Why Israelis and Palestinians Increasingly Think War, Not Two States, Will Solve Their Conflict

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The Israeli press has the following:

Why Israelis and Palestinians Increasingly Think War, Not Two States, Will Solve Their Conflict

January 31, 2018

Along with many others, I have cautioned anyone who would listen that the window for the two-state solution is closing.  Woe be the day, I warned, when the Peace Index, a highly-regarded public-opinion poll which has tracked Israelis and Palestinians regularly since 1994, finally showed that support for partition on both sides fell below 50 percent.

It appears that day has now finally arrived.

The latest peace index from December 2017 found that only 46% of both Israelis and Palestinians currently support the two state solution. In other words, a majority of stakeholders on both sides reject the framework the international community has sought to implement over the past quarter century.  …

Moreover, when confronted with other options for conflict resolution other than peacemaking, an increasing plurality (38%, up from 21% in the previous survey) of Palestinians would prefer armed resistance and almost a fifth (19%) of Israelis called for a protracted “definitive war.” …

While some secular nationalists within the PLO convinced themselves (and Israel and the international community) that compromise was possible – at the height of Oslo some 80% of Palestinians were conditionally in agreement – this support has wavered since Camp David II in 2000. .

Given 20 more years of occupation, war, and diplomatic stalemate, it’s hardly surprising that the two-state solution does not reflect Palestinian societal preferences anymore.

Meanwhile, the Zionist movement has always been divided between territorial maximalists (religious and revisionist) and mainstream statists (including those only temporarily wedded to the status quo, awaiting opportunities for expansion). https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-is-war-more-popular-than-the-two-state-solution-1.5783724

Essentially, I would state that both the Palestinians and Israelis have increased their distrust of each other because of actions and leaders on both sides.

Oddly, the above article did not mention US President Donald Trump.

It should have.

After Donald Trump made his statement on December 6, 2017 to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as well as to declare that the USA would not insist on a ‘two-state solution,’ it became clear to Palestinians and their leaders that the situation had changed.

They were disappointed with the USA and felt betrayed.

Furthermore, notice something reported a couple of weeks ago:

January 14, 2018

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday said a peace plan being worked on by US President Donald Trump insulted the Palestinians, calling it a slap in the face, and said the Palestinians would not accept any part of it.

“We told Trump we will not accept his project, the ‘deal of the century,’ which has become the ‘slap of the century,’” said Abbas, expressing Palestinian anger over the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “But we will slap back.” …

“We do not take instructions from anyone, and say ‘no’ to anyone if it is about our destiny, our cause, our country and our people… 1,000 times no,’” he said, opening a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council in Ramallah.

The meeting, the first in two years, was called to discuss the Palestinian reaction to Trump’s December 6 speech recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in which the US president said his decision merely recognized the reality that Jerusalem already serves as Israel’s capital and was not meant to prejudge the final borders of the city. …

After the Trump declaration, Abbas declared that the US could no longer serve as a peacebroker, and instituted a boycott of the Trump administration, canceling a planned meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence and refusing to meet with US peace envoy Jason Greenblatt. …

“We will not accept America as a sole mediator between us and Israel, after what they have done,” said Abbas on Sunday, adding he would accept only “serious international sponsorship” for peace talks.

His speech featured bitter criticisms of the US president. In reference to tweets by the US president on January 2, Abbas said, according to a Hadashot TV news translation, that Trump “posted a tweet that said, We’re not going to give the Palestinians financial aid, because they are refusing to negotiate.” He added: “Shame on you. When did we reject the talks? Where is the negotiation that we rejected?”

“May God demolish your house,” he said of Trump. https://www.timesofisrael.com/bitter-abbas-to-trump-we-reject-your-peace-deal-of-the-century/

The Europeans, who have denounced Donald Trump’s declaration, want Israel to push for a two-state solution:

January 31, 2018

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned Israel on Wednesday that it faced growing frustration in Europe amid concern for the future of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gabriel adopted a markedly different tone to that of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who on a visit to Israel last week embraced President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 announcement that his administration recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that it will move the U.S. Embassy to the city.

“With regard to the Palestinians and the Iran question the Americans are taking your side more clearly than ever before. But is this really only a good thing?” Gabriel said in Tel Aviv.

Citing past successes of U.S. diplomacy in the region, he asked: “Can the Americans still play such a role if they take sides so openly? Will others try to step into their shoes?” …

“Germany is looking forward to the day when it will be able to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. But let me add: in two states with Jerusalem as their capital. There is no shortcut here.”

Palestinians want East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israeli in a 1967 war, for their future capital. Israel regards Jerusalem as its eternal, indivisible capital. …

Gabriel spoke after meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Earlier in the day Netanyahu corrected the record during a joint news conference held with his German visitor after Gabriel said he was encouraged that Netanyahu’s government supported a two-state solution “with secure Israeli borders”. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-germany/german-minister-warns-israel-it-faces-growing-frustration-in-europe-idUSKBN1FK2PW

So, Sigmar Gabriel wants some power other than the USA to be involved in a peace deal and Germany to have a major presence one day in Jerusalem. This will happen!

Yet, the Israeli Prime Minister really does not want to push for a two-state ‘peace deal’ the way the Palestinians want to see it.

So, will we ever see peace in Jerusalem before Jesus returns?

Yes, a worldly peace will come.

However, peace deals normally only come about after war.

Neither Israel nor the Palestinians wish to give up claims to certain territories at this time for a peace deal. There have been rockets, retaliations, and other fighting between Israel and the Palestinians. Although there have been temporary cease-fires, it has been stated that, “Neither side appeared ready to accept the other’s conditions for a permanent cease-fire” (http://www.voanews.com/content/israel-hamas-resume-fighting-as-cairo-talks-break-down/2419518.html).

The presence of Donald Trump has upset the Palestinians. And while he seems to believe that since other US Presidents have failed to solve the situation, that he should try a different approach, the Palestinians (and many others) have not approved of statements he has made and steps he is known to have taken.

Yet, a multi-year temporary peace deal will come about per Daniel 9:27. Israel, likely because of threats and international pressures (some of which are growing now) will decide it has to accept a deal that it does not want to now accept.

This may come after a regional war that may involve Syria and/or Iran. But the Bible does show that there will be a worldly peace for about 3 1/2 years:

27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate (Daniel 9:27).

While Daniel 9:26 calls this “he”a “prince,” he is later is referred to as the king of a developing European empire (Daniel 11:40; see also King of the North and Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation).

The ‘one week’ time element has generally been understood by prophecy watchers to mean a seven year deal (2520 days, based on prophetic 360 day years). The Hebrew word translated as “week” literally means “sevened” (OT:7620 literal, sevened. Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.).

The deal will be broken in the middle of it–that is after 3 1/2 years. So, this temporal peace will not last as long as many thought it would when originally made and later confirmed.

The ‘with many’ referred to in Daniel 9:27 would seem to indicate that ‘many’ nations, as opposed to one or two, are agreeing to something. So, this is a peace deal with international involvement.

The deal in Daniel 9:27 is tied directly in with Daniel 11 which supports the view of a Germanic/European presence in Jerusalem:

31 And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation. (Daniel 11:31)

The “him” above is the King of the North (cf. Daniel 11:40). He is taking away the sacrifices here, the same ones that he is taking away in the “middle of the week” in Daniel 9:27.

A peace deal will come in the Middle East–and Europe will be involved!

Actions and statements by those involved, including US President Trump, will one day lead to a deal (irrespective whether or not Donald Trump is actually involved in the deal or if he is even alive at the time).

But that will NOT bring lasting peace to Jerusalem.

That will not happen until the return of Jesus and the establishment of the Kingdom of God.

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