Monday, October 11, 2010

Forcing Israel into and Unwinnable Situation

The issues surrounding the achievement of peace in the Middle East are complex. Violence has not aided the process.
The current direct talks have been put on hold due to the fact that Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to extend the moratorium on settlement construction that ended last week. The Palestinians have walked away from the table until such time, they say, that Israel ceases all West Bank construction. I find it interesting that Israel is being told to stop providing for the natural growth of its population, even within the confines of its ancient capital city, Jerusalem. Netanyahu understands that if he surrenders to this demand, Israel will, in essence, be surrendering its existence.
Again, the Palestinian leadership factions are threatening to resume the violence, as if Israel would bow and cower in fear. Thus, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is again attempting an end run...convincing the world to recognize a Palestinian State designed on the pre 1967 War boundaries. Israel would, supposedly, have no say in the issue and be forced to bow to the will of the world.
This from the Jerusalem Post editorial staff.

Editorial: No to unilateralism
By JPOST EDITORIAL 10/11/2010 00:06

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas raised the possibility, during an Arab League meeting in Libya on Friday, of abandoning peace talks with Israel and turning to the UN Security Council and to the US to receive recognition for an independent Palestinian state delineated by the pre-1967 borders.Israeli government officials ruled out this possibility as “unrealistic” and a “mirage.”
Notwithstanding the Israeli officials’ dismissive response to Abbas’s threat – issued after Israel refused to extend a 10-month moratorium on new construction on the settlements in Judea and Samaria – the gambit of a unilateral declaration on the creation of a Palestinian state on territory presently under Israeli control is, unfortunately, looking increasingly possible. Supreme efforts should be made to prevent this from happening.
In February, PA Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad, speaking at the Herzliya Conference, outlined a plan, first made public in August 2009, to establish unilaterally a de facto Palestinian state by August 2011. By that time, according to Fayyad, whom President Shimon Peres has compared to David Ben-Gurion, “the reality of [a Palestinian] state will impose itself on the world.”The Quartet (the US, EU, UN and Russia) has supported aspects of Fayyad’s plan, as have international donors.
The concept of a “facts on the ground” approach to the creation of a Palestinian state is a radical departure from Palestinian nationalism’s advocacy of a windfall success through violence or international diplomacy. Rather than seeking an impossible military victory over Israel or waiting for the sudden achievement of a major peace treaty, the state-building program seeks to create Palestine step by step.

The forcing of Israel into a box designed by the Global Community will work only to drive the Middle East toward an inevitable war. Joel 3:1-2 says, "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 down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (the location of the prophesied battle at Armageddon). And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land."

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