Mid-East Conflict

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE:
The unrest in the Middle-East focuses on the civil struggle between the government of Israel and the Palestinian people who want to establish a separate Palestinian state. Most of the Arab and/or Islamic nations in the area are also involved. This could result in the regional war that was foretold in Psalm 83. The United States, the U.N., the European Union, and even Russia are all trying to bring about peace in the region. In November of 2012 Egypt was involved in gaining a cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

The current wave of violence could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to a more serious regional war. The outcome of this war could be a most welcome peace agreement.

Such a peace agreement might be just another phase in the age-old struggle between these nations, or it could be the false peace mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

When Israel finally is at peace, it will be the first time since they became a nation in 1948 that they have enjoyed such security. This could cause them to lower their guard, which would set the scene for yet another war, such as the one predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (Many good Bible teachers think this war will occur at the end of the Tribulation, but there are many differences between it and the Battle of Armageddon.) If it does come before the Tribulation, it could be the fulfillment of the prophecy of the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6:3-4 (Rider on a Red Horse: Great War).

The dramatic end of this great war of the 2nd Seal could produce the treaty predicted in Daniel 9:27, which many prophecy scholars identify as the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.

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Peace
Israel
Iran
Egypt
Syria
Turkey
Islam
Terrorism
Muslim Brotherhood
The War of Gog and Magog

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Photos suggest Saudis targeting Iran, Israel with ballistic missiles

July 11, 2013 - Military experts at IHS Jane's Intelligence Review say that new satellite photographs indicate that Saudi Arabia has deployed ballistic missiles that are pointed towards Israel and Iran.
The missiles are stored in an underground silo built into a rocky hillside. To the north of the facility are two circle-shaped launch pads, both with compass-style markings showing the precise direction that the launchers should fire in, according to the report
The missiles are older Chinese weapons from the 1980 that are not remotely-guided. They must be pointed in the direction of their target before firing.
Source: YNet News

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PM: Palestinian leaders think its possible to destroy Israel

July 6, 2013 - At a memorial service for Israeli historical figure Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded the nation that Jabotinsky had said that "only a strong, Jewish defense force can promote the peace that we so long for."
“The obstacle to peace between us and the Palestinians is not just fundamentalist terrorist organizations, but the belief that it is possible to destroy the State of Israel,” the prime minister explained.
Source: Jerusalem Post



Israel launches 1st airstrikes on Gaza since truce

Apr. 3, 2013 - A mortar shell or a rocket was fired by Gaza Palestinians into southern Israel’s Eshkol region Tuesday. There were no injuries. In response, the Israeli Air Force launched airstrikes on two terror targets in northern Gaza. No injuries were reported.
It was the first such attack since a truce ended an eight-day cross-border war in November.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Israel ready for ‘historic compromise’ with Palestinians, Netanyahu says

Mar. 19, 2013 - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affirmed that Israel is ready for a “historic compromise” in talks with the Palestinians.
Speaking in parliament before the 22 ministers were sworn in, Netanyahu said that, while the cabinet would work to carry out domestic reforms that were the focus of Israel’s election in January, the government’s top priority would be “protecting the security of the state and its citizens.”
Source: Washington Post

White House lowers expectations ahead of Obama's Middle East trip

Mar. 18, 2013 - President Obama will visit Israel on Wednesday to try to improve his relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The major issues to be discussed are the furtherance of the efforts by Israeli and Palestinian leaders to reach a peace agreement and how to cope with Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear weapons.
The centerpiece of Obama's visit will be a speech in Jerusalem to an audience mainly of Israeli students. It's part of the president's effort to appeal to the Israeli public, particularly young people.
Source: Fox
As Hamas rises, peace prospects sink, observers say - USA Today

Hagel may be nominated as US defense secretary next week

Jan. 6, 2013 - Chuck Hagel Former Republican Senator from Nebraska may be nominated by President Obama next week to fill the post of Secretary of Defense. Critics say that Hagel has ‘endemic hostility towards Israel.’ His appointment could give the president a "whiff of bipartianship on his cabinet."
Hagel, the former senator from Nebraska, is a contrarian Republican moderate and decorated Vietnam combat veteran who is likely to support a more rapid withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Source: Times of Israel
Senators signal tough fight for Hagel - NBC

Abbas changes name of Palestinian Authority to ‘State of Palestine’

Jan. 5, 2013 -
Palestinian Authority President Abbas signed a presidential decree changing the name of the Palestinian Authority to the “State of Palestine,” following the Palestinians’ upgraded status at the United Nations as a non-member observer state.
Source: Times of Israel

Egyptian forces capture American-made missiles headed for Gaza Strip

Jan. 4, 2013 - Egyptian security forces captured American-made anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles in the Sinai Peninsula. The weapons were about to be taken by truck to the tunnels at the border of Gaza where they would have been smuggled into the Palestinian area. It is believed that the missiles were from Libya. Libya and other countries are able to smuggle arms into the Sinai, and from there they can be transfered to Gaza.
Source: Times of Israel

US calls on Israel, Palestinians to ‘make a fresh start’ and rekindle peace talks

Jan. 3, 2013 - State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called for Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table. The last high-level talks between the two was in September 2010. She said both sides need to show that they are serious about a two-state sollution. She intimated that the Palestinian's efforts for recognition by the United Nations were "counter-productive unilateral actions."
Israel says it wants negotiations without preconditions, but the Palestinians have demanded that settlement construction stop before they engage in talks, which they say should pick up where they left off with then-prime minister Ehud Olmert in 2008.
Source: Times of Israel
Citing Biblical precedent, Netanyahu cautions against ‘rushed’ peace agreement - Times of Israel
Israeli intel: Hamas, Palestinian Authority plotting to destabilize Jerusalem - World Tribune

Amid uproar, Netanyahu reportedly reaffirms commitment to two-state solution

Jan. 2, 2013 - Last week some of the members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party claimed that the concept of “two states for two peoples was never part of [Likud's] election platform.” In June of 2009 at Bar-Ilan University Netanyahu expressed support for a Palestinian state. This week hard-line Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely said the Bar-Ilan speech was a tactical maneuver only meant to placate the world. According to an Israeli television report Netanyahu reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution Monday,
But that he added the caveat that recognition of a Palestinian state hinged on the Palestinians’ recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, resolution of the conflict, and resolution of Israel’s security concerns.
Source: Times of Israel
Palestinians Will Outnumber Jews in Israel by 2020 - NewsMax
Egypt official: Israel will be wiped out in a decade - YNet


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Links: Mid-East Conflict

Middle-East Crisis - BBC

Myths of the Middle East

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Israel's War of Independence (1947 - 1949)
Guide To The MidEast Peace Process
The "Roadmap" Peace Plan, 2003
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