By Terry James
Hamas leadership has just let it be known that it will accept a Palestinian state set within the 1967 borders as those borders stood before the Six-Day War of that year. This they will accept, dropping their demands that a Palestinian state must encompass a much broader territory.
The Hamas top strong man, Mahmoud Zahar, told the Palestinian news agency, Ma'an, that he would be willing to accept the installing of a Palestinian state "on any part of Palestine," rather than holding to the group’s previous demand that such a state be formed from "the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea."
However, he proclaimed that they will never “recognize Israel” as a legitimate state, because to do so would be to take away the right of future Palestinians to liberate all of the land from Israeli control - i.e., the war against the hated Jewish enemy must continue, regardless of whether a territory is granted and a Palestinian state established.
The only recognition Israel receives in these troubled times is in the form of recognition of the nation being an interloper in the Middle East - an oppressor of the Palestinian people. It is a generally accepted truth that almost all nations that make up the United Nations view Israel as the culprit in fomenting war-like rumblings in the Middle East.
The Obama administration, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heading the State Department, has done little in the way of supporting Israel in opposition to such hatred and vitriol that spews from the UN on practically every occasion of the Israeli-Palestinian question coming to the forefront for debate. As a matter of fact, the record of the Obama administration and this era of the State Department has been dismal from the standpoint of standing by the Jewish nation while it is diplomatically assaulted from every angle possible.
We have learned time after time of the U.S. State Department and this president pressuring Israel to stop building housing units in its own territory – territory hard earned and won with blood after being attacked by vicious enemies in a number of wars since Israel’s birth into modernity in 1948. The American policy with regard to Israel – as part of the "Quartet” policy – these days is to consistently try to twist the arm of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government into giving up this land so the "Roadmap to Peace" can proceed to the satisfaction of the surrounding Muslim nations.
Now, the terrorist Islamists that have an overwhelming influence on the Palestinian Authority (PA) demand yet another concession by the world community. They demand that they be given the territory they seek, but declare also that their blood feud against Israel will never end until Israel is no longer an entity in the Middle East. Like Iran’s crazed president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, they prefer that all Jews be drowned in the Mediterranean.
The duplicity of the Israel haters surrounding that nation are understood from double think/double talk issued from the current mouth in charge of the terrorist leadership.
Speaking to Ma'an on Wednesday, Zahar, hinting at the possible political line of a future Palestinian unity cabinet, said that… [The] truce [with Israel] was "part of the resistance not its rejection," adding that "a truce is not peace." ("Hamas Accepts 1967 Borders, but Will Never Recognize Israel, Top Official Says," Haaretz Service Tags, Israel News, May 11, 2011)
Israel’s enemies will never recognize Israel as the legitimate owner of the vast land God gave that people. The hatred is satanic, and will continue right up until the Lord Himself puts an end to the hatred. Sadly, most of the church of Jesus Christ – those who are born again according to John 3:3 — also don’t recognize Israel as the legitimate owner of that land, the land God calls His own.
Replacement theology runs rampant among the pulpits and pews in America, either tacitly or outright declaring that the church has replaced Israel in God’s prophetic plans.
Nothing could be farther from truth found in God’s Word. The very fact that Israel is recognized only in the most hateful way by the world and is front and center of controversy in that region many term the “Holy Land” should alert the Bible-believing child of God that recognizing Israel at this late hour is all-important. That nation is the key to where this generation stands upon God’s prophetic timeline.
Israel is the clear signal that Christ’s shout, “Come up hither,” must be very near indeed.
I want to thank all of you who have been so kind in sending prayerful best wishes for my recovery from the heart incident on Good Friday. Your prayers have been sensed strongly, and I’m convinced have speeded the progress toward my complete recovery. I am now on a bit of a different diet, as you might imagine, and my workout routine is much reduced in length and intensity for the moment. However, the Lord has brought me to an amazing state of wellness – and I don’t discount the wonderful and brilliant doctors and other medical personnel who are a part of this - considering the severity of the problem when it struck.
Zahar: We'll accept state in '67 borders, but not Israel - Jerusalem Post
Hamas and Fatah begin talks on new Palestinian unity government - Ha'aretz
Assad tried pro-Palestinian Golan stunt to foil Egypt's Hamas takeover - DEBKAfile
Israel reinforces borders after deadly naqba weekend - EuroNews
Obama to address AIPAC on Sunday - USA Today