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In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:
1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process
2) The prospects for war with Syria and Iran
3) The call for a political union within the Eurozone
Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi made his first trip to the United States and met with President Obama. Morsi told the United States that if the USA wants Egypt to honor its 1979 peace treaty with Israel that the US should live up to its own Camp David commitment to Palestinian self-rule. He said the United States must respect the Arab world’s history and culture even when that conflicts with Western values.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited Turkey on September 21 to discuss when would be the best time to ask the UN General Assembly to vote to upgrade its status to become a non-member state as well as the content of that request. The US is pressuring the Palestinians to postpone their upgrade plans until after the U.S. elections in November.
Mahmood Abbas gave a speech at the UN General Assembly regarding the status of the peace process. Abbas accused Israel of ethnic cleansing, terrorism, racism, house demolitions, imprisoning “soldiers of freedom,” rejecting the two-state solution and undermining the PA and the Oslo Accords. Abbas was trying to convince the international community that the peace process is dead and that the only solution lies in imposing a solution rather than reaching one through negotiations. Abbas said: “We have started intensive consultations with the various regional organizations and the state members in order for the General Assembly to take a decision granting the state of Palestine the status of nonmember state during this UN session.” Palestinian officials said that their bid for recognition will likely be submitted to the General Assembly on Nov. 29 after the US presidential election.
In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the Abbas speech by saying “We won’t solve our conflict with libelous speeches at the UN. That’s not the way to solve it. We won’t solve our conflict with unilateral declarations of statehood.” The two sides needed to “sit together, negotiate together, and reach a mutual compromise in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the one and only Jewish State.”
An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.
The link to these articles are as follows:
1) Egypt’s New Leader Spells Out Terms for U.S.-Arab Ties
2) Palestinian leader seeks Turkey’s support for recognition
3) Analysis: Abbas’s charge sheet against Israel
4) Abbas accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’
5) PM draws clear ‘red lines’ on Iran nuclear program
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is intervening to support Bashar Assad in his effort to remain in power in Syria by taking on the task to train and transform Assad’s Alawite Shabbiha militia into a fighting force modeling the Iranian elite Al Qods Brigade. Iran has promised the Syrian outfit weaponry on a par with the Al Qods arsenal. Al Qods is the IRGC’s arm of clandestine and terrorist operations in Iran’s foreign arenas. Upon completion of the project, Assad is expected to have an extra 50-60,000 professional Alawite soldiers under arms – the nucleus of a Syrian Revolutionary Guards Corps. Assad along with the Iranian government would have the biggest special operations force in the Middle East. At present, the number of Iranian military personnel present in Syria had grown to 2,200.
Iran is intervening in Syria based upon two conclusions:
1) They don’t believe that the US plans an imminent military strike against Iran’s nuclear program.
2) If a surprise attack against Iran happens from the US or Israel, Iran would be in position to strike against Israel from the Syrian border.
Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has given King Abdullah II notice that he has until October to bow to their demand to transform the Hashemite Kingdom into a constitutional monarchy or face a Jordanian “Arab Spring”. The Muslim Brotherhood has already set a date for mass demonstrations against the King to start on Oct. 10 and ordered its members to go to work at once to mobilize at least 50,000 demonstrators for daily protests against the king and the royal family until he bows to their will. Saudi Arabia fears the oil kingdom may be next in line if Jordan is crushed by the next stage of the “Arab Spring.”
A war with Syria where Damascus is destroyed (Isaiah 17) is a tribulation event.
The link to these articles is as follows:
Hamas leader Mahmoud A-Zahar and deputy commander of its military arm, Marwan Issa, spent time speaking with leaders in Lebanon and Iran finalizing and signing protocols covering a binding commitment by Hamas of the Gaza Strip to join Iran, Syria and Hizballah in a war on Israel. Hamas agreed to obey any orders to attack Israel coming from Iran, Syria or Lebanon.
In a TV interview on the CBS news program “60 Minutes”, US President Barack Obama called Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insistance that the US set “red lines” regarding its nuclear program as “noise” that he needs to ignore. He said: “When it comes to our national security decisions – any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out – any noise that’s out there.” The US president was crystal clear: By saying he will be ruled solely by American security interests, he showed them that they too were being left to be guided by Israel’s security interests. So forget about red lines for America, he was telling Netanyahu.
In a speech before the UN General Assembly which focused mainly upon the Iranian nuclear program, Netanyahu insisted that “red lines” should be set by the US and the international community to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb. Netanyahu said that the “red line” should be preventing Iran from enriching uranium to 90%. Netanyahu explained that there is 3 main stages to building a nuclear bomb. The first stage is enriching uranium to 70%. The second stage is enriching uranium to 90%. The third stage is using the enriched uranium to actually make a nuclear bomb. “Where’s Iran?” he asked. “Iran has completed the first stage which consists of enriching uranium to 70%. It took them many years but they completed it.” He said that Iran was well into the second stage which entails enriching uranium to 90%. He estimated that Iran would be able to move into the final stage and be able to produce a nuclear bomb by the spring or summer of 2013.
A US spokesman for the Obama administration said that the United States and Israel share the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon but remains opposed to Netanyahu’s push for Obama to set a red line that Iran must not cross if it is to avoid military action.
On the other hand, the commander of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, responded to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s “red line” speech by saying Israeli threats of military action only reinforce Iran’s determination to push on with its nuclear program
After speaking at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu spoke with US Secretary of State, Hilliary Clinton. DEBKA reports that Clinton made it clear that President Barack Obama would not tolerate the Israeli prime minister having a say in US policy over Iran. Clinton said that Obama is committed to diplomacy regardless of Netanyahu’s warning that it was getting “late, very late” to stop a nuclear Iran. Clinton then announced a decision by the world powers to make another effort to go into another round of nuclear negotiations with Iran. EU foreign executive Catherine Ashton was directed to try again to get in touch with Iran’s nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalilee although both met with each other on September 18 with no agreement. Meanwhile, it is being reported that the US and Israel have come to an understanding that Israel will hold back from attacking Iran’s nuclear sites before the US election in November while a special team set up by President Barack Obama completes a new paper setting out the end game for Iran.
The link to these articles is as follows:
1) Hamas signs binding military commitment to Iran-led war on Israel
2) Obama snubs Netanyahu on Iran: My decisions – only what’s right for America
3) Full text of PM Netanyahu’s speech at the UNGA
4) PM draws clear ‘red lines’ on Iran nuclear program
5) US: We share Israeli goal of stopping Iran nukes
6) White House irked by Netanyahu’s “red line” speech, reverts to Iran diplomacy
7) Iran says it’s more determined following ‘red line’ speech
11 European foreign ministers held a meeting calling for a single, elected European President under a common European defense policy. The ministers also proposed sweeping new powers for the European Parliament and further splitting of the EU by creating a new parliamentary sub chamber for the 17 countries of the eurozone. The plan was backed by Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and Portugal. Recently, European Parliament leader Jose Manuel Barroso called for the European Union to become a “federation” of states under a new European treaty or constitution.
Worldwide economic collapse resulting in a one world government with one-world currency is a tribulation event.
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From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).
We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).
Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l