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Report: Obama Shelving Serious Efforts To Restart ME Peace Negotiations For Two Years; PA Officially Decides To File For UN Recognition
President Barack Obama has decided to shelve any serious effort to generate Israel-Palestinian negotiations for at least two years, debkafile's exclusive sources report from Washington. "It's a second term issue," he is quoted as telling his advisers. Only in November 2012 will he know if he is returned for another term as president and then too is unlikely to get back to the Israeli-Palestinian issue for several more months – "depending largely how the Arab Revolt" goes, according to a senior administration official.
Conscious of this delay, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas convened the PLO Executive Committee in Ramallah Sunday, June 26, with a request to endorse his application to the UN General Assembly in September for recognition of a Palestinian state. After the endorsement was in his pocket, he announced he would turn to the UN only if talks with Israel were not revived before September (debka.com).
They claim the move would strengthen efforts to renew negotiations based on the Arab Peace Initiative, the Mideast Quartet decisions, as well as U.S. President Barack Obama's Mideast vision which he had recently outlined.
According to the announcement, Palestinian leaders plan on carrying out the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas and establishing a unity government (Haaretz.com).
In a related development, last week, President Shimon Peres warned that a written peace agreement on Jerusalem would cause a “world war (Israelnationalnews.com).”
According to the Bible, Peres is absolutely correct. Once the Antichrist confirms a peace accord with Israel and many (Daniel 9:27), a major world war will break out (Revelation 6:3-8) shortly after. This deadly war will claim the lives of one-quarter of the world's population. By today's population figures that would be just shy of two billion dead. This war will take place during the tribulation period.
If the report is true that US President Barack Obama has decided to shelve any serious Middle East peace attempts for two years, that would open up the peace process to other countries. Many in the world of Bible prophecy believe the Antichrist will eventually rise up out of the European Union (revived Roman Umpire). With Obama putting US attempts on hold, we could see another leader rise and bring a surprise peace to the region. Of course, the rapture will take place prior to his rise.
Now that the Palestinian Authority has officially decided to go forward with filing an application to the UN General Assembly in September for recognition of a Palestinian state it will be interesting to see if it will encourage Israel to compromise. Will they halt all settlement construction and come to terms with a variation of a pre-1967 border?
We do know this, Middle East peace is coming. Whether this is the time is still yet future!
Are you ready to meet the Lord? If not, your time is running out!
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