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 June 9, 2008

Palestinian negotiator: Peace deal with Israel will require a miracle

June 4, 2008 - At a meeting of the Palestinians' Fatah movement, lead Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qureia said it would take a miracle for an agreement to be reached with Israel this year. He based his opinion on Israel's current political turmoil.
Source: YNet

Assad: Israel must withdraw to 67' borders, up to Tiberias

June 3, 2008 - Exploratory talks between Israel and Syria are being characterized differently by officials of the two countries. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says that the only thing they are discussing is a return of all land captured by Israed in the Six Day War (1967).

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz said the gap between the two sides is very wide. Iranian terrorists in Syria is a major issue to Israel. Mofaz said:

The Syrians are not yet ready for peace, ceding the Heights would mean having the Iranians here, in the Golan Heights, overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Source:YNet News

Carter: Israel possesses 150 nukes

May 26, 2008 - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was quoted saying that Israel has 150 nukes, and that knowledge is proof that Iran would not be able to develop such weapons in secret. Carter is in favor of a renewed push by the international community to hold direct talks with Iran about their nuclear program.
Although it is widely speculated that Israel indeed has nuclear weapons, no Israeli government official has ever admitted to such.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Ahmadinejad: Syria will continue to oppose the Zionist entity

May 26, 2008 - Even though Israel and Syria are conducting serious peace talks, Iran leadership says that Iran and Syria will keep close ties.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Hassan Turkmani in Teheran on Monday, and expressed his certainty that Damascus would continue to stand on its previous stance of opposition to Israel.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Olmert: We're facing a historic agreement with Syria - YNet News

Israel and Syria officially announce peace talks

May 21, 2008 - Indirect peace talks are taking place, brokered by Turkish mediators. A statment from the negotiators said:
"The two sides have declared their intention to conduct the negotiations in good faith and with openness."
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem has said that Israelis have made a commitment to withdrawal from the Golan Heights up to the June 4, 1967 border. Israeli Prime Minister Olmert's office denies that such an agreement was made.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Report: Iran's Nuclear Ambitions Fueling Mideast Arms Race

May 20, 2008 - Because of Iran's controversial nuclear program, other Middle Eastern countries are now interested in atomic energy, for energy and/or for weapons. A report from the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies warns that this interest may set the scene for a regional nuclear arms race.
At least 13 Middle Eastern countries either announced new plans to explore atomic energy or revived pre-existing nuclear programs between February 2006 and January 2007.
Source: Fox

Hezbollah Gunmen Seize Control of Beirut Neighborhoods, 11 Killed

May 9, 2008 - Shiite Hezbollah gunmen made a show of strength in Beirut by taking control of most of the city's Muslim sector. The sector has been controlled by Sunni Muslims loyal to the Lebanese government. The U.S. backs the government there. But Hezbollah is backed by Iran and Syria.
The fighting could have implications for the entire Middle East at a time when Sunni-Shiite tensions are high. The tensions are fueled in part by the rivalry between predominantly Shiite Iran, which sponsors Hezbollah, and Sunni Arab countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Source: Fox

Perez: Nuclear Iran 'A Nightmare For The World'

May 5, 2008 - Israeli President Shimon Peres said he is not in favor of a military attack on Iran, but if it is to be averted, world powers must quickly impose harsh economic sanctions on Iran.
"[Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad is calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, and the combination of nuclear weapons in the hands of a deranged extremist religious leader is a nightmare for the world," Peres went on to say.

Rice Beginning New Round of Middle East Talks

May 3, 2008 - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be in Jerusalem today to prepare for President Bush's visit to the Middle East later this month. She spent the previous two days in London meeting with financial supporters of the peace process and the Quartet.
The Quartet - made up of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations - reaffirmed international backing for the goal set at last November's Annapolis conference for a peace accord by the end of 2008.
Source: Voice of America

Rice: Israelis, Palestinians must agree on final borders

May 2, 2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is pressing both Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to determine exactly where their future borders should be. This would add much needed clarity to the struggling peace talks.
"Ultimately the best answer is to determine what's going to be in Israel and what's going to be in Palestine," Rice said before meetings with negotiators and leaders on both sides in London and the Mideast.
Source: YNet News

Islamic Jihad: Cease-fire agreement conditioned on lifting of Gaza siege

April 30, 2008 -
The Islamic Jihad is willing to accept an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire in the Gaza Strip only if Israel agrees to end its siege on the coastal territory and reopen border crossings, the organization's deputy secretary-general said Wednesday
Source: Ha'Aretz

'Terror plans for Independence Day'

Apr. 29, 2008 - Israeli General Amos Yadlin warned Israeli leaders that Palestinian terror groups plan major attacks on May 8, Israel's 60 anniversary.
Yadlin said Military Intelligence had detected preparations among terrorists to combine forces and carry out an ambitious attack, as well as to breach the border between Gaza and Israel,
Source: Jerusalem Post

Bush Hosts Middle East Leaders to Discuss Peace Effort

Apr. 23, 2008 - President George Bush is hoping to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before the his term ends early next year. He is hosted a private breakfast Wednesday with Jordan's King Abdulla. Palestinian leader Abbas is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday and with President Bush Thursday.
Source: Voice of America

Hamas open to peace deal with Palestinian backing: Carter

Apr. 21, 2008 - Former President Jimmy Carter upset Israel and U.S. officials by meeting with Hamas Terrorist chief Khaled Meshaal. But he claims that he was told that Hamas would recognise Israel's right to live in peace if a deal is reached by Palestinians.
Hamas would agree to such a peace deal, yet to be negotiated, provided it is "submitted to Palestinians for their overall approval even though Hamas might disagree with some terms of the agreement," Carter said in Jerusalem.
Source: Yahoo

Attacks in Middle East Send Oil to Record $117.40

Apr. 21, 2008 - Rising oil prices were pushed to a record $117.40 a barrel because of three attacks. In one instance, a Japanese oil tanker was hit by a rocket near Yemen. Meanwhile, Nigerian militants attacked two oil pipelines.
Attacks since early 2006 on Nigerian oil infrastructure by the militant group have cut nearly one-quarter of the country's normal petroleum output. Nigeria is a major supplier of oil to the U.S.
Source: NewsMax

Israel and U.S. sign nuclear cooperation agreement

Apr. 15, 2008 - A new agreement betweenIsrael and the U.S. expands the scope of past agreements.
It will enable the Israel Atomic Energy Commission to access most of the latest nuclear safety data, procedures and technology available in the U.S.
Source: Ha'Aretz
Israel to enjoy missile warning system - Jerusalem Post

Peres: Carter damaged peace process

April 14, 2008 - Former President Jimmy Carter is in Israel to try to convince Hamas leaders to support the process of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Former US president Jimmy Carter was immediately criticized upon his arrival in Israel Sunday by President Shimon Peres, who told him that his plans to meet with exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal were a "severe mistake."
Perez said Mashaal was an extremist and an illegitimate leader who had given orders to kill Israelis. It appears to give Hamas legitimacy when a person of Carter's status agrees to meet with them. Carter allienated Israelis in 2006 when his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, compared Israeli actions in the West Bank with the racial oppression that once reigned in South Africa.
Source:Jerusalem Post
Rice slams Carter for Hamas meeting - Jerusalem Post
Hamas terrorists join Jimmy Carter fan club - WorldNetDaily

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