TW: Palestinian Statehood?

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In its latest TW News & Prophecy, the Living Church of God reported:

Palestinian statehood?

Actions in the UN last week forced discussions about a future Palestine. Since Palestinian president Abbas made his request, five EU nations, including France, have pushed to “upgrade” Palestinian territories to “full-membership” in the UN. Three other EU nations have joined the UK and U.S. in opposition. Many UN members are avoiding the discussion in support of restarting the stalled peace talks. “The potential UN vote on Palestine’s status could end up splitting the EU and causing a clash with the US in what diplomats are calling a ‘train wreck'” (EU Observer, September 26, 2011).

After his UN speech on Sunday, Mr. Abbas returned home, vowing to resist peace talks unless Palestine is granted statehood and Israel stops expanding settlements in the West Bank (Reuters, September 25, 2011). However he did announce that a “Palestinian Spring” has begun (Associated Press, September 25, 2011). The Palestinian statehood issue is putting more pressure on Israel and its neighbors.

Christ warned that, one day, Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies, and eventually “trampled” by “Gentiles” for 3.5 years (Luke 21:20-24, Revelation 11:2). Events today are building toward this sobering, prophesied time.

Tensions seem to be rising in Israel and Palestine as the Israelis have decided to increase the construction of settlements and the Palestinians are accusing Israel of trying to incite violence.

Here are some 2011 news items from the COGwriter page showing various views and/or aspects of the Palestinian Statehood plan:

China to Back Palestinian Statehood

Israel: Forced Peace Plan to Cause World War

Germany’s Merkel Says to Wait on Palestinian Recognition

Peace Deal in 2012?

EU Supporting Palestine State and Brainwashing?

Palestine Submits Proposal for UN Recognition

I have long suspected that some type of unrest or war would proceed the peace deal of Daniel 9:27. It is possible that the result of the Palestinian bid for UN recognition may be increased violence and other tensions in the region.  Not only Israel and Palestine, but Iran, Syria, and possibly others (like parts of Lebanon) could be involved.

And speaking of Iran, it once again decried a two-state solution for the region:

CBS News – ‎1 October 2011

(AP) TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s supreme leader assailed a two state solution for Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday, saying the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations is doomed to fail.

The Iranians do not want peace in the region.  And if any doubt that, they may wish to check out something that happened last year: Iran’s Ahmadinejad Does Not Want Peace. Furthermore, earlier this year the government there essentially approved a video that declared that Iran needs to attack and takeover Jerusalem so that the Arab world would support Iran and pave the way for an Islamic leader (the Imam Mahdi, who sounds a bit like the biblically-prophesied King of the South) to rise up (see Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Conquer Jerusalem?).

We will see what the bid for a “two-state” solution (which the USA is pushing for according to statements I heard from Hillary Clinton yesterday) will bring.

For more information, here are three articles of possibly related interest:

The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? What does the Bible say?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?

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