Fatah: No to Israel as Jewish state, no land swaps

The Prophet Zechariah recorded a prophecy of God that has come to be one of the most important and decisive issues of our day; that of what to do with Israel and the City of Jerusalem.

While we are not a particular fan of the newest bible interpretation known as the "Message", the following interpretation of Zechariah 12 really captures the sediment of the world today.  That being, Jerusalem becoming a huge stone blocking the path to any negotiated peace treaties the world might try to implement in the Middle-East.  Israel says that it will in no way turn over parts of its capital to the Palestinians, while the world demands that Israel return to the pre-1967 borders, which then will divide the City of David between Israel and the PLA.  Everyone that tries to do what no one has been able to do previously, (secure a mid-east peace treaty), invariably causes themselves much grief.

"Watch for this: I'm about to turn Jerusalem into a cup of strong drink that will have the people who have set siege to Judah and Jerusalem staggering in a drunken stupor. "On the Big Day, I'll turn Jerusalem into a huge stone blocking the way for everyone. All who try to lift it will rupture themselves. All the pagan nations will come together and try to get rid of it. Zechariah 12:3-4 (the Message)

From the articles:
The Fatah Revolutionary Council concluded its fifth convention in Ramallah over the weekend by declaring its refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The council also urged the Palestinian Authority leadership to work toward foiling a new Israeli law requiring a referendum before any withdrawal from Jerusalem and the Golan Heights that has not been passed by two thirds of the Knesset.  The Palestinians are opposed to any understandings between Israel and the US that could harm their interests, the council said. “The council affirms its rejection of the so-called Jewish state or any other formula that could achieve this goal,” said a statement issued by the council.
A deal on borders would be extremely difficult without addressing the other issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians – the fate of Palestinian refugees and the future of East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as their capital. The parties will have to define the borders – Israel will want to keep East Jerusalem out of the discussion, the Palestinians will demand that it be in. Returning it to the Palestinians, moreover, has just been complicated by Israeli parliament legislation passed last week, which could require the return of Arab East Jerusalem to be put to a referendum.
Trying to resolve one problem – in this case borders – in isolation robs the parties of flexibility, says Mr Danin, preventing trade-offs and concessions: “It risks making refugees and Jerusalem more difficult down the road.” The chances are that even if talks restart, the US will be scrambling for a new strategy in three months. Who knows what will be on offer to Israel then, now that a new Middle East bazaar has been opened.

Fatah: No to Israel as Jewish state, no land swaps


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