News Review - 9 Nov 2018
peaceInTheMiddleEast

Many have tried – many have failed. But are we about to finally see…

Peace in the Middle East?

Could it really happen after 70 years of wars and broken agreements? Many US Presidents have tried to bring peace to the Middle East – all have failed!

“Since the founding of Israel on 14 May 1948 and the outbreak of the Arab-Israeli War, US presidents have experienced a complex relationship with the region, balancing their responsibility to promote secure democracy with competing national interests.

Harry Truman was in the Oval Office at the time of Israel’s inception … [and] moved to recognise the new nation 11 minutes after its birth!

John F Kennedy sought to improve matters with friendly overtures and aid to Israel…

Lyndon Johnson was forced to turn his attention to Israel with the Six-Day War breaking out in 1967,

Richard Nixon’s secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, duly negotiated a string of ‘disengagement agreements’ between 1974 and 1975, which brought stability…

In 1978, Jimmy Carter mediated the Camp David Accord.

Under Reagan, the US again intervened…

George W Bush achieved little in relation to Israel and Palestine…

The Bill Clinton administration had a hand in the Oslo Peace Accord…

Barack Obama was criticised for failing to advance the cause…

President Trump has already alienated the Palestinian leadership by relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv in December 2017.” ( independent.co.uk)

Trump: Middle East Peace Plan Within Four Months

“President Donald Trump has vowed to deliver a ‘fair’ Middle East peace plan within the next four months, after publicly endorsing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the first time.

Mr Trump said it was his ‘dream’ to see a peaceful end to the 70-year conflict, and pledged to present a deal within two to four months.

Speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Mr Trump appeared unperturbed, and claimed ‘a lot of progress had been made’.” ( independent.co.uk)

The ‘Ultimate Deal’? For Israel, Maybe. We Palestinians will never accept it!

“Dr Hanan Ashrawi is a Palestinian politician and leader. She is a member of the PLO executive committee and the Palestine legislative council: A US-backed deal to bring ‘peace’ to the Middle East would just legitimise Israeli aggression – and oppress my people further. President Donald Trump and his administration have been promising to announce what has been called, ironically, the ‘ultimate deal’ for Israel and Palestine. It is a proposition for ‘peace’ that violates the most basic requirements for a just and sustainable solution, flouts international law, contradicts the global consensus on peace (which in itself constitutes a major compromise by the Palestinians), and even departs from the declared policies of several previous US administrations.

The ‘ultimate deal’ suffers from multiple fatal flaws and misconceptions that several successive US administrations have repeatedly failed to recognise. The spirit of the Palestinian people cannot be broken or brought into submission; nor will we ever succumb to external pressure and blackmail. To expect us to surrender our rights and freedom in exchange for a mythical ‘economic peace’ is nothing short of a flight of fancy.

The inability to recognise that Jerusalem is the historical, cultural, geographic and demographic heart of Palestine already sets up the ‘ultimate deal’ for failure. Jerusalem is the linchpin of peace.( theguardian.com)

How Jared Kushner Can Get The Mideast Deal Of The Century

Solving the Jerusalem problem, the key to Israeli-Palestinian peace, is not impossible. The answer is two cities, two new names.

Despite current tensions in Gaza, first son-in-law Jared Kushner insists that the Deal of the Century — an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement — is on the way. A number of thorny disagreements would need to be resolved if that’s to happen; first and foremost, the status of Jerusalem.

This is often portrayed as an insoluble problem. I disagree. I think the city is ripe for some diplomatic disruption.

The oft-repeated slogan, ‘the indivisible nature of Israel’s 3,000 year-old capital,’ is empty rhetoric. Any deal will necessarily divide the city between its Jewish and Arab neighborhoods.

This is not as far-fetched as it may seem. Israelis may venerate the Jerusalem of the Bible and the prayer book, but they are less enamored of the Jerusalem of today. The Israeli capital is the poorest city in the country. Its residents are increasingly members of ultra-orthodox sects (37 percent of the Jewish population and growing fast), whose unwillingness to serve in the army or enter the workforce has made them very unpopular with their less pious countrymen.

Despite this, Israel will never give up ‘west’ Jerusalem or the suburban neighborhoods it has built since the 1967 Six-Day War.

Under a division plan, two separate cities could be created out of Jerusalem. They would have an open border and security arrangements like those that now exist between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Each city would belong to a larger national or autonomous unit: Jewish Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Arab Jerusalem as part of whatever Arab state or entity emerges from the peace deal, whose capital will be Ramallah. This lacks symmetry, but never in the history of Jerusalem has it been an Arab or Muslim capital. Its main significance is religious.

In return, Israel would make a concession of its own. The Old City of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, Western Wall and Christian holy places, would be internationalized. Specific holy sites can be administered by the civil or denominational authorities of each side (as they are now). The current residential quarters of the walled city (Jewish, Armenian, Greek Orthodox, Muslim) would remain frozen in place and population.

The Old City as a whole would be internationalized and governed by a committee of the great powers. This will be hard for Israel to accept, but it is not such a radical idea: Founding father Theodor Herzl advocated it in his Zionist diplomacy. The Arab side would find this international governance easier, if only because it would see it as a painful Israeli concession.

For many Israelis and Arabs, the hardest part of dividing Jerusalem may be losing the battle for its magical name. But that will have to happen. Two ‘Jerusalems,’ side by side, is an invitation to further conflict in the name of unification.

The solution is obvious: A name change. The Jewish city can be called by its Hebrew name ‘Yerushalayim,’ as it has been by Jews for thousands of years (and is called by Israelis today). There is more than ample precedent for the name change. The European names of Israeli cities are routinely Hebraized. One example is the ancient town of ‘Jaffa’ which is now officially known as ‘Yaffo’ in Israel.

The Arabs also do not use the name ‘Jerusalem.’ Since at least the 9th Century they have called the city ‘Al Quds,’ meaning ‘The Holy One’ and that is what they call it today.

It will take pressure from the Trump administration and its main negotiator, Jared Kushner, to get past that. It is a lot to ask, but if you want the deal of the century, you have to break a few icons along the way.” ( bloomberg.com)

So this is not a new idea!

Historical Truth

Check the facts. At the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, the idea was that Jerusalem should be an International City – ruled by the United Nations. This was rejected by the Arabs and accepted by the Jews.

Here is part of UN Resolution 303 regarding the status of Jerusalem back in 1947.

“UN General Assembly resolution 303 reiterated the UN commitment to internationalization of Jerusalem, and designated it a ‘ corpus separatum’ - separate body. Under the original partition plan of 1947 (GA resolution 181), Jerusalem was to have been administered under UN sovereignty as an international city. The Arabs initially rejected the internationalization of Jerusalem,and the Jewish side accepted it.( mideastweb.org)

Trump To Pressure Netanyahu To Back Peace Plan

“President Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron last month that he’s ready to put pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept his upcoming Middle East peace plan, four Western diplomats briefed on the meeting tell me. Trump specifically mentioned the fact the US gives Israel billions of dollars in aid every year. Why it matters: We haven’t previously heard Trump say anything about his willingness to put pressure on Netanyahu, perhaps his staunchest ally around the world. Three days after the meeting with Macron, which happened on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Trump met with Netanyahu in New York and announced for the first time his support for the two state solution. In the same meeting, Trump said he was planning to present his peace plan in two to four months.” ( axios.com)

Trump Is Busting The Myths

From President Trump – a different approach:

“Vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Schanzer observes that Trump is sharply veering away from traditional US peacemakers who ‘brought Israel and the Palestinians to the table as equals, as if the Palestinians have significant power.’ They don’t, and the traditional process is yet to yield peace.

That process took too seriously the Palestinian dream that 5 million ‘refugees’ will one day flood the Jewish state. In the long run, peacemaking will succeed if it addresses 21st-century facts, rather than 1948 hopes.( nypost.com)

In 1948, Palestinians Lost Land. But Not To Israel

“In the 1948 Israeli War of Independence, the Palestinians did in fact lose what was offered to them with the loss of the West Bank; the Palestinians did in fact lose what was offered to them with the loss of Gaza.

But the dark little secret that the manipulative sentence left out was that the Palestinians lost the West Bank not to Israel but to their land-grabbing brethren Jordan. And they lost Gaza not to Israel but to their land-grabbing brethren Egypt.

This set of facts is critical to assess what happened to the Palestinians and who is culpable.

If the Palestinians had accepted the two-state solution of 1947, there would be no conflict today, and the two-state solution would be going on its 71st year .” ( washingtonpost.com)

The Truth Should Be Taught About The 1948 War

“Why is this important? In recent debates about the Palestinian ‘Nakba,’ the claim has been made that there are two ‘narratives,’ an Israeli one and a Palestinian one, and we should pay attention to both of them.

But above and beyond these claims is the simple fact - and it is a FACT, not a ‘narrative’ - that in 1947, the Zionist movement accepted the United Nations partition plan, whereas the Arab side rejected it and went to war against it.

A decision to go to war has consequences, just as it did in 1939 or 1941. The Arabs started the Six-Day War in 1967.

Israel conquered the West Bank and Gaza from Jordan and Egypt as well as Syria’s Golan Heights.

The importance of this distinction becomes clear upon perusing the op-ed that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently published in The New York Times. Abbas mentioned the partition decision in his article, but said not one single word about the facts - who accepted it and who rejected it. He merely wrote that ‘Shortly thereafter, Zionist forces expelled Palestinian Arabs.’

That is like those Germans who talk about the horrors of the expulsion of 12 million ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe after 1945, but fail to mention the Nazi attack on Poland, or the Japanese who talk about Hiroshima, but fail to mention their attack on Pearl Harbor. That is not a ‘narrative,’ it is simply not telling the truth. Effects cannot be divorced from causes.

In the final analysis, there is a historical truth. And without ignoring the suffering of the other, that is how such sensitive issues must be taught.” ( haaretz.com)

Myth & Fact - The War Of 1948

MYTH -The Jews started the first war with the Arabs.

FACT - The chairman of the Arab Higher Committee said the Arabs would ‘fight for every inch of their country.’ Two days later, the holy men of Al-Azhar University in Cairo called on the Muslim world to proclaim a jihad (holy war) against the Jews. The Arabs were blunt in taking responsibility for starting the war. Jamal Husseini told the Security Council on April 16, 1948: ‘The representative of the Jewish Agency told us yesterday that they were not the attackers, that the Arabs had begun the fighting. We did not deny this. We told the whole world that we were going to fight’.” ( jewishvirtuallibrary.org)

At The End Of The Age - Jews Still In Jerusalem

Right at the end of this age, it appears that the Jews are performing the morning and evening sacrifices in Jerusalem. It’s hard to imagine this happening in Jerusalem right now, so are we going to see great changes in Israel, so that the sacrifices can start?

Could it be that the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, Western Wall and Christian holy places, will be internationalized… controlled by the United Nations, who would then allow the Jews to start the morning and evening sacrifices – on or near the Temple Mount?

At the 1290 day mark, 30 days before the beginning of the Great Tribulation, these sacrifices are stopped by the invading European army, as prophesied in the book of Daniel:

Daniel 12:11 indicates that there will be Jews in Jerusalem right up until the end of the age!

“And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days” (Daniel 12:11).

Mr Armstrong explained:

“But, (Daniel 12) verse 11, ‘ from the time the daily sacrifice shall be taken away…’ Consider this a moment. This does NOT imply a material temple to be built in our time in Jerusalem. It does seem to imply the Israelis may restore the daily (twice daily) sacrifice – possibly at the wailing wall. The indication is the armies of the ‘beast’ of Revelation 17, entering Jerusalem (Daniel 11:41, Zechariah 14:2), will stop this daily sacrifice.” ( Pastor General’s Report – November 20, 1979)

Will We See A Divided Jerusalem?

“For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and HALF OF THE CITY shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city(Zechariah 14:2).

Does this indicate that Jerusalem will be a divided city at the end of the age, as per President Trump’s peace plan?

At The Return Of Christ, Jews Flee From Jerusalem…

At the return of Christ, there are still Jews in Jerusalem!

“And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited(Zechariah 14:5,9,11).


Are we about to finally see peace in the Middle East?

Many have tried – and all have failed.

We may see some change – but peace?

The fighting goes on right up to the return of Jesus Christ!

Seventy years ago, in the June issue of the Plain Truth magazine, Mr Armstrong was inspired to warn the nations:

“… the Almighty says, prophetically: ‘All [nations] that burden themselves with it [Jerusalem]’ in the day ‘ when they shall be in the siege … against Jerusalem’ – as the Arab nations are now – ‘ SHALL BE CUT IN PIECES.’

The British have been burdening themselves with it… The United States has been meddling, interfering, burdening itself with it. So has Soviet Russia… The United Nations has been burdening itself with it. God says ‘ they shall be cut in pieces’! [Zechariah 12:1-3]” ( The Plain Truth – February 1979)

This warning still stands!

Watch events in Jerusalem - it is the focal point of end time events!