Vol: 27 Issue: 7 Sunday, December 7, 2003
The architects of the Geneva Agreement, Palestinian PLO Executive Committee member and former culture and information minister Yasser Abed Rabbo and former Israeli justice minister Yossi Beilin, met on Saturday with former US president Bill Clinton and former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright in New York. That ought to be scary enough to rattle you out of your Sunday morning doldrums.
According to Abed Rabbo, following their meeting Clinton said that the Geneva Initiative is a formula more developed than the plan the former US president offered late during his second term. Or so says the PLO’s official propaganda rag, the Palestine Media Center.
(Of course, to believe that, one would have to believe that Bill Clinton would admit that somebody else did a better job than he did.)
The PMC also reported meeting with the former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who expressed a similar point of view. Surprise! Allbright also giddily told cameras in 1998, “I asked the President and he denied it” — just before Clinton went on TV to admit his ‘inappropriate relationship’ with a 21 year-old intern. (Clearly, Allbright has great gifts of discernment)
In any case, the Geneva Agreement continues to grow in popular support among every nation except the one most directy affected (Israel).
German foreign minister Joschka Fischer viewed the agreement as a ‘light of hope’ while Secretary of State Colin Powell met with the architects (in any other context, they would be conspirators) to praise the plan.
Kofi Annan said he was encouraged after meeting Friday with the architects of the Geneva Accord at the UN headquarters in New York.
“A major part of the Geneva Accord’s importance comes from the hope of future reconciliation and peace that it brings to both Israelis and Palestinians,” he said.
After meeting Powell, Beilin and Abed Rabbo flew to New York for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who told them he would discuss in next month’s meeting of the Quartet how the US, UN, EU, and Russia can help promote the initiative.
Annan gave Beilin and Abed Rabbo an effusive welcome, calling their plan “positive and praiseworthy” as well as “consistent and compatible” with the road map, but adding that the road map remains the “key mechanism” for any future negotiations.
Unlike genuine agreements, (you know, the ones signed by authorized representatives) the Geneva Agreement received instant recognition and unmitigated praise.
From the perspective of Bible prophecy, the implications of this agreement are staggering. This is an effort to IMPOSE a solution to the ‘Arab-Israeli’ question — and if the UN has its way, by force, if necessary.
The main reason that the Geneva Accords are getting so much press is because the governments on both sides are not involved in it. That is why it appears ‘hopeful’. Because the ones who have the authority to negotiate such a deal wouldn’t sign it.
Arafat’s hand-picked prime minister Ahmed Qureia refused to meet Ariel Sharon unless the Israelis stop constructing a security fence to keep out terrorists.
For inexplicable reasons, the UN has decided that keeping terrorists out of Israel is a ‘violation of international law’ — passing a General Assembly resolution to that effect and recommending the fence be taken to the World Court at the Hague.
No such resolution has ever been passed against the terrorists, so one can only assume that anti-Israeli terrorism is legal, while Israeli anti-terrorism defense measures are not.
Ahmed Qureia told reporters of a possible meeting between himself and Sharon. He assured them that there were ‘no preconditions’ to the meeting, which was dutifully noted by the press.
Then he listed them. He demanded that the US pressure Israel to halt the ongoing construction of the fence and settlement activities, stop the targeted killing of terrorists, withdraw from Palestinian cities and villages, and lift the travel ban imposed on PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.
The mainstream press headines? “Queria Says No Pre-Conditions to Peace”.
On December 1st, the UN observed an official “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”. In his prepared comments, Kofi Annan said the Geneva Agreement ‘proves’ a settlement can be reached to end the conflict.
The ‘International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People’ is observed each year on 29 November, which fell on a Saturday this year.
Difficult to understand why the Israelis don’t exactly trust the UN when it comes to its security, no?
According to the prophet Daniel, there will be a period of peace IMPOSED on Israel by the international community. According to the prophet Zechariah, it will not hold, and will ultimately result in the ‘whole world’ being against Israel.
According to the prophet Ezekiel, at the time of the Gog-Magog invasion, Israel will be known as a land of ‘unwalled villages’ a distinction without a difference in the modern world — EXCEPT that the whole world is now facing Israel down over the wall it is currently erecting. (Israel can’t very well be known as a ‘land of unwalled villages’ without it’s first having a wall, can it?)
Returning to Daniel, we find that imposed peace eventually collapses, requiring someone to ‘confirm’ the agreement. The prexisting agreement is for a duration of seven years. (The Oslo Accords duration was EXACTLY seven years, but it failed)
Taken together, one gets a sense that the clock is running down very quickly.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. . . .Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:28,32)
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20)