I admit part of me is fascinated at the quickening pace of newsworthy events flowing from the Middle East. The pawns on the prophetic chess board are being moved with a sense of urgency. Who is orchestrating these events? That is a question with a solid answer. GOD!
The following is another indication that things will soon heat up for Israel in regards to the establishment of a Palestinian State. Sadly, it is the Palestinian people that are being used and exploited. Read the following article from the Jerusalem Post...July 21, 2009.
Amman begins stripping state's Palestinians of citizenship
Jordanian authorities have started revoking the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians living in Jordan to avoid a situation in which they would be "resettled" permanently in the kingdom, Jordanian and Palestinian officials revealed on Monday.
The new measure has increased tensions between Jordanians and Palestinians, who make up around 70 percent of the kingdom's population.
"Many Palestinians living in Jordan are convinced that the Jordanian authorities are trying to squeeze them out," said Ismail Jaber, a West Bank lawyer who has been living in the kingdom for nearly 20 years. "There is growing discontent and uncertainty among Palestinians here."
He and other Palestinians said that Jordanians' "hostile" attitude toward them had escalated after the rise to power of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu earlier this year.
Several Jordanian government officials, they said, are convinced that Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are secretly working toward turning Jordan into a Palestinian state.
As a preemptive measure, the Jordanian authorities recently began revoking the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians, leaving many of them in a state of panic and uncertainty regarding the future. The Jordanians have justified the latest measure by arguing that it's aimed at avoiding a situation in which the Palestinians would ever be prevented from returning to their original homes inside Israel.
Since 1988, when the late King Hussein cut off his country's administrative and legal ties with the West Bank, the Jordanian authorities have been working toward "disengaging" from the Palestinians under the pretext of preserving their national identity.
That decision, said Jordan's Interior Minister Nayef al-Kadi, was taken at the request of the PLO and the Arab world to consolidate the status of the PLO as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
"Our goal is to prevent Israel from emptying the Palestinian territories of their original inhabitants," the minister explained, confirming that the kingdom had begun revoking the citizenship of Palestinians.
"We should be thanked for taking this measure," he said. "We are fulfilling our national duty because Israel wants to expel the Palestinians from their homeland." Kadi said that, despite the new policy, Palestinians would be permitted to retain their status as residents of the kingdom by holding "yellow ID cards" that are issued to those who have families and homes in the West Bank. He said that Palestinians working for the Palestinian Authority or the PLO were among those who have had their Jordanian passports taken from them, in addition to anyone who did not serve in the Jordanian army. The Jordanian minister said that the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank had been notified of the decision to revoke the Jordanian citizenship of Palestinians.
The Palestinians are not unique as a people group. They are displaced Arabs, sons of Ishmael, that are being manipulated by their brethren for political and ideological purposes. It is exploitation to the highest degree. But God has a word for the Palestinian people, of which a large segment is Messianic. Listen to what God said to Zechariah about the people who would inhabit the Gaza Strip in the last days.
"The king shall perish from Gaza; Ashkelon shall be uninhabited; a mixed people shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of Philistia. (These are all places inhabited by Palestinians today.) I will take away its blood from its mouth, and its abominations from between its teeth; it too shall be a remnant for our God; it shall be lie a clan in Judah, and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites. Then I will encamp at my house as a guard, so that none shall march to and fro; no oppressor shall again march over them, for now I see with my own eyes."
God promises that the oppressed people of Palestine, whether that oppression comes from Israel or the Arabs, will be shown mercy by God after he takes their stiff-necked pride away. That day is fast approaching. So, as you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, continue to pray for a revival of Messianic faith among the Palestinian people. God will answer.
Jimmy Root Jr
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