IS PEACE breezing in the Middle East? 10-06-16
Are breezes of peace floating in Middle East?
Parties must act quickly or the moment will pass
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Peace continues to elude the Israelis and the Arabs. The Palestinian Authority refuses to be in direct talks with Israel, Israel refuses to be involved in the French initiative without direct talks with the Palestinians. The Palestinians continue to hope other nations and the UN will establish their state without dealing directly with Israel.
While there is a willingness at the UN to bash Israel while giving a pass to Syria, Iran and Russia whose collective crimes against humanity number in the hundreds of thousands dead and wounded and millions of refugees, there is no willingness or ability to come up with concrete solutions satisfactory to both Palestinians and Israelis.
Yet, over the last few weeks’ whispers of change have breezed through the Middle East.
Al-Monitor reported on a trip on May 21 of former Jordanian Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali to the West Bank where he announced his support for a confederation between the Palestinian Authority and Jordan with a common legislative council and a common government. Confederation has also been an idea supported in two different polls taken of Palestinians. One by An-Najah National University shows 42 percent of Palestinians supporting confederation with Jordan; and the second poll by the online newspaper Al-Hadath shows 76 percent of Palestinians in favor of such a confederation.
Not only is this trend positive for both Israelis and Palestinians, it also fits nicely in with two other recent events happening in the last few days. The first happened a few weeks ago when Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, president of Egypt, declared his support for finding a real solution to the impasse between the Israelis and Palestinians in a dramatic positive statement about Israel, in part based on the Saudi peace initiative offered in 2002. Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he was now ready to negotiate with Israel’s Arab neighbors on a peace agreement with the Palestinians based on the Saudi peace initiative.
These are three very small breezes wafting through the Middle East which, if quickly nurtured, could become the wind to fill the sails of peace between the Arabs and Israelis. President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France should quickly put aside their own efforts and support el-Sisi, Netanyahu, the Saudis, and the Jordanians, Israelis and Palestinians and nurture these small steps. The Saudi initiative, troubled as it may be, and the Palestinian Jordanian Confederation, fraught with dangers as it may be, could be the starting point of some real and concrete negotiations.
Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Hollande, if they are truly concerned with developing peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, need to move rapidly to support confederation and el-Sisi and Netanyahu. The Palestinian Confederation with Jordan and an Israeli willingness to negotiate based on a modified Saudi peace proposal offer significant actions that scream out for a rapid and positive responses by the U.S. and France. Breezes end in a flash of time. Now is the time to seize the moment and put some powerful wind in the sail of peace.
Dr. Samuel Edelman is an adjunct professor of Israel Studies, Zionism and the Holocaust at the University of Miami, and Executive Director of the Academic Council for Israel
A remarkable New Alliance is emerging in the Middle East. This is not a surprise to Bible Students as it is fully expected that Egypt along with the southern Arab Nations will support Israel in the latter days making up the King of the South based on Bible Prophecy.
According to Bible Prophecy the Biblical King of the South will see an alignment between Egypt with Israel along with the Arab Gulf States who are largely the descendents of Ishmael the son of Abraham by his wife’s maid Hagar (Genesis 16:3). The King of the South will oppose aggression from Russia and the EU. They will be supported by America and Britain. This News Item shows that the Nations are continuing to align themselves according to Bible Prophecy.
Yet again we see the latter day alignment of Nations as Prophesied by the Bible falling into place before our very eyes. See this article to learn more about this and the latter day prophecies of the Bible.
See this article to learn more: Bible Prophecy about the alignment of Nations in the Latter Days
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