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Friday, September 5, 2014

PA plan seeks Palestinian state, IDF pullout within 3 years

Prophecy Sign:  The future 7 year covenant of peace

Some very interesting developments on the Middle-East peace front.

With renewed calls for a start-up of negotiations again, it has been reported that Egypt has pitched the idea that a large area of the Sinai may be given up by Egypt for a new home for Palestinians refugees and thus there would be no requirement for the right of return of Palestinians to Israel.  Also it has been reported that Hamas, (whose charter focuses on the destruction of Israel), may be agreeable to accepting a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders. There is also a report that Israel was pitching the idea of a declaration of a cease fire with Gaza for a period of between 5 to 7 years.  Of course the 7 years is an interesting number given Daniel's prophecy of a seven year covenant of peace.

Are we getting closer to the coming peace deal that will kick off the seven year Tribulation period?  Sure looks like it.

You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death, with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place." Isaiah 28:15 NIV

PA plan seeks Palestinian state, IDF pullout within 3 years
According to former PA minister of religious affairs Mahmoud al-Habash, the plan calls for new talks over a maximum of nine months, which would secure an Israeli withdrawal from the agreed-upon territory slated for the future Palestinian state in no more than three years. Abbas is reportedly demanding that the chief issue of contention between the sides, the location of the borders between the two states, be determined at the start of talks. The first three months would be devoted to establishing the borders, and the following six months for the remaining issues, including refugees, Jerusalem, settlements, security arrangements and water, Habash said, according to the Ynet news site. 

Egypt offers to absorb Palestinians. Why did Abbas refuse?
The Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reports that in a speech given to members of his Fatah Party this week, Abbas said that the Egyptian government had made a startling offer to the PA. The Egyptians told Abbas that they were willing to cede a 618-square mile area of the Sinai adjacent to Gaza for resettlement of the Palestinian refugees, an idea first floated by former Israeli National Security Adviser Giora Eiland. "They [the Egyptians] are prepared to receive all the refugees, [saying] 'let's end the refugee story'," Abbas was quoted by Ma'an news agency as saying. The Palestinian leader noted that the idea was first proposed to the Egyptian government in 1956, but was furiously rejected by Palestinian leaders such as PLO militant Muhammad Youssef Al-Najjar and poet Muin Bseiso who "understood the danger of this."

Report: Hamas’ Meshal agrees for Palestinian state based on 1967 borders
The head of Hamas’ political wing, Khaled Meshal, has agreed to accept a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders during a recent meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported Friday.

Israel reportedly agrees to extend cease-fire for 24 hours
Tarek Fahmi, the head of the Israeli Unit at the Egyptian National Center for Middle East Studies, said that “the goal of the talks today is to neutralize the main crisis points, particularly [the question of] the Gaza airport and Israeli concessions regarding the sea, as well as the issue of the tunnels.” Fahmi said that the negotiating sessions that took place on Monday were “critical.”
“Israel insists on demilitarizing the Gaza Strip from rockets and missiles, and the declaration of a cease-fire that would last between five and seven years,” he said. “The Palestinian side has yet to compromise on any of the key questions.” Fahmi added that there was an American proposal to bring the talks before UN mediation if the Cairo discussions fail to produce a deal.
http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Egypt-lobbying-hard-for-Israel-Hamas-to-strike-deal-as-truce-nears-end-371398

The Unfinished War
The war with Hamas is not over. What we are experiencing today is a temporary cease-fire.  The most basic reason the war is not over is because Hamas has no existence outside its war against the Jewish state. Hamas exists to obliterate Israel. The goal of each round of fighting is to soften Israel up for the next round. Hamas will only stop fighting when it is defeated. And Israel did not defeat Hamas. Not only did Israel not defeat Hamas, according to Haaretz, senior IDF commanders are now lobbying the government to enable Hamas to credibly claim victory.


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