Things change so rapidly in the Middle East, it is difficult to keep up. One of the bigger changes that has occurred recently is that the so-called Palestinians have formed a newly installed government that is said to be unified. Interestingly enough, the new government includes Hamas. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) refers to Hamas as, “the largest and most influential Palestinian militant movement that, along with the more moderate Fatah party, serves as one of the two primary Palestinian political factions. Founded in 1987 during the first Intifada, Hamas is a Sunni Islamist group and a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization violently opposed to the state of Israel.” Note that as far as the US is concerned, Hamas is a terrorist organization.
The new government is allegedly a “transitional” one, but of course, in time, we’ll see what that actually means. Interestingly enough, this new “unity” government is said to be “a significant step toward ending a seven-year feud between the Palestinian political factions that separately control the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.” Is anyone really certain of what that means? Most things look good on paper, but it’s the working out of the details that tends to create problems.
Many parts of the Land of Israel have been the reason for so many wars and conflicts. Most Arabs in the Middle East do not want Israel to even exist. Many in the world agree, believing that Israel is the source of all terrorism throughout the world and if Israel did not exist, terrorism would disappear. This of course is extremely naive because too many Muslims believe that through physical jihad, they are to bring in the next caliphate (Islamic world rule), led by the Final Mahdi. If Israel did not exist, the world would still experience horrific terrorism from Islam. Their purpose to rule the world would still exist.
Interestingly enough, the modern Arab nations descended from Abram’s illegitimate son, Ishmael, written about in Genesis. Also interesting is that though God said Ishmael would become a great nation and his hand would be against his brothers, God never promised Ishmael any land. God did promise Abram (later Abraham) the Land that is in the Middle East. Many Arabs/Muslims today do not believe Israel should have any land and that’s what the fighting has been about.
In 1948, Israel once again became a nation – literally rising from the dead against all odds. In 1967, following the Six-Day War, Israel not only successfully pushed back and defeated her enemies, but gained more land at that time, including the eastern portion of (old) Jerusalem, which contains the Temple Mount. From that point onward, Jerusalem has been united under Israel, though Arabs were allowed to control the Temple Mount, a mistake for which Israel has suffered through today.
As can be seen on the image, the brown areas are controlled by the made-up group of people called Palestinians. Decades ago, anyone who lived in Palestine was referred to as a Palestinian. This included Jews as well as Arabs, and other Gentiles. Years later, Yassar Arafat came along and co-opted the name, applying it only to Arabs living there. It was actually a brilliant move on Arafat’s part and a perfect example of how repetition of a lie becomes truth. Now when we think of Palestinians, we think only of Arabs. Historically, this is 100% incorrect. It’s a fable, created by a liar and accepted by the world. Brilliant.
But what will this new unity government do with respect to Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel itself? How will they approach the glaring problems in the Middle East?
The reconciliation pact throws together two antagonistic camps with opposing visions: Hamas, the resistance movement that controls the Gaza Strip and does not recognize Israel, and the Palestine Liberation Organization and its political party, Fatah, which just concluded nine months of ultimately fruitless peace negotiations with Israel.
The “fruitless peace negotiations with Israel” is seen as such largely because Israel won’t give any Land back that it rightfully took in the Six-Day War. There are other issues as well, but as President Obama stated publicly in Netanyahu’s presence, too many believe that Israel should revert back to pre-1967 borders. Israel was attacked on the Sabbath by Arab forces. Israel fought hard and defeated her enemies. Israel gained land during the process. Since then, the world has called on Israel to return that “stolen” land. All is fair in love and war unless you’re Israel.
Even though the PLO’s position is that they will remain “non-violent,” can that be truthfully said about Hamas? This is a terrorist organization that has lobbed missiles and rockets into Israeli territory for decades without letup. Yet, when Israel returns fire, Israel is held up as the terrorist. In spite of this, people still think that Israel is the “favored” nation.
— OccPal-Gaza (@OccPalGaza) June 3, 2014
The above tweet represents a complete lie, but it doesn’t matter to the poster. All that matters is creating a new truth that shows Israel as the terrorist state.
The problems in the Middle East will continue. One day, a man will step onto the world’s stage and offer a solution that will appear palatable to Israel and the surrounding Arab nations. He will confirm a covenant (or peace treaty) “the many,” (cf. Daniel 9:27). The covenant will be said to last for seven years (one “week”), but he will break the covenant in the “middle” of the week (after three and a half years).
Has this happened yet? No, it hasn’t. It is still in the future and until that happens, all attempts to create any sort of peace is simply a pipe dream. There are too many opposed to Israel for peace to happen.
Because this new government includes Hamas, it is seriously doubtful that it will remain unified at all. Time will tell of course, but in spite of what people may believe, the proof is in any results that stem from the actions of this new government. I’ll certainly be keeping a watchful eye on it.