The Trump Administration is getting closer to unveiling what the President calls “the ultimate deal” – a final solution to the Israeli-Palestinian “problem”:
Trump, who considers himself a dealmaker, decided to adopt the challenge when he took office in January, intrigued at the idea of succeeding where other presidents failed, and he assigned the effort to Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser. Neither had any background with the issue, and the effort was greeted with scorn, but the fact that the president entrusted it to a close relative was taken as a sign of seriousness in the region.
Trump’s team sees the convergence of factors that make the moment ripe, including an increased willingness by Arab states to finally solve the issue to refocus attention on Iran, which they consider the bigger threat.
With that in mind, Egypt is brokering a reconciliation between President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, who presides in the West Bank, and Hamas, which controls Gaza, a deal that would cement the Palestinian Authority as the representative of the Palestinian people. Saudi Arabia has summoned Abbas to Riyadh to reinforce the importance of a deal.
“The stars begin to align in a way that creates a moment,” said Nimrod Novik, a fellow at the Israel Policy Forum who served as foreign policy adviser to former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who negotiated the Oslo Accords in the 1990s.
The New York Times is confirming this news:
WASHINGTON — President Trump and his advisers have begun developing their own concrete blueprint to end the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, a plan intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls “the ultimate deal.”
After 10 months of educating themselves on the complexities of the world’s most intractable dispute, White House officials said, Mr. Trump’s team of relative newcomers to Middle East peacemaking has moved into a new phase of its venture in hopes of transforming what it has learned into tangible steps to end a stalemate that has frustrated even presidents with more experience in the region.
With a dramatic geopolitical realignment occurring in the Middle East as Sunni enclaves Egypt and Saudi Arabia join with Israel as a bulwark against Iran, it seems that the prospects for a mutually agreed upon treaty have never been higher.
Crown Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia is about to take the reins in his country and Abdel el-Sissi of Egypt has successfully negotiated reconciliation in Palestine, so the Sunni-axis of Arab states seem to be jumping at the gun to finally make “peace” with Israel and force an agreement on both Israel and the Palestinians.
The time has never been more ripe and I increasingly expect a final agreement by the end of this year or in 2018, which will be the actual 70th anniversary of Israel’s rebirth.
Nimrod Novik’s words in regards to the prospects of an agreement seem particularly interesting in light of 2017’s Revelation 12 Sign: “The stars begin to align in a way that creates a moment.”
In other news, Australia has just become one of the last major Western-aligned nations to approve gay marriage. After the 61% to 38% vote, celebrations kicked off with rainbow-clad celebrators dancing naked in Hyde Park, Sydney. The West has collectively endorsed the right to freedom of behavior at the expense of freedoms of speech, religion, and association. The naked, defiant throngs of gleeful people provide demonstrable evidence that this movement is not about love at all, but purely about the basest and most degrading desires of sinful humanity.
Folks, don’t get comfortable. The West is lost and our only hope is Christ. We are now living in what is the textbook definition of the biblical last days.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.