Mid-East Conflict

The unrest in the Middle-East focuses on the civil struggle between the government of Israel and its Palestinian people who want to establish a separate Palestinian state. Most of the Arab and/or Islamic nations in the area are also involved. The United States, the U.N., the European Union, and even Russia are all trying to broker peace in the region.

The current wave of violence could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to more serious 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 that war is more likely at the end of the Tribulation, but it does not correspond exactly to the Battle of Armageddon.) If it does come before the Tribulation, it will most likely correspond to the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6.

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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The Israel-Lebanon War
Wars and Rumors of Wars
The War of Gog and Magog
The New Cold War

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Newer Articles: Since August 1, 2007

Envoy Blair on mission to Israel

July 23, 2007 - Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair will spend the next two days in Israel. He has been appointed by the Quartet of Middle East negotiators (the European Union, United Nations, US and Russia) to serve as special envoy to the Middle East. He has already visited Jordan, where he spoke with their foreign minister.
Mr Blair's mandate from the Quartet of Middle East negotiators involves trying to strengthen Palestinian institutions, but he cannot negotiate a peace deal.
Source: BBC
Blair on First Trip As Mideast Envoy - NPR
Blair Sees 'Sense of Possibility' in Middle East Mission - VOA (Voice of America)

'Mideast war this summer'

July 9, 2007 - Syrian officials are warning the U.S. and Israel that if the Golan Heights is not back in their hands by September they will launch "resistance operations" against the Golan's Jewish communities. They also have the capability of firing "hundreds" of missiles at Tel Aviv.
Lebanon 'to erupt in 1 week'
Syria calls on citizens to evacuate Lebanon, reports say; Expert: Civil war possible
- YNet News

Blair Steps Down, Takes Up Mideast Peace

June 28, 2007 - Tony Blair has ended his term as British Prime Minister, but has immediately moved into a new role: leader of the so-called Middle East Quartet, in their quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Source: NPR

Abbas warns of collapse in Gaza

June 13, 2007 - Violence between Hamas and Fatah factions in Gaza has escalated to the point that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas fears a collapse of order in the region. More than 60 people have have died in the conflict during the past week.
Source: BBC

Israel: We Are Ready for War With Syria, but Diplomacy Would Be Better Solution

June 6, 2007 - Amid military buildups on both sides of the Israel-Syria border, and rumors that war is imminent, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said, "Israel does not want war with Syria ... We must avoid miscalculations that are liable to lead to a security deterioration."

Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz made similar statements.

Peretz told Army Radio. But "we have to relay to the Syrians that our exercises and preparations are a matter of course, and in no way reflect Israeli plans to attack Syria."

Ahmadinejad: Israel will be destroyed

June 4, 2007 - Iran's outspoken President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is now saying that the world will witness the destruction of Israel soon. He said that last summer's war between Israel and Hezbollah revealed Israel's weakness.
"God willing, in the near future we will witness the destruction of the corrupt occupier regime," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying during a speech to foreign guests mostly from African, Arab and neighboring countries..."
Source: Yahoo

Israel Detains Hamas Leaders in West Bank

May 24, 2007 - Israeli aircraft carried out strikes in Gaza City. More than 30 senior Hamas members were arrested during the raid.
The Israeli army said it arrested 33 Hamas leaders in its overnight sweep. The most prominent official taken in the roundup was Education Minister Nasser Shaer, considered a pragmatist in the movement.

Israel Attacks 2 Hamas Positions in Northern Gaza

May 22, 2007 - Following a Palestinian rocket attack that killed a woman in southern Israel, The Israeli airforce bombed two camps used by the Islamic militant group Hamas.
Source: Fox

Lebanese Troops Tighten Siege of Refugee Camp; Death Toll Nears 50

May 21, 2007 - The Lebanese army is attacking a Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli, Lebanon, to disable a terrorist group with ties to Al Qaeda. The fighting is said to be the worst violence since the end of the 1975-90 civil war. The death toll is near 50, but expected to climb.

Polls: Most Israelis want Olmert to resign

May 2, 2007 - In the wake of the Winograd Report, criticizing Israeli leadership for failures in the Lebanon War, a poll of Israelis shows that sixty-eight percent want Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign.
Benjamin Netanyahu is seen as the most suitable replacement for Prime Minister Olmert. On a scale of 1 to 10, Netanyahu leads with 5.27. Tzipi Livni follows in second place at 5.03, and Peres was rated 4.91 out of 10.
Source: Israeli Insider

Israel Winograd Report: Olmert, Peretz Negligent, Failed War Objectives

Apr. 30, 2007 - Israel's analysis of the Lebanon War is called the Winograd Report. The study blames Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz for negligence since they did not meet the objectives of the war (capturing the Katusha launchers in South Lebanon and rescuing Israel's missing soldiers). It also criticizes them for sending troops into the battle without adequate supplies of food, water and bullets.
Sources in the Prime Minister's office state that Olmert will not resign, but will rather call for early elections to save face.
Source:Israel News Agency

Israeli Military Expects Missile War

Apr. 20, 2007 - During the war against Hizbullah last August, some 4,500 short- and medium-range rockets were fired into Israel. They were unable to stop the rocket assault. Israeli military experts now say that the next war will be waged by Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Authority, using even more rockets than before.
Source: Middle East Newsline

'Arrow can fully protect against Iran'

Mar. 31, 2007 - The American-developed "Arrow" is one of the only operational ballistic missile defense systems in the world. It is in use in Israel to protect them from attacks from surrounding countries.
Recent modifications made to the Arrow enable Israel's ballistic missile defense system to successfully intercept and destroy any ballistic missile in the Middle East, including nuclear-capable missiles under development by Iran.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Israel open to Arab peace initiative

Mar. 26, 2007 - During the current round of high level talks between US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Palestinian and Israeli officials, it was stated that Israel would not ignore a peace proposal from the Arab League. That plan is expected to recommit to the 2002 Arab peace initiative that called for normal ties with Israel in exchange for a full withdrawal to the pre-Six Day War lines and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel. Israel would not accept these conditions outright, but would be willing to use them as a starting point for discussions.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Palestinian PM unveils unity team

Mar. 15, 2007 - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya will propose a national unity cabinet that will assign the key posts of finance, interior and foreign ministers to men who are not members of Hamas or Fatah. Israeli officials are not happy with the plan because the new government's platform does not contradict Hamas' core principle of not recognising Israel.
Source: BBC
Israel rejects Palestinian unity gov't - Yahoo

EU supports Syrian initiative to regain Golan Heights

Mar. 14, 2007 - Javier Solana, The European Union's foreign policy chief, said that the EU would work to help Syria regain the Golan Heights, which was taken by Israel during a war in 1967.
Syria has made it clear that its cooperation to help end violence in Iraq would be tied to Western - especially U.S. - support for its peaceful campaign to regain the Golan Heights.

Impasse threatens Rice's Mideast bid

Feb. 20, 2007 - Plans by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to restart the peace process were eclipsed by an unexpected announcement of a plan between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas militants.
Rice met for two hours with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, resolute in his position that he must govern hand-in-hand with Hamas militants who refuse to moderate anti-Israeli policies. The United States consider Hamas a terrorist group.
Israel continues to require that a Palestinian government must renounce violence, honor past commitments and accept Israel's right to exist. The U.S. position supports Israel in these demands.
Source: USA Today

Rice on Summit: Full Steam Ahead More or Less

Feb. 16, 2007 - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday to prepare for the three-way summit in Jerusalem on Monday. She supports the establishment of a Palestinian Authority state.
The dangers of a Palestinian state west of the Jordan have been outlined and detailed by countless experts. Such a state would be "the world's worst nightmare," writes Middle East analyst Emanuel A. Winston, and "the last link in a string of terrorist states...
Source: Arutz Sheva

Quartet tackles how to revive Mideast peace

Feb. 2, 2007 - The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators -- the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- will meet Friday to discuss options for reviving their peace plan. A major issue is the blockade of aid to the Palestinians, imposed a year ago after the militant group Hamas' won control of the Palestinian Aurhority.
Source: ABS-CBNNews

Near Civil War in Palestinian Territory

Feb. 2, 2007 - Fatah and Hamas agree in principle to revive truce
Leaders of rival factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to restore a truce after the death of 24 and injury of 245 others in fierce fighting since the break-down of their truce two days ago.
Source: Ha'Aretz

Exclusive: IAF to buy US smart bombs

Jan. 29, 2007 - The Israel Air Force plans to purchase $100 million worth of (JDAM) "smart bomb" missiles from the United States. They are also negotiating for the purchase of LORA ground-to-ground ballistic tactical missiles.
Accurate to less than 10 meters, equal to that of a JDAM, the LORA missile can eliminate targets without risking expensive fighter jets. It can be equipped with a 400-kilogram high-explosive warhead and can penetrate enemy territory more than 1,000 kilometers away.
Source: Jerusalem Post

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