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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Middle East peace talks must succeed to avoid despair, says UK minister

Prophecy Sign:  The seven year covenant/peace treaty

The process towards Middle-East peace continues.  And the warnings are becoming more shrill that if peace is not established right now, then "darkness and despair" will set in, (not to mention war).  Thus, American Secretary of State, John Kerry, has a new plan of action;  Make some effort and inroads on core issues, and leave the status of Jerusalem to last.

He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. Daniel 9:27 NIV

Middle East peace talks must succeed to avoid despair, says UK minister
"Darkness and despair" was the alternative to John Kerry succeeding in his mission to revive moribund Middle East peace talks, the British foreign office minister Alistair Burt said on Wednesday. On a visit to a West Bank village, Burt acknowledged that expectations of a positive outcome were "very low". But he urged Palestinians involved in grassroots protests against the 46-year Israeli occupation to give their political leaders a "completely free hand" to re-engage with negotiations, saying it was the only way to achieve an independent Palestinian state. "Time is very short," he added, saying the efforts of the US secretary of state still represented the "best chance for a generation, and a generation to come" to end the long-running conflict.

Kerry's plan: Core issues, then gestures, and finally Jerusalem
Senior diplomatic officials in Jerusalem say that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to unveil a gradual multistep peace plan between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Due to the expected plan, the U.S. has asked the European Union to step back for the time being from its own peace-seeking efforts. At this point, it is unclear whether EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will nix a planned upcoming trip to Israel and leave the stage for Kerry. Kerry was supposed to visit Israel this week, but delayed his trip, in part to give Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas more time to decide whether to return to the negotiating table with Israel. The U.S. is demanding that Abbas return to negotiations without preconditions, but Abbas has said that Israel must freeze all construction beyond the Green Line, including in Jerusalem, and release around 100 convicted Palestinian terrorists who have been imprisoned since before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. Israel is not willing to accept any Palestinian preconditions for the renewal of peace talks.

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