Europe Offers To Broker Peace Talks

Europe Offers To Broker Peace Talks
Vol: 7 Issue: 21 Sunday, April 21, 2002

The European Union is going to try and broker its own peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians on Monday when it hosts a meeting of 25 European and Mediterranean countries. Officially, the meeting s agenda is to improve economic cooperation with the long-term perspective of a free trade zone around the Mediterranean by 2010. But they have a side mission to hammer out their own Middle East peace plan with Europe as the main peace broker.

Seeking Legitimacy

Europe is desperately seeking legitimacy on the global stage. It had high hopes for unification Europe would have a common market even larger than the United States. European civilization is considered [by them] to be far more advanced than the rougher American version. Europe is for abortion and euthanasia, for trees and all the little creatures, universal health care, diversity and religious tolerance. It is against exploring natural wildlife refuges for oil.

Failed Expectations

Europe expected its super-state to eclipse the arrogant United States economically, politically and especially diplomatically, where it feels Washington is most out of touch with the rest of the world.

But Super-Europe hasn t made the splash its supporters expected. The Euro didn t become the new benchmark currency for the world. The world didn t look to Europe for leadership in fighting terror, even though Europe has been the target of terrorists for decades.

And most annoying of all, when a conflict broke out in their own backyard in the Middle East, the Israelis didn t look to Europe, they looked to Washington.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A SuperState Scorned

Since the Israelis have good reason to mistrust the enlightened European view that Israel should put its security in European hands, the EU has increasingly courted the Arab side. The European press continues to find a way to work the word massacre into every story about Jenin, while the European Union continues to call for a just and lasting peace based on Israel ending the occupation .

But European leaders have spent no more time examining what the phrase ending the occupation means than has the European press. Since Israel does not occupy the Palestinian controlled-areas [apart from its current temporary military incursion], ending the occupation means what it has always meant. It means when the Jews no longer occupy land claimed by the Arabs.

That means the definition of occupation is in the hands of the Arabs, and it also means the Arabs will be the ones to decide when the occupation has ended.

Assessment:

The Europeans aren t stupid they know what the Arab agenda is as well as you or I. They can read. But Israel is filled with Jews, whereas the Arab states are filled with oil. And he who controls the oil makes the rules.

Europe s role in the last days is clearly defined. Daniel made it plain that final form of human government would be headquartered in Europe. Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar s image of the two legs of iron and the ten toes of iron and clay as the fourth successive world empire. History identifies the first three as Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greek. The fourth, Rome, was the empire that Daniel interpreted as the two legs of iron.

The Roman Empire divided itself into two the Western Empire at Rome and the Eastern Empire at Constantinople — in the years before it collapsed.

Daniel said the ten toes of that image, partly strong and partly weak, like iron mixed with clay [Daniel 2:41] would be revived and would serve as the government of antichrist in the last days. Daniel also says that the platform on which the antichrist will come to power will be a peace deal between Israel and the many . [Daniel 9:27]

The Bible recorded this information thousands of years ago. The same information is today’s headlines. There are those who scoff, call it coincidence and point out that, ‘people have been waiting for the last days forever, and it still hasn’t happened’ — as if that were somehow meaningful.

As ridiculous as that line of reasoning is, it was also anticipated by Scripture for the last days.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” [2 Peter 3:3-4]

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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