Olmert, Abbas Holding Final Status Peace Talks; Goal Permanent Agreement By November ME Peace Summit In US
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August 16, 2007
Olmert, Abbas holding final status peace talks
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As I have reported in past articles, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas have been locked in secret meetings in what has been described as a sincere and focused effort toward a permanent status agreement. Their goal is to iron out all previous roadblocks to a final status agreement before the November Middle East peace summit hosted by US President George Bush.
According to Prime Minister Olmert, he has been meeting with President Abbas for several weeks tackling key core issues such as the establishment of borders, Jerusalem, refugees, exchanges of land, a link (highway) between Gaza and the West Bank, and relations between Israel and the future Palestinian state. Here is an excerpt from the Jerusalem Post of what could possibly be agreed upon in the near future:"Based on past statements by Omert and his deputy, Tzipi Livni, Israel would apparently agree to return more than 90 percent of the West Bank in the framework of a permanent agreement and allow the Palestinians to create a corridor between Gaza and the West Bank.
In return for holding on to large Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank, Olmert would likely agree to give up some parts of the Negev to the Palestinians. In the past the prime minister hinted to the possibility of transferring a number of east Jerusalem neighborhoods to the control of a future Palestinian state.
It is estimated that Olmert would also be willing to discuss joint control over the Temple Mount complex.
Regarding the Palestinian refugees, Olmert is expected to adopt Livni’s solution, which states that they would be permitted to return to the future Palestinian state but not to Israel." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3438297,00.html
Prime Minister Olmert also made it clear that if Fatah and Hamas reunited under a unity government Israel would no longer cooperate and the peace process would come to a screeching halt.
I knew they were meeting but how serious those meetings were was unknown. In my estimation, I think it can be surmised that these talks are quite serious. But whether they will stay serious is another question.
In another article on this topic by Israeli online magazine Israel Today, they stated that observers felt "the Palestinians would only be likely to accept a final status deal that met 100% of their demands". http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=13780
If that's the case, that puts us back at square one as every peace negotiations between Israel and the Arab's eventually has.
If you haven't read the above article Abbas invites Hamas to reunite, President Abbas has placed another obstacle in the way of peace by inviting Hamas to reconciliation talks.
“The split that happened as a result of Hamas's coup [in Gaza] is temporary and will be removed,” Abbas told reporters in Ramallah. “The Palestinian people are opposed to this separation because we want a united and independent Palestinian state.”
Abbas urged Hamas to “return to national unity.” http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=13776
I realize as a prophecy watcher it seems like we are continuously taking one step forward and two steps back... and truthfully, that's probably the way it will remain until the rapture of the church takes place. Then following this departure (II Thessalonians 2:2-10) the antichrist will be revealed and peace will be established temporarily.
He will then be selected and empowered by satan to do his bidding. He will also be given the characteristics of satan (the deceiver) and the world will fall as easy prey before him.
Can you imagine a world leader, with military might to back it up, will demand worship from the entire world and will receive it without opposition? Yes, he will demand it, but most all will worship him of their own freewill...for he will be the savior of a world on the brink of destruction (Revelation 13).
He will bring peace but will rule after his great war (Revelation 6:8)... and whatever comes out on the other side...Fear!
Are you ready to meet the Lord? If not, your time is running out!
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