Weekly World Watch 29th Aug - 4th Sept 2010
- President Barack Obama pressed Israeli and Palestinian leaders to seize on the reopening of peace talks in Washington Wednesday or risk seeing the prospects of a two-state solution dwindle.
- The U.S. president reaffirmed his belief that a deal between the Israelis and Palestinians could be reached within a year.
- Speaking ahead of a dinner at the White House, Mr Netanyahu said: “Our goal is to forge a secure and durable peace between Israel and the Palestinians. We do not seek a brief interlude between two wars. We do not seek a temporary respite between outbursts of terror,”
- Defence Minister Ehud Barak signalled that his government is ready to drop its demand that even after the creation of a Palestinian state, Jerusalem would "remain the undivided capital of Israel."
- Jeremy Bowen who is the BBC’s Middle East editor said this week “The conflict is changing. A religious war is now being grafted on what used to be fundamentally a competition for territory between two national movements. You can make deals with nationalists. It's much harder with people who believe they're doing God's work.” ” Jerusalem is not about land it is about religion and faith. Interesting then that in Joel 3:9 we read of the Gentiles who “prepare war”. The word “prepare” is the word “sanctify” or “make holy”. In other words launch a holy or religious war. The chapter says this war will be centred on Zion (Jerusalem).
- This has been the year of great signs and wonders. The Haitian earthquake, Chilean earthquake and tsunami, Icelandic volcano, Pakistan floods, Russian fires and now a major earthquake in New Zealand.
- The whole of creation is groaning like a woman in travail. It cannot be long now before the “birth” comes and Jesus is back on earth.
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WWW 5th - 11th Sept 2010
- Asked in a March poll to name the “most urgent problem” facing Israel, just 8% of Israeli Jews cited the conflict with Palestinians, putting it 5th behind education, crime, national security and poverty. Israeli Arabs placed peace first, but among Jews here, the issue the President Obama calls “critical for the world” just doesn’t seem – critical.
- Israel's hard-line foreign minister has said that his party will try to block any extension of Israel's settlement slowdown, a move that could derail the recently launched Mideast peace negotiations.
- Israelis ushered in the Jewish new year, or Rosh Hashanah with a widespread sense of pessimism that a new round of U.S.-sponsored Mideast talks can achieve peace.
- Friday night (17th September) is Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. In 1973 the Arab nations launched a surprise attack on this exact day. It is the most sacred and solemn day in the Jewish calendar. It was the day the Israelites were reconciled to God. A few days after Yom Kippur is the Feast of Tabernacles or as the Jews say “Sukkoth” which lasts 7 days. It is when the Jews celebrated the harvest and lived in booths. Solomon dedicated the temple at this time. There are many who believe Christ will return at around this time of the year.
- Come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:16) The only feast that is mentioned as occurring in the kingdom is the feast of the tabernacles.
- President Barack Obama wants a deal within a year, but Israelis are deeply sceptical after decades of failed efforts.