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May 6, 2003
Israel Throws Mideast 'Road Map' In Doubt
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) threw a U.S.-backed peace plan into doubt Tuesday, saying the Palestinians must drop their demand for Arab refugees' "right of return" to Israel if negotiations are to proceed.
Odds Are Abbas Fails, But Israel Still Has Plan B
Ariel Sharon, Israel's man of action, has much to gain simply by doing nothing over the next few weeks -- and he knows it. He knows that unless the new Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, is able to convincingly break the connection between the Palestinian Authority and violence and shut down some of the terrorist cells in the West Bank and Gaza, neither Israelis nor the Bush administration will expect the latest Middle East process to move forward, despite what the official "road map" says. He also knows that without continual, concrete, concerted help from Israel, Abbas' already slim chances of overcoming the obstructionism of Yasser Arafat and the extremism of Hamas and Islamic Jihad will shrink to none.
The U.S. peace plan for Israel and Palestine is going full speed ahead. The U.S. has taken strong steps toward making this a reality. They will try but I don't see them accomplishing this task, although they'll take it to a new level.
This plan will not come to fruition until after the E.U. has elected (or chosen) their first President. I truly believe that the first permanent leader will be the one that will finally bring peace to the Middle East.
When will this happen? Not until he is officially in office and has established himself. That won't take long if it turns out to be whom I think it is.
Does that set the timing of the rapture back? No! The rapture could happen tomorrow with the signing of the treaty weeks, months or even years down the road.
These are amazing times in Bible prophecy.Pastor Malone