THE NATIONS ARE DEMANDING:
“YAHWEH HAS CHOSEN ZION!
He has desired it
for His dwelling.”
THE EVERLASTING GOD,
YHWH, THE CREATOR
OF THE ENDS OF THE
“This is My place of rest for ever;
I will dwell, for I have desired it.
will abundantly bless her with provisions;
will satisfy her needy ones with bread;
will clothe her priests with salvation;
her humble, devout ones will sing for joy.
There I will cause the horn of David
(the strong one, Messiah)
to spring forth.
have prepared a lamp for My Anointed One.
enemies I will clothe with shame;
while on Himself, His crown shall shine’.”
(Isaiah 40:28. Psalm 132:13-18)
VERY HEAVY ROCK FOR
ALL THE NATIONS
Today the stage is being set for
the War over Zion, the City of God.
Again, Yahweh the Almighty One
“Look! I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the
people around. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. And on that
day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will
make Jerusalem a very heavy rock for all the nations. All who try to
move it will be severely injured.” (Zechariah 12:2-3)
But “God will save Zion and
build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it. And
the descendants of His servants will inherit it, and those who love His
Name will dwell in it.” (Psalm 69:35-36)
Today, prophetically and
strategically events are moving at a very fast pace. The climax of the
age is upon us! The nations are sliding deeper and deeper into
corruption, violence, rebellion and iniquity. The Day that God has
appointed to judge the world – the Great Tribulation – draws nearer ever
day. And the coming of the Saviour for His people is at hand.
Today the western nations are
increasingly leading the world in aligning themselves up against the
Word of God and His righteousness.
“The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel
together against YHWH and against His Anointed - His Messiah: ‘Let us
break Their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off Their fetters!’” (Psalm
The United States and Britain are
sinking fast. China, Russia and the Islamic nations are preparing for
their appointed roles. The Beast is arising in Europe for his role. More
and more nations are seeking nuclear energy, and weapons; they are
preparing for World War 3. Immense destruction and depopulation is
Many people are asking, “Is Barack
Obama the Messiah, or the Antichrist?” He’s neither! He’s an
accomplice of the New World Order builders who are preparing for a
nuclear war which will bring the nations to their knees. And then the
totalitarian dictatorship of the real Antichrist – the Man of Sin – will
take the surviving world by storm.
But today, Y’shua, Jesus the
Messiah, says to His saved people:
“When these things begin to take place, straighten yourselves and
lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Let’s take a look at how the
mystery of iniquity is developing at the centre of the world - the
The US-Israeli talks on May 18/09
were outwardly “friendly and earnest.” The “fireworks” that many
expected, did not happen, but there were strong differences on which the
two had to agree to disagree.
President Obama stood by his
demand for a Palestinian state while Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu
continued to refuse to endorse the “two-state solution.”
reported: “Obama stressed that a
nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat not only to Israel and the US, but
a destabilizing factor for the world and the region. However, he said,
he is in the process of reaching out to Iran and is confident he can
persuade its leaders that a nuclear bomb is not in their interest
either. He refused to set a deadline for their dialogue, and spoke of a
few months. “These talks can’t go on forever while Iran moves ahead with
its nuclear program,” he said, adding: “At the end of the year we’ll see
where we stand.”
Netanyahu was less sanguine: “A
nuclear-armed Iran which calls for Israel’s destruction is unacceptable,
and it would give terrorists a nuclear umbrella.”
The US president called on Israel
to stick to the road map as “ratified at Annapolis” (which Netanyahu has
rejected). “However hard this is,” Obama said, “Israel must stop
settlement activity. And the Palestinians must fight terror,” he said,
while pledging US involvement in peace talks as a strong partner.
Netanyahu replied saying that he
was ready to start talks with the Palestinians immediately. He wanted
the Palestinians to rule themselves, but peace means
they must recognize
Israel as a Jewish state with the right to defend itself and live in
ON EXPANDING THE ROAD
Reports say that Obama is keen on
developing an expanded road map to bring moderate Arab governments into
the peace process with Israel, and to start introducing normal relations
on a regional level.
Jordan, Egypt and Saudi
he said, should be
constructively involved in the Israel-Palestinian peace track and do
more to develop relations with Israel.
OBAMA PREPARING NEW
Shortly after the Obama-Netanyahu
meeting, reports said the US would present a
new peace initiative
during an Obama speech in Cairo, Egypt, on June 4.
The initiative would include
alongside Israel and the Palestinian Authority in peace negotiations.
And the speech would include a President Obama statement to the effect
that “it is
time to divide Jerusalem
and to make part of the holy city the capital of a Palestinian state.”
Provisions in the initiative, such as making Jerusalem the twin
Palestinian-Israeli capital, were to be imposed on Israel.
But www.debka.com says “the
White House was forced to rebut these reports as a major
misapprehension. There never was such a plan.”
Jordan’s Abdullah II’s advisers at
court were evidently responsible for planting the tale of a new Obama
peace initiative to be purportedly unveiled on
This false story was picked up by
Israel’s often anti-Netanyahu media, although its source was dubious -
the London-based Arabic al Quds al-Arabi, which is a platform for
radical Muslim quarters such as Hamas.
The fiction gained wings from the
lack of authoritative information on the content of the conversation
between Obama and Netanyahu on May 18.
This mistaken story forced White
House spokesman Robert Gibbs to produce a damper on May 22. He said, “I
know there has been some conjecture that included in this speech will be
some detailed comprehensive Mideast peace plan; and it is not the
intention nor was it ever the intention of this speech.” He made it
clear that Obama’s speech would deal with Washington’s relations with
the Muslim world.
Although the partition of
Jerusalem will ultimately be required by the US administration, as it
has been demanded already by the French President, the EU, most Arab
nations, and much of the world including the United Nations, Obama is
not pressing for that
According to Debka, Obama
did not demand the division of Jerusalem in his recent talks. But his
demand for a two-state solution does imply there must be a division of
“DON’T SURPRISE ME
WITH IRAN STRIKE”
Ahead of the May 18 talks,
President Obama sent a message to Netanyahu demanding that Israel not
surprise the US with an Israeli military operation against Iran.
Obama wants space to
engage in negotiations with Tehran without the threat of a surprise
Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear sites hanging over the
ISRAEL: “WE WON’T
BEFORE YEAR’S END”
Netanyahu promised a no Israeli
surprise attack against Iran
for six months,
and said that Israel would not disturb Washington’s plans for dialogue
with Teheran over its nuclear program in any way. In exchange the
Israeli leader wanted Obama to agree to a
for the nuclear
dialogues with Iran to end.
A top Jerusalem official said,
however, that Israel was concerned that after realizing his attempts at
dialogue with Iran had failed, Obama would refuse to acknowledge it, and
that Israel would then be left alone to deal with the threat posed by
OBAMA’S SOFT STAND
ON IRANIAN ENRICHMENT
HAS CONSISTENTLY FOOLED INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR MONITORS
May 19/09. DEBKAfile’s
Washington sources report that the gap between the US President and the
Israel PM on Iran was wider even than on the Palestinian issue.
Overshadowing their outwardly friendly conversation was the Obama’s
growing inclination to meet Iran halfway on uranium enrichment and call
off UN and American sanctions if Tehran allows international monitoring
of the process.
intelligence sources report that Obama is seriously considering taking
up an Anglo-German proposal for an international monitoring mechanism
strict enough to preclude Iran’s attainment of weapons-grade enriched
The president was convinced by
American intelligence and nuclear experts that this can be done. He also
believes that nothing will persuade Tehran to cede its right to
enrichment activity on its own soil.
Israeli intelligence and military
experts take the opposite view. They believe the Anglo-German plan gives
Iran the perfect cover for concealing its race for a nuclear bomb, a
misgiving shared by the political and military establishments of the
moderate Arab governments in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.
It is their view that if Obama
adopts this plan, Iran can be sure of arriving at a nuclear weapon
capability by the end of 2010.
This dispute did not come up in
the Obama-Netanyahu conversation. Both skated around the Iranian nuclear
threat separately, without touching on options outside diplomacy. The US
president said he was in the process of “reaching out” to Iran and was
confident he could persuade Tehran’s rulers that a nuclear weapon was
not in their best interest if they wanted to be fully accepted as part
of the international community. He did not mention uranium enrichment or
a military option against Iran. Neither would he accept a definite
deadline for the negotiations with Tehran, except to say that “at the
end of the year, we will see where we stand.”
Asked later to comment, Netanyahu
said: “We will defend ourselves.”
Seen from outside Washington, by
Iran’s neighbors, Israeli and Arab alike, President Obama has given Iran
the gift of seven clear months for developing its nuclear capabilities
and enrichment undisturbed.
The only thing left to the Israeli
prime minister was to commend “the president’s firm commitment that Iran
will not attain a nuclear weapon.”
THE BURNING IRANIAN
Obama made it clear
wants America’s help with its security goals regarding Iran, then
Israel must accept and be active participants in establishing a
The President said:
“So let me just summarize by
saying that I think Prime Minister Netanyahu has the benefit of having
served as Prime Minister previously. He has both youth and wisdom - and
I think he is in a position, not only to achieve the security objectives
of Israel, but also to bring about historic peace. And I’m confident
that he’s going to seize this moment. And the United States is going to
do everything we can to be constructive, effective partners in this
Iran’s leaders have so far
rebuffed Obama’s efforts to reach out to them and have toughened their
Netanyahu firmly separated Iran
and a Palestinian state. He said if Iran acquired nuclear weapons, “it
could give a
to terrorists, or worse, it could actually give terrorists nuclear
Then Netanyahu revealed his
position on a Palestinian state in no uncertain terms. He said: “I think
that the Palestinians will have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state;
will have to also enable Israel to have the means to defend itself. And
if those conditions are met, Israel’s security conditions are met, and
there’s recognition of Israel’s legitimacy, its permanent legitimacy,
then I think we can envision an arrangement where Palestinians and
Israelis live side by side in dignity, in security, and in peace.”
IRAN’S NEW MISSILE
In what was seen as a rebuff to
the Obama administration, Iran test-fired a new advanced missile two
days after the Obama-Netanyahu meeting.
May 20/09. President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad announced the test-fire, saying the new missile which has
very advanced technology and was launched from Semnan, 125 miles east of
the capital Tehran, has a range of about 1,200 miles (2000km), and it
landed precisely on the target.
This puts Israel, southeastern
Europe and US bases in the Middle East within striking range.
The announcement did not reassure
the US government, coming just two days after President Barack Obama
declared a readiness to seek deeper international sanctions against Iran
if it shunned US attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program.
Sanctions upon sanctions imposed
on Iran for nearly a decade have served only to buy Iran more time to
build its nuclear program rather than halt its progress.
An Israeli report says the Tehran
regime was im-proving the accuracy and extending the range of its
surface-to-surface missiles to build an image of power in the Middle
East that is beyond its real ability to participate in dictating the
ISRAEL HAS NO
ADEQUATE INTERCEPTOR FOR
May 20/09. DEBKAfile’s
military sources report that Israel, the US and Europe were taken aback
by Iran’s successful launch on May 20, of a two-stage, solid-fueled
2,000-kilometer range missile, but most of all by the accuracy of its
aim in destroying its target.
Western military sources told us:
“Iran is at least two or three years ahead of Israel’s missile defences.”
Israel’s Arrow 2 anti-missile
missile system can intercept a missile like this only when it is very
close to Israel. Arrow 3, which is designed to knock such missiles out,
won’t be operational for several years.
Until now, the Americans and
Israelis were confident that insurmountable technical difficulties
prevented Iran’s missile industry from achieving an accurate guidance
system. They believed Iran’s earlier missiles if fired against Israel
would veer off target. This assumption was nullified by the Sejil-2
THE TWO-STATE ISSUE
The “two-state solution,”
supported by the US and most of the world, calls for a Palestinian state
in Judea and Samaria, leaving Israel barely 11 miles wide in some areas.
Although Obama emphasized the
two-state peace accord with the Palestinians, (and Netanyahu refused to
endorse it); it has become clearer that Obama has been persuaded by his
awareness that the Palestinian divisions are too profound to hope for
He seems to have decided that, for
now, it would be better to stick to the less ambitious goals of
developing the West Bank economy and its governing institutions and
security apparatus, as advised by Netanyahu and by Middle East Quartet
envoy Tony Blair.
But clearly, the two-state
solution is high up on the administration’s agenda. Most of Obama’s post
summit comments on the Palestinian issue have repeated his contention
that resolving the long and bitter conflict between Arab Palestinians
and Israeli Jews in the near term will somehow help deflect the Iranian
JERUSALEM WILL REMAIN
Many news sites, including The
Times of India reported that the Israeli Prime Minister vowed on
21st May, Jerusalem would remain Israel’s capital “forever.”
“Jerusalem is the capital of
Israel. It has always been, and will remain so forever, and will never
be divided,” Binyamin Netanyahu said at a ceremony marking the
occupation and annexation of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War.
“The ties of the Jewish people and Jerusalem goes back thousands of
years ... Jerusalem will always remain united under our sovereignty.”
The report goes on: Palestinians
slammed Netanyahu’s remarks as undermining the principle of a two-state
solution which has formed the bedrock of the peace process over the past
“East Jerusalem is occupied
Palestinian just like all the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel
since June 4, 1967,” President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman Nail Abu Rudeina
said. “Such declarations defy the idea of a two-state solution,” he
said, urging President Barack Obama to intervene in order to halt “the
Israeli policies and these declarations that destroy all efforts to
reach a just and comprehensive peace in our region.”
But Israeli MPs from the ruling
right-wing coalition, on 21st May, submitted a bill aimed at blocking
any concessions to Palestinians on the status of Jerusalem. The
projected legislation would require any change in the city’s boundaries
to have the backing of a majority of 80 of the 120 parliamentary
deputies, compared with 61 at present. The MPs said the aim is to
“guarantee the unity of the city.”
The previous government had
indicated the Jewish state might be willing to give up sovereignty on
some Arab neighbourhoods of east Jerusalem. But the Netanyahu
government, which was sworn in on March 31, has ruled this out and he
has stoked international criticism because of his refusal to endorse the
creation of a Palestinian state.
Jerusalem’s population at present
is 760,800, (492,400 Jews and 268,400 Arabs). -
SARKOZY DEMANDS THE
DIVISION OF JERUSALEM
May 24/09. In response to
Netanyahu’s declarations on Jerusalem Day that the capital will remain
undivided, French President Nicolas Sarkozy stated, “In France’s eyes,
Jerusalem should, within the framework of a negotiated peace deal,
become the capital of two states.”
In a dramatic speech to the
Knesset last year during his visit to Israel, Sarkozy stated that there
will be no peace in the Middle East without Israel’s ceding sovereignty
over eastern Jerusalem.
The French president, whose
grandfather was a Jew, also drew protests from Arab legislators when he
praised Israeli democracy and quoted Biblical verses that the Almighty
promised the Land of Israel to the Jews.
President Sarkozy’s latest
response came as his government backed the new Palestinian Authority
government formed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and called on it to
resume talks with Israel.
A French government spokesman
stated that the PA should accept the offer “without delay” and should
comply “with the commitments made under the Roadmap, and implement the
Palestinian reform and development plan with a view to the creation of
an independent, sovereign, viable, democratic and modern Palestinian
state existing in peace and security alongside Israel.”
STATUS SUBJECT TO NEGOTIATION”
May 25/09. The US State
Department says that the future status of Jerusalem would be determined
through peace negotiations, despite Netanyahu’s declaration last week
that the capital would “never again be partitioned and divided.”
“Jerusalem is a final status
issue. Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resolve its status
during negotiations. We will support their efforts to reach agreements
on all final status issues,” a State Department spokesman said when
asked to respond to Netanyahu’s proclamation that Jerusalem would always
remain under Israeli sovereignty.
OBAMA CALLS FOR THE
TO FLY OVER THE
President Obama’s plan, of course,
is based on the concept of ‘two nations for two peoples,’ which
translates into Israel turning over the eastern portion of Jerusalem to
serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.
In actuality, Obama thinks the
solution will be found by
Jerusalem, and turning
it over to United Nations control - a solution that the American
president apparently believes will be more palatable to Israel than
turning Jerusalem over to the PA directly. Obama wants to see the United
Nations flag fly over the Old City holy sites of Jerusalem.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II said the
president put forward this proposal during his visit to the White House
BIBI REJECTS OBAMA’S
‘UN FLAG AT KOTEL’
May 22/09. Binyamin (Bibi)
Netanyahu vowed at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem that
the Israeli flag will
continue to fly over the Western Wall (Kotel).
The first prime minister in years
to appear at the venerable yeshiva on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem
Day), Bibi ignored Barack Obama’s apparent trial balloon - the idea of
the United Nations flag flying over the Old City holy sites.
Netanyahu declared, “The flag that
flies over the Kotel is the Israeli flag ... Our holy places, the Temple
Mount — will remain under Israeli sovereignty
Between 1949 and 1967, the
religious sites in the City, as well as all of Judea and Samaria, had
been under the control of Jordan, which forbade entry of Jews to the
Western Wall (Kotel) and other holy places, as well as barring
Christians from churches. In 1967, Israel immediately opened all holy
sites to all religions after the entire city was re-united under Israeli
sovereignty after nearly 2,000 years.
NO, MR PRESIDENT!
May 20/09. Messianic writer, Joel
Rosenberg, exclaims: “No, Mr. President, it is not time to divide the
city of God! Jerusalem is and should be the eternal, undivided capital
of the Jewish people and the Jewish state.
will not make peace.
Rather, it would send a message to every radical Islamic jihadist around
the world that Israel is weak, that the Jews won’t even defend the
sovereignty of their own capital, that there is “blood in the water,”
and that it is time to strike Israel and wipe her off the map.
“Dividing Jerusalem would trigger
an apocalyptic war in the Middle East the likes of which the region has
never seen. Already, the Radicals believe Israel is doomed to
destruction. Hearing that the American President is now ready to apply
intense pressure against the Israelis to divide their capital will only
embolden the Radicals and convince them further that Allah is on their
side, the wind is at their back, and that they will soon triumph over
the Jews and Christians.
“Right at the moment when the US
and Israel need to be working with Arab states in unity against the
Iranian nuclear threat,
this White House is
systematically turning against Israel.
Despite all the smiles and
boilerplate rhetoric from senior administration officials over the last
few days while Prime Minister Netanyahu has been in town — promising to
stand with Israel and maintain her security — what the administration is
actually advancing in terms of policy is dangerous and destabilizing.
They are playing with fire. -
ABDULLAH TAKING INITIATIVES
King Abdullah II of Jordan has
tried to bring Syria on board a new Middle East peace plan.
The king held talks in Damascus
with Syrian President Bashar Assad in early May, just days after the
monarch had spoken of a “combined approach” to tackle the Mideast
conflict that would involve not only Israel and the Palestinians, but
Arab states as well.
The plan, Abdullah said, was
spearheaded by the US, and would have Israel, Syria, Lebanon and other
nations sitting down together to hammer out a deal that would settle
Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon in exchange
for full recognition of Israel by 57 Muslim nations.
Abdullah said the new plan emerged
during his White House meeting with President Barack Obama in April.
Washington is now fine-tuning the
move that would involve not just “Israelis and Palestinians sitting at
the table, but Israelis sitting with Palestinians, Israelis sitting with
Syrians, Israelis sitting with Lebanese,” Abdullah said in an interview
with The Times of London. . http://www.jpost.com
Bashar Assad says,
unless Israel gives up
the Golan Heights,
there will be no peace-negotiations with Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel
give up the Golan
The Bible says: “The oracle
concerning Damascus. Look! Damascus is about to be removed from being a
city, and it will become a heap of ruins.”
MUST ACCEPT PALESTINIAN STATE”
On May 15 Jordan’s King Abdullah
also pressed Binyamin Netanyahu to immediately declare his acceptance of
the Arab peace initiative and to take necessary steps to commit to the
establishment of a Palestinian state. He called on Netanyahu to halt
West Bank settlement building and refrain from actions that would change
the facts on the ground
Abdullah said an Arab initiative
presented a historic opportunity to reach a comprehensive peace deal in
the Middle East. The Arab peace plan would offer Israel relations with
the 23 Arab League members in exchange for its withdrawal from land it
captured in the 1967 Six Day War, as well as a just solution for
Palestinian refugees and the establishment of a Palestinian state with
east Jerusalem as its capital.
The king said there is consensus
in the international community that there is
no alternative to the
BENEDICT AT THE WALL
‘PALESTINIANS’: ISRAEL IS YOUR FOREFATHERS’ LAND
May 17/09. At the start, in the
middle, and at the end of his recent visit, the head of the Roman
Catholic Church voiced his strong support for the creation of a
Palestinian state on Jewish lands.
Speaking at PLO Chief Mahmoud
Abbas’ palace in Bethlehem, where he went to conduct a large mass, the
pontiff spelled it out: “The Holy See supports the right of your people
to a sovereign Palestinian homeland in the land of your forefathers,
secure and at peace with its neighbours, within internationally
recognized borders. In particular I call on the international community
to bring its influence to bear in favor of a solution.”
Israelis wondered how the head of
a so-called Christian Church could have so wholeheartedly swallowed the
The wartime past of the Pope has
threatened to overwhelm his mission to the Holy Land and the Vatican
issued a surprise denial that the pontiff had served in the Hitler
The Vatican described him as man
of strong anti-Nazi credentials and a peacemaker after critics were
angered that he failed to express remorse for the Holocaust and
apologize for what they see as Catholic indifference during the Nazi
The Pope continued to speak out
against the views of Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. The
pontiff’s support for a two-state solution is in line with the
international community but not Israel’s new Prime Minister, who says
the Palestinians are not ready to rule themselves.
The Pope visited sites in
Jerusalem holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians. He went first to the
Dome of the Rock, the first pontiff to do so. It is located on the
Temple Mount - a site sacred to all three monotheistic religions, and
met the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Mohd Hussein.
Then the Pope followed Jewish
tradition at the Western Wall, inserting a written prayer in the cracks
between the 2,000-year-old stones.
And he emphasized
“the ties that bound
Christianity with Islam and with Judaism.”
RABBI TO POPE: “GO
In his opening comments after
disembarking at Israel’s international airport, Benedict called for the
creation of a Palestinian state with the hope that Israelis and
Palestinians “may live in peace in a homeland of their own within secure
and internationally recognized borders.”
If Pope Benedict XVI so fervently
supports a Palestinian state – which would split sections of Israel – he
also should divide Rome, charged the leader of a coalition of more than
350 Israeli rabbinic leaders and pulpit rabbis.
“I was shocked to hear that the
first thing the pope had to say when he landed in Israel was that the
Holy Land must be divided to make room for a Palestinian state,” said
Joseph Gerlitzky, rabbi of central Tel Aviv and chairman of the
Rabbinical Congress for Peace, which includes some of Israel’s most
prominent Jewish leaders.
“I suggest that he divide Rome.
The Holy Land was promised to the Jewish people and absolutely no human
being on this earth has a right to relinquish even one inch of this
land,” Gerlitzky stated.
Gerlitzky’s comments were just a
taste of the criticism directed at the pope from Israeli lawmakers and
religious leaders here, some of whom were disappointed with segments of
Benedict’s closely scrutinized visit to the Holy Land.
Israeli newspapers today were
filled with criticism. “One would have expected the Vatican’s cardinals
to prepare a more intelligent text for their boss,” one columnist wrote.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said
in a radio interview, the Vatican and its German-born pope had “a lot to
ask forgiveness from our people for.”
EU APPLAUDS OBAMA’S
STANCE ON TWO-STATE SOLUTION
May 20/09. The European Union
welcomed President Barack Obama’s appeal to Israel to commit to a
two-state solution — Jewish and Palestinian nations living side by side
— calling it the “way forward” to peace in the Middle East.
A day after Obama met with
Netanyahu, the EU presidency was clearly heartened by the American
president’s insistence that Israel abide by peace commitments it has
made in the past.
The EU’s relationship with Israel
has been in turmoil in recent months.
Last December, the EU agreed in
principle to a broad “upgrade” of relations with Israel in political,
economic and trade terms. But the war in Gaza changed all that,
especially because of Israel’s ‘no’ to repeated EU demands for free
access to the area for humanitarian deliveries. Upgrading relations with
Israel is now such a divisive issue in the EU that talk of it has been
Additionally, Washington’s new
outreach to Iran and the emergence of a more hawkish government in
Jerusalem have become significant new realities.
In recent weeks, senior Israeli
officials have fanned out across Europe to spread the word that Iran’s
nuclear ambitions must take precedence over talk about a two-state
solution — a point Netanyahu stressed in his talks with Obama.
The Israeli view is that the
international community must deal with Tehran first, saying it poses a
threat not just to the Jewish state but also to Arab nations in the
view is not finding much support in Europe.
WHAT TYPE OF
If there is to be a Palestinian
state, US and European leaders should ask, what kind of state will it
be? Would it be allowed to have an army, or a “police force” that would
effectively serve as an army? Should Israel stand for another armed
force in its neighborhood? Would a Palestinian state be permitted to
have an airport and overland access to countries that might supply it
with terrorists and weapons?
A recent Washington Times
editorial put it well: “The Obama administration should focus less on
creating a Palestinian state and more on helping Palestinians earn the
right to statehood.” That is exactly the right order.
Netanyahu pointed out to Obama
that both Hizb’ullah and Hamas — Israel’s two most active Muslim enemies
in recent years — receive substantial military and financial assistance
from Iran. Until something concrete is done to change that reality, no
peace accord with the Palestinians can succeed, he vigorously argued.
A TWO-STATE ‘PEACE’
IS NOT THE ULTIMATE ARAB GOAL
May 20/09. Who favors a two-state
solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict?
President Obama does, of course,
as he made very clear. So does former President George W. Bush, who
began advocating Palestinian statehood in 2002 and continued until his
final days in office. The Democratic Party’s national platform endorses
a two-state solution; the Republican platform does, too. The UN Security
Council unanimously reaffirmed its support a few days ago. The European
Union is strongly in favor as well — so strongly that the EU’s
foreign-policy chief, Javier Solana, has been warning Israel that its
relations with Europe “will be very, very different” if it drops the
Pope Benedict XVI called for a
Palestinian state during his recent visit to the Holy Land, thereby
aligning himself — on this issue, at least — with the editorial boards
of The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and
The Los Angeles Times. And, for that matter, with most Israelis.
A new poll shows 58 percent of the Israeli public backing a two-state
solution; prominent supporters include Netanyahu’s three predecessors —
former prime ministers Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon, and Ehud Barak — as
well as President Shimon Peres.
The consensus, it would seem, is
overwhelming. As Henri Guaino, a senior adviser to French President
Nicolas Sarkozy, put it in speaking to reporters: “Everyone wants peace.
The whole world wants a Palestinian state.”
But it isn’t going to happen … To
this day, the charters of Hamas and Fatah, the two main Palestinian
factions, call for Israel’s liquidation. “The whole world” may want
peace and a Palestinian state, but the Palestinians want something very
different. Until that changes, there is no 2-state solution.
P.A. REP SAYS
2-STATE SOLUTION WILL KILL ISRAEL
May 15/09. (IsraelNN.com).
Palestinian representative in Lebanon, Abbas Zaki, says the two-state
solution is his preferred approach, as
it will lead to
Speaking with Lebanese Television,
Zaki said that any ceasefire deal with Israel is not desirable. Instead,
“we must go towards the two-state solution, a solution that even
[Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinajad supports.”
“In my opinion,” Zaki explained,
“with such a solution, Israel will collapse. Because if they get out of
Jerusalem, what will be left of all their talk about the Promised Land
and the Chosen Nation? What will be left after all the sacrifices they
gave and then they are told to leave?”
Zaki said that Jews and Israelis
“perceive of Jerusalem as having a spiritual status. They relate to
Judea and Samaria as a historic dream. If the Jews leave these places,
the Zionist idea will begin to collapse of itself – and
then we will move
WITH OBAMA ON SETTLEMENT EXPANSION
A top US source said the matter of
Netanyahu’s position on a two-state solution was still being worked on
and that the White House expected an Israeli response on the settlement
issue before Obama unveils his
new peace initiative.
Obama views West Bank settlements
as a real obstacle to peace, and expects Israel to stop such
construction immediately. According to the report, Washington did not
see any way to kick start peace negotiations while settlement expansion
Netanyahu reportedly told Obama he
wasn’t making a commitment to freeze settlements, saying it was
May 24/09. The Obama
administration wants to cancel a deal that President Bush made to allow
Israel to construct homes in previously existing West Bank Jewish
This is referring to a 2005 deal
Bush made with then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that Israel can continue
“natural growth” of West Bank settlements, meaning adding housing to
current communities in that territory to account for growth in
The Obama administration, however,
has made clear it wants to see Israel stop
in the West Bank, including natural growth.
While Obama reportedly is looking
to get out of a deal agreed to by his predecessor, he seems to expect
Netanyahu to stand by extreme concessions to the Palestinians made under
his predecessor, Ehud Olmert.
According to sources in
Netanyahu’s camp, President Obama communicated in his meeting with
Netanyahu last week that he expects Israeli talks with the Palestinians
to begin where negotiations were left off during talks led by Olmert.
In a Knesset meeting today,
Netanyahu was quoted stating: “We do not intend to build any new
settlements, but it wouldn’t be fair to ban construction to meet the
needs of natural growth or for there to be an outright construction
WE ARE PREPARING
FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE
May 27/09. US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton said that the US would present detailed plans on the
peace process to the parties as part of its efforts to jump-start
“We are going to be putting
forward very specific proposals to the Israelis and the Palestinians.
That’s what Senator Mitchell has been doing over the last couple of
days,” Clinton said at a press conference following her lunch meeting
with visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
During the press conference,
Clinton stressed the US position that settlement construction must stop,
even though Netanyahu has indicated “natural growth” in major blocs was
set to continue.
“The president was very clear when
Prime Minister Netanyahu was here. He wants to see a stop to settlements
- not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions,”
she said. “That is our position, that is what we have communicated very
clearly, not only to the Israelis, but to the Palestinians and others.
And we intend to press that point.”
SOVEREIGN, YHWH, SAYS:
“THEY HAVE DIVIDED
UP MY LAND”
“Watch! For 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 down to the valley of
Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them 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)
BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM HEATS UP!
“MUSLIM WORLD WILL
PROPOSED ROLE FOR THE
of the Islamic
May 21/09. The Israeli paper
Ha’aretz report that Palestinian sources say the Palestinian
Authority would only be willing to relinquish Palestinian sovereignty
over the Temple Mount as part of a final-status agreement in exchange
sovereignty over the
Palestinian sources said the PA
would give up Palestinian sovereignty on the Temple Mount in exchange
for Muslim sovereignty, management of the site by the
Organization of Islamic Conference, whose 57 member states include Iran.
The OIC is signatory to the Arab
Peace Initiative. The envisioned agreement would provide the
Palestinians with backing from all Muslim states toward a historic
compromise with Israel in a peace agreement.
According to the proposal, the
Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City will be
under Israeli sovereignty, while the Muslim, Christian and Armenian
quarters would be transferred to Palestinian sovereignty.
Israel objects to Palestinian
sovereignty over the Armenian Quarter.
There is also a dispute building
up over the Western Wall; the PA plans to demand that Israeli
sovereignty applies only to
part of the wall.
Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for
President Abbas, said that if Israel opts for peace and has a leader who
is willing to make genuine compromises, a peace agreement could be
reached within three to six months.
“During the meetings with US
special envoy George Mitchell, we made it clear that there must be an
Israeli recognition of the principle of two states for two peoples and a
freezing of construction in the settlements,” the senior PA official
“The result of negotiations
between Israel and the PA must be clear: the establishment of a
Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, whose capital is East
Jerusalem,” Abu Rudeina said.
“Why do the nations rage, and the people
devise a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the
rulers take counsel together against YHWH and against His Anointed - His
Messiah: ‘Let us break Their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off Their
fetters!’ He who is sitting in the heavens laughs. The Lord scoffs at
them. Then He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His fury,
saying, ‘I, yes, I have installed My King on Zion, My holy hill’.”
IRAN MAY SHARE RULE
OVER TEMPLE MOUNT
Israel may find Iran as one of the
administrators of the Temple Mount, according to a new Palestinian
Authority plan reported 21st May by the Hebrew-language newspaper
PA sources said giving up claims
to the Temple Mount and handing over control to the 57-member
Saudi-based Islamic Conference Organization is conditional on Israel’s
agreeing to a final status agreement.
The PA recently has escalated its
propaganda campaign that disassociates the holy site from any connection
with Judaism, and claims it is solely a Muslim site.
Sovereignty over the Temple Mount,
in Jerusalem, has been one of the foundations for a new Arab country
that the PA wants following the proposed expulsion of more than half a
million Jews from Judea and Samaria, as well as from Jerusalem
neighborhoods that were established after the 1967 Six-Day War.
The PA’s official website as far
back as 2005 rejected the Jewish connection with the Western Wall (Kotel),
the remains of the wall that surrounded the Holy Temple area. Muslim
legend claims that Mohammed tied his horse to the western wall, and
ascended to heaven from the rock that is now in the Dome of the Rock on
the Temple Mount.
NOTE: The name “Jerusalem” does
not appear even once in the Koran, but Jerusalem appears in the Hebrew
Scriptures (Old Testament) 669 times; and Zion, (which usually means
Jerusalem, sometimes the Land of Israel) is used 154 times. So
Jerusalem/Zion is used 823 times in all. The New Testament mentions
Jerusalem 154 times and Zion 7 times.
ARAB LEAGUE THROWS
COLD WATER ON
May 24/09. President Barack
Obama’s plans for a regional peace between Muslim countries and Israel
received a jolt yesterday with Arab League secretary Amr Mussa’s
rejection of the reported offer of Jordan’s King Abdullah II for a
pan-Muslim peace with Israel.
After a meeting of OIC foreign
ministers in Damascus, Mussa said, “This is not on the table. All talk
of this is inaccurate.” He said that Muslim countries might recognize
Israel if Israel were to accept the Saudi plan, but added, “We do not
see any progress in the current circumstances.”
With regards to the right of
return, the Palestinians reiterated their traditional position: Israel
must acknowledge responsibility for the creation of the refugee problem.
Abu Rudeina says the Palestinian position on the issue is identical to
that of the Arab Peace Initiative: a just and agreed solution to the
refugee question, on the basis of UN Resolution 194.
But other Palestinian sources say
the PA will probably agree to an arrangement under which refugees will
have the right of return to the Palestinian state, with Israel agreeing
to absorb up to 100,000 Palestinians within its borders under family
Regarding borders, Abu Rudeina
said that the principle of territorial exchange was agreed, although
there are disagreements over the exact areas. He said that in the most
recent talks the Palestinians agreed to an exchange involving 1.2% of
West Bank land, while then prime minister Ehud Olmert demanded 6.5%.
“But the issue also depends on
quality. If Israel receives land in the Jerusalem area or Bethlehem we
will not agree to receive desert land in exchange,” he said.
SENATORS URGE OBAMA
TO SEE ISRAEL’S POINT OF VIEW!
May 20/09. Seventy-six out of 100
US senators this week signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to
carefully weigh the risks to Israel’s security before pushing his new
Middle East peace initiative.
The letter was sent to the
President one day after his meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, during
which Obama pressed his guest to grasp hold of the “historic
opportunity” to make peace by surrendering his people’s ancient lands.
In their letter, the senators
appeared to side with Netanyahu’s view that Israel cannot even consider
a Palestinian state until the Palestinians honour their commitments to
halt all terrorism against the Jewish state. “We must also continue to
insist on the absolute Palestinian commitment to ending terrorist
violence,” they wrote. “The more capable and responsible Palestinian
forces become, the more they demonstrate the ability to govern and to
maintain security, the easier it will be for them to reach an accord
According to reports in the US
media, Obama is determined to push forward with the creation of a
Palestinian Arab state at the earliest possible date, and will try to
mitigate the risk to Israel by calling for that Palestinian state to be
There was no mention of what the
consequences would be if and when the Palestinians rejected or violated
that condition. -
Forthright analyst for the
Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick writes:
May 21/09. On the face of it,
Obama’s obsessive push for a Palestinian state makes little sense. The
Palestinians are hopelessly divided. It is not simply that Hamas rules
the Gaza Strip and Fatah controls Judea and Samaria. Fatah itself is
riven by division.
Palestinian Authority Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas’ appointment of the new PA government under Salaam Fayad
was overwhelmingly rejected by Fatah leaders. (See report
“Palestinian Political Turmoil” below): Quite simply, there is no
coherent Palestinian leadership that is either willing or capable of
reaching an accord with Israel.
According to media reports,
Obama’s plan will require Israel to withdraw its citizens and its
military to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines. It will provide for
the free immigration of millions of Israel-hating Arabs to the
Palestinian state. And it seeks to represent all of this as in accord
with Israel’s interests by claiming that after Israel renders itself
indefensible, all 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic
Conference (including Iran) will “normalize” their relations with
Israel. In short, Obama is using his peace plan to castigate the
Netanyahu government as the chief destabilizing force in the region.
What would a strategy to contain
the Obama administration’s pressure and maintain international attention
on Iran look like? Under the present circumstances, the Netanyahu
government’s best bet is to introduce its own peace plan to mitigate the
impact of Obama’s initiative.
Such a plan should contain three
First, in light of the Arab
world’s apparent willingness to engage with Israel, Netanyahu should
call for the opening of direct talks between Israel and the Arab League,
or between Israel and the Organization of the Islamic Conference,
regarding the immediate normalization of relations between Israel and
the Arab-Islamic world. Both Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah claim that
such normalization is in the offing. Israel should insist that it begin
The second stage of the Israeli
peace plan would involve
Israel and the Arab
world agreeing and
beginning to implement a joint program for combating terrorism.
It should be abundantly clear to
all governments in the region that there can be no long-term regional
peace or stability as long as terrorists bent on destroying Israel and
overthrowing moderate Arab regimes are allowed to operate.
The final stage of the Israeli
peace plan should be the negotiation of a final-status accord with the
Palestinians. Only after the Arab world has accepted Israel, and only
after it has agreed to join Israel in achieving the common goal of a
terror-free Middle East, can there be any chance that the Palestinians
will feel comfortable and free to peacefully coexist with Israel.
Whether Netanyahu advances such a
peace plan or not, what became obvious this week is that his greatest
challenges in office will be to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear
weapons while preventing the Obama administration from blaming Israel
for the absence of peace.
‘SURPRISED’ BY U.S. MID-EAST PLAN
May 21/09. Palestinian Authority
officials said that they had been “surprised” to hear about US President
Barack Obama’s new peace plan from the Israeli media, noting that
Washington had not informed the PA leadership about the initiative.
One PA official said Abbas and his
aides were currently studying the plan, which, he added, included
“several positive points.” The official stressed, however, that some of
the proposals mentioned in the plan were completely unacceptable to the
These proposals, he said, included
the talk about resettling Palestinian refugees in Arab countries,
swapping lands between the future Palestinian state and Israel, creating
a demilitarized state and granting the Old City of Jerusalem the status
of an international city.
“The Palestinian position on these
issues is very clear,” explained another PA official. “We insist on the
right of return for all refugees on the basis of UN resolution 194, and
the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with all of East
Jerusalem, including the Old City, as its capital.”
The official said the PA had, in
the past, rejected the idea of establishing a demilitarized state and
swapping land with Israel. “The only way to achieve real and lasting
peace is by forcing Israel to withdraw from all the territories that
were occupied in 1967,” he said.
THEY WERE PROMISED JERUSALEM
May 20/09. PA sources claim that
following Jordan’s King Abdullah’s visit to Washington US officials said
that any future Palestinians state would include Jerusalem as its
capital, a halting of all settlement construction, as well as setting a
clear timetable for the realization of the two-state solution and a
commitment that the permanent peace agreement would be negotiated
according to the understanding set by the
Arab peace initiative.
The US plans to add “improvements”
to the Arab peace plan. According to a recent report in the London-based
Arabic-language newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi, the revised plan will
reintegrating Palestinian refugees either in various Arab nations, or in
the demilitarized Palestinian state, and Israel and the Palestinian
Authority would agree to a land exchange.
The revised plan is also
said to call for east Jerusalem to be made the new state’s capital –
with the Palestinian Authority’s flag waving over it official
institutions and the UN banner waving over the Old City and places
sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
The US is also expected to demand
Arab nations set a timetable to the normalisation of their diplomatic
relations with Israel – a step meant to encourage Jerusalem to take
practical steps towards forming a Palestinian state.
ABBAS SWEARS IN A
HAMAS-FREE P.A. GOVERNMENT
May 20/09. Ignoring warnings from
Hamas and his own Fatah faction, PA President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a
new government headed by current Prime Minister Salaam Fayad. In
addition to his post as prime minister, Fayad will continue to hold the
Hamas and the majority of Fatah
decided to boycott the new government, each for its own reasons.
In addition, the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine and the Palestinian People’s (Communist)
Party said they had turned down an offer to join the government.
Hamas officials said that Abbas’
move was tantamount to a “death certificate” for Egyptian-sponsored
reconciliation talks aimed at reaching agreement on the formation of a
Palestinian unity government.
Despite Fatah’s decision to
boycott the government, 10 members of the faction accepted ministerial
portfolios on an individual basis. Their decision is viewed as a sign of
the deepening crisis in Fatah, which is already in turmoil over its
failure to hold its sixth general assembly for the past two decades.
Last week Abbas announced that he
would convene the long-awaited conference in Jericho or Bethlehem on
July 1, triggering a crisis in Fatah between those who favor holding the
meeting in the West Bank and those who insist it should be held in one
of the Arab countries.
“Fatah is strongly opposed to this
government because we were not consulted about the make-up,” said Fatah
operative Ashraf Juma’ah. “This is an illegitimate government and Fatah
won’t vote in favor of it in parliament.”
Hamas legislator Salah Bardaweel
said that the Fayad government did not represent the Palestinians. “Any
government must be approved by a majority of members of the Palestinian
Legislative Council, and this is what the Fayad government is lacking,”
Abbas’ decision to form a new
government in the West Bank was an indication of the ongoing “political,
legal and constitutional chaos,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said. He
accused Abbas of seeking to “deliberately sabotage” Fatah-Hamas
negotiations aimed at achieving “national reconciliation.”
WITH JERUSALEM AS ITS CAPITAL
IS IN AMERICAN
May 30/09. President Obama and his
administration told PA President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting on May
28, the US foresees the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem
as its capital.
According to Nimer Hamad, Abbas’
senior political adviser, the American administration iss very friendly
to the position of the PA. “Abbas heard from Obama and his
administration in a very categorical way that a Palestinian state with
Jerusalem as its capital is in the American national and security
interest,” Hamad said.
Another PA official told
worldnetdaily that Obama informed Abbas he would not let Netanyahu
“get in the way” of normalizing US relations with the Arab and greater
Muslim world. “We were told they will not allow a Netanyahu government
to hurt their efforts of rehabilitating US relations with the Arab and
Islamic world, which is a high priority of Obama,” he said.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR JERUSALEM?
Today Jerusalem is a city of
tension. Divided or not divided, it will remain a cup that causes
reeling, and a heavy stone for the nations.
“Peace” will be a non-starter,
until after the Rapture, when the Antichrist will be revealed and
beguile the nations with a seven-year “peace” treaty.
The peace treaty, which is
represented by the rider on a white horse has a short ride, and then
world war (the rider on a red horse) breaks out.
Jerusalem (and all Israel) will be
surrounded by the armies of the world. The city will be captured,
plundered, and half the people displaced.
Zech 12:2-3; 14:2)
Many nations around will be left
desolate as a result of the nuclear war that brings the battle to an
Antichrist, the leader of the
revived Roman Confederation will take over Jerusalem and set up his
royal pavilion there.
Jerusalem will become the capital
for the New World Order - the regime of the Antichrist. This counterfeit
Messiah will impersonate the promised “messenger of the covenant,” and
claim to be the fulfilment of the prophecy:
“Look! I am sending My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me.
And the Master, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the
Messenger of the Covenant in whom you delight, look! He is coming, says
the YHWH of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1)
The reign of the Beast in
Jerusalem will come to an end at the coming of Y’shua, the King of
Kings, at the battle of Armageddon.
Jerusalem will be saved by the
and the restored city will become “the Joy of the whole Earth.”
“In the last days the mountain of the House of YHWH will be established
as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all
nations will stream into it. Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let
us go up to the mountain of YHWH, to the house of the God of Jacob. He
will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.’
“For the Torah (instruction) will go out from Zion, and the Word
of YHWH from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations, and will
settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into
ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take
up sword against nation, nor will they learn warfare any more.” (Isaiah
“And YHWH will be King over all the earth; in that day it will be
acknowledged - YHWH is one; and His Name the only one.” (Zechariah 14:4)
“YHWH will reign over them in Mount Zion from that day and for ever.”
“The kingdoms of the world have become the kingdom of YHWH our LORD and
of His Anointed - the Messiah; and He will reign forever and ever’.”
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