Mitchell Pitches a New 5-Point Plan for Middle East Negotiations
(IsraelNN.com) United States envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell arrived in the region this week in efforts to further press the Jewish state into relinquishing territory to the American-backed Palestinian Authority. According to PA sources quoted by the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Hayat, Mitchell is unveiling a five-point plan that will force local parties back to the negotiating table and press Israel to retreat back to the Armistice Line that existed between the Jewish state and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan between the years 1949 and 1967.
Reflected in Mitchellís new plan is an acceptance of the 2002 Arab Initiative, which calls for a complete Israeli surrender from all lands won in the 1967 Six-Day War and the establishment of a new Arab state in these lands. Mitchell announced last March that the Arab Initiative will be incorporated into the Barack Obama administrationís Middle East policy. Israel National News
US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is in the Middle East this weekend to push a new 5-point plan that will force the two parties back to the negotiations table and press Israel to retreat back to the Armistice Line that existed between the Jewish state and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan between the years 1949 and 1967 Israel National News.
Highlighted in the plan is Israel's surrender of all lands acquired during the 1967 Six-Day War and the creation of a Palestinian state. Certainly, this plan seems to bring nothing new to the table, but there is one difference...Jerusalem. The international community has realized, although Israel is willing to freeze settlement expansion into the West Bank, they have refused to do so in Jerusalem. This refusal has served as an excuse for the PA to walk away from negotiations and for Israel to continue blaming them for never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
So with this in mind, here is the direction the new plan will take. The West Bank will now be negotiated separately from Jerusalem. The creation of a Palestinian state will be the first priority, and therefore, be settled in the first stage of the two-part negotiations. Of course, I never assume that any stage of the Middle East peace talks will run smoothly. I have a strong feeling that the international community is very close to calling for Israel to be slapped with sanctions and aid to the Palestinian Authority be cut off if progress is not made. As shocking as it may sound, I expect Israel to finally give into US pressure before sanctions come into play. The fate of Jerusalem will be negotiated separately down the road after the Palestinian state is established. Look for a timeline to be attached to the eventual division of Jerusalem..
I have shared this scenario with my readers in the past and believe it could possibly hold some validity. I believe this two-stage peace accord could serve as the catalyst for the Islamic world (lead by Russia) to come crashing down on Israel. It starts out with the creation of the Palestinian state.
Once Israel agrees to the creation of a Palestinian state, peace will be established with their neighbors including Hamas (see Article# 1008) and possibly Hezbollah as well...that is temporarily. I won't venture to guess as to how much time will pass before an attack occurs but the Bible makes it clear it won't happen until after Russia (Ezekiel 38:1-4) takes an interest. The Bible says in Ezekiel 38:4, "And I will turn thee back (Gog, the land of Magog), and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords". Once the first-stage of peace is established in the Middle East, the Islamic world will bide their time until the right moment for an attack. Shortly after peace is established, I believe God will open up a great abundant discovery in Israel that will take the world by surprise and make Russia take notice. Whatever this discovery turns out to be is unknown, but it will grip a previously uninterested Russia into a mesmerizing trance they won't be able to resist. It will be at this moment that the final piece of the puzzle the Islamic world has been waiting for will fall into place. The Bible says that Russia will lead this attack along with a great Islamic army. But before it even begins, God will destroy much of the invading army with great plagues, confusion, inclement weather, brimstone, and a great earthquake (Ezekiel 38:18-23). When this happens, the world will be in shock and God will be magnified and "known in the eyes of many nations (Ezekiel 38:23)". Some believe this will be the time when Jesus raptures the church. But if this is the case, the peace will not be the peace the Antichrist brings but merely the time of peace described in Ezekiel 38:11, 12, 14.
But continuing on, Israel will be saved and the global power structure will be forever changed. Both Russia and the Islamic world will no longer be a threat to Israel. Whether or not Russia will lose its military world standing is unknown but many believe that will be the case.
With the Russians and the Islamic world in decline, this may be the time new alliances are formed with one being the ten-nation kingdom of the Antichrist. I don't necessarily believe that the goal of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital will be abandoned following this attack. I still believe the international community will pursue it, but in the end, Israel will have a change of heart. This could be at the halfway point of the tribulation period when the Antichrist is possessed by Satan and then declares himself to be God. It would be hard to believe that such a declaration would not bring about a world war.
Of course, this is speculation, and I'm not a prophet. But I have to say that this new plan does seem to paint both Israel and the PA into a corner that God has designed for this very moment. We will see if that is the case in the coming months as this plan begins to take shape.
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