‘Peace, Peace, But There Is No Peace’
Vol: 21 Issue: 29 Sunday, June 29, 2003
The terrorists who evidently are in control of events on the ground at the moment in the Palestinian controlled areas are now being courted at the highest levels in both Washington and Jerusalem in the vain hope that the various terror factions will agree to a limited, three-month cease fire.
It isn’t coming easy, either, as a quick read of the morning headlines demonstrate. According to Newsday, the Palestinians are “Edging Towards Truce” whereas Reuters UK says “Palestinian Truce Declaration Put Off – Fatah”. Albawaba Middle East News reports “Palestinian Groups Delay Cease Fire Declaration to Monday” but the Edmonton Sun is reporting that “Militants Accept Ceasefire.”
Ananova UK reports that “Arafat Holds Up Palestinian Militia’s Truce Declaration” while the Palm Beach Post says the “Mideast Truce Plan Gets Final Touches”. Sky News is the most encouraging, shouting from its headline, “PEACE PLAN IS IMMINENT.”
All these reports were posted within the last hour on the Google news site, but no two are alike. About the only thing they have in common is that, according to the headlines, it isn’t terrorists, but “militants”, “militia”, or just “Palestinians” who object to a cease-fire as part of a peace process.
It is typical of the whole Middle East Road Map scheme. Is there a truce or no? Nobody is sure. The same can be said for Palestinian cooperation with the Road Map. Is there any, or no?
In this case, the headlines are wrong, and the answer to both questions is “no”, although I wish I was wrong. The Palestinian commitment to peace is as sincere as the Palestinian effort to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure as demanded as a first step on the Palestinian side towards peace.
The Road Map DEMANDS the cessation of terror, the arrest of terrorists and the dismantling of the terrorist organizations themselves. According to the Road Map, this is a FIRST step that, having been accomplished, then obligates Israel to respond in kind by unfreezing PA money, dismantling settlements, pulling back its troops, etc., etc.
Nowhere in the Road Map is there any mention of a temporary cease-fire, a temporary truce, or any other such baloney. The Road Map calls for the destruction of the terrorist infrastructure by the Palestinians themselves, as a FIRST step — that cannot be emphasized strongly enough.
The idea of a ‘Hudna’ — a temporary truce — was not even entertained by the Quartet as an option. Today’s headlines all seem to suggest that not only is it an option, but somehow, it has acquired an air of legitimacy.
That’s the way things operate when you start to get close to Jerusalem. The closer you get, the more other-worldly things become. Let’s look at it in summary. The Israelis have met all the burdens imposed by the Road Map without waiting for the Palestinians to meet even the most obvious prerequisite for peace, which is the absence of war.
I am trying to think of a time in the history of the world when a country was forced to make peace with a non-country within its own borders while the non-country continues to press the attack. Maybe somebody can find an historical parallel that I can turn to? I keep drawing a blank.
President Bush declared a war against ‘terror and terrorists of international reach, where ever they may be found.’ The president was very specific, saying that any country that harbors terrorists is a terrorist state. Any country that sides with the terrorists is an enemy. And there will be no negotiation with terrorists.
But National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice is currently in Israel attempting to negotiate a temporary cease-fire agreement from the TERRORISTS while simultaneously pressuring Israel to meet its remaining obligations under the Road Map, irrespective of whether or not the Palestinian terrorists meet theirs.
Meanwhile, the terrorists have a list of demands they expect to be met before they will agree to a temporary truce. First and foremost, they demand safe haven for terrorist leaders, demanding Israel stop its campaign of targeting terrorist leaders for assassination.
Hold on for just a minute! The United States is NEGOTIATING — at the highest levels — with TERRORISTS, with the end game being convincing Israel to meet TERRORIST DEMANDS for safe haven. THIS is the Bush Doctrine?
If there is a difference between negotiating with Hamas for a cease-fire in exchange for immunity and negotiating with Osama bin-Laden for a cease-fire in exchange for calling off the war with al-Qaeda, I can’t see it. Neither can the Israelis. But it makes sense to Washington.
The reason is simple. It is because the conflict is over Israel and Jerusalem. So it is no surprise it doesn’t make any sense in the natural. Because the conflict itself is supernatural.
The Bible is specific about the current conflict; the role it plays is preparing the world for the eventual revelation of the antichrist and the false peace that opens the Tribulation Period.
The time is not quite here, so neither is anything resembling peace. Or even, to this point, a false peace. Indeed, what Condi Rice is currently negotiating for IS a false peace.
This is a situation in which a false peace is the STARTING point, for crying out loud! If she is successful, Condi will have under her belt a TEMPORARY TRUCE, completely unknown to the Road Map outline, which will hamstring Israel while giving her enemies’ time to re-group, re-arm and re-engage Israel later.
THAT is what Rice is shooting for, and if she gets a ‘temporary’ truce, she will come away happy.
I’m not alleging that this is the false peace the Bible speaks of, or that Condi Rice is the antichrist — let me make that clear.
But it is equally clear that a precedent has been set for exactly that kind of eventuality when the real antichrist steps in.
Israel is proceeding as if there were already an agreement in place.
As if Abu Mazen were really calling the shots instead of Yasser Arafat.
As if Abu Mazen were really untainted by a terrorist past, as the Road Map demands.
As if the PA had recognized Israel’s right to exist, had already begun dismantling the terror network, arresting wanted terrorists and had begun cooperating with the Israeli authorities to end the intifada.
As if. . . but it is an illusion. The illusion of ‘peace’ is so confusing even the headlines contradict each other.
The theme of false peace is central to the last days. Let’s go down the list.
The Bible said there would have to be a place called Israel in the last days. (Ezekiel 38-39) Check.
It says further that Israel will be hated by the whole world and that the world would side with her enemies over ownership of Jerusalem. (Zech 12) Check.
It says that while the world attempts to force Israel to the peace table, peace will remain an illusion. Twice, Jeremiah repeats himself verbatim: “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14, 8:11) Check.
The Apostle Paul warned, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3) Check.
And Jesus 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)