One cannot help noticing the escalating crisis developing in the Middle East. Recently King Abdullah II of Jordan said that the coming battles against the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group will be part of a “third world war against humanity,” making remarks in the wake of the deadly ISIS-committed Paris terror attacks last week. Source http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/11/18/jordans-king-abdullah-ii-facing-third-world-war-isis/
But the source of the current conflict in the Middle East can be traced back to the Old Testament of the Bible. What we refer to as Palestinians, are none other than the Phillistines of the Old Testament – and the Philistines were and always have been the sworn enemies of the God of the Bible – Jehovah.
This is no contemporary political conflict. It is in fact an ancient spiritual conflict that goes very far back in history, and which still continues today. There are constant calls for peace in Israel, including a two state solution (one for Israel and one for the Palestinians). But the Bible reveals that there will be no peace between Israel and the Palestinians until Christ returns to establish His Kingdom in Jerusalem.
Rather than peace, the Scriptures portray a scenario of ever-increasing violence in the Middled East, to the point that the nations of the world will unite in an attempt to destroy Israel.
Israel, Palestine and the Occupied Territories
The question of Palestine and Israel has commanded the attention of the UN since the organization was founded. The UN General Assembly voted the original partition of the land in November 1947 and the UN deployed its first peacekeeping operation to monitor the ceasefire lines after the war of 1948. This site introduces readers to the key issues, with a special focus on UN involvement in the conflict.
For many years, successive Israeli governments refused to consider a Palestinian state, while most Arabs denied the legitimacy of Israel. In the 1970s both sides began to recognize the need for compromise. The Palestinians proposed a separate state, claiming as their homeland the territories outside the 1948 ceasefire lines, territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 war. This idea found widespread support in the international community, and Israel was called on to withdraw from this land, as affirmed in UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.
Israel’s 1967 occupation of other territories complicated the matter. Israel seized Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Syria’s Golan Heights and set up settlements in both. Israel also invaded Lebanon in 1978 and 1982 and maintained a long-term occupation in the southern part of the country. These wars and occupations were related to the Palestine question and deepened the political crisis surrounding it. Even after Israel eventually withdrew from Egypt and Lebanon, the Palestine (and Golan) occupations continued. Israel’s settlement-building, and its construction of a massive border-wall that annexed large swaths of Palestinian territory, has made resolution of the conflict far more difficult.
Since resolutions 242 and 338, the Security Council has taken no significant steps to end the Israel-Palestine conflict. United States influence has generally kept the issue off the Council’s agenda. When Council members have introduced resolutions, responding to periodic crises, the US has repeatedly used symbolic weight. Both bodies would have been more effective if governments had been willing to confront US displeasure and US pressure. Recent US policy has only made matters worse.
Key issues that have plagued the stalled “peace process” include: Israel’s occupation, Israeli settlements and settlement-building, the Israeli wall, security for Israelis and Palestinians, shared sovereignty over Jerusalem, and the right of return of 3.7 million stateless Palestinian refugees.
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