February 1, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

February 3rd, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to present his framework peace proposal in the near future. According to various sources, his proposal is expected to include land swaps based on the 1967 lines, security arrangements in the Jordan Valley and no “right of return” to Israel for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.It will include an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank except for certain settlement blocs. Israel would compensate the Palestinians for the land upon which are the settlement blocs for land within Israel proper. In addition, it will include Jerusalem being the shared capital of both Israel and the Palestinians and recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is a key demand of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the negotiations.

Kerry expects and hopes that both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will declare that despite their reservations about one or another element in the U.S. framework, they will use it as the basis of further negotiations.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said a full and final Israeli military withdrawal from Palestinian territory should take place within a three-year period under any final Middle East peace deal. “We say that in a reasonable time frame, no longer than three years, Israel can withdraw gradually,” he said. “We have no problem with there being a third party present after or during the withdrawal, to reassure Israel and to reassure us that the process will be completed,” Abbas said.

“We think NATO is the appropriate party to undertake this mission. “The Palestinian borders must, in the end, be held (controlled) by Palestinians and not by the Israeli army,” he added. Abbas reiterated Palestinian demands that a two-state solution be based on the lines that existed before Israel captured the West Bank in 1967, and stressed the importance of having annexed East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

U.S. and Israeli officials in close contact with Netanyahu describe him as being torn between realizing that some kind of two-state solution is necessary for Israel’s integrity as a Jewish democratic state and to eliminate the threat of an economic boycott from Europe and skeptical about Palestinian intentions. Netanyahu said: “I do not want a binational state. But we also don’t want another state that will start attacking us.”

Which is why — although Netanyahu has started to prepare the ground here for the U.S. plan — if he proceeds on its basis, even with reservations, his coalition will likely collapse. He will lose a major part of his own Likud Party and all his other right-wing allies. In short, for Netanyahu to move forward, he will have to build a new political base around centrist parties. To do that, Netanyahu would have to become, to some degree, a new leader — overcoming his own innate ambivalence about any deal with the Palestinians to become Israel’s most vocal and enthusiastic salesman for a two-state deal, otherwise it would never pass.

Netanyahu described what he believes to be the core issues of the conflict with the Palestinians. He said: “We stand on two basic principles [that we require of the Palestinians]. The first is recognition of the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people. This is the root of the conflict. The conflict is not about the settlements, its not about the settlers, and it’s not about a Palestinian state. The Zionist movement agreed to recognize a Palestinian state. “The conflict is over the Jewish state… We are asked to recognize a national Palestinian state, so can we not also demand [that they] recognize a national Jewish state?” he said.

The second principle, Netanyahu said, was demilitarization. Elaborating, he said, constant incitement against Israel among the Palestinians had created a climate in which Israel required a substantial “security presence” in order to protect itself. That included a “long-term” presence in the Jordan Valley and other areas.

Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the Kerry framework proposal reflecte “American positions.” He said: “I would like to emphasize that they are not Israeli positions but rather American ones. Israel does not have to agree to anything the Americans present.” However, US Ambassador Dan Shapiro said that the Kerry framework peace proposal is not solely composed of American ideas but is drawn from ideas which the Israelis and Palestinians themselves have presented. He said: “As we continue our work at this stage to shape a framework proposal, it is very much drawn from ideas the parties have put on the table themselves.” Very little of it will be purely American authorship; there will certainly be a role for America to try and bridge some gaps but much of what will emerge from that emerges from discussions between Israel and the Palestinians.” Shapiro said that this framework, if it is going to be successful in giving more time to negotiate a full agreement, “is going to need to contain real decisions on all the core issues.”

Rabbi Chaim Druckman, head of the network of Bnei Akiva yeshivas, had harsh words for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s recent suggestion that Israel concede most of Judea and Samaria (Shomron) to the Palestinian Authority.Speaking in advance of a planned prayer rally at the Kotel (Western Wall), Rabbi Druckman said, “I don’t believe my ears. Who is it they want to give parts of our land to? “One does not give one’s homeland even to friends, let alone to mortal enemies,” he told Israel radio. “We’ve lost our senses,” he lamented.

Rabbi Druckman said he does not oppose the creation of a state of “Palestine” – as long as it is not in Israel’s heartland. “The land of Israel is the land of the people of Israel,” he said. “I am completely against any agreement like this,” he continued. “We will not give any part of our land to foreign rule. No normal nation would do such a thing.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested the idea that those settlers who live outside the large settlement blocs could choose to live inside a Palestinian state. Israel Government officials made clear that Netanyahu never talked about physically uprooting settlements and their inhabitants from the West Bank, as was done in Gaza in 2005. Rather, he has spoken of the possibility of Jews wanting to live in those settlements being able to do so if they wish. This idea caused a great deal of outcry from the Jewish Home political party and members of Netanyahu’s own Likud political party.

Jewish Home political party leader, Naftali Bennett, called upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to rule out letting Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) come under Palestinian control. “The idea of Jewish settlements under Palestinian sovereignty, as was suggested by someone in the Prime Minister’s Office, is very dangerous and reflects a loss of marbles and values,” Bennett said. “We did not return to the Land of Israel, after 2,000 years to live under the government of [President] Mahmoud Abbas.

The Prime Minister’s office responded to Bennett by saying: “Bennett is irresponsibly harming national interests and diplomatic procedures intended to expose the true face of the Palestinian Authority in exchange for media coverage.” These sources went on to say that Bennett is undermining Netanyahu’s efforts in proving to the international community that it is the Palestinian Authority who pose an obstacle to peace.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon vowed not to abandon the Jews who live over the Green Line to Israel’s enemies. “I would not wish for my worst enemy to live under Palestinian sovereignty,” Danon said. “Whoever thinks Jews can live under Palestinian control should visit the Gaza Strip. There cannot be security for Jews in areas that are not under IDF control.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin said that “only someone deluded enough to believe the lion is ready to lie with the lamb could abandon hundreds of thousands of people to the mercy of those who enabled the lynching in Ramallah.”

Sources in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office shot back at comments made by Likud MKs, criticizing Netanyahu’s proposal to have Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria live under the Palestinian Authority (PA). The Likud opponents to Netanyahu’s plan include Deputy Minister of Transportation Tzipi Hotovely, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin, and Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis. The source in Netanyahu’s office remarked that “no one is forcing Deputy Ministers Danon, Hotovely, Elkin and Akunis to stay in their posts, they can leave them any time they want.” According to the same source, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, who was slammed for similarly criticizing the proposal, also has the “alternative to leave the government.”

The clash highlights a growing schism in the Likud, as several MKs including those mentioned by the source are reportedly planning a “rebellion” in the party over Netanyahu’s willingness to make irresponsible concessions to the PA. Netanyahu’s proposal, which was phrased earlier in a positive light as “not uprooting any settlements anywhere,” was opposed by Hotovely, who said that “a diplomatic plan that relegates the Jewish settlement enterprise to Palestinian sovereignty will not receive political backing in Likud.” Bennett called the proposal “a very grave matter” that “reflects a panicked loss of values.” Akunis said that the proposal to leave Israelis under the PA “can be defined in one word: hallucinatory.” Elkin slammed the proposals as well, saying they “are diametrically opposed to the Zionist concept. Whoever is pulling the prime minister in such delusional directions wants to cause a schism between him and Likud, and the entire national camp.”

In a speech associated with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said that Israel’s future is linked with reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians. She said: “Israel was not established because of the Holocaust but rather because of Zionism, the Jewish people’s connection to the land and its desire to establish itself as a Jewish nation. Israel today is a strong and independent nation,” Livni said. “We should not only think about the Jewish people in the past, but of the direction our nation is taking in the future [. . .] a Jewish and Democratic state – and for that we need to give away part of our land.”

“I have heard several different officials say in the past several days that the Jews did not dream of returning to their land over the past 2000 years just to give away part of it,” Livni continued. “But they also did not envision a land which exerted control over another nation.” Livni also threatened both sides with consequences if an agreement falls through, stating that both will “have a price to pay” if negotiations fail. “Both sides have to understand that,” she explained. “It’s the decision of both leaders, not only one, to make – and both we and the Palestinian people will have to pay if peace is not reached.”

Labor political party leader Shelly Yacimovich said that she had discussed the possibility of Jewish settlers who did not wish to leave their West Bank communities staying in a Palestinian state as citizens with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who had had accepted the proposal in a meeting between herself and Abbas in May, 2013. However, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that not a single settler would be permitted to stay in the future state of Palestine. He said: “Anyone who says he wants to keep the settlers in a Palestinian state is really saying he does not want a Palestinian state,” Erekat declared. “No settler will be permitted to stay in a Palestinian state, not one, because the settlements are illegal and the presence of settlers on occupied lands is illegal.”

Israel responded by saying that “Nothing reveals more the Palestinian Authority’s unwillingness to reach an agreement with the State of Israel than its radical and reckless reaction to refusing to allow Jewish settlers to become citizens of a Palestinian state. They added: “An agreement will only be reached when the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state and only when Israel’s vital security needs are guaranteed.”

According to Dani Dayan, the chief foreign envoy for the Yesha Council – a Judea and Samaria leadership forum – MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) rejected Netanyahu’s suggested solution – explaining that Jewish settlers who live inside “Palestine” will not be loyal citizens in the new Arab state. Dayan calls Zahalka’s statement “the definition of hypocrisy.”

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) ‘Kerry Plan’ said to include shared Jerusalem, Jewish state recognition
2) Why Kerry Is Scary
3) Rabbi’s Shock at PM’s Proposal: ‘Have We Lost Our Senses?’
4) Ambassador Shapiro clarifies: Kerry paper drawn from Israeli, Palestinian proposals
5) Brief cabinet crisis averted by pro-settlement minister’s apology for criticizing Netanyahu
6) Netanyahu: Israel not obligated by US peace plan
7) Yacimovich: Abbas agreed to Jewish settlers in a future Palestinian state
8.) Sources in PMO slam PA for saying no settlers can stay in ‘Palestine’
9) Livni: ‘Negotiations Not to Expose Faults of Other Side’
10) ‘Likud MKs Critical of Netanyahu Can Leave Govt.’
11) Abbas allows for 3-year IDF presence in Palestinian state
12) Arab MK Warns: ‘Palestine’ Jews ‘Won’t be Loyal Citizens’
13) Sources in Prime Minister’s Office slam Bennett for ‘harming national interests’
14) The idea of Jewish settlements under Palestinian rule is ‘dangerous,’ says Bennett
15) Will Jews be able to live in future Palestine?

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,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

January 25, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

January 25th, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process

Israeli’s top two negotiators with the Palestinians will travel to the United States to have talks with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, about the parameters for a framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinians to continue peace negotiations. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzhak Molcho are to meet with Kerry and his staff members, including the US special envoy Martin Indyk. Furthermore, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said that he would meet with Kerry in the US in the coming week. The Palestinians are expecting Kerry to present them with a written document outlining the US position on the peace process, Erekat said. Kerry has been working for months to reach a framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinians whose goal would be an establishment of a Palestinian state. A senior Palestinian officical, Abed Rabbo said “the plan proposes Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, the establishment of the Palestinian capital in a part of East Jerusalem and solving the refugees problem in accordance with former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s vision. However, Abed Rabbo said there are considerable gaps between the positions of the Israeli government and the Palestinian leadership. Netanyahu ”is refusing to open the file on Jerusalem,” he said, while the Palestinian side is adamant in rejecting Israel’s demand that it be formally recognized as the Jewish state. US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that the goal of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians would be the “mutual recognition of the nation-state of the Palestinian people and the nation-state of the Jewish people.”

According to Kerry’s plan, settlement blocs would remain under Israeli control as would border crossings and air space, though American and Jordanian troops would be present as well, Abed Rabbo said. Israel, he added, would retain the right to enter Palestinian territory in hot pursuit. In addition, Israeli negotiators are discussing a series of limited withdrawals linked to progress by the Palestinian Authority in maintaining security, a senior Palestinian official said. “There are talks on long-term security arrangements and standards [that would be] subject to so-called improved performance on security by the Palestinians, overseen by Israel,” said Abed Rabbo, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Israel would determine “in the end, whether the desired level had been reached or not, although the Americans say they will be present and involved in evaluating this performance so that Israel will evacuate some areas, especially from the Jordan Valley.” US Secretary of State, John Kerry affirmed this view by stating that the end of the Israeli-Arab conflict would involve “a phased but complete withdrawal of Israeli forces” from the West Bank. “The Palestinians need to know that at the end of the day, their territory is going to be free of Israeli troops; that occupation ends,” Kerry said. “But the Israelis, rightfully, will not withdraw unless they know that the West Bank will not become a new Gaza. Nobody can blame any leader of Israel for being concerned about that reality,” he added. In his meeting with Kerry, Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he has no intention of evacuating any Israeli settlements from the Jordan Valley or uprooting any Israelis who live there.

Netanyahu said the principles of a future potential agreement with the Palestinians would become clear in the next few days. Once those principles were made clear, Netanyahu said, it would be possible to assess whether the Palestinian leadership is truly seeking a breakthrough.

According to DEBKA, which is an Israeli intelligence and news gathering website, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas launched his “diplomatic intifada” against Israel on January 23 from Moscow. His meetings with President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Abbas distanced himself from the efforts of US Secretary of State, John Kerry’s efforts to reach a framework agreement between the Palestinians and Israel and instead asked Russia to take a more active role in supporting a Palestinian state. DEBKA said that the efforts of Abbas to dump the US and solicit the support of Russia caught the US and Israel unprepared – and surprised their intelligence agencies. Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official bluntly stated that it was time to “end the American monopoly on peacemaking, after the US has proven incapable of imposing a peace agreement upon Israel.” Meanwhile, a former member of the Palestinian negotiating team, Muhammad Shtayyeh, called on the Palestinian Authority to endorse “resistance” against Israel. He said that the Palestinian leadership was planning to seek membership in the UN after the failure of the talks so as to prosecute Israel for “war crimes.” He called for an international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict similar to the Geneva conference on Syria. The Palestinian goal, Shtayyeh said, was to internationalize the Palestinian issue.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said that despite efforts by Secretary of State John Kerry, the PA has so far gotten nothing out of the ongoing peace negotiations with Israel. As he usually does, Abbas blamed Israel for the lack of progress in the peace talks. “The problem is with the Israeli side and not with us,” Abbas said. He referred to Israeli residents in the West Bank as “invaders” with “no right to Palestinian land”. Abbas also stressed that Palestinian Arabs living inside what is now Israel “were on the land 1,500 years before Israel was established.” “This is why Palestine can never recognize Israel as a Jewish state,” Abbas said. “We demand what was given to us by the international community” in 1967, while acknowledging that limited land swaps would be acceptable. Also, he said that “There can be no peace without stability, nor agreement without occupied east Jerusalem being recognized as the capital of the Palestinian state.” Finally, Abbas rejected the idea of extending the peace talks with Israel beyond the nine-month timeline set to expire at the end of April. Abbas said, “It was agreed that the negotiations would continue for nine months. We have had a large number of negotiation sessions, during which we discussed major issues. There is not talk about an extension. We need to focus on the remaining time and not think about pro-longing the talks.”

Israel’s chief negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, lashed out at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, saying in an uncharacteristic critique that if he stuck to his “unacceptable positions” the Palestinians would suffer the consequences. Livni said Abbas’s positions were “not only unacceptable to us but to the whole world, and if he continues to stick to them, then the Palestinians will be the ones to pay the price. Abbas has recently stated that no peace agreement would be possible without all of East Jerusalem [including the Old City] as the Palestinian capital, has staunchly refused to recognize Israel’s self-definition as the state of the Jewish people, and has demanded the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to Israel proper, saying nobody but the refugees themselves could negotiate away that right. US Secretary of State, John Kerry, also warned the Palestinians saying that they need to take advantage of the present opportunity to reach a framework agreement with Israel. The Palestinians, he said, must understand that the current round of talks could be their last chance at a negotiated resolution for the foreseeable future. “If (the Palestinians) fail to achieve statehood now, there is no guarantee they will any time soon.” He added: “If talks fail, Palestinians will be no closer to being masters of their own fate, and no closer to resolving their refugee crisis.” After delivering those stern warnings, Kerry pivoted to positive arguments for peace: “Imagine this time next year if Palestinian businessman and government leaders from the state of Palestine are able to pitch the world’s largest investors (at Davos).”

The European Union warned both Israel and the Palestinians of the high price of losing European Union trade and aid if negotiations collapse, the EU ambassador to Israel said. “We have made it clear to the parties that there will be a price to pay if these negotiations falter,” ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen said. “If Israel were to go down the road of continued settlement expansion and were there not to be any result in the current talks, I am afraid that what will transpire is a situation where Israel finds itself increasingly isolated,” he said. In addition, Germany announced that continued grants to Israeli high-tech companies, as well as the renewal of a scientific cooperation agreement, will not be allowed for Israeli companies that are located in West Bank settlements or East Jerusalem will not be eligible for funding. A senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official expressed his fear that the German move will lead other European Union member states to follow suit, adding that this decision represents a significant escalation in European measures against the settlements. As a result, the boycott against the settlements has now spread from EU institutions in Brussels to individual EU members. In response, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he isn’t ignoring the spreading boycott against Israel but economic pressure will not advance the peace process but will only harden Palestinian rejection of it.

If Netanyahu does agree to a framework agreement with the Palestinians, the leader of the Jewish Home political party, Naftali Bennett intends to get the support of enough MKs to block Netanyahu from adopting any of its proposals. In doing so, Bennett is trying to get support against a Palestinian state from members of Netanyahu’s Likud Beytanu political party.  “An alliance with the Right in Likud is an important mutual interest,” Bennett said. “The goal is to torpedo any agreement and prevent deterioration to pre-1967 lines.” While no MKs have signed any written commitment, Bennett is confident he will receive enough support from Likud Beytenu MKs to reject any possible agreement with the Palestinians by making it clear to Netanyahu that he would be left without a government. In doing so, “Netanyahu will realize he has no choice,” a source close to Bennett said. More than 200 right-wing activists met with the Likud Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely and other MKs to strategize how to prevent concessions to the Palestinians. The activists vowed to pressure MKs not to support any steps that would lead to the creation of a Palestinian state. “All indications are that the Americans intend to force an agreement on Israel that would endanger its security and its values,” Hotovely warned at the event. “Talk of keeping only settlement blocs is adopting the path of [former Meretz leader] Yossi Beilin and is a sin against the Right. The way to stop such destructive plans is via the Likud and the coalition. The prime minister must understand that he will have no coalition and he will have no party if he accedes to a diplomatic agreement.”

So, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry set to present his “framework” for a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the coming days, Land of Israel activists will hold a special emergency convention. The event will discuss alternatives to the Kerry plan, which the government of Israel seems ready to accept, even though details are still sketchy. What is known about the plan, say activists, is that it entails significant Israeli withdrawals from the West Bank, and/or relinquishing of territory inside the 1948 armistice lines in exchange for the so-called “settlement blocs” in the West Bank. However, they said that there are other options – specifically, the extension of Israeli sovereignty to the entire Land of Israel. The theme of the convention will be “A single state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean – the State of Israel.” Participating in the event will be leaders and activists of various parties, including Jewish Home and the Likud. In addition, the event will be attended by numerous activist groups, including Women in Green, Kommemiyut, Regavim, the Judea and Samaria Council, and others.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) ‘Kerry plan envisages phased Israeli withdrawals, depending on security’
2) Kerry promises Palestinians an IDF-free state
3) Kerry: Israel’s Security Must be Ensured in Peace Deal
4) Livni lambastes Abbas’s ‘unacceptable positions’
5) Livni, Molcho head for Washington to confer with Kerry on peace talks
6) Netanyahu meets Kerry, says no Jordan Valley settlements will go
7) Netanyahu: Iran has spent $160 billion on nuclear weapons drive
8.) Palestinian leader turns to Putin for Palestinian state, dumps US and Israel as peace partners
9) Former PLO negotiator calls on PA to endorse ‘resistance’ against Israel
10) Abbas: There’s No Progress, and It’s All Israel’s Fault
11) Haaretz: Germany Conditions High-Tech, Science Grants on Settlement Funding Ban
12) EU warns Israel, Palestinians of the cost of peace failure
13) Abbas rejects extending peace talks beyond nine-month timeline
14) Bennett says his goal is to ‘torpedo’ any agreement with the Palestinians
15) Emergency Conference to Discuss ‘Imminent’ Kerry Plan

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,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

January 18, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

January 18th, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process
2) The death of former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

The Israel housing ministry announced approval for 1,400 new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The US, the EU and the Palestinians warned Israel that its announcement was harmful to the peace process. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, said: “It is never helpful to have steps taken that are not conducive to our efforts in moving forward on peace. We’ve called on both sides, as you know, many, many times to create a positive atmosphere for negotiations. So anything that doesn’t do that is unhelpful. We consider now and have always considered the settlements to be illegitimate, and we express that, of course, on a regular basis, as needed,” Psaki said. “But the reality is both sides remain committed to discussing the framework, committed to moving forward, and we’ll keep working with them,” she said. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton responded to the announcement, saying that “the settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make the two-state solution impossible.”Furthermore, Britain, France, Spain and Italy summoned the Israeli ambassadors from these countries to protect plans for the new settlement construction.

Meanwhile, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that claiming settlements were an obstacle to peace was “bogus.” “The real issue is not the settlements, is not the Palestinian state. The real issue was and always has been the Jewish state. The persistent refusal to accept a nation-state for the Jewish people by our adversaries, whom we want to turn to peace partners,” he said. In his comments, Netanyahu took specific aim at the European Union, which has been outspoken in its criticism of settlement construction. Netanyahu questioned why the EU protested the construction of “a few houses,” but did not summon Palestinian diplomats over Palestinian misdeeds. “When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors to complain about the incitement that calls for Israel’s destruction?” he said. “I think it is time to stop this hypocrisy. I think it is time to inject some balance and fairness to this discussion. Because I think this imbalance and this bias against Israel doesn’t advance peace,” he added. “I think it pushed peace further away because it tells the Palestinians, ‘Basically you can do anything you want, say anything you want and you won’t be held accountable.’”

After Netanyahu accused the EU of “hypocrisy” in condemning settlement construction, Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman summoned the ambassadors of Britain, France, Spain and Italy and rebuked them for their “one-sided position they constantly take against Israel and in favor of the Palestinians.” This position is “unacceptable and creates a feeling that they are only looking to place blame on Israel,” Liberman said. In addition, Liberman insisted that the constant criticisms that the Israeli representatives in Europe receive “may have the opposite effect.” “Israel is making great effort to allow the dialogue with the Palestinians to continue and the position these states are taking, beyond it being biased and unbalanced, is significantly harming the chances of reaching an accord.” the foreign minister said.

In any event, US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to present a framework deal between Israel and the Palestinians at the end of January at a conference in the Jordanian city of Aqaba hosted by Jordan’s King Abdullah II. Jordan will have a hand in finalizing the terms of an agreement but also that “control over the border and natural resources will effectively remain in Israel’s hands.”Palestinian sources said that it will only include a general outline with vague and flexible demands which will allow both Palestinians and Israelis to interpret the outline as they see fit. It will include a statement supporting Palestinian aspirations for Jerusalem as their capital. Israel Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said that Kerry would return to the Middle East in the coming week to promote a meeting between Netanyahu and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas under Jordanian sponsorship. Danon said that if Netanyahu agrees to withdraw to the 1967 lines or make any concessions regarding Jerusalem that it would be opposed by members of Netanyahu’s Likud political party.

Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon expressed great skepticism of a possible peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians especially the US security plan for the Jordan Valley. He expressed these thoughts both in private conversations in Israel and in the US. In particular, Ya’alon has harsh words to say about Secretary of State John Kerry. “The American security plan presented to us is not worth the paper it’s written on,” Ya’alon said. “It contains no peace and no security. Only our continued presence in the West Bank Judea and the Jordan River will endure our protection against rockets from every direction. . Ya’alon said that Kerry is acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor. Kerry cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians. Ya’alon, who sits beside Netanyahu during the talks with Kerry, has during the months of negotiations become a bitter and tough enemy of the American team. “I’m a tough nut to crack,” he claims. “There are no actual negotiations with the Palestinians. The Americans are holding negotiations with us and in parallel with the Palestinians. So far, we are the only side to have given anything – the release of murderers – and the Palestinians have given nothing.”

Meanwhile, a senior Palestinian official accused US Secretary of State John Kerry of succumbing to Israeli demands to advance two central issues in the peace talks — the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and a continued Israeli security presence in the Jordan Valley. “Israel has succeeded in really persuading Mr. Kerry to change the agenda of the discussions,” Fatah Central Committee Member Nabil Shaath said. “Today, you will see Mr. Kerry going back and forth, discussing nothing but two issues. The two issues have never been in our agenda: the Jewishness of the state [of Israel] and the Jordan [Valley].” These two sticking points, Shaath maintained, will never be agreed upon by the Palestinians and are likely to result in the dissolution of talks. “You think any Palestinian leader in his right mind can ever accept this?” Shaath remarked regarding the Jewish status of Israel. “Or is this simply instated to make it impossible for any Palestinian leader to sign a peace agreement with Israel?” Instead, the Palestinians have decided to launch a global diplomatic and legal assault on Israel. The Palestinian Authority is currently setting up teams to wage diplomatic war against Israel in “every conceivable” forum, including pushing for boycotts of Israel and seeking legal rulings against Israel via international courts in The Hague according to Israel’s Channel 2 TV station. Unless Kerry significantly changes the current formulation of his framework proposals, the Palestinians will reject his overtures, confident that much of the international community will consider them to be the injured party and hold Israel responsible for the failure of peace efforts. The Palestinians are furious that Kerry is offering them a state “with no borders, no capital, no [control over] border crossings… and without Jerusalem.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that “there will be no peace” without a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem and that he would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state. “Without east Jerusalem as a capital of the state of Palestine, there will be no peace between us and Israel,” Abbas said. Abbas also reiterated that he will not recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. “We will not recognize it,” Abbas said. “We will not accept and it’s our right not to recognize the Jewish state.” “Let them say whatever they say. Unless it is mentioned clearly and marked in big fonts that it is the capital of the state of Palestine, there will be no peace with them and I want them to hear this,” declared Abbas. In addition, Arab foreign ministers have notified US Secretary of State John Kerry that they will not accept Israel as a Jewish state nor compromise on Palestinian sovereignty in Jerusalem. Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki said that nine Arab foreign ministers, comprising the followup committee for the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, had agreed during a meeting in Paris to present to Kerry a unified Arab position on core Palestinian demands. “A clear and unified Arab and Palestinian position was presented [to Kerry] rejecting the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state,” Malki said. “The American secretary heard this position from me and from other Arab foreign ministers, who also consider East Jerusalem to be the capital of the Palestinian state.” Al-Malki also said that Kerry still had “hard work” with the Israeli side, in order to reach agreements that will “satisfy the needs of the Palestinians.” He further noted that there is still no progress in the ongoing peace talks and that large gaps remain between the parties. According to Malki, Kerry told the Arab ministers that if negotiations failed he would not hesitate to publicly name the side “which provided concessions and cooperated with his efforts and the side which refused to cooperate.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a defiant message to Israel’s leadership and US mediators recently telling cheering supporters that the Palestinians “won’t kneel” and won’t drop demands for a capital in east Jerusalem.

Regarding the issue of Palestinian refugees, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that he could not negotiate away the absolute right of Palestinian refugees and their descendents to return to sovereign Israel. Finally, Abbas suggested he would not continue negotiations beyond a US-set target date of the end of April and instead will resume his quest for broader international recognition of a state of Palestine by the United Nations and its various agencies.

Next, Israel Finance Minister Yair Lapid said his Yesh Atid party would leave the coalition government if negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) did not progress.”I remain part of the government so that we can advance the peace process,” Lapid said. “I have no reason to remain part of a government that will not advance negotiations.”

In other news, Israel’s 11th Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, died on January 11 at the age of 85. He suffered a stroke in 2006. Since that time, he has been in a coma. Sharon was one of Israel’s most celebrated, victorious and innovative generals – and a maverick. Sharon was considered the greatest field commander in Israel’s history and one of the country’s greatest military strategists. He served the Israeli army from its inception in 1948, founding some of its elite units and leading key operations in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. He emerged from the assault on Sinai in the Six-Day war of 1967 as a brilliant military strategist. In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, he led a force that encircled the Egyptian Third Army and crossed the Suez, cutting short its massive advance through Sinai to the Israeli frontier. Sharon saved the country by acting in defiance of orders.

He first joined the Likud political paryy and was assigned various ministerial portfolios under Prime Minister Menahem Begin in 1977-92 and in Binyamin Netanyahu’s first administration in 1996-99. As defense minister, he led the IDF to victory against the Palestinians in the 1982 Lebanon War, forcing Yasser Arafat and PLO leaders to abandon their South Lebanese strongholds on the Israeli border and go into exile in Tunisia. He became the leader of the Likud in 2000 and served as Israel’s prime minister from 2001 to 2006. In 2001, Israel was desperate to find a solution to the non-stop Palestinian suicide bombing and bus burnings. As a result, Sharon was elected prime minister of Israel. As Prime Minister, Sharon launched a four-month operation that soundly defeated the Palestinian front against Israel. Later, Sharon constructed a defense wall along the Green Line as a barrier between the West Bank. He isolated Palestinian intifada leader, Yasser Arafat, and caused him to flee to Paris where he died in 2005.

From the 1970s through to the 1990s, Sharon championed construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. However, as Prime Minister, in 2004–05 Sharon orchestrated Israel’s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip kicking nearly 9,000 Jews out of their homes in August, 2005, along with every Israeli soldier. Facing stiff opposition to this policy within his own Likud political party, in November 2005 he left Likud to form a new party called, Kadima. He had been expected to win the next election and was widely interpreted as planning on “clearing Israel out of most of the West Bank”, in a new series of unilateral withdrawals. However, Sharon suffered a stroke on January 4, 2006 and was left in a permanent vegetative state until his death eight years later on January 11, 2014.

Could Sharon’s death be a sign of the coming of the Messiah ? A few months before he died at the age of 108, one of Israel’s nation’s most prominent rabbis, Yitzhak Kaduri, said that he wrote the name of the Messiah on a small note which he requested would remain sealed until one year after his death. When the note was unsealed, it revealed what many have known for centuries: Yehoshua, or Yeshua (Jesus), is the Messiah. The note described the Messiah using six words and hinting that the initial letters form the name of the Messiah.

The secret note said:

Concerning the letter abbreviation of the Messiah’s name, He will lift the people and prove that his word and law are valid.

This I have signed in the month of mercy,

Yitzhak Kaduri

The Hebrew sentence (translated above in bold) with the hidden name of the Messiah reads:

Yarim Ha’Am Veyokhiakh Shedvaro Vetorato Omdim

The initials spell the Hebrew name of Jesus which is Yehoshua or Yeshua which are effectively the same name, derived from the same Hebrew root of the word “salvation”. A few months before Kaduri died at the age of 108, he surprised his followers when he told them that he met the Messiah. Kaduri gave a message in his synagogue on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, teaching how to recognize the Messiah. He also mentioned that the Messiah would appear to Israel after Ariel Sharon’s death. Sharon is now dead. How long will it be until we see the return of the Messiah ?

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Israel approves 1,400 new housing units over Green Line
2) US, EU, Palestinians: Tenders for homes harmful to peace
3) Netanyahu slams EU settlement critics as hypocrites
4) Liberman summons European envoys to reprimand them over anti-Israel ‘bias’
5) John Kerry to Present Framework Deal at End of January
6) Report: Kerry to present interim peace agreement at end of January
7) Ya’alon: Kerry should win his Nobel and leave us alone
8.) Palestinian official says Kerry bowed to Israel’s agenda
9) ‘Palestinians to reject Kerry peace plan, launch diplomatic war on Israel’
10) Arab ministers back Abbas in rejecting ‘Jewish’ Israel
11) Hard-line speech from Abbas marks turn from position in talks
12) Abbas says he won’t make concessions on Jerusalem
13) ‘Arab States Will Never Recognize a Jewish State’
14) Yesh Atid ‘Will Leave Government if Peace Talks Don’t Progress’
15) Ariel Sharon, brilliant general, divisive politician
16) Ariel Sharon: Wikipedia Encyclopedia
17) The Rabbi, the Note and the Messiah

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,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

January 11, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

January 10th, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process

Recently, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, made his 10th trip to the Middle East in an effort to try to achieve a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Following meetings with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas, Kerry said: “the two sides are not there yet but we are making progress and we are beginning to have dialogue on the toughest hurdles yet to be overcome. This is hard work. There have been many years of mistrust that have been built up, all of which has to be worked through and undone, and a pathway has to be laid down on which the parties can have confidence that they know what is happening, and the road ahead is real, and not illusory. However, the path is becoming clearer. The puzzle is becoming more defined, and it is becoming much more apparent to everybody what the remaining tough choices are,” he said.  Kerry said all of the major issues in the conflict – borders, security, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem – were under discussion and that any US Middle East peace plan would be “fair and balanced”.

A US official said that one of the main obstacles holding up the framework deal is each side’s demand that their reservations over the framework appear as a separate appendix in the final text, rather than as part of the main text which details the areas of common ground in the talks. “It is essential that if there are reservations, they will be part of the framework, not a separate part. Otherwise, it would damage the agreement. For example, if the framework includes a clause stating that the negotiations will be based on the 1967 borders, we cannot agree to a reservation stating that one of the sides opposes this,” the official said. Any agreed framework would not be a signed document, but would address all core issues, including the borders between Israel and a future Palestine, security, Palestinian refugees, and conflicting claims to Jerusalem, the official said. The official also said if the parties agreed on a framework for negotiating a final peace deal, it might not be made public to avoid exposing the leaders to political pressures at home. The US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, said that a US framework proposal will be presented to both sides soon within the next several weeks.

Israel Knesset member, Amir Peretz said that the two sides were attempting not get to a “framework agreement,” but rather to a “framework” for future negotiations. He explained that a framework agreement would be a document that both sides would have to sign, something that does not seem possible at present. Instead, he said, Kerry would present a framework that would form the basis for further negotiations and to which each side could append its reservations. This type of framework would enable the negotiations to continue past their late-April deadline.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told members of his Likud political party that “there is no American framework document yet,” and that even if it could be agreed, it would not be binding on the sides. Netanyahu said there would be elements in the non-binding paper that he and his party colleagues wouldn’t like and elements that the Palestinians wouldn’t like. US Secretary of State John Kerry is working on a document spelling out America’s basic principles for a peace agreement that both sides – with reservations – are to agree to follow as a framework for continuing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Israel officials said that if this particular track toward extending the negotiations beyond the late April deadline bears fruit, then both Israel and the Palestinians are expected to say that the positions reflected in the document are American positions – not necessarily ones they accept – but that they will continue to negotiate based on the American document. Among the issues expected to be difficult for Israel to swallow is a declaration that the endgame is a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines, with minor land swaps. And among the bitter pills for the Palestinians is expected to be a formula recognizing Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and making clear that the Palestinian refugees are to be absorbed in the future Palestinian state. He also assured the Likud MKs that he had not given in to American pressure for more flexible positions regarding the fate of Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, and said he was only too aware of the consequences of dismantling West Bank settlements in the absence of a viable peace accord. Furthermore, Netanyahu said that the root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the Palestinian Authorities’ encouragement of incitement against Israel and the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. “This incitement, unfortunately, continues,” Netanyahu said, adding that “We have seen aspects of this recently.  We are not foreigners in Jerusalem, we are not foreigners in Beit El, we are not foreigners in Hebron. I repeat that this is the root of the conflict as well as the root of incitement that does not recognize this basic fact” to have a Jewish state.

Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said: “I want to clarify that we are now engaged in an attempt to reach the framework of the continued negotiations for a period beyond the nine months [given for a deal]. We are not engaged in negotiating a framework for a [permanent] agreement, but the framework for further negotiations,” Yaalon continued. “It is clear to us that there are large gaps [between us] – and this is not new – but it is certainly in our interest to continue negotiations and to continue to work to stabilize the situation in the relationship between us and the Palestinians. We stand to defend the security interests of Israel and I have made my opinion heard several times. The heart of the conflict is the PA’s refusal to recognize Israel as a sovereign state; and regarding security issues relevant for the State of Israel, I will be a tough nut to crack.” In addition, Ya’along said that peace cannot be achieved until the PA stops its incitement against Israel and starts educating for peace instead. “A basic element in Israeli education is the aspiration for peace. In the Palestinian Authority, that doesn’t exist. The first stage of the road map, that obligates the PA to stop the incitement and to educate for peace, did not happen. [Former prime minister] Yitzhak Rabin demanded in Oslo that the Palestinian treaty is also changed, and it hasn’t been changed to this very day either,” Ya’alon said. “The Palestinians receive money from states that donate to educational institutes in the PA and still teach incitement and racism based on Adolf Hitler quotes. They claim there is no Jewish people,” he added. According to other senior Israel officials, there is no guarantee that either side would agree to a deal lengthening talks. The PA has stated that they would prefer to give an oral agreement to continue talks rather than sign a document – to evade responsibility, perhaps, in the event that talks fail.

If Israel accepts the US framework proposal, Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is planning to have a national referendum on the issue. Netanyahu was quoted as saying that he needs the referendum to push back “domestic pressures from the right”, but in any case he believes it will be politically advantageous. He has confided to his closest circle that for the first time that he is in favor of the Kerry proposals and, although they don’t see eye to eye on many of the issues, he thinks the gaps between them can be bridged. Netanyahu is counting on the framework accord gaining an overwhelming popular majority in referendum. Netanyahu regards the Obama administration’s acceptance of Israel as the Jewish national state to be an historic achievement of unparalleled importance. He  was encouraged to learn that Kerry is working on a formula that avoids citing E. Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, only as a goal for their national aspirations. Intense exchanges are gong back and forth on the security arrangements for the Jordan Valley which runs along Israel’s eastern border, and the number and area of the Jewish settlements remaining under Israeli sovereignty. A number of settlements outside the main blocs are due for removal, despite reports to the contrary but the argument among the Americans, Israelis and Palestinians is over a timetable for their staged evacuation which is counted in years.

In order to pressure Israel into accepting a US framework agreement, Israel government sources are saying that US Secretary of State, John Kerry, is behind calling for a European boycott against Israeli products and companies operating in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The EU published its guidelines last July, boycotting Israeli companies operating over the 1949 Armistice lines. At the moment, Kerry is making sure the threats stay in check, but as soon as the peace talks fail he intends to open the floodgates and spur on full-blown international boycotts on Israel, reports Israel radio.

Meanwhile,  Kerry has threatened to discontinue all US aid to the Palestinian Authority if the current round of negotiations does not result in a peace agreement according to a senior Palestinian official. Taysir Khaled, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said that the US had implied it would stop giving financial aid to the Palestinian Authority and would not be able to prevent Israeli expansion of West Bank settlements, if a framework for a long-lasting accord was not agreed upon. “So far, the negotiations have not lead to a significant breakthrough on core issues,” Khaled said. ”The Palestinian side cannot sign a framework agreement because it does not comply with our minimum requirements and with rights of the Palestinians. We will not give up on the Palestinian cause for money.” Another Palestinian official said that Kerry and the Palestinian leadership, “talked about everything but without agreement on anything” The Palestinians say that they have presented their positions on all the issues to Kerry.

Palestinian spokesman Yasser Abed Rabbo said that Kerry’s conversations with Abbas “was very tough indeed”, in particular when it came to the US wish for the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. “The Americans have made it very clear that [recognition of Israel as a Jewish state] is their position. They talk about it in meetings with our side and make an issue out of it. We have made it very clear that we are not going to sign any agreement that recognizes Israel as a Jewish state.” Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Palestinians’ refusal to formally acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state has become the key topic in his discussions with Kerry.

After meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas, Kerry went to Saudi Arabia to try to convince Saudi Arabia to change the language in the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative to include recognition of Israel as a Jewish State should the country reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. The changed language would also include the stipulation that Israel’s Arab citizens not be affected by recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. The current language in the Arab Peace initiative calls for the Arab world to offer comprehensive peace with Israel in exchange for a full pullout from all territories it captured in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians have not given permission for any changes to the Arab League initiative. Kerry is expected to meet in Paris soon with Arab League foreign ministers who sit on the monitoring committee of the Arab Peace Initiative and may present the idea to them.  After that meeting, he is expected to return to the Middle East for another round of shuttle diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians.

Regarding the issue of Jerusalem, US Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed designating “greater Jerusalem” as the capital of both Israel and the Palestinian state. Azzam Al-Ahmad, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee said that Kerry was “elusive” when speaking of the exclusion of East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank. “An ambiguous term such as ‘greater Jerusalem’ in [Kerry's] proposal could reach the Dead Sea, and could [equally] not include [the Palestinian village of] Abu Dis,” Al-Ahmad said. ”This [ambiguity] destroys all American efforts to reach a peace agreement.” A senior Palestinian source said that Abbas had demanded a clear and unequivocal reference to the Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, out of concern that a more general reference would be interpreted as Palestinian willingness to establish their capital in one of the city’s outlying suburbs.

Meanwhile, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told cabinet ministers that he would not accept any reference to Jerusalem in the framework agreement being drafted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. One senior official said Netanyahu stressed that he would not agree to a document that mentions, even in a general way, the establishment of a Palestinian capital anywhere in Jerusalem. Netanyahu made it clear he would insist on this, even at the cost of the failure of the talks on the framework agreement.

With regards to the Jordan Valley, Al-Ahmad said the Palestinians rejected any Israeli presence under a final status agreement but agreed to international forces patrolling the border. He added that former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert had already agreed to forgo the Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley during talks with Abbas. However, Israel rejects any US-proposed security concessions for the Jordan Valley. “Security must remain in our hands. Anyone who proposes a solution in the Jordan Valley by deploying an international force, Palestinian police or technological means … does not understand the Middle East,” said Israel Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz.

Regarding Palestinian refugees, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas the “return” of 80, 000 Palestinian “refugees” to Israel according to a senior Palestinian official. He added: “Kerry’s proposal on the return of refugees is the same proposal offered by former U.S. President Bill Clinton during Camp David peace talks held in the United States in 2000.” He added that during their meetings with Kerry, Abbas wanted to increase the number of Arabs “returning” to Israel to 200,000.

However, Israel officials said that accepting the principle of a Palestinian “right of return” is a complete non-starter for Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. “In the framework of two states for two peoples, those Palestinians who want to return to the Palestinian state will be able to do so, but the idea that Israel will take in any of the grandchildren of people who fled the fighting in 1948 is simply a non-starter,” the official said. Netanyahu would not agree to even “a symbolic acceptance of the so-call right of return.”

If Benjamin Netanyahu decides to support the US framework agreement and it calls for a Palestinian state based upon 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital then the Jewish Home political party said that it will not be part of a government that negotiates the 1967 borders. Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett said: “No more word games: the 1967 lines mean dividing Jerusalem and giving up the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and the Old City. In what way will our history remember a leader that agrees to give up Jerusalem? We won’t sit in such a government.” In addition, the Sephardic Orthodox Jewish party, Shas, and its leader Aryeh Deri said that his party would not give Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government a “safety net,” refusing to form a new coalition to enable a peace deal loaded with Israeli withdrawals and stressed that he would oppose any agreement that harms the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria or the West Bank. Deri said that it was his impression that the talks are seriously advancing towards an agreement.

However, the opposition party, Labor, and its leader Yitzchak Herzog said that despite his party’s strong antipathy to the current government, Labor will do everything necessary to ensure that any peace proposals or frameworks offered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be adopted by the Knesset. Labor, he said, would step in to bolster coalition partners supporting the proposals, casting their votes in favor to make up for the ones that would be cast against it by rightwing parties. “We will provide a safety net for the government” in the event of a vote on a peace proposal, said Herzog. “We must ensure that Israel remain a Jewish and democratic state, living peacefully alongside a Palestinian state, with recognized borders that ensure our security.” However, Herzog said that in any agreement with the Palestinians that they must give up the “right of return” which is the demand that the descendants of Arabs who fled the newly-established state in 1948 return to their family’s property. Labor would not support a deal that included that demand. “That is outside the consensus,” Herzog said.

Finally, a new academic research institute will be founded to explore the issue of declaring Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria or the West Bank. The decision to start the institute was made at the Forum for Application of Sovereignty which met under the initiative of the Women in Green organization. Among various topics, the institute intends to investigate economic implications of sovereignty in terms of real estate and industry. Similarly, the international legal framework of sovereignty will be researched, along with the media outreach efforts necessary. The central goal of the institute will be to present the Israeli public and government with the conclusions of solid research by leading academics within a few months. The decision to found the institute comes as an outgrowth of previous large conferences calling for sovereignty, as well as the journal Sovereignty published by Women in Green. The second issue of the publication was released last week.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Kerry: Israel, Palestinians progressing toward framework peace deal
2) Kerry praises ‘intensive’ talks, to return Sunday night
3) Abbas aide: Palestinian President had ‘tough talk’ with Kerry
4) US ambassador: Draft on Israel-Palestinian deal ready soon
5) Netanyahu: Palestinian incitement spurs Mideast conflict
6) Report: Kerry is Behind European Boycotts
7) ‘Kerry threatens to cut PA aid if no peace deal signed’
8.) US said to seek adding ‘Jewish state’ language to Arab Peace Initiative
9) Kerry asks Saudis, Jordan to support Palestinian recognition of Israel as Jewish state
10) John Kerry frustrated by Palestinians’ refusal to recognise ‘Jewish’ Israel
11) Fatah official: We demand clarity on Jerusalem
12) Netanyahu rejects inclusion of Jerusalem in Kerry’s framework deal
13) Israel rejects US proposals on Jordan Valley
14) Kerry Proposes: 80,000 Arabs to Flood Israel
15) Officials: PM won’t agree to even symbolic acceptance of Palestinian ‘right of return’
16) US framework for peace talks will have elements ‘both sides will dislike,’ says Netanyahu
17) ‘Interim Deal? It Just Means We’ll Keep Talking’
18) Ya’alon says Israel, PA working to extend talks beyond 9-month period
19) Netanyahu wants to say ‘yes’ to Kerry, but without anyone noticing
20) Netanyahu plans a national referendum on US peace framework to extend negotiations for another year
21) Bennett on peace talks: ’67 lines not up for negotiation
22) Shaked: We Won’t be in a Government that Accepts ’67 Borders’
23) Deri: Shas Not a ‘Safety Net’ For Kerry Deal
24) Deri: No to An Agreement that Hurts Judea and Samaria
25) Herzog: Opposition Will Vote With Govt. On PA Deal
26) Watch: Conference on Israeli Annexation of Judea, Samaria
27) New Institute To Research Sovereignty over Biblical Heartland

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,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

January 4, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

January 3rd, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process

Israel released the 3rd round of Palestinian terrorists who killed Israelis that Israel pledged to release as a “goodwill gesture” in July to restart direct peace talks. A total of 104 terrorists are scheduled to be released by the end of April. They were driven to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ headquarters for an official welcome ceremony attended by hundreds of relatives singing, dancing and waving Palestinian flags. “It is a happy day for all of us and for our heroic prisoners who have come out today to live as free people,” said Abbas, surrounded by the prisoners and making a victory sign. Abbas told the crowd that he would not sign a peace agreement with Israel without the release of all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who currently number almost 5000. The United States saw the prisoner release as a “positive step forward” in ongoing peace negotiations, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rebuked the Palestinian Authority ‘s celebrations over Israel’s release of convicted terrorists. “The essential difference between us and our neighbors can be seen in a single picture,” Netanyahu said. “While we are willing to take extremely painful steps with the goal of reaching an agreement that will put an end to the conflict, they, along with their most senior leaders, are celebrating.” The PA’s celebration sends a terrible message, he continued. “Murderers are not heroes. This is not how you educate people to peace. This is not how you make peace,” he warned. “Peace can exist only when the education to incitement and to destruction of Israel is stopped,” he declared. “Peace will come only when our interests are protected, regarding defense at settlements,” he continued. “Peace will only happen if we can defend ourselves, by ourselves, against any threat.”

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, arrived in Israel on New Year’s Day to further peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The US State Department said: “In these meetings, he will discuss the ongoing final status negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, among other issues.” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Kerry will discuss with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a proposed framework to serve as a guideline for addressing all core issues in the decades-long dispute. The core issues include the borders between Israel and a future Palestine, security arrangements, the fate of Palestinian refugees and conflicting claims to the holy city of Jerusalem.

In response to Kerry’s visit, Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: “An accord is feasibly only if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish national home, give up their dream of restoring all the refugees and their other demands on Israeli territory, and above all only if Israeli can defend itself by its own means against any threat,” he said. Any accord, he promised, will be brought to national referendum for ratification. In a joint press conference with John Kerry, Netanyahu said that doubts about the Palestinians’s commitment to peace are mounting in Israel. “There is growing doubt in Israel that the Palestinians are committed to peace.” The Palestinians “need to be prepared to truly end the conflict.” Netanyahu criticized Abbas’s actions, saying the Palestinian president embraced terrorists as heroes when he welcomed Palestinian prisoners’ release from Israeli detention. “To glorify the murderers of innocent women and men as heroes is an outrage,” Netanyahu said. “How can he say he stands against terrorism when he embraces the perpetrators of terrorism and glorifies them as heroes?” Netanyahu continued, “I’m wondering what a young Palestinian would think when he sees the leader of the Palestinian people embrace people who axed innocent men and women, axed their heads or blew them up or riddled them with bullets. What’s a young Palestinian supposed to think about the future?”

Addressing the peace process, Kerry said: “This is not mission impossible.” Kerry insisted the peace process is still on track and said he plans to work intensely with both sides over the next couple of days to narrow differences on a framework that will outline a final peace accord. Kerry said he knows there is a lot of skepticism about whether the two parties can achieve peace, but he said “the time is soon arriving when leaders are going to have to make difficult decisions. We’re close to that point, or at it,” Kerry said. “In the weeks and months ahead, both sides are going to need to make tough choices to ensure that peace is not just a possibility but is a reality. It is hard work, but with a determined effort, I’m convinced that we can get there,” Kerry said.

Meanwhile, PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo said that the Palestinians wouldn’t pay attention to a “worthless” framework agreement presented by the US. He said that the Palestinians have already spent the past few months negotiating with Israel, and there’s no need to start new talks about the implementation of a new framework agreement. Abed Rabbo said that Kerry was now asking the Palestinians to agree to negotiations with Israel over a new accord, which, he claimed, gives the Israelis control over the Jordan Valley and restricts Palestinian sovereignty over Palestinian territories. Abed Rabbo said that the only way to achieve a breakthrough is by drawing full borders between a Palestinian state and Israel, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines – including east Jerusalem. He also called for a timetable for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines. The PLO official dismissed the idea of a land swap that would place Israeli Arabs in the Triangle area under the jurisdiction of a Palestinian state in return for annexing settlements to Israel. “The settlers are the ones who should get out of the Palestinian territories because they are violating international law,” he said. “No Palestinian state will be created without Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley.”

Palestinian sources revealed that Kerry would present the Israelis and Palestinians with a “blueprint” for a declaration of principles. The sources said that the “blueprint” calls for an extension of the peace talks beyond the nine-month deadline set by Kerry and that expires in April 2014. The sources told the Palestinian daily Al-Quds that the “most dangerous” part of the “blueprint” is Israel’s demand that the Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state. According to reports, US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, Palestinian sources said.  “The coming weeks will be difficult for the Palestinian and Israeli sides since they will need to make tough decisions regarding these issues,” a Palestinian source told a Saudi Arabian newspaper. The goal of the United States is for mutual recognition between Israel and the Palestinians which will constitute the core of a framework agreement to be signed by the end of January and negotiated in greater detail during the following months,

According to DEBKA, the details of Kerry’s proposed framework agreement consists of the 9 key points:

1. Israel hands over 92.8 pc of West Bank to Palestinians. Nearly all its content draws on the proposal Ehud Olmert, then Prime Minister, submitted to Abbas on Aug. 31, 2008, which he never accepted; nor was it approved by any Israeli authority.

2. Territory:  Israel will annex 6.8% of the West Bank including the four main settlement blocs of Gush Etzion with Efrata; Maale Adummim; Givat Zeev; and Ariel, as well as all of the “settlements” of East Jerusalem and Har Homa – in exchange for the equivalent of 5.5% of Israeli territory.

3. The Safe Passage:  The territorial link between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank would cut through southern Israel and remain under Israeli sovereignty and Palestinian control. Out of all other options, the American sponsors of the accord prefer to build an express railway line from Gaza to Hebron, without stops, which would be paid for by the United States. Abbas has already informed John Kerry that he wants the train to go all the way to Ramallah. There will be a special road connecting Bethlehem with Ramallah that bypasses East Jerusalem. This is mostly likely the same route currently planned to go around Maaleh Adummim. Since the safe passage will cross through Israeli land, accounting for 1% of its territory, this area will be deducted from the land Israel concedes, leaving 4.54% for the land swap with the Palestinians.

4. Jerusalem:  East Jerusalem will be divided territorially along the lines of the Clinton Parameters with the exception of the “Holy Basin,” which comprises 0.04% of the West Bank. Sovereignty over this ancient heart of Jerusalem, with its unique and historic concentration of Jewish, Christian and Muslim shrines, will pass to an international commission comprised of the US, Israel, the Palestinians, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

5. Refugees:  This issue will be addressed according to guidelines proposed by President Bill Clinton at Camp David in the year 2000 – and rejected by Yasser Arafat. An International Foundation will be established to resettle the bulk of the Palestinian refugees in Canada and Australia, except for a small portion to be accepted in Israel in the framework of family reunification.

6. Security:  The Olmert package made no mention of security. However the Kerry draft deals extensively with this issue and Israel’s concerns. It calls for the evacuation of all 10,000 Jewish settlers from the Jordan Valley leaving behind a chain of posts along the Jordan River. Security corridors cutting through the West Bank will maintain their land and operational links with Israel. Border crossings will be set up between Palestine and Jordan with an Israeli security presence. The security section of the draft assigns the use of West Bank and Gaza airspace by Israel and the Palestinians. There will be no Israeli military presence inside the Palestinian state.

7. Taxes: The present arrangement for Israel to collect customs levies and distribute the revenues to the Palestinians will continue. (debkafile: That is about the only clause which the Palestinians accept.) Israel will carry out security checks on goods bound for Palestinian that are unloaded at Haifa and Ashdod ports, and levy customs at rates fixed by the Palestinians to be disbursed in the Palestinian state.

8. Settlements:  Eighty percent of all Jewish settlers on the West Bank will be confined to the major settlement blocs. The remaining 20% amounting, according to American calculations to 80,000 people, will have to decide on their own whether they prefer to stay where they are under Palestinian rule or move to Israel. US Secretary Kerry advised the Israeli Prime Minister bluntly that he need not promise to force settlers to leave their homes – as the Ariel Sharon government did when he executed the unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Netanyahu replied that it was unacceptable for Israel to abandon the settlers to their fate. He therefore proposed that instead of forcing them to cross back into Israel, they would be absorbed in the larger settlement blocs remaining under Israeli sovereignty.

9. Timelines:  Different timetables are proposed in the US framework for implementing different sections: The Palestinian leader says he is willing to give Israel three years as a transition period for relocating settlers.

When Kerry submitted the US Framework ideas to the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in December, he told them that he saw no point in the two negotiating teams holding meetings consumed by interminable debates on one point or another. He therefore asked both parties to henceforth send him their comments in writing.

In Kerry’s visit to Israel, he told reporters that the sides would have to make some difficult choices over the next few weeks. “We know what the issues are and the parameters,” he added. “The time is soon arriving when leaders will have to make tough decisions. In the weeks ahead both sides will have to make tough choices.” During his meetings with Netanyahu and Abbas, Kerry said, he planned “to work with both sides to narrow differences on a framework that will set guidelines for negotiations.” The framework agreement would cover all of the core issues, he said, including borders, security, Jerusalem, refugee, mutual recognition, an end to the conflict and to legal claims. The secretary of state emphasized that the framework agreement would be drafted in coordination with the ideas and positions both sides have raised in the 20 rounds of talks held over the last five months. “The framework will address all core issues. My role is not to impose U.S. ideas but to facilitate the ideas of both parties,” Kerry said. “We are 5 months into the peace talks. It’s a long process but it is not mission impossible.” The secretary of state said that “the framework will provide agreed guidelines for final status negotiations. It will take compromise from both sides,” he added “but an agreed framework will be a significant breakthrough. It will create the fixed defined parameters by which the parties will then know where they are going and what the end result could be,” Kerry said. “An agreed framework will clarify and bridge the gaps between the parties so they can move forward towards a final peace treaty.”

A senior US State Department official said that Kerry did not expect a breakthrough during his visit but is pushing for the sides to agree on a framework of core principles, such as security, the future of Jerusalem and fate of refugees, as soon as possible. “The framework is a basis upon which one could negotiate a final peace treaty because the outlines or the guidelines for what the final deal would look like would be agreed up, and then you would work intensively to fill out the details,” the official said. The official said the framework would act as a guideline for reaching a full peace treaty between the Israelis and Palestinians in April, in which Israel would exist peacefully alongside a new Palestinian state. “We want to have a detailed consultation with them about these ideas that have been generated as a result of the negotiations between the parties themselves, and see whether they can serve as gap bridges which could lead to this agreement on the framework for permanent status negotiations,” the official added. “It is a two-stage process in our minds, agreement on a framework for negotiations and then a permanent status agreement or a peace treaty” by April, the official said.

In order to further encouragement a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are to visit Israel in February as an expression of solidarity and encouragement for Israel and the Palestinians during the ongoing US-brokered peace process. Cameron will arrive in the middle of February on his first official visit since taking office in 2010. Merkel will land a week later, accompanied by German government ministers, for a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet.

The Israel Defense Ministry has rejected the expected US Framework proposal for the Jordan Valley. Israel has told US officials that the Jordan Valley security arrangement is unacceptable for Israel’s security needs. In an effort to prevent Israel from agreeing to give the Palestinians the Jordan Valley, senior members of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party showed their opposition to Israel giving up the Jordan Valley with a tour to the area. “The place in which we stand highlights the dilemma of where the eastern border of Israel will run,” declared Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar at the start of the tour. “Will it be the Jordan River, or, God forbid, next to Netanya or Kfar Saba?” If Israel did not stand firm on the issue of the Jordan Valley, he added, it would be left without “strategic depth”. Sa’ar also touched on the security provisions proposed by the US for Israel and the Palestinians as part of efforts to drive forward the peace process, saying that no organization but the Israeli army could guard the border. “Where there is no settlement, there will be no Israeli army. Where there is no Israeli army, there will be terrorism. Our stance is clear: The Jordan Valley is Israeli and will remain Israeli. When we placed our trust in others we saw that this was an illusion. It’s wrong to differentiate between security and settlement.” Sa’ar was accompanied on the tour by other members of Netanyahu’s Likud party as well as member of the nationalistic party, Jewish Home.

The leader of the Jewish Home political party, Naftali Bennett, said that Jewish Home will not remain in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government if it officially adopts peace proposals presented by US Secretary of State John Kerry which would include Israel giving up the Jordan Valley. Bennett insisted on receiving as much information as possible about America’s framework proposal immediately after Kerry meets with Netanyahu. “Bennett is up to speed on the current developments of the peace process and has done his homework,” a source close to him said. “He will not present the red lines of Jewish Home publicly but those who need to know know.” One of Bennett’s main goals has been to coordinate strategy regarding the opposition of a peace agreement with the Palestinians with members of Netanyahu’s Likud political party. Jewish Home political party, MK Orit Struck, received commitments from most of the Likud faction to help prevent diplomatic proposals from being advanced. Bennett and Struck intend to make sure that Netanyahu will not be able to replace Jewish Home in the coalition with Labor due to opposition from Likud ministers and MKs who would join in partnership with Jewish Home.

The future of the Jordan Valley has always been a major issue in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. In 2007, the Israeli army’s Planning Directorate drew up Israel’s security overview ahead of a possible peace treaty with the Palestinians. This overview specified the need for an ongoing Israeli army presence in the Jordan Valley for a lengthy but undefined period. On the basis of that overview, Israel defense minister Ehud Barak drew up a document, which became known as the “Eight Points,” which he had translated into English and which he detailed to George Bush when the president visited in January 2008. Barak stressed to Bush the imperative for Israeli troops to remain in the Jordan Valley for the long term — a generation, according to some Israeli sources — to ensure no influx of terrorists, weaponry, and other unwanted imports. In taking this position, Barak was merely reiterating the stance that had prevailed since the Yitzhak Rabin era in the early 1990s. And it holds today: A senior Israeli official told this reporter, this week, that if there is no Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley, “there will be rivers of blood.”

Where there has been something of a change is, first, in Israel’s apparent readiness to relinquish the idea of Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley. And second, in a certain readiness for a smaller security contingent than the major deployments previously demanded. But Israel has given no indication of when it might be prepared to reduce its deployment, and no hint of a timetable for withdrawing altogether. What other points were in Barak’s Eight Point paper? Well, it dealt with the specifics of a demilitarized Palestinian state, including monitoring and enforcement — via security arrangements not only at the borders, but also inside the state-to-be (including oversight by international forces); the positioning of early-warning stations in the West Bank; details of the IDF’s permissible movements in emergency situations; operational control of air space, and more. Israel did not seek — in the Eight Point document, or in other discussions with the Americans — the right to carry out arrests inside Palestinian sovereign territory, as Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is demanding now. It was clear to all sides at the time, this reporter was told this week, that such a demand would not be accepted. As a result, US General Jones was dispatched by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to try to bridge the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians on the issue of the Jordan Valley. Then, as now, the Palestinians said, ‘no’ to an ongoing Israeli presence.

Jones’s attempt at a compromise was that, after three to five years, the Israeli army would be replaced by a NATO-based international force, led by the US. Jones added a host of high-tech security measures — just like the security “envelope” General Allen is proposing now — aimed at somewhat calming Israeli concerns. Jones presented his ideas to Abbas, who understood that Israel had accepted them, even though the Israeli security establishment had not given its assent. Olmert, however, did subsequently support the plan and asked the Americans to present it to the security establishment. This did not happen. And the peace offer that Olmert made to Abbas in September 2008 provided for an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley after three years. That dramatic Olmert offer was never formally presented to Abbas, so it can be argued that the idea of a full Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley was not officially agreed by Israel. Yet Abbas, apparently with some justification, regards Olmert’s offer as having shown Israeli readiness to leave the Jordan Valley. But Olmert is long gone, of course. Netanyahu holds to very different positions. And given that there was no official Israeli offer, Netanyahu has justification in saying Israel never agreed to leave the Jordan Valley. So, now as in the past, Israel and the Palestinians are deadlocked over security arrangements among other issues which Kerry is trying to resolve with his framework proposal.

Finally, nationalistic Jewish activists are preparing to take action based upon the outcome of the talks. The Women in Green movement is taking the initiative with its “Sovereignty” program, which would see Israel officially become a sovereign entity in Judea and Samaria or the West Bank. Activists with the group say a political journal published for the first time in October was so popular that they plan to issue another 150,000 copies – 100,000 in Hebrew, and 50,000 in English. “We need to be ready for the day of the expected unilateral UN declaration accepting a Palestinian state” they continued. “We need to declare already now that there is a realistic alternative to the mind games of the ‘two state solution.’” Currently, there are an estimated 650,000 Israeli Jews living in Judea, Samaria, the Golan, and eastern Jerusalem, they noted. However, those hundreds of thousands of Israelis all remain under military rule due to the government’s decision not to declare sovereignty. As a result, we need to prepare for declaring sovereignty in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in opposition to the “two state” solution.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Palestinians celebrate as Israel completes third stage of release prisoners
2) Netanyahu Slams PA Celebration: ‘Murderers Are Not Heroes’
3) Kerry set for New Year bid to push forward Mideast peace talks
4) Kerry’s ‘framework’ to address all core issues
5) Netanyahu: Palestinians must recognize Israel for an accord
6) PM tells Kerry PA not devoted to negotiations
7) We’ll ignore a ‘worthless’ framework deal, says PLO
8.) US deal will trade off ‘Jewish’ Israel for 1967 lines — report
9) Exclusive: US “framework” calls for 80,000 Israeli West Bank evacuations to the big settlement blocs
10) Kerry: Netanyahu and Abbas will have to make difficult choices in coming weeks
11) US official: Kerry to push for permanent peace agreement by April
12) Cameron, Merkel to visit Israel in February
13) Report: Defense Ministry Rejects US Plan for Jordan Valley
14) Rightist MKs take firm stance with trip to Jordan Valley
15) Just like his predecessors, Kerry finds trouble crossing the Jordan
16) Bennett threatens to bolt if Kerry proposals are accepted
17) Israeli Right ‘Preparing for Talks to Explode’

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,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

December 28, 2013: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

December 27th, 2013

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process

On December 29, the third round of Palestinian terrorists are expected to be released by Israel. In conjunction with the release of the Palestinian terrorists, Israel has announced that it will build about 1,400 more homes. About 600 new Jewish homes will be announced for the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo in East Jerusalem. About 800 more homes will be built in the West Bank. Palestinian president Mahmood Abbas has appealed to the US to block plans by Israel to announce the new construction of the 1,400 homes. In addition, chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, threatened Israel that if they announce the new construction that the Palestinians will take Israel to the International Criminal Court in the Hague for “war crimes” and will seek membership in 63 international organizations.

Meanwhile, a senior European Union (EU) official told Israel that they will not tolerate new construction in the West Bank saying: “There will be very little understanding on the part of European governments regarding any announcement of construction in the territories now under negotiations. Israel should expect a strong reaction on the part of European governments if it is going to go in that direction.” The EU said that if the peace talks collapse following an Israeli announcement the building of new homes that Israel would be held responsible for the failure of the talks. Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said: “They keep telling us that the reason that we don’t have peace is due to our construction efforts and due to our presence in the West Bank. This is wrong,” Netanyahu stated. “The real reason is the PLO ongoing opposition to a Jewish state under any borders,” he continued. “We have the right to have a state like any other nation – or perhaps even more than any other nation.”

So far, the Israel and Palestinian peace talk negotiating teams have met more than 20 times. However, chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said that Israel and the Palestinians have not had direct peace talks with each other for weeks. While both sides haven’t been talking to each other, they have been talking to the US. “There have not been talks for some time,” said Erekat. “The meetings currently taking place are between the American leadership and us on the one hand and between Israel and the American leadership on the other hand.” As a result, Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter directly to US President Barack Obama about his concerns over stalled peace talks with Israel. In the letter, Abbas revealed to Obama the core Palestinian positions on the various issues with Israel. In the letter, Abbas wrote that the Palestinians and Israelis had come to agreement on a plan during Ehud Olmert’s term as prime minister that would place an international force, not the Israeli army on the Israeli-Jordanian border. The Palestinians, he said, would be agreeable to a phased withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Jordan Valley but would not tolerate an indefinite Israeli presence there. According to reports, Israel chief negotiator, Tzipi Livni, supports the introduction of international forces in the Jordan Valley. Netanyahu, however, adamantly opposes international forces, insisting on an Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley even within the framework of a Palestinian state. Recently, Netanyahu ordered the Israeli government to begin construction on a major upgrade of the existing security fence along the Jordanian border including the section of the border inside the West Bank.

According to Israeli government sources, US Secretary of State, John Kerry arrived in his last visit to talk with Mahmood Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu about a US proposal for a framework peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Netanyahu asked Kerry not to put any US plan on the table out of concern that a U.S. proposal could be turned into indisputable fact and potentially become another obstacle to negotiations. Therefore, Netanyahu asked Kerry not to formally present the plan but to propose its main points instead. Israeli government officials say the Palestinians will refuse to sign a framework agreement which would at the end of negotiations require them to recognize Israel as the Jewish state and require Israel to recognize the Palestinians’ need to form a nation. As long as the Palestinians refuse, Netanyahu will refuse to draw out a future Palestinian state on a map. The Israeli demand is that the framework agreement include an extension to the negotiations to mark borders and recognize the Jewish state.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Sbeih, secretary-general of Palestinian affairs at the Arab League, said that US Secretary of State, John Kerry will present a US plan for a framework peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians on December 31. Sbeih called the US plan an “over-arching draft for all the core issues leading to a permanent accord.” Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas said: “The Americans are determined to present an agreement by the end of December and have already chosen a location for the signing ceremony for the framework agreement.” Abbas informed the Arab League about the upcoming proposal saying it would contain US suggestions regarding the borders of the future Palestinian state. Abbas has stressed that he will refuse any temporary solution regarding core national issues, such as the status of east Jerusalem and recognizing Israel as the nation of the Jewish people. Abbas said that he would not respond to the Kerry proposal immediately but would instead present it first to Arab countries in order to come to a joint decision.

Given that April 29 is the end of the 9 month period agreed upon for the duration of the peace talks, Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat said: “If we reach a framework agreement that specifies the borders, the percentage of swaps, the security arrangements, the Jerusalem status, refugees and then that is the skeleton. We are not talking about a peace treaty on the 29th of April. We are talking about a framework agreement,” he said. He described a framework deal as a comprehensive agreement that could be turned into a detailed peace treaty in six to 12 months. According to Sbeih, Abbas told an Arab League meeting in Cairo, Egypt the PLO position on any peace agreement with Israel. It is as follows:

- Abbas would accept a Palestinian state with the entirety of eastern Jerusalem as its capital, with limited land swaps as long as the lands being traded were of equal value.

- He would accept an incremental withdrawal of Israeli troops from land that will be part of the future Palestinian state, allowing them up to three years to leave.

- He would reject the idea of any permanent Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley, but would welcome an international peacekeeping presence.

- He would refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

- He would reject any interim agreement, calling instead for a final solution.

- He would reject any proposal that required the future Palestinian state to be demilitarized, but said he would not get involved in an “arms race.”

The PA sources claim that Abbas’s official refusal to recognize Israel as the Jewish state stems from “concerns” that Israeli Arabs enjoying citizenship in Israel will be included as part of a Palestinian state. Abbas has already declared no Jews will be allowed in a future “Palestine.” The proposed agreement would reportedly force Israel to obligate itself through guarantees that it will not compromise the status of Israeli Arabs, and in doing so begin “earning” PA recognition of Israel as the state of the Jews.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiating team has revealed some of contents of the secretive peace talks it has been holding with Israel through the United States. Talks are advancing with the goal of a framework peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in January. Under the US plan, there would be a long term Israel phased withdrawal from the West Bank and the Jordan Valley over a five to ten year period. The Arab League rejected the US proposal that Israeli soldiers would remain in the Jordan Valley for a 10 year period as part of peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Nabil Al-Arabi, secretary of the Arab League said that any peace agreement leaving an Israeli presence in the “Palestinian state” would not succeed.

Regarding Jerusalem, the Old City and the Temple Mount would under international management including Israeli and PA representatives. The aids for US Secretary of State, John Kerry, have rented 50 rooms in a Jerusalem hotel for January from which they plan to mount a diplomatic “attack” on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and force him to accept the US diplomatic plan for a framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. In addition to the hotel rooms, the crew  reportedly will bring computerized equipment, maps and databases to aid their efforts in dictating outcomes of the talks. This January “offensive” is timed for after the Christian holidays and is reportedly hoped by the United States to succeed by the end of the month.

In response, Israel has asked the U.S. to extend the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations by a year. If such an extension is not approved, Israel believes it is likely that the peace talks will fail. Because US Secretary of State, John Kerry wants Israel and the Palestinians to agree to a framework peace agreement, Israel has offered to sign a document stating that the two sides agree to extend the negotiations for another year to find a solution to the conflict.

It has been suggested that if Kerry outlines a US framework agreement and both Israel and the Palestinians reject it (i.e., say they cannot accept all of it), the European Union will introduce the text of the US framework agreement as a UN resolution.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Israel to build new West Bank homes, Palestinians urge US to intervene
2) PA: ‘If You Build, We’ll Sue At The Hague’
3) EU Official Warns Israel Over Planned Construction
4) Erekat: There Haven’t Been Direct Talks in Weeks
5) Abbas sends letter to Obama complaining about Kerry
6) Secret Peace Talk Contents Revealed By PA Sources
7) Abbas expects Kerry’s framework deal next week, has tough demands of his own
8.) Report: U.S. Will Present Framework Israel-PA Peace Agreement by End of Month
9) Official: Kerry to present framework peace agreement by Dec. 31
10) U.S. plan gives Jerusalem holy sites to Vatican
11) Kerry to Force Security Plan on Netanyahu
12) For first time, Palestinians back framework peace agreement
13) Arab League Rejects Israeli Jordan Valley Presence
14) PA Negotiator Rejects Any Extension of Talks
15) Israel seeks to extend peace talks by a year
16) EU warns Israel over settlement construction
17) The Kerry Negotiations
18) Abu Mazen is opposed to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state

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,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

December 14, 2013: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

December 16th, 2013

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process

In a recent speech, US President Barack Obama called on Israel and the Palestinians to accept a “framework agreement” which he said could be achieved within months without covering the full details of their dispute. The “framework agreement” would also omit the Gaza Strip and a provide for a transition period before an agreed upon final settlement. Israeli TV reports that the US wants Israel and the Palestinians to agree to a “framework” agreement by the end of January. US Secretary of State, John Kerry expanded on Obama’s statement by saying that a basic framework will “address all the core issues – borders, security, refugees, Jerusalem, mutual recognition and an end of claims. And it will have to establish agreed guidelines for subsequent negotiations, which will spell out the details in a full-fledged peace treaty.” Obama said that there were not a lot of secrets and surprises during these rounds of direct peace talks and that “we know what the outline of a potential agreement is, and the question then becomes: Are both sides willing to take the very tough political risks involved if their bottom lines are met?” He defined the Palestinian bottom line as a “real and meaningful” state, and Israel’s bottom line as a secure, Jewish state. Obama also stated that a final and comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians must be reached within six months after a “framework agreement” in order to make it impossible for Iran to attain a nuclear bomb.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the US is not seeking an interim peace deal. He said: “It is essential, in my judgment, to reach for a full agreement and to have a framework within which we can try to work for that.” The US State Department said: “Just to be absolutely clear, we are not focused on an interim deal, we are focused on a final deal. That is what both sides are discussing and both sides remain committed to and there should not be any confusion about what a framework reference is.” US Secretary of State John Kerry wants Israel and the Palestinians to agree to a “framework” peace agreement that will include all the main issues including security, the future of Jerusalem and the fate of refugees, which will serve as a broad outline for the final peace agreement. In order to agree on the details of a “framework” agreement, direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians would need to extend beyond April. The US “framework” proposal would focus on “bridging gaps” between Israel and the Palestinians on the core issues of the conflict and would be an arbitration plan which the US believes would be an acceptable compromise. Other US officials say that the US is not dictating the terms but rather trying to get the two sides to agree on what those terms should be.

In an effort to reach a goal of a framework peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians by the end of January, US Secretary of State, John Kerry discussed a plan to deploy a regional international peace force which would include US troops along Israel’s Jordan Valley. It is part of a US plan to combat the influence of Al Qaeda in the region. This regional force would secure parts of Syria, as well as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the future Palestinian state and Israel against Al Qaeda attack from positions in Syria, Iraq and the Egyptian Sinai. Kerry proposed integrating Israeli and Palestinian special forces units in the planned regional counter-terror force, alongside the American, British, French, Saudi, Jordanian, Egyptian and Qatari units enlisted to the new framework. Kerry added that the US security plan he presented was the most thorough analysis ever “of the Israeli requirements that arise from the potential of a two-state solution” and that the US was working with Jordan and the Palestinians to “create a layered approach that both guarantees Israel’s security and fully respects Palestinian sovereignty.” In the US plan, Israel would keep a military presence in the Jordan Valley for a period of 10 years. Kerry said US General John Allen along with 160 US experts worked on the details of the plan. Much time has been spent by a US security team to “understand from an Israeli perspective what is required for the security of Israel” in a two-state scenario. Kerry added: “If Israel’s security cannot be increased through this agreement, it would be very difficult for Israel to make an agreement. So we are making certain that we are addressing each and every one of Israel’s security concerns.  We understand that we can’t dictate to Israel what it needs for its security but what we have done is try to understand it and see through a consultative process if there are ways, through technology and additional ideas that we could potentially provide for,” he said.

The US plan would allow Israeli soldiers performing security functions in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Jordan has been pushing the United States to support Israel’s position that it needs to maintain a security presence in the Jordan Valley under any agreement with the Palestinians. Other key elements of the US security plan provides for a series of border crossings along the Jordan Valley border between the West Bank and Jordan which would be jointly controlled by Israel and the PA. The entire border itself, however, would remain under full Israeli control, with the IDF joined only by a symbolic Palestinian security presence. These arrangements would hold for many years, but not necessarily permanently. Furthermore, the US would provide an additional security “envelope,” which would utilize drones and other high-tech equipment to provide real-time intelligence on any terrorist threats and other unlawful border activity. In addition to this, Kerry said that the Palestinian refugee situation must be resolved, a Palestinian state must be established and “recognition of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people” must be achieved. The Palestinians rejected the US plan claiming it would allow Israelis to continue to live in the region and that Kerry’s security proposals “were very bad ideas which we cannot accept.”  Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior official of the PLO , said that the US proposal for Israel’s security would lead to the “total failure” of peace talks. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel’s security must remain entirely in Israel’s hands. As a result, Israeli sources say that the security plan is “interesting” and “complex” but ultimately “not sufficient.”

Naftali Bennett, the leader of the conservative political party, Jewish Home, said the following: “Recently we’ve been hearing a new tune: an international guarantee will ‘safeguard Israel’s security’,” Bennett stated. “We are told that they found the answer to all of our security problems. We can evacuate the West Bank and the Jordan Valley. We can place cameras, lasers, helicopters, and especially – rely on international forces and the security guarantee of our friends. In 2006, at the end of the Second Lebanon War, the Security Council passed Resolution 1701, which prohibits the entry of all weapons into southern Lebanon. Result: Hezbollah has since smuggled in over 100,000 missiles into southern Lebanon.” “In 2006, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1696 that determined that Iran must stop all enrichment and may not build any additional centrifuges,” he continued. “Result: Since then, Iran has increased the amount of its centrifuges from only 164 to 18,500.”  “Over a year ago, the President of the United States determined if Syria will use chemical weapons against its people that this would be crossing a red line which would lead to military action. Result: Syria has killed hundreds of residents with chemical weapons (no one is disputing that), and military action did not happen. This has happened dozens of times around the world. Guarantees are words, they are not actions,” he concluded. “We will continue to defend ourselves, by ourselves. It has worked not badly at all for the last 65 years.” Following the security plan, the United States plans in the next several weeks to reveal it views on the other core issues of the conflict namely — Jerusalem, the borders of a Palestinian state, and Palestinian refugees.

Following the Palestinians stubborn refusal to accept the US plan for security arrangements in the Jordan Valley, the US Secretary of State announced that the third phase of releasing Palestinian terrorists from Israeli prisons which is planned to take place on December 29 could be delayed by one month. The intended purpose would be to put pressure on Mahmood Abbas to be more flexible in accepting the US proposed plan for Israeli security in the Jordan Valley. Before the current round of direct peace talks began in the summer, Israel agreed to release 104 terrorists from its prisons as a “gesture” to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. 52 terrorists have already been released and the rest are to be released in two more phases. Yasser Abed Rabbo, an aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, accused the US as using the Palestinian prisoners to “blackmail” the Palestinians to accept a framework agreement that fails to meet Palestinian demands. Two Palestinian officials said Kerry proposed to free all remaining prisoners in late January and link the release to the US and Israel accepting a framework peace agreement. Kerry offered the Palestinians that the fourth group of prisoners will be released sooner so that the remaining Palestinian prisoners could be released at the end of January. Kerry had wanted the prisoner release to take place at the same time as the presentation of a potential US “framework agreement” in the coming weeks. After the Palestinians refused to accept the US request to delay the release of Palestinian prisoners, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that the prisoner release will take place on December 29 as scheduled.

Nabil Shaath, a senior official within the PLO, said that the Palestinians will remain in talks with Israel for the full 9 months to ensure that all Palestinians prisoners are released. He added that if it were not for the release of the 104 prisoners, the Palestinians would have quit the peace talks already. If peace talks fail, the Palestinians say that they are ready to appeal to join more international organizations including the International Criminal Court. Shaath repeated that he desires that the Palestinians petition all of the UN organizations – not only for the Palestinian terrorists to be released, but also to push Israel back to the 1967 borders. “The declaration of the PA as a UN non-member observer state recognizes the PA as having borders on 1967 lines,” he declared. “This gives us the right to be full members of other international organizations, the International Criminal Court, and other UN institutions.”

Meanwhile, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejected recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.  Furthermore, the Palestinians said that there would be no deal with Israel that excludes the Palestinians controlling the Jordan Valley. Also, East Jerusalem must be the capital of a PLO state. In addition, the PLO also expressed opposition to the presence of any settlement blocs in the West Bank in the context of a future deal with Israel. “We can’t accept that the airspace, borders and border crossings remain under the control of Israel” the PLO said. Finally, Abbas said that he would “never give up an ounce of the Palestinians’ demands nor sign a peace agreement that failed to meet the national aspirations of the Palestinian people”  including  a full Israeli withdrawal from all lands liberated in 1967, establishment of East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state and a full return to their original homes the families that fled Israel when it was established in 1948.

In a recent visit to Israel by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, he experienced a major snowstorm. In justifying his claim that the Palestinians must not recognize Israel as a Jewish state,  Mahmoud Abbas supported his demand by blaming Jews in Israel for influencing God to send the snowstorm that delayed visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Abbas said: “The Jews inserted special prayers last month for God to bring them rain but used Kabbalistic ideas in a code that encrypted requests that a winter storm would coincide with Kerry’s visit and disrupt his schedule. There are too many coincidences, here. This is only a hint of what would happen if we were to recognize Israel a Jewish state. The Jews cannot be trusted. They will use their influence on God to get what they want. There might even be peace, Allah forbid, one day. Abbas also threatened that if Jews do not rip out from their Sabbath prayer books the prayer for the government of Israel and protection for the Israeli soldiers, he will go to the United Nations to declare a boycott on all Jewish synagogues throughout the world. “I also will appeal to the International Court, after we gain membership there, to rule Jewish prayers a war crime because they ask Him to take vengeance on Israel’s enemies,” said Abbas.

Israel Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator in the current round of peace talks with the Palestinians, says substantial progress has been made in the peace talks despite recent skepticism spoken by the Palestinians. Livni said that preventing failure in current negotiations will be difficult and will require her “experience and expertise,” and added that she first and foremost intends to protect Israel’s best interest.

Newly elected Labor political party leader, MK Yitzchak Herzog, claims that a peace agreement with the PA must be reached to keep Gush Etzion part of Israel. He envisions land swaps leaving “settlement blocs” in Israel hands and giving the vast majority of the West Bank to the Palestinians. He added: “I see Jerusalem serving as two political capitals: in eastern Jerusalem the capital of the Palestinian state, and the west of the city as the Jewish capital.” When asked if all of Jerusalem would remain Israeli territory, Herzog wouldn’t give details, saying “the Kotel (Western Wall) will stay in Israel’s hands, as for the rest we have to have a creative solution.”

The US and the European Union are pressuring Israel and the Palestinians to accept a “framework” peace agreement. Two months ago, the British government issued a document detailing the risks of doing business with nations who have problematic human rights records. Last week, the British government published a follow up document, focusing entirely on Israel and companies doing business either directly or indirectly beyond the 1967 borders. The report aims to “provide information on key security and political risks which UK businesses may face when operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.” In a subchapter dedicated to Israel’s West Bank police, the report reads: “The UK has a clear position on Israeli settlements: The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights are territories which have been occupied by Israel since 1967. ”

Regarding the legality of settlements, the report goes on to say that “Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible.” The UK report goes on to promise that “We will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties,” the warning reads. “EU citizens and businesses should also be aware of the potential reputational implications of getting involved in economic and financial activities in settlements, as well as possible abuses of the rights of individuals,” warns the report. The warning then goes on to describe what seems like a settlement boycott: “There are therefore clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity. “Financial transactions, investments, purchases, procurements as well as other economic activities (including in services like tourism) in Israeli settlements or benefiting Israeli settlements, entail legal and economic risks stemming from the fact that the Israeli settlements are built on occupied land and are not recognized as a legitimate part of Israel’s territory. “Those contemplating any economic or financial involvement in settlements should seek appropriate legal advice.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held urgent meetings with European representatives to discuss what Israeli officials termed the European Union’s refusal to show the necessary flexibility on its settlement guidelines to allow Israel to join the massive Horizon 2020 scientific project. Israel and the EU have been in intensive talks since August looking for a formula that would enable Israel’s participation in the flagship EU Research and Development program. This is in light of EU settlement guidelines published in June barring the transfer of any money or funds to entities beyond the 1967 borders including east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The guidelines stipulate that every agreement between the EU and Israel must include a clause saying that it is not applicable beyond the 1967 borders.

Israel has said it would not join the 80 billion euro program under the EU guidelines – Israel would be expected to pay some 600 million euros into the project with the expectation of receiving 900 million euro back in research grants and investments – unless explicit understandings with the EU were reached on the implementation of these guidelines. Israeli officials said that the EU essentially told Israel that while they would like Israel’s participation in Horizon 2020, the “guidelines are what they are,” and that the decision to join the program was in Israel’s hands. At the same time, one European source said, the EU did not want to be seen as granting a “victory” on this matter to Netanyahu or appear to the European public as backing down from its principles.

If Israel and the Palestinians are willing to agree to a “framework” peace agreement, the European Union intends to offer an unprecidented assistance package to Israel and the Palestinians. The EU also promised to upgrade relations with both parties to the highest level possible for non-member nations in the event of a peace treaty. The draft resolution details the economic, political and military aid the EU hopes will encourage Israel and the Palestinians to agree to the painful compromises that a peace agreement will inevitably entail.

The senior EU diplomat said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on board with the move, which is being shepherded by the foreign ministers of Germany, Britain, France, Spain and Italy. It is expected to pass, without significant changes. The draft resolution stipulates that after a peace agreement is reached, the status of both Israel and the future Palestinian state vis-a-vis the EU will be raised to “Special Privileged Partnership.”

The proposed EU assistance package to Israel and the future Palestinian state will include the following incentives:

1. Increased access to the EU market.

2. Closer cultural and scientific ties to the EU.

3. Facilitation of trade and investment.

4. Promotion of business-to-business relations.

5. Enhanced political dialogue with both states.

6. Enhanced security cooperation with both states.

In addition, the draft proposal says the EU “deplores” the construction in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and “warns against actions that undermine the negotiations.” The proposed decision states, “It is a fundamental interest of the European Union to see an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

In conclusion, there are still wide gaps between Israel and the Palestinians on core issues namely – Jerusalem, borders, settlements and refugees. Both Israel and the Palestinians believe that the other side is not willing to make the concessions necessary for a final agreement. So, soon the US will have to decide the strategy that they will use to encourage Israel and the Palestinians to sign a “framework” peace agreement. Will Israel and the Palestinians agree to a US peace proposal? If not, will the US try to force an agreement upon both sides through the United Nations Security Council ? If the US can’t get both sides to agree, will they abandon the effort completely? Only time will tell.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Kerry brings plan integrating West Bank security in planned US-led anti-Al Qaeda regional force
2) Kerry presents new security plan to Netanyahu, Abbas
3) Kerry: New US security proposal tackles every potential threat
4) Report: US Moves Closer to Israel’s Stance in Peace Talks
5) Amman said to back Israeli demands on Jordan Valley
6) After security plan, ‘Kerry to present US blueprint for deal on all core issues’
7) Kerry Tries to Bridge U.S., Israel Gaps in Meetings
8.) Abbas Rejects Kerry’s Offer
9) Palestinians reject US security ideas for Israel peace accord
10) Palestinians reject US proposal for 10-year IDF presence in Jordan Valley
11) Palestinians: US ideas for security will lead to ‘total failure’ of talks
12) Bennett: No to Security Arrangements from US
13) Kerry to the Palestinians: Releasing more terrorists will be delayed
14) Report: Kerry to Postpone Terrorist Release to Pressure PA
15) US trying to ‘blackmail’ us over prisoner releases, Abbas adviser says
16) Palestinian negotiators angered as Kerry proposes Israeli demands
17) PA Rejects Prisoner Release Delay, Warns of ‘Total Failure’
18) Shaath: ‘We Will Stay in Negotiations Just to Release Prisoners’
19) Kerry: Next group of Palestinian prisoners to be released as planned at end of month
20) PA Formally Refuses to Recognize Jewish State
21) PLO: Palestinians won’t accept current proposals from Israel
22) Abbas: We’ll Never Give Up on a Single Demand
23) PLO: No ‘Deals’ With Israel, Unless We Get Everything We Want
24) PLO Official Threatens to Join International Organizations
25) Abbas to Blame Jews’ Prayers for Rain for Halting Peace Talks
26) Herzog: Divide Jerusalem and Make Land Swaps
27) PA officials: No progress on peace deal in latest Abbas-Kerry meeting
28) Obama: Iran must shut Fordo, give up making centrifuges. Palestinians must accept framework deal
29) US says not seeking interim Israeli-Palestinian peace deal
30) Obama: Israel-PA accord would need transition period
31) Kerry: Israel, Palestinians closest to peace ‘in years’
32) Kerry: Israel-Palestinian peace deal has never been closer
33) Livni: We are making progress in peace talks
34) Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian peace deal still possible by April
35) Source: Peace talks to extend beyond allocated nine months
36) Kerry said pushing for summit meeting with Netanyahu, Abbas
37) Israel-Palestinian negotiations finally come into some focus
38) UK: Doing business in ‘occupied territories’ entails ‘legal risks’
39) PM convenes urgent meetings on whether Israel will join Horizon 2020, as EU sticks to settlement guidelines
40) EU set to offer massive aid to Israel, Palestinians for peace deal
41) Israel, Palestinians already preparing their alibis if talks fail

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,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

December 7, 2013: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

November 30th, 2013

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the situation with Iran

After all-night talks, a first-step nuclear deal was struck in Geneva, Switzerland between Iran and the six major world powers consisting of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. It was announced by President Barack Obama and confirmed by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Obama said key aspects of Iran’s nuclear program will be rolled back for limited sanctions relief. No new centrifuges will added to the enrichment process, work will stop at the Arak nuclear reactor and the UN will expand inspections to ensure that Iran will be unable to make a nuclear bomb. The overall sanctions architecture will remain in place pending a comprehensive solution to be negotiated in the next six months but no new sanctions will be imposed.

Indeed, the Americans are not wasting much time and commencing the relief in sanctions. Iranian Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said that the US government has released frozen Iranian assets worth $8 billion as part of the interim agreement signed in Geneva, Switzerland.

None of the  information revealed so far about the interim accord reached in Geneva indicated that the agreement resolved the concealed military features of Iran’s nuclear program or the details of expanded inspections. Israel is not expected to accept any document with those omissions. Obama said he understood the concerns of Israel and the Persian Gulf nations about Iran’s intentions and promised to closely follow Iran’s compliance and will continue to maintain the option for US military action. Offering no information about the content of the interim accord, the Iranian foreign minister commended the Geneva process for granting the Iranian people “equal footing and mutual respect” and the deal as a first step towards removing all doubts about Iran’s nuclear program.

Israel and Saudi Arabia said before the deal was signed that they would not be bound by its provisions and reserved their military options. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague added that Iran had agreed to halt uranium enrichment above the 5 percent grade and the elimination of its stockpile of 20 percent enriched material. As the Secretary spoke, the Saudi ambassador to London pledged every effort by his government to halt Iran’s advance toward a nuclear bomb, accusing the United States of failing to do this. Nawaf Obaid, a senior advisor to the Saudi royal family, as accusing its Western allies of deceiving the oil rich kingdom in striking the nuclear accord with Iran and said Riyadh would follow an independent foreign policy. Obaid said that while Saudi Arabia knew that the US was talking directly to Iran through a channel in the Gulf state of Oman, the USA had not directly briefed its ally. “We were lied to, things were hidden from us,” he said. “The problem is not with the deal struck in Geneva but how it was done.” Obaid suggested in his remarks a possible Saudi attack when claiming Riyadh is determined to reinforce its policy and to be more active in the future by running an independent foreign policy.

After the agreement was announced, the US State Department acknowledged that Iran is currently enjoying a “window” of time before the six-month deal goes into effect. During this time, Iran would not be required to take any credible steps toward disabling its ability to produce a nuclear weapon. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the six-month interim period, during which Iran would take steps to rein in its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, has not yet begun. She said: “The next step here is a continuation of technical discussions at a working level so that we can essentially tee up the implementation of the agreement. Obviously, once those technical discussions are worked through, the clock would start. Obviously, there’ll also be a reconvening of the political track with the P5+1 which Under Secretary Wendy Sherman will continue to be our lead negotiator.”

Psaki said that she did not “have a specific timeline” for how long the window would be in place before the six-month period began, nor did there seem to be any mechanism in place to prevent Iran from stepping up nuclear production before the scale-down went into effect. Furthermore, she said: “In terms of what the Iranians are or aren’t doing, obviously our hope would be, given we are respecting the spirit of the agreement in pressing for sanctions not to be put in place and beginning the process of figuring out how to deliver on our end of the bargain, that the same would be coming from their end in the spirit of the agreement. Similarly, she did not know what the timetable would be on sanctions relief, saying that there would still “be technical discussions. It’s also not an all-at-one-time or a spigot that’s turned all the way on. So it would be a slow process that obviously we control, and some of those details are still being worked out,” she explained.

Another field in which the deal seems not to be solidified yet is the question of how sanctions relief would be framed in response to a nuclear slow-down on the part of the Iranians. Psaki said that the deal would not require Iran to complete all steps before sanctions relief is granted, nor would it grant the entire relief package — valued at between $4 and $7 billion — before Iran initiates a nuclear slow-down. Instead, Psaki said, “it would be a progression,” but she acknowledged that they were still “working through” it. “It’s not one month and it applies to all of the relief internationally,” she explained. “So there would be a progressive process over the course of the first set.” Psaki also said that among the “technical details” yet to be worked out was the order in which sanctions would be relieved.

These comments created confusion as to whether the much-touted interim deal, supposedly reached by the P5+1 powers and Iran had actually been completed as claimed. Former State Department official and ambassador Elliott Abrams, who argued in his Council for Foreign Relations blog that the language used by the White House to discuss the Iran interim deal was largely “aspirational,” suggesting that much of the touted P5+1 deal with Iran had yet to be hammered out. In addition, Iran accused the US of publishing an inaccurate account of what had been agreed. Iran’s Foreign Ministry firmly criticized the White House for publishing what it said was a false version of the interim nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the six world powers. “What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” said a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman. Furthermore, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an address to the Iranian parliament that Iran would continue construction on the Arak heavy water plant in an apparent breach of the ostensibly agreed terms.

According to the Washington Post, the US is also omitting key facts about the nuclear deal signed with Iran. While Iran has agreed to cap uranium enrichment and delay completion of the Arak heavy-water reactor during the interim, six-month negotiation period, the text of the deal says that the final agreement will involve “a mutually defined enrichment program with mutually agreed parameters.” In other words, “the United States and its partners have already agreed that Iranian enrichment activity will continue indefinitely. In contrast, a long-standing US demand that an underground enrichment facility be closed is not mentioned.” Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the Iranian interim deal is that it provides for a “sunset clause” in the comprehensive agreement, meaning even the long-term deal would not be finite, and Iran could return to uranium enrichment and plutonium production at some point in the future after sanctions have been removed. How “long-term” the final agreement will be is a point of contention, with Iran proposing a period as short as 3-5 years before it is able to have an “unrestricted nuclear program.”

In addition to the uncertainty to the agreement of the Iranian nuclear deal, it seems that the agreement failed to address the most questionable aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, i.e. its clandestine military dimensions. The accord confined itself to aspects of uranium enrichment and stockpiles. UN inspections were expanded – but not applied, for instance, to Iran’s concealed nuclear sites – or even the Parchin military base where Iran is suspected of having tested nuclear-related explosions. As a result, Israel, the Gulf States and others are therefore highly dubious of the deal’s capacity for freezing Iran’s nuclear program where it stands today, least of all roll it back, as President Barack Obama claimed.

Seven of the most glaring loopholes in the first-step accord:

1. Parchin: This long-suspected facility remains out of UN oversight.

2. Secret nuclear locations:  Under the heading “Possible Military Dimensions,” the last IAEA report noted: “Since 2002, the Agency has become increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear related organizations, including activities related to the development of a payload for a missile.”

3. Dirty bombs: Iran doesn’t need a full-scale nuclear bomb or missile warhead for attacking Israel. For decades, Tehran has been working on perfecting hundreds of dirty bombs as part of its nuclear program, by adding plutonium or enriched uranium to conventional bombs. These weapons are easy to make and easy to use. In the hands of Hizballah or other Shiite terrorist organizations in Syria or Iraq, for instance, they could be used to strike Israel without leaving a trail to Tehran. This peril too was ignored by the six powers in Geneva.

4. Rollback. While President Obama has presented the deal as a first step toward freezing or even rolling back “key aspects” of Iran’s nuclear program. The fact remains that, so long as Iran is permitted to enrich uranium, even though this is restricted to a low 5 percent grade, it is free to produce as much fissile material as it wants, whenever it wants. This seems more like roll forward than roll back.

5. Enrichment. Obama and Kerry said the new deal does not recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium. They were contradicted by the Iranian president and senior negotiator as well as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

6. Centrifuges. Iran has undertaken not to add new centrifuges to its enrichment facilities, according to President Obama, but there is nothing to stop it from keeping up their production. In the six-month interregnum for negotiating a comprehensive nuclear deal, Iran wins time to turn out enough centrifuges to substantially expand its production of enriched uranium.

7. A leap to breakout:  Far from being static or in freeze, as the Americans claim, Iran is free to step up centrifuge production and boost its stock of 3.5 percent enriched uranium, thereby accumulating enough material to enhance its capacity for producing enough weapons-grade uranium to break through to a nuclear bomb rapidly enough to defy detection by the IAEA or Western intelligence until it is too late.

After the agreement of Iran’s nuclear program was announced, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said said that Iran will press on with construction at a nuclear reactor site at Arak. Iran said it would not make “any further advances of its activities” on the Arak reactor, according to text of the agreement. However, the specific commitments made by Iran under the agreement do not ban construction work at Arak — only work on any facility at the site intended for the reprocessing of radioactive fuel; the process which can yield plutonium. The deal also prohibits Iran from producing or testing fuel for the reactor, or installing any additional reactor components at the site. “The capacity at the Arak site is not going to increase. It means no new nuclear fuel will be produced and no new installations will be installed, but construction will continue there,” Zarif said. “We will refrain from constructing new enrichment sites over the next six months, and the fact is the administration has had no such plans for the six-month period,” said Zarif.

The secret back channel of negotiations between Iran and the United States, which led to their interim deal in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program has also seen a series of prisoner releases by both sides, which have played a central role in bridging the distance between the two nations. American and Iranian officials have been meeting secretly in Oman on and off for years, according to a respected Israeli intelligence analyst, Ronen Solomon. And in the past three years as a consequence of those talks, Iran released three American prisoners, all via Oman, and the US responded in kind. Then, most critically, in April, when the back channel was reactivated in advance of the Geneva P5+1 meetings, the US released a fourth Iranian prisoner, high-ranking Iranian scientist Atarodi, who was arrested in California on charges that remain sealed but relate to his attempt to acquire what are known as dual-use technologies, or equipment that could be used for Iran’s military-nuclear programs. Iran has not reciprocated for that latest release.

In any final accord with Iran, US President Barack Obama spoke of the need for Iran to be prevented from obtaining a nuclear weapon. He said that a final agreement needs to be reached within 6 months. He promised that the international community would be updated on every detail of any deal and Israel would be consulted.

In Obama’s view the final accord must contain four elements:

1. The shutdown of the underground nuclear enrichment plant at Fordo;

2. Give up the heavy water reactor under construction at Arak;

3. Stop manufacturing advanced centrifuges.

4. Permission for low-grade uranium enrichment up to the 3.5 percent level.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the nuclear agreement between Iran and the six major world powers “a historic mistake. What was accomplished in Geneva is not a historic agreement; it’s a historic mistake,” Netanyahu said. Israeli TV news reported that Netanyahu was “extremely angry” with Obama over the deal, that he fears the international sanctions regime will now crumble, that the US had not come clean to Israel over a secret back channel of talks with Iran, and that Israel’s military option for intervening in Iran is off the table for the foreseeable future now that the interim deal is done. “I would be happy if I could join those voices around the world that are praising the Geneva agreement,” Netanyahu remarked. “It is true that the international pressure which we applied was partly successful and has led to a better result than what was originally planned. But this is still a bad deal. It reduces pressure on Iran without receiving anything tangible in return. And the Iranians who laughed all the way to the bank are themselves saying that this deal has saved them. Today the world has become much more dangerous, because the most dangerous regime in the world took a meaningful step toward acquiring the most dangerous weapon in the world. For the first time the world’s leading powers agreed to the enrichment of uranium in Iran, while ignoring the Security Council resolutions that they themselves championed,” the prime minister said. “These sanctions have been removed for cosmetic Iranian concessions that can be canceled in weeks. This agreement and what it means threaten many countries, and including, of course, Israel. Israel is not bound by this agreement. The regime in Iran is committed to Israel’s destruction and Israel has the right and responsibility to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.” He added that Israel would not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

In his UN General Assembly speech in September, Netanyahu blasted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and warned the US against mistaking a change in Iran’s tone with an actual change in nuclear ambitions. The Israeli leader subsequently denounced the potential nuclear agreement as the “deal of the century” for Iran. In addition, top Israeli ministers harshly criticized the nuclear deal between Iranian nuclear deal as Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said the agreement had shifted the status quo in the Middle East. “This brings us to a new reality in the whole Middle East, including the Saudis. This isn’t just our worry,” he told Israel Radio. “We’ve found ourselves in a completely new situation.” When asked if this would lead to an Israeli military strike on Iran, Liberman said Israel “would need to make different decisions.”

Home Front Command Minister Gilad Erdan told Army Radio that it would now be more difficult for Israel to act for the duration of the six-month agreement. Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, who is responsible for monitoring Iran’s nuclear program, said there was no reason for the world to be celebrating. He said the deal, reached in Geneva is based on “Iranian deception and [Western] self-delusion. Just like the failed deal with North Korea, the current deal can actually bring Iran closer to the bomb,” Steinitz said. “Israel cannot take part in the international celebrations based on Iranian deception and self-delusion.”

MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud) said that American attempts to calm Israel would only worry him more. “There is no doubt that the agreement exposes differences, not just tactical but also strategic, between us and between the West and the US.” However, Liberman slammed the deal as not going far enough, since it does not dismantle the nuclear facilities. “They have enough uranium to make a few bombs already,” he said. Economics Minister Naftali Bennett called the deal “bad, very bad.” Finance Minister Yair Lapid panned the interim agreement and said Israel would have to work to make sure a final deal had better terms. “This is a bad deal that does not bring even one centrifuge to a halt. I am worried not only over the deal, but that we have lost the world’s attention. Those that support this agreement only say one good thing about it, and that’s that we win time en route to a final agreement,” Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin told Channel 2 TV. “Our main activity is now directed at a very clear destination — what will be in the final agreement.”

In a first statement by the Saudi royal family regarding the nuclear Iran deal, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said that “Iran is the real danger, not Israel.” In an interview with news agency Bloomberg, the Saudi prince said regarding a possible Israeli strike against Iran, “publicly, (the Sunnis) would be against it. Privately, they would love it.” In recent weeks, Saudi Arabia has denied reports of a “covert alliance” between Saudi Arabia and Israel against the Iranian threat, but the Saudi prince clarified on which side of the court both countries stand. “There’s no confidence in the Obama administration doing the right thing with Iran. We’re really concerned – Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Middle East countries – about this.” Bin Talal’s interview is the way in which the Saudi royal family publicly expresses its position and grief over the interim nuclear deal that was struck in Geneva. Bin Talal does not hold an official position within the Saudi regime; he is a wealthy billionaire with a long line a worldwide businesses. The Saudis have much to say about the Obama administration handling of the Iranian, Syrian and Egyptian issues. According to bin Talal, “when (Obama) put that red line out (in Syria), and the red line was crossed, he blinks. You think the chemicals are going to come out, one hundred percent? Come on.” When Obama “blinked,” he suggested, the Arabs came to the conclusion that he would not stand up to Iran, either.

President Barack Obama took on critics of a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by saying tough talk was good for politics but not good for US security. “(We) cannot close the door on diplomacy,” the president stressed in a speech while responding to nuclear deal critics, including Israel and members of the Republican Party. “If Iran seizes this opportunity and chooses to join the global community, then we can begin to chip away at the mistrust that’s existed for many, many years between our two nations,” Obama said. “When I first ran for president, I said it was time for a new era of American leadership in the world, one that turned the page on a decade of war and began a new era of engagement with the world. As president and as commander in chief, I’ve done what I’ve said.”

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly announces Israel is not bound to nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran in Geneva, the West now cautions Netanyahu of carrying out an operation that would challenge the deal he dubbed “a historic mistake”. Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said that Israel should avoid taking any action that would undermine the interim nuclear agreement reached between Iran and world powers. Urging world leaders to give the interim deal a chance, Hague said it was important to try to understand those who opposed the agreement. But he urged Israel and others to confine their criticism to rhetoric. “We would discourage anybody in the world, including Israel, from taking any steps that would undermine this agreement and we will make that very clear to all concerned,” Hague told parliament. Hague, who gave an update on the nuclear talks in Geneva, added he had not seen any signs that any country opposed to the agreement would try to disrupt it “in any practical way”, but said Britain would be “on its guard”.

Despite all these things, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was dispatching his national security adviser to the United States to discuss the particulars of a permanent agreement with Iran. “I spoke last night with President [Barack] Obama. We agreed that in the coming days an Israeli team led by the national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, will go out to discuss with the United States the permanent accord with Iran,” Netanyahu told members of his Likud party. Therefore, Netanyahu has started to shift his focus from condemning the interim nuclear deal with Iran to the intended permanent one, saying, “This accord must bring about one outcome: the dismantling of Iran’s military nuclear capability.”

Obama told Netanyahu that he wants the two sides “to begin consultations immediately regarding our efforts to negotiate a comprehensive solution.” Obama also asked Netanyahu not to lobby allies in Congress to push legislation for more sanctions on Iran, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported. “Consistent with our commitment to consult closely with our Israeli friends, the president told the prime minister that he wants the United States and Israel to begin consultations immediately regarding our efforts to negotiate a comprehensive solution,” said a statement by the White House. “The president underscored that the United States will remain firm in our commitment to Israel, which has good reason to be skeptical about Iran’s intentions,” it said.

The link to these articles is as follows:

1) Nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers in Geneva
2) US now indicates Iran interim deal wasn’t quite finalized
3) ‘Washington Post’: White House omitting facts about Iran nuclear deal
4) Iran rejects US’s ‘one-sided’ version of nuclear deal
5) Seven loopholes favoring a nuclear Iran in deal signed by the world powers
6) Iran FM says construction will continue at contested Arak nuclear reactor site, testing limits of deal
7) ‘US freed top Iranian scientist as part of secret talks ahead of Geneva deal’
8) Obama: Iran must shut Fordo, give up making centrifuges
9) Iran nuclear agreement a ‘historic mistake,’ Netanyahu says
10) Israeli ministers lambaste ‘delusional’ Iran nuclear deal
11) Obama pushes back on critics of Iran deal
12) Britain to Israel: Don’t undermine Iran nuclear deal
13) Shifting gears, Israeli team heading to US to try to shape final nuclear pact

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,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

November 23, 2013: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

November 21st, 2013

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process

Palestinian prisoners, who were convicted of killing Israelis and then released by Israel recently as a goodwill gesture to restart direct peace talks were given at least $50,000 apiece as well as a comfortable monthly salary from the Palestinian Authority. Depending on the length of their jail term, the prisoners received more cash. Those who were held for over 25 years were entitled to $50,000, in addition to a position as a deputy minister or a promotion to the rank of major-general in the security forces, both of which earn them monthly wages of NIS 14,000 (nearly $4,000). Those who spent less than 25 years in Israeli prisons received a similar bonus as well as promotion to a deputy directorship in a government ministry or to the rank of brigadier-general, with a monthly wage of NIS 10,000 ($2,800) on the PA’s payroll. Meanwhile, Palestinian spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, following a meeting of the Fatah Central Committee said that Israel building Jewish homes in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem is a “crime against humanity”.

As a result, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said that the Palestinian Authority, often touted as Israel’s “peace partner”, is no different from Hamas in its quest to undermine Israel explaining that Hamas simply uses different methods to achieve this goal. “To date, I’ve never heard any Palestinian leader, including Abbas, who was willing to say that a territorial compromise, even along the borders he dreams about, is the end of the conflict and an end to the demands, a recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and a waiver of the right of return,” Yaalon added. “Their unwillingness to recognize our right to exist as the national homeland of the Jewish people in any border is the main obstacle to peace and is the root of the conflict.” In any event, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to visit the Israeli Knesset and recognize Israel as a Jewish state for the sake of peace. If Abbas would do so, Netanyahu said that he would speak in Ramallah embracing the two-state solution. “Most of the Knesset members are unified: In order for the peace to be real, it must go in both directions. One cannot demand that we recognize a Palestinian national state without demanding of them to recognize a Jewish state,” Netanyahu said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the fate of Palestinian refugees must be resolved if a peace treaty is to be achieved with Israel. The official policy of the Palestinian Authority is to demand repatriation for the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 to their original homes in Israel, thus flooding the Jewish state with Arab refugees and effectively erasing Israel from the map, replacing it with a “secular, democratic Palestine.” Abbas said that this must come in addition to the establishment of a PA state in the West Bank with East Jersusalem as its capital. In a law approved by the PA parliament in 2008, and signed into law by Abbas, the “right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homes and property, along with compensation for their suffering, is a holy cornerstone of their rights that cannot be negotiated away. There will be no consideration of negotiation on this issue, nor will there be a referendum on it,” the law says.

Meanwhile, in a recent visit to Israel, French President Francois Hollande demanded an end to Jewish settlement activity and told the Israeli parliament Jerusalem must one day be the capital of two states. “Settlement activity must stop because it compromises the two-state solution,” he said. “France’s position is known: a negotiated settlement, with the state of Israel and (the future state) of Palestine both having Jerusalem as capital, coexisting in peace and security.” He added that “real peace” had to go “both ways” by saying, “We cannot ask the Jewish people to recognize a Palestinian nation-state without demanding that the Palestinians recognize the nation-state of the Jewish people.”

Also, France expects Israel to make “gestures” over its construction of settlements on land the Palestinians want for a future state, the French President said. “There are still gestures that need to be made (by both sides),” Hollande said, acknowledging that Israel had already taking conciliatory steps by releasing 52 veteran Palestinian prisoners in line with its commitments to the peace process. “Some gestures have already been started by Israel — the freeing of prisoners,” he said. “Other gestures are expected, especially in the area of settlements,” he said. Hollande said he would raise the issue of “gestures” expected from the Palestinian side also when he met with Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas. In addition, French President François Hollande’s speech to the Knesset which began with fanfare and ended with a standing ovation, stuck to mostly noncontroversial messages but sparked the ire of some MKs on the right when he discussed talks with the Palestinians and said Jerusalem must be the joint capital of Israel and a future Palestinian state.

Recently Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat submitted his resignation to Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas regarding being a member of the peace talks with Israel over a lack of progress. However, Abbas has rejected his resignation. If Erekat insists on his resignation, Abbas said that he will search for someone else to head the negotiating team. Furthermore, Mohamed Shtayyeh, another member of the negotiating team, also submitted his resignation but is not expected to withdraw it. As a result, Shtayyeh is not expected to participate in the next round of peace talks with Israel. Despite the resignation, Abbas said that the Palestinians will continue peace talks with Israel until the end of the nine-month period set by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Abbas said: “We have committed to continue the negotiations for nine months, regardless of what happens on the ground. We are committed and we will go to the full nine months, and then we will make an appropriate decision about what to do at that time.” Palestinian sources indicate that the PLO still intends to renew efforts to join the United Nations and other international agencies and organizations. However, PLO officials said that it would be best to do this when the nine-month agreed upon period for the peace talks is over in April, 2014 in order to not be blamed for the failure of the peace talks. In any event,  PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said that the Palestinian leadership should “prepare to turn to the UN without waiting for the failure of negotiations with Israel.”

Because of disagreements with the US over the issue of building Jewish homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as well as a proposed deal by the P5 + 1 powers with Iran over its nuclear program, Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel should not rely on the US as much as it traditionally has. He added that “Israel’s foreign policy for many years went in one-direction toward the United States but my policy has more directions.” Liberman explained that he is trying to build connections with countries that are interested in Israel’s hi-tech innovation and don’t depend on the Arab world. Regarding the peace process, Liberman said that those who want Israel to make “painful concessions” in any peace agreement with the Palestinians including territory are “made up and come from people who don’t know the history or the facts.” He added: “Settlements weren’t an obstacle to peace with Egypt or Jordan. On the other hand, we evacuated settlements in Gaza and got [rocket] fire. Historically, there is no connection between settlements and peace agreements,” he stated.

In response to Liberman’s comments, Israel Justice Minister Tzipi Livni criticized Netanyahu for so warmly welcoming the French President while being in conflict with the Obama administration. Livni said that Israel appreciates the French effort for being opposed to the current terms of a proposed nuclear deal with Iran but hinted this cannot be allowed to be interpreted as coming at the expense of the United States. “France’s stance came from their knowledge that a nuclear Iran is dangerous not only to Israel but to France and the world,” she said. “But we cannot forget that our strategic alliance is with the US, and even when there are disagreements, Israel must maintain that alliance.” Livni noted that having the US as its primary ally has enabled Israel to maintain its military superiority in the region. She said advancing diplomatic talks with the Palestinians would also contribute to Israel’s security.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Palestinian Authority gives freed prisoners $50,000 each
2) Fatah: ‘Settlements’ a ‘Crime Against Humanity’
3) Yaalon: The PA is No Different from Hamas
4) Netanyahu invites Abbas to Knesset ‘for sake of peace’
5) PA: No Peace Without Full ‘Right of Return’
6) Halt settlements, French leader tells Israel
7) Israel must make ‘gesture’ on settlements
8.) At Knesset, Hollande calls for two-state solution with Jerusalem as joint capital
9) Abbas rejects resignation of Palestinian peace negotiator Erekat
10) Palestinian negotiator Ishtayeh insists on resignation
11) Amid rising tensions, Kerry postpones visit to Israel
12) Liberman: It’s time for Israel to look for allies other than the United States
13) Livni: Netanyahu should remember US, not France, is main ally

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,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

November 16, 2013: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

November 16th, 2013

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process
2) The current status of the situation with Iran

In recent meetings with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pressured by Kerry to present his view of a Palestinian state with particular emphasis on security arrangements for the Jordan Valley. In talks with Kerry, Netanyahu proposed a five-year interim agreement that would give the Palestinians sovereignty over 1/3 of what is now known as Area C (which is territory in the West Bank under Israeli control). In addition, Netanyahu’s proposal called for an official Palestinian presence in Jerusalem. In Netanyahu’s plan, during the five-year period, the Palestinians would be required to take steps to remove incitement from official educational and media material and fully dismantle the terrorist apparatus in the West Bank. It also called for the PA to lead a public campaign that would clarify that a final deal would be achieved with Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. This would eliminate the Palestinian desire for a “right of return”. Both Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas rejected Netanyahu’s proposal.

Rather than accepting Netanyahu’s proposal, Kerry verbally presented to Israel and the Palestinians the ideas of the United States on the issue. Kerry is urging an all-encompassing final status deal on the Jordan Valley, West Bank and sections of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount. Kerry’s proposal calls for international forces to maintain security control along with an unarmed Palestinian police forces. Kerry asked that Netanyahu not put any obstacles in the way of a U.S. plan for Palestinian and international forces to assume control of the Jordan Valley. However,  Israel would retain security posts in some strategic areas of the Jordan Valley according to the U.S. plan. Regarding the Temple Mount, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan would receive sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Israel would retain the land below the Western Wall. Kerry’s plan for Jerusalem follows the parameters set by former US President Bill Clinton during the Camp David peace talks in 2000 where Jewish areas of Jerusalem would remain under Israeli control and Arab areas would be under Palestinian control. Most Arab sections are located in East Jerusalem. Regarding the West Bank, the US plan calls for Israel to evacuate about 90 percent of its Jewish communities in the territory. Israel would retain control of the main settlement blocs of Maale Adumin, Ariel and Gush Etzion. In return to Israel keeping these areas, the US plan calls for Israel to exchange land with the Palestinians this would most likely include part of the Negev which is the southern part of Israel.

Israeli diplomatic sources say that the atmosphere behind the scenes between Israel and the US is even more hostile and tense than it has been portrayed in the media. A senior Israel minister said that Kerry can no longer serve as an honest broker between Israel and the Palestinians.

Meanwhile,  the Palestinian are trying hard to internationalize the conflict with Israel. The Palestinians want other international parties, especially the European Union, United Nations and Russia, to play a major role in the current U.S.-sponsored peace talks. They perceive these parties as being more sympathetic to, and supportive of, the Palestinians. So, why did the Palestinians agree to the direct peace talks ? A senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said, “We want the Americans to be involved in the peace process. PA leaders say they have lost their confidence in the U.S. administration’s ability to serve as an honest broker in the negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel saying that the US has a “bias’ in favor of Israel. The Palestinian Authority’s strategy now is to prove to the world that Israel is not interested in peace and the U.S. cannot be trusted with brokering a comprehensive and just solution. However, the Palestinians are willing for now to pursue the talks with Israel in order to avoid being held responsible for the failure of the peace process.

Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, revealed some of the concessions the Palestinians have agreed to as a part of ongoing peace talks. “We have accepted minor [land] swaps in size and value, we have accepted limitations on the nature of Palestine in the future – strong police force, no army, no navy, no air force – we have accepted all the criteria that would lead to a two-state solution,” he said. “I’m the one who made the deal with [US Secretary of State John] Kerry. We committed not to seek upgrading the state of Palestine’s status at the UN for nine months in exchange for the 104 prisoners.

The Israel Housing Ministry published tenders for the planning of some 20,000 settlement apartments — an unprecedented number — including 1,200 units in the controversial E1 corridor which attempts to link Jerusalem with Ma’ale Adumim to the east. Soon after the report broke, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled the tender for E1. In doing so, Netanyahu rebuked Israel Housing Minister Uri Ariel from the political party, Jewish Home, for “circulating the plan without coordination.” In addition, Netanyahu said, “In recent months we have been building and have offered numerous tenders for thousands of housing units. It wasn’t easy, but it never is. Nonetheless we did it responsibly, as we have been doing for the last four years, standing in the face of international pressure.” Netanyahu said any further settlement construction may stir “unnecessary clashes with the international community – at a time when we are making an effort to convince the international community to reach a better agreement with Iran.” Netanyahu didn’t cancel any of the other tenders, which applied to settlements both inside and outside major settlement blocs. The E1 land strip, stretching from East Jerusalem to Ma’ale Adumim and covering a territory of nearly 3,000 acres, has for years been a bone of contention between Israel and the Palestinians. Critics of Israel’s West Bank policies have argued that construction in the area would make a contiguous Palestinian state nearly impossible, while Israeli officials claim building at the site is essential for the development of Jerusalem and for Israel’s security. The US State Department condemned the decision with spokeswoman Jen Psaki saying that US was “surprised” and “deeply concerned” by it. The State Department was seeking clarifications from the Israeli government on the matter, she said, adding, “We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to call off peace talks if Israel did not go back on its new settlement plans. Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Abbas had tasked him with passing on his ultimatum to the Arab League and the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers — the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States. Furthermore, the Palestinians threatened  to appeal to the UN Security Council over Israel’s quickening settlement drive in the West Bank and to step up efforts to join UN agencies. “In the coming hours, the Palestinian leadership is going to consider appealing to the UN Security Council and seeking membership of international organizations if Israel does not reverse its latest settlement moves,” Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said.

Mohammed Shtayyeh, a top negotiator with the Palestinian Authority said that failure to reach a peace deal with Israel would be better than inking an agreement which allows it to continue the “settlement building,” meaning Jewish construction in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Shtayyeh, however, rejected any interim agreement with Israel, saying, “We are not looking for an extension of the interim period or any other kind of interim agreement.” Instead, he said, “What we seek is a comprehensive and final agreement that provides the requirements of justice for Palestine.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that his top peace negotiators, Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Shtayyeh, have presented him with letters of resignation over the direction of the direct peace talks with Israel. .In an interview with Egyptian television, Abbas suggested the negotiations would continue even if the Palestinian delegation stuck to its decision saying that the Palestinians would continue to honor the commitments they had made to the peace talks “until the end of the 9-month period agreed with Israel and the US.” Regarding the negotiators, Abbas said: “Either we can convince it to return, and we’re trying with them, or we form a new delegation.” As a result of the resignations, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have no immediate plans to hold new talks.

However, it is possible the Palestinians will take advantage of the current crisis to get answers or guarantees from the United States before deciding to return to the bargaining table. Senior Palestinian Authority officials said Abbas would not take the drastic step of ceasing negotiations without support from the Arab League. “Palestinian leaders unanimously believe that no progress will be made without pressure on Israel from the international community, and in the meantime that’s not happening,” said one official. “Among the Palestinian leadership, there are some who believe that we must immediately leave the negotiations and turn to United Nations organizations, like the Security Council. Others still believe we should seek the help of the Quartet, and specifically the U.S.” Another official said Abbas would not leave the negotiating table without coordinating with the United States first.

Israel’s chief negotiator in peace talks with the Palestinians, Tzipi Livni, criticized the resignation of Palestinian negotiators saying they were reneging on their commitments. “The resignations are incompatible with the responsibilities that they took upon themselves,” Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said in an interview with Israel Army Radio.  Regarding the peace talks themselves, Livni said that Israel is on the brink of international isolation and warned that the country’s economy will suffer if a peace agreement was not made with the Palestinians.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Kerry to Israel: International forces will protect you
2) Bayit Yehudi MK to Kerry: You are not an ‘honest broker’ to Israeli-Palestinian talks
3) Senior Israeli minister: Kerry no longer an honest broker between Israel, Palestinians
4) Palestinians: We do not trust the Americans
5) Israel publishes tenders to plan 20,000 settlement units
6) PMO: PM slammed housing minister for settlement plans
7) PM: Settlement construction harms chances with Iran
8.) U.S. demands Israel explain plans for 20,000 new West Bank homes
9) Abbas: Talks over if Israel doesn’t cancel new settlement tenders
10) Official: No new peace talks planned
11) PA Official: No Deal is Better than Deal with ‘Settlements’
12) Palestinian peace talks delegation resigns: Abbas
13) ‘Palestinian negotiating team announces resignation’
14) Livni raps PA negotiators for resigning
15) Palestinians: Peace talks to go on, despite resignations
16) Erekat: Israel is trying to sabotage the peace process
17) Israel on brink of isolation if no peace deal, says Livni

Sources in the US Congress report that US President Barack Obama has been easing sanctions on Iran for the past five months without Congressional approval and despite the lack of any agreement over the Islamic regime’s nuclear weapons program. An unnamed House staffer stated that “orders to stop the designations (for new sanctions) came from the White House and State Department,” adding “this has not gone down well in Treasury.” The Congressional sources added that Obama’s policy has allowed Iran to maintain its crude oil exports.

In recent meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, Iran and six world powers failed to reach an agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program.  The main sticking points in the talks include calls for a shutdown of an Iranian reactor that could eventually help to produce weapons-grade plutonium, the fate of Iran’s stockpile of higher-enriched uranium and the nature and sequencing of relief from economic sanctions sought by Iran. An outline of an agreement would involve Iran freezing parts of Iran’s atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief. However, clear divisions emerged among the US and European allies on the final day of the talks as France hinted that the proposal under discussion did not sufficiently neutralize the threat of an Iranian nuclear bomb. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that could not accept a “fool’s game” – in other words, a weak deal with Iran. France’s ambassador to Israel, Patrick Maisonnave, said that all of the world powers that negotiated with Iran in Geneva fell in line with the French position regarding the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Israel also opposed the proposed US deal.

According to Maisonnave, France presented three main stipulations in which France demanded further guarantees within the framework of an agreement:

1. Iran’s heavy water reactor in Arak – France expressed concern that the reactor would be used to produce plutonium, and demanded guarantees prohibiting the Iranians from using it to advance their nuclear capabilities.

2. Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium – Fabius claimed that Iran is constantly expanding its enriched uranium stockpile, and demanded further guarantees regarding its uranium supply.

3. Enriching uranium on Iranian soil – the French ambassador stated that France believes in Iran’s right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, but that end does not require enrichment facilities. According to the ambassador, the subject of enriching uranium on Iranian soil was a source of disagreement during the negotiations, which necessitated another round of talks.

According to DEBKA sources, US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, put the draft before Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and allowed him to insert amendments. When that was done, they called the foreign ministers of the six powers and invited them to attend the signing ceremony. Sherman and Ashton are quoted as telling them, “The cake is ready for putting in the oven to bake.” Upon hearing this, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, interrupted his November 8 talks with Netanyahu in Israel. He flew to Geneva convinced that the deal was ready to be signed. Kerry was surprised when he was shown the amended draft and realized that there was no way he could convince the Europeans, the Arabs or Israel to agree to the deal. He therefore applied the brakes to preparations for the signing ceremony and ordered a return to the table. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said senior political officials from Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany would meet again on Nov. 20 to work on a deal.

Israel plans to campaign unrelentingly against a deal with Iran that allows it to retain uranium enrichment rights and does not end its development of a plutonium track toward nuclear arms. Israeli officials have been saying for months that France has been towing the toughest line against Iran’s nuclear program inside the P5+1 even more so than the United States. Israel Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said that he “draws encouragement from the fact that there are other partners to Israel’s concerns about the agreement shaping up.” After Netanyahu’s conversation with US President Barach Obama about the issue, a senior Israeli official said that “the more the details accumulate” regarding the Geneva talks, “the greater the puzzlement at the haste to sign an agreement that is so bad for the world.” The official said that the proposed deal would leave a military nuclear capability in Iran’s hands that would enable it to “break out” and build a nuclear bomb within a matter of weeks. The official said that Israel completely rejects the Geneva proposal that does not shut down all Iranian uranium enrichment, a move demanded even by previous UN Security Council resolutions, and would not be obligated by it.

US Secretary of State John Kerry defended President Barack Obama’s policy in negotiations with Iran in the face of Israeli pressure and US Congressional skepticism. Netanyahu “believes that you can increase the sanctions, put the pressure on even further, and that somehow, that’s going to force them to do what they haven’t agreed to do at any time previously,” Kerry explained. Only “a tiny portion” of Iran’s frozen funds would be thawed under Obama’s plan, Kerry said, while 95 percent or so will remain. He added that removing a portion of sanctions is necessary and “will actually make Israel safer.” In a meeting that Kerry had with Republican Senator’s about Iranian issue, US Senator, Mark Kirk from Illinois said that Kerry told the Senators to “ignore anything the Israelis say.” Kirk described the briefing as “very unconvincing” and, in what seems more disturbing, he said it was also “anti-Israeli”.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “in a state of shocked disbelief” at the proposed US – Iranian agreement. Israel TV stations reported that Netanyahu had “an unprecedented confrontation” with US Secretary of State John Kerry over the possible deal with Iran which he publicly described as “a very, very bad deal” and which he implored Kerry “not to rush to sign” and to “reconsider.” As a result, the Netanyahu government is “in a crisis of faith” with the Obama administration over the possible deal because it apparently differs in content from the terms that Kerry had previously described to Netanyahu. Other Israeli reports said Netanyahu felt he had been “misled” by the US over the terms of the deal. Israel believes the US has been negotiating with Iran in a secret channel without disclosing the content of those discussions to Israel. Netanyahu was horrified to see that the emerging deal provided for a dramatic easing of sanctions against a mere Iranian promise to restrict uranium enrichment to 3.5%. In addition, it fails to place a limitation on the number of centrifuges in Iran’s possession, estimated to number 19,000.Therefore, Netanyahu said of the proposed deal: “Iran gets everything it wanted at this stage and pays nothing.” If Iran accepted the deal, they would receive a significant easing of sanctions that would include unfreezing of $3 billion of Iranian assets, an easing of sanctions on the petrochemical and gold sectors, an easing of sanctions on replacement parts for planes and a loosening of restrictions on the Iranian car industry.

Despite the utter shock and severe disappointment in the possible deal that the US is discussing with Iran, Israel Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman said that disagreements with the US should not be publicly debated. He said: “We need to understand that relations with US are foundations set in stone; without them we can’t maneuver in the contemporary world. All these differences of opinion, which are natural and have always existed, should simply not be aired as publicly as they were. I think a step to calm them is important, and we will already start dealing with this right away.”

The link to these articles is as follows:

1) Report: Obama Has Been Easing Iran Sanctions For 5 Months
2) Iran and West fail to reach deal as Geneva nuclear talks conclude
3) Kerry bids from Abu Dhabi to break up unique broad front which tripped up US-Iran nuclear deal
4) French ambassador: U.S., world powers fell in line with France on Iran
5) Israel to lobby against any deal that would leave Iran with enrichment capabilities
6) Kerry: Upping Iran Sanctions could Backfire
7) Senators Told to ‘Ignore Israel’ On Iran
8.) Kerry seeks to reassure Israel, says hopes for Iran nuclear deal within months
9) ‘Crisis of faith’ between Israel and US over possible Iran deal
10) US has ‘folded’ on Iran, Israeli political sources charge
11) Israeli-US rifts ‘should not be aired publicly,’ Liberman says

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,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l