|World powers gather in France to bankroll Palestine|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Sunday, 16 December 2007 14:18|
Around 90 international delegations are expected to attend the Palestinian donor's conference being held in Paris tomorrow, for what is being dubbed as the follow-up to the Annapolis gathering of last month. Attendees will include Special Envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair who will co-chair the event, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and High Representative for the European CFSP Javier Solana. Delegations from the 27 EU states, the European Commission, the Arab League, the International Monetary Fund, the G8 and the World Bank will also attend the meeting. At Annapolis, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to begin final status negotiations in January of next year, with the goal of formulating a peace agreement before the end of US President Bush's final term. Abbas has stated he is seeking $5.6 billion over the next three years in order to help turn the Palestinian economy around. But the issue of the Israeli developments in Har Homa are likely to overshadow the summit. Israel is presently building around 300 new dwellings on land that lies within the municipality of Jerusalem. Israel doesn't consider this as settlement expansion, but Abbas has stated that he is opposed to all construction within the territory captured during the Six Day War, including east Jerusalem. And following reports from British charities Oxfam and the Red Cross, and an assessment by the World Bank that any money pledged will be wasted unless pressure is put on Israel to ease security restrictions, it seems the pressure will be on Israel to come up with yet more concessions to the Palestinian terrorist organizations.
Quote: "British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he would link an aid package of $500 million to improved security in the region, progress in peace talks and an easing of Israeli restrictions. Germany, too, urged the removal of Israeli roadblocks. The German Development Ministry said Sunday the government will give $289 million in funding through 2010 to help the peace process and the Palestinian authority's reform and development projects. However, the development plan can only become effective "if the peace process really moves forward, if the economic development of Palestine is no longer obstructed by barriers, if expansion of settlements is stopped by Israel and the internal Palestinian split is overcome," Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul said.
Once again the nations of the world are falling over themselves to cater for Palestinian terrorists. The Israeli government recently promised to remove dozens of roadblocks set up since the time former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon agreed to the Roadmap plan. But the IDF stated they were opposed to Olmert's idea, for there wasn't one roadblock that could be removed without significantly affecting the security of the Jewish state. The disengagements from Gaza and south Lebanon proved that wherever the IDF is not present, terrorism has free reign. The exact same situation will occur following a disengagement from Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem. Anyone who says otherwise is either lying or very deceived. And that is the absurdity of this whole "land for peace" process.
In looking at the Scriptures, we can see exactly what is taking place. Satan is bent on ending Jewish possession of Jerusalem, Israel's status as a Jewish state, and if it were possible its very existence. For Satan knows that God's promises to mankind are wrapped up in the Jewish people. The Scriptures foretold that one day God would bring back his ancient people to the land of Israel (Ezekiel 37). Satan has tried numerous times to destroy Israel - in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, etc. Each time God intervened and Israel was miraculously preserved. Satan realizes he cannot destroy Israel from without, so he tries to destroy it from within by seeking to end Israel's status as a Jewish state. Satan could then claim that God's promisesto the Jewish people have not been fulfilled, that God broke His promise that Israel would never cease from being a nation (Jeremiah 31:36). Satan is attempting this through the "right of return" of millions of Palestinian refugees to the land of Israel. And if that proves impossible to accomplish, Satan will then seek to end Jewish control of the Old City and the Temple Mount, where Jesus Christ is prophesied to reign from as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And we know that this last feat will be accomplished for a 3.5 year period (Revelation 11:2). Praise God that just as our Messiah Jesus Christ was born into this world 2000 years ago, so He will come again into this world very soon to set all things right. Satan will be defeated, and Jesus Christ will reign from Jerusalem as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This world has a glorious future ahead of it. But in order to set things aright, God must first judge the things which are wrong. God will judge the nations, but He will also judge the individual. Are there things that need set in order in your life? If Christ came tonight, would He be coming as your Saviour or as your Judge? Only you can decide. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).