Fake It Until You Make It?
Vol: 49 Issue: 24 Monday, October 24, 2005
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has come up with an ingenious method of making it appear that he is complying with the provisions of the Road Map for Peace, without actually doing anything.
Ok, so maybe its a bit transparent to you and me, but evidently, to the allegedly smartest political minds the Quartet has to offer, its an ingenious plan.
First, let me refresh you as to the specific provisions involved here. There are two main provisions upon which the entire Road Map for Peace are founded.
The first is that the Palestinian Authority’s leadership have no ties to terrorism and that its government renounces terror as a political tool.
The second provision is that the Palestinian Authority disarm and dismantle the multitude of terrorist organizations it spawned and encouraged over the past fifteen years of alleged ‘peace talks’.
It is important to keep these two provisions in mind as we examine the latest ‘breakthrough concession’ being offered by the Palestinians to Israel. The Palestinian Authority’s Prime Minister, Ahmed Qureia, announced yesterday that the PA had a plan for disarming the al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades, part of the Fatah party co-founded by Abbas, Queria and the late, unlamented Yasser Arafat.
They plan to ‘disarm’ the terrorists by absorbing them into the Palestinian Security Services! The PA plan is to disarm the terrorists by turning them into armed Palestinian police officers!
(Take another look at provisions #1 and #2 of the Road Map to Peace plan).
Qureia announced the new plan after a meeting of his top security chiefs Sunday.
“We have agreed today to establish five new camps for training and hosting ‘stragglers,'” he said, referring to the Al-Aqsa members. He said the disarmament efforts would begin in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Nablus, and then move into other areas.
Interior Minister Nasser Yousef, the top Palestinian security commander, said the camps would be operational “within weeks.”
Al-Aqsa spokesmen in the West Bank and Gaza Strip said they were confident the movement would join the new plan. “In principle there are no problems,” said Abu Ahmed, an Al-Aqsa official in Gaza. (One would think not.)
The plan is being received with delight by the Quartet (EU, UN, US and Russia) and even the war-weary Israelis are willing to look the other way if it either brings peace or exposes the Palestinian Authority for what it is.
Israel is tired of fighting the whole world. Even the illusion of forward movement toward peace is an improvement over the constant state of war.
“For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” – (Jeremiah 8:11)
In a tacit admission of defeat, Israel has dropped its campaign to ban Hamas from seeking office in upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. While Israel never made specific threats against the Palestinians in regard to fielding Hamas’ candidates, it previously said it would refuse to ease travel restrictions for Palestinian voters which would invalidate the results.
Israel is not merely exercising a little retaliation against an enemy. Hamas has no other enduring purpose apart from the complete destruction of the Israeli state.
Israel’s perspective is that if Hamas took part in the Palestinian government, there would be no hope for peace talks. During the last five years, Hamas has carried out dozens of suicide bombing attacks that have killed hundreds of Israelis.
The turning point came Thursday. When Bush met with Abbas at the White House, Bush warned that violent Palestinian groups could ‘undermine the democratic Palestinian state-in-the-making’, he pointedly did not mention Hamas by name nor call for its exclusion from the election. In diplomatic-speak, it was a sign that despite Israel’s strong feelings, the U.S. was not going to press the point.
In three rounds of local elections earlier this year, Hamas did well, forecasting significant inroads into the power of Abbas’ Fatah Party when the people vote for a parliament in January.
This is the first time Hamas is running candidates for parliament. Hamas skipped the only other election, a decade ago, complaining that the parliament itself is part of an interim peace accord with Israel, a pact Hamas rejects on religious principle.
And THAT is the key issue — the one that baffles and confounds the Quartet. ‘Religious principle’. They don’t understand it. To an Islamic fundamentalist, the world is divided into two zones: the Zone of Islam and the Zone of War.
The Zone of War includes anywhere that Islam is not the dominant religion. The Zone of Islam includes all those areas once conquered by Islam.
Under Islamic teaching, once included in the Zone of Islam, it can never be permanently removed. Land once claimed for Allah is Allah’s in perpetuity. Any loss of territory to the Zone of Islam is temporary and it becomes the religious duty of the faithful to reclaim it.
Since Jerusalem is inside the Zone of Islam, to recognize it as part of Israel is the Islamic equivalent to blasphemy. And under Islamic law, the penalty for blasphemy is death. So, for Hamas to recognize Israel is religious blasphemy deserving of death. A recognition of Israel’s right to exist is therefore a repudiation of Allah, the Prophet and Islam. No such blasphemer can have any hope of eternal life.
Recognizing Israel’s right to exist would eliminate Hamas’ only goal and consequently, the organization’s reason for existence. For Hamas to reach any kind of compromise with Israel means its religious and organizational suicide.
On the other side of the equation is Israel. Israel claims its right to exist under the direct mandate of God. It claims its title deed to the Holy Land was granted by God, and that the land upon which the al-Aqsa mosque sits was purchased by King David under God’s direction as the place where God would put His earthly Throne.
Israel’s claim to Jerusalem extends back three thousand years to the time when the city was founded by King David. Jerusalem appears 669 times in the Jewish Bible, and is mentioned another 154 times in the New Testament, always in connection with Israel.
The Psalmist wrote despairingly during the Babylonian exile, “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.” (Psalms 136:5-6)
For thousands of years, up to this present day, Jews in exile commonly take leave of one another by saying, “Next year, in Jerusalem!” The prayer was part of the Passover ritual throughout two thousand years of Diaspora.
For Israel to surrender Jerusalem means a repudiation of Judaism and the rejection of the Jewish Scriptures, which, in turn, means an end to Judaism and Israel’s national suicide.
This is not a war between two peoples so much as it is a spiritual war between the Author of the Scriptures and the author of the Koran. As such, it cannot be resolved by compromise or have a compromise solution imposed upon it that will have any lasting effect.
The Bible predicts a period of false peace for Israel in the last days, one that will arise out of the confirmation of a seven-year peace deal between Israel and her enemies. (Daniel 9:26)
The Oslo Accords were heralded as a ‘breakthrough’ for peace that would finally end the Arab-Israeli conflict. It was divided into three segments; three years for the experiment in autonomy, two years to negotiate final settlement borders, and the final two years to reach a settlement on the ‘final status of Jerusalem’.
The deal was inked on September 13, 1993, and imposed a deadline of September 13, 2000 — a period of seven years altogether. Although Oslo failed, every subsequent effort was based on the Oslo formula of land for peace.
Daniel says that eventually, that formula will bear fruit in the form of a false peace agreement negotiated by the leader of Revived Rome [the EU] on behalf of the global establishment.
The seven year deal remains unconfirmed, but it exists. The religious nature of the conflict means that Christian America will never be accepted as an impartial broker. The European Union has been making that argument for years while Javier Solana continues to insist that only Europe can be successful in mediating the conflict.
The entire world opposes Israel, as the prophets Zechariah and Ezekiel predicted they would, and the central bone of contention is possession of Jerusalem, in complete harmony with Bible prophecy for the last days.
And it was Jesus Christ Who told us, “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)
It couldn’t be more obvious.