link these two parts through Israel — so just in that you have a problem.
But if we see the tiny nation of Israel in relation to the vast amount of land that is here, Israel is maybe three-tenths of one percent of the land mass of the entire Middle East.
You can see the enormous amount of land in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. The people of these nations have so much land, and yet they want to crowd all of the Palestinian people into this little area that will not support them.
Now let’s see what the West Bank looks like. Here are the cities you have been hearing about. Hebron is a famous town in the Old Testament. Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus. Ramallah is another one of the key cities along with Nablus and Jenin in the so-called West Bank.
Now if the Palestinians get this, look what is left of Israel. It is seven to nine miles across the smallest section of Israel, and that is all they have between this territory in the Mediterranean Sea. And the thought of the leaders of the Palestinians is to squeeze the Israelis as hard as they can and push them into the sea.
Now assume the Israelis have to call up of their forces. They don’t have a standing army — it is a citizen’s army. What will happen is that you will have terrorists moving across the West Bank and frustrating every single attempt to mobilize the Israeli army in this tiny area?
Now Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel. The Jews took East Jerusalem in fulfillment of a prophecy by Jesus Christ. It was made 2,500 years ago. He said, “Jerusalem will be trodden under the foot of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
Here is God’s promise to Abraham approximately 1,800 years before Christ.
I am going to give all this land to you and your offspring as a permanent possession (Genesis 13:15 NLT).
O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham? (2 Chron. 20:7 NLT).
This is a permanent possession given by God to Abraham, and all of this territory is the land of Israel.
posted by rightthingtodo on April 9, 2011
3And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Genesis 12:3 (New American Standard Bible)