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KING'S ULTIMATUM: Netanyahu meeting decides Mid-East's future...; 'Upcoming Netanyahu-Obama meeting crucial to ME future'

President Barack Obama's meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu next week has become the acid test for the White House's commitment to peace in the Middle East, King Abdullah of Jordan told the The Times on Sunday.

"All eyes will be looking to Washington," he said. "If there are no clear signals and no clear directives to all of us, there will be a feeling that this is just another American government that is going to let us all down."

"If the call is in May that this is not the right time or we are not interested, then the world is going to be sucked into another conflict in the Middle East," Abdullah said.

Mr Obama is expected to lay this out to the Muslim world in a visit to Cairo next month.

The King travels today to Damascus to urge President Assad to join the Arab efforts to seek a settlement with Israel, based on the Arab peace plan adopted in 2002. Brokered by the Americans, this would be the most comprehensive deal attempted since the opening of the Madrid conference in 1991. It would offer Israel immediate benefits, such as entry visas to every Arab country, the right of El Al, Israel’s national airline, to overfly Arab territory, and the eventual recognition of Israel by all 57 members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

In return, the Israelis would have to put an immediate stop to the building and expansion of settlements and agree to withdraw from territories occupied since 1967. The two most sensitive issues — the future status of Jerusalem and the right of return by Palestinians who fled in 1948 — would be negotiated within the framework of the peace plan.

Emphasising again the urgency now felt by all Arab governments of making the most of Mr Obama’s commitment to a settlement, he said this was a final opportunity. “I think we’re going to have to do a lot of shuttle diplomacy, get people to a table in the next couple of months to get a solution.” The alternative was bleak — war, death and destruction. The King added: “This is a critical moment.”  The Times

The United States is promoting a peace plan for the Middle East involving a "57-state solution" in which the entire Muslim world would recognize Israel, Monday's Times of London quoted Jordan's King Abdullah as saying.

"We are offering a third of the world to meet them with open arms," the king said. "The future is not the Jordan River or the Golan Heights or the Sinai, the future is Morocco in the Atlantic and Indonesia in the Pacific. That is the prize."

But he warned: "If we delay our peace negotiations, then there is going to be another conflict between Arabs or Muslims and Israel in the next 12-18 months."  Reuters

Knowing the day we are living in is of utmost importance.  The vast majority of Christians don't...either out of blind ignorance or due to their divided allegiance to worldly pleasures.  Either way, we are living in a time unlike any other in modern history.  Talk of a two-state solution has now exploded to a supposed 57-state solution.  Meaning, if Israel will agree to allow a Palestinian state to be created, 57 Arab/Islamic states will agree to recognize Israel with open arms.  "We are offering a third of the world to meet them with open arms," the king (Abdullah) said. "The future is not the Jordan River or the Golan Heights or the Sinai, the future is Morocco in the Atlantic and Indonesia in the Pacific. That is the prize."  Reuters

This plan has been embraced by virtually everyone in the free world, and most notably by the United States and the European Union.  Russia has even come out to endorse it and I suspect China will not be too far behind.  

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ahead of his critical May 18th meeting with US President Barack Obama, has yet to endorse the creation of a Palestinian state as part of any ME peace plan.  He has embraced beginning new negotiations as soon as possible with Palestinian representatives but only for the purpose of peace with no preconditions.  Many believe in their first meeting, the president will take a forceful tone with Mr. Netanyahu and insist that he step in line with global demands.  This cooling of relations has already become evident through reports that President Obama is seeking to distance himself from Israel while being more consolisatory toward Arab nations.  Case in point, the Obama administration has discontinued regular intelligence briefings with Israel regarding the Middle East which has been an ongoing policy in previous US administrations.  If you remember, just a few weeks ago, the US okayed a large arms deal to go through between Turkey and Lebanon without so much as informing Israeli officials.  This was unheard of in previous US administrations.

Jordan King Abdullah and Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair have both said that this is a very critical time for Middle East peace for which there is a very small window of opportunity.

"The critical juncture will be what comes out of the Obama-Netanyahu meeting," Abdullah said.

"If there is procrastination by Israel on the two-state solution or there is no clear American vision for how this is going to play out in 2009, then all the tremendous credibility that Obama has worldwide and in this region will evaporate overnight if nothing comes out in May."

"If we delay our peace negotiations, then there is going to be another conflict between Arabs or Muslims and Israel in the next 12-18 months."  Reuters

I have to believe that the king is right.  Much will be determined and a definite tone will be set following the May meeting between Obama and Netahyahu in Washington.  If Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to stay strong, Israel will immediately undergo complete global isolation the likes of which they have never experienced.  That could elicit one of two responses.  One, Israel could quickly change their mind and accept the 57-state solution with both the EU and the US guaranteeing their security.  Two, this could open up the door to an all-out attack by the Arab world as global powers look on.  There is also one other possibility... as sanctions begin to take their toll, new Israeli elections could be called for ushering Mr. Netanyahu out of power and replacing him with a pro-peace Prime Minister.

Daniel 9:27 states that a man will one day walk onto the world stage and confirm a covenant that will incorporate many.  This current 57-state offering by the Arab world seems to be a page out of Bible prophecy.  Whether this is the time it will be fulfilled is unknown, but one day it will be carried out to the last detail.

Are you ready to meet the Lord?  If not, your time is running out!

Terry Malone

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