Ron M (15 Dec 2010)
"Europe threatens to recognize Palestinian state"


 
I had been doing some thinking pertaining to the Rapture of the Church. I received an email today Dec/14/10 Pertaining to Israel, I compared what I read:
 
Europe threatens to recognize Palestinian state - Adrian Blomfield and Bruno Waterfield – www.telegraph.co.uk
 
Europe's foreign ministers have threatened to recognize an independent Palestinian state to punish Israeli refusal to halt "illegal" Jewish settlements.
 
A text, seen by The Daily Telegraph, warned of EU "readiness, when appropriate, to recognize a Palestinian state" increasing the international pressure on Israel following the effective collapse of direct Middle East peace talks last week.
 
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, on Monday called "on the EU to take a step towards recognition of the state of Palestine based on the 1967 borders".
 
"We hope that the EU will take this step to maintain the requirements for the success of the peace process, which was thwarted by Israel," said Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator.
 
There has been a week of intense EU diplomacy after an initiative by the so-called "quint" of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the US, to push Israel into negotiations.
 
"There is growing frustration with Israel after its refusal to commit to a new settlements freeze and patience is running out," said a European diplomat.
 
During talks over the weekend EU countries, including the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden, Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg and Finland urged a tougher EU stance.
 
Some countries argued that unless Israel reinstated a ban on new Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories by next spring then the EU should recognise an independent state of Palestine with a seat at the United Nations.
 
The hardening EU line has heightened Israeli fears that the Palestinian leadership is inexorably gaining support for its efforts to take charge of its own destiny after over 40 years of occupation in the West Bank.
 
Earlier this month, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay defied US displeasure and frantic Israeli lobbying by formally recognising a Palestinian state on territory captured by Israel during the Six Day War of 1967.
 
In a letter to Baroness Aston, the EU foreign minister, the Palestinian Authority "affirmed the need for a EU recognition of two states along the 1967 borders and to oblige the Israeli government to completely halt settlement activity, including in east Jerusalem".
 
"Such a step by the EU would provide protection for the principle of two states as well as for the peace process," said the letter.
 
Israel yesterday (Mon) secured a partial diplomatic victory, with British support, after the EU statement was watered down but a communiqué agreed by all Europe's foreign ministers hinted that recognition of Palestine was a future option.
 
"We welcome the World Bank's assessment that 'if the Palestinian Authority maintains its current performance it is well positioned for the establishment of a state at any point in the near future," said the EU statement.
 
The shift in European policy came as President Barack Obama, scarred by last week's humiliating acknowledgment that his efforts to revive peace talks had failed, resumed US attempts to press Israel into making concessions.
 
During direct talks that took place in September, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, demanded that the core issues dividing the Israeli and Palestinian sides be discussed sequentially, with Israeli security concerns first on the agenda.
 
In a change of tack, the US is now demanding that all issues be discussed simultaneously through an American mediator, forcing Mr Netanyahu to confront matters he would rather have avoided.
 
Washington's Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, arrived in Israel yesterday in an attempt to save negotiations.
 
While America refrained from blaming Israel for the collapse of direct talks, the EU had no such qualms, with ministers condemning Mr Netanyahu's refusal to stop settlement building for three months. The criticism drew a furious response from Israel.
 
"It is very curious that the US administration, which has been leading the negotiations, did not find it necessary to blame any of the parties," said Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry.
 
"We all know that the EU wants to be taken more seriously by both parties in the political process. One cannot but wonder how this blatantly one-sided position can contribute to the advancement of the EU's credibility with Israel."
 
And in reference to the Bible in the Book of Zacharias 12:2-10 tells what WILL happen when that will happen
 

[2] Behold I will make Jerusalem a lintel of surfeiting to all the people round about: and Juda also shall be in the siege against Jerusalem. [3] And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone to all people: all that shall lift it up shall be rent and torn, and all the kingdoms of the earth shall be gathered together against her. [4] In that day, saith the Lord, I will strike every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open my eyes upon the house of Juda, and will strike every horse of the nations with blindness. [5] And the governors of Juda shall say in their heart: Let the inhabitants of Jerusalem be strengthened for me in the Lord of hosts, their God.

[2] "A lintel of surfeiting"... That is, a door into which they shall seek to enter, to glut themselves with blood; but they shall stumble, and fall like men stupefied with wine. It seems to allude to the times of Antiochus, and to the victories of the Machabees.

[6] In that day I will make the governors of Juda like a furnace of fire amongst wood, and as a firebrand amongst hay: and they shall devour all the people round about, to the right hand, and to the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place in Jerusalem. [7] And the Lord shall save the tabernacles of Juda, as in the beginning: that the house of David, and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, may not boast and magnify themselves against Juda. [8] In that day shall the Lord protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and he that hath offended among them in that day shall be as David: and the house of David, as that of God, as an angel of the Lord in their sight. [9] And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. [10] And I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace, and of prayers: and they shall look upon me, whom they have pierced: and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for an only son, and they shall grieve over him, as the manner is to grieve for the death of the firstborn

 

Ron M