King Abdullah: Arafat Has Lost Control
Vol: 9 Issue: 22 Saturday, June 22, 2002
Jordan’s King Hussein said out loud what the rest of the world’s leaders have been thinking , telling a Belgian paper that Arafat has lost control of the extremist elements of Palestinian society.
For years, said the king, he had held the view that Arafat was able to contain Palestinian sentiments, including within the extremist groups, but that was not the situation today.
The king also said the US administration was out of its element and doesn’t fully comprehend the seriousness of the situation.
“The American are sure that a visit by (Secretary of State) Collin Powell to the region is enough to clam the situation,” he reportedly said.
The king also said that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues, the political situation of the entire region will deteriorate. “I have made clear,” he said, “that the worst is not yet behind us.”
Administration Still Sorting Out Political Invention
President Bush put off his anticipated announcement of his interim vision thing, a kind of fuzzy form of temporary statehood for which there is no historical precedent.
The speech explaining the plan was put off, ostensibly because it might not sound right for the president to talk of two states side-by-side, living in peace, while one side continues to attack the other side while they lay asleep in their homes.
Making a speech at such a time might sound insincere . . . better to make the announcement in between atrocities.
As cynical as that makes the administration sound, it is better than revealing that King Hussein is right.
The administration evidently took another look at the plan and decided that, as is, it couldn’t survive the first press conference. Can a temporary state join the United Nations? Can it issue its own currency? What happens if the new Palestinian state doesn’t want peace after they get their temporary state?
What about the million or so Jews now living inside what would be the new state? Would the world insist on forcible mass deportations of Jews — again?
Clearly, King Hussein has a point. There’s an old saying to the effect that when you don’t know what to do, the best course of action is usually to do nothing. While it is obvious that Washington can’t ignore the Middle East, it is equally obvious it doesn’t know what to do.
Inventing a brand new classification of geopolitical reality as a solution is like applying a tourniquet to a head wound. Sometimes, less is more.
EU A Bit Confused As Well
If the US doesn’t have a grasp of the seriousness of the situation in the region, it could be argued the the EU doesn’t have a clue regarding its politics.
The EU has its own plan, one that calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.
The EU would also offer economic aid to peace-building, including the reconstruction of the Palestinian economy, and help in monitoring peace. “The message from the Europeans will be that we need a new political push, which might be an international conference or something else,” said Javier Solana, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy,
“What form this takes is not that important,” he said. “The important thing is that there be a political push, a perspective for getting out of the terrible situation in which we are now.”
What Do You Mean, ‘We?’
Europe has been attempting to insinuate itself into the Middle East peace process since there has been anything going on that could approximately fit the term. But Israel doesn’t trust the Europeans. Sixty years is not a long time, historically speaking.
Contemporaneously, Europe has done little to give Israel any reason to believe it is a neutral observer. European anti-Semitism isn’t confined to the working classes.
Europe’s leaders have made their bias clear in recent months, from French Ambassador Daniel Bernard’s reference to Israel as “that sh**ty little country” to European eagerness to vindicate its own history by branding Israel ‘war criminals’ following the Battle of Jenin.
Leaders of the 15-nation bloc, meeting for a two-day summit will issue a call for a Palestinian state when they end talks Saturday on the grounds that it would ensure security for both sides within recognized borders.
How the mere declaration of statehood will ensure security for Israel remains somewhat fuzzy in the European plan. Hmmmm.
The Biblical prophecies for the last days indicate ever escalating chaos in the Middle East, particularly over the question of Jerusalem and the continued existence of Israel. Little pieces of the puzzle continue to fall into place.
Tiny details, like a reference in Ezekiel’s account of the mid-Tribulation Gog-Magog war. “And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates” [- Ezekiel 38:11]
In Ezekiel’s day, it was a common practice to build walls around cities as a defense against attack. Jerusalem is a walled city. So is Damascus. The Great Wall of China was built to keep out invaders.
Modern commentators interpret the reference to a land of ‘unwalled villages’ as symbolic of a time of temporary peace.
The interpretation that sees Ezekiel 38:11 as depicting a period of false peace is accurate — it is confirmed by both Daniel and Zechariah, for example.
But Ezekiel’s reference to a land of ‘unwalled villages’ is intriguing. In the 21st century world of smart bombs, stealth aircraft, InterContinental Ballistic Missiles [ICBMs] and cruise missiles, walls are redundant.
Except that Israel has decided to erect an electronic fence the length of the West Bank, hoping to deter suicide bombers.
Daniel 9 says that eventually, Europe does achieve her goal of usurping the peace process. And that its leader is able to hammer out what looks like a genuine peace.
The fence Israel is building today to wall out the suicide bombers will come down with great pomp and circumstance one day with the announcement of peace. Just like the Berlin Wall did.
A ‘land of unwalled villages’ — a minor piece in a larger puzzle. But it provides insight into the incredible accuracy of Bible prophecy for the last days.
Bible prophecy is a bit like a road map. You can tell where you started and where you are going from looking at the map. But to plot where you are, you need specific landmarks or mile-markers.
Specific references, like the ancient practice of walling out an enemy, being revived as a 21st century tactic, by the very nation Ezekiel makes reference to . . .whew!
Added together with other signs like the Revived Roman Empire, global government, global economy, wars, earthquakes, the Islamic global terror alliance. . . the very existence of Israel itself — it all fits together in a tightly wrapped package.
A package that says ‘do not open until just before Jesus returns’.
We are seeing what we are seeing. And the Bible said what it said centuries before the events we are eye witnessing were even possible. You aren’t confused. You haven’t been brainwashed — unless you can look around you and still buy the argument that it is all a big coincidence.
Believing the Bible doesn’t mean you check your brain at the door — it means to begin to use it.
The Bible has met every test, withstood every attack made on it, historically, scientifically, archeologically — for two thousand years.
It is the only Book among the sacred writings of the human race to claim 100% accuracy in things past, present and to come.
In all the generations past, among all the philosophers and thinkers who dedicated their lives to disproving Scripture, if one had managed to conclusively disprove a single word of Scripture, God would be proved a liar, and the Judeo-Christian ethic would evaporate, together with most of its adherents.
That has not happened. Scripture remains unbroken. Since it has withstood all tests so far, there is no reason to doubt that it will fail on the things yet to come.
The mile markers on the Biblical roadmap say the human race is approaching its destination. These are the last days spoken of by Jesus when He said, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. ” Luke 21:28
If you are a Christian, it s time to get excited! If not, it is time to get your business straight with the Redeemer. He purchased a Pardon for you at the Cross.
You need only claim it and you too can look up and lift up your head in eager anticipation of the coming King.
We live in perilous times; to the world in general, things appear to be chaotic and out of control. But what scares the world encourages the Christian.
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