|Rabbi and Hamas activist draft peace plan|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Friday, 15 February 2008 11:30|
A settler Rabbi and a Hamas journalist have drafted a document aimed at resolving the stand-off between Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization. Rabbi Menachem Froman of Tekoa, and Khaled Amayreh from Hebron, came up with the plan after several months of deliberations. Froman has been engaged in interfaith dialogue with Muslim groups for several years, to try and bring about peace in the Middle East. The plan has been submitted to both the Hamas leadership in Gaza and the Israeli government. According to the two men, the plan was accepted by Hamas, but the Israeli government has not responded to the initiative. The document calls for the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas shortly before the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War. It also calls on both sides to put an end to violence, and for Israel to allow free movement in and out of the Gaza Strip. But it stops short of requiring Hamas to recognize Israel's right to exist, which is one of the requirements set by the Quartet (EU, US, UN, Russia) for any Palestinian government.
Quote: "The Hebrew and Arabic document contains verses from the Koran and the Bible and states, "God is the greatest of all and He alone can bring an end to the problems between the noble Palestinian people and the distinguished Jewish people in the Holy Land."
Of course how you interpret that statement will differ whether you are Jewish or Muslim. The Qur'an states that the resurrection day will not come until the Muslims make war on the Jewish people, so ultimately 'Allah' will bring an end to the problems between Palestinians and Jews - by their destruction.
Quote: ""The Day of Resurrection will not arrive until you make war on the Jews, until a Jew will hide behind a rock or tree, and the rock or tree will say: Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, here is a Jew behind me, kill him!'"
The Palestinian leadership are telling their people that this conflict with the Jews is nothing to do with borders, rather the problem is the existence of the Jewish state. They believe that all the land from the Jordan river to the Mediterranean sea is holy to Islam, and that it is against Sharia law to divide it. Hamas preaches this openly, while Fatah does so in a more guarded fashion. This is why Fatah continues to broadcast maps of the Middle East without the state of Israel on them, even on the day after the Annapolis peace conference had taken place. That is why Fatah and Hamas constantly broadcast programmes calling for the liberation of Israeli cities such as Tel-Aviv and Haifa. They do not and will not recognize Israel's right to exist, period. And so we can see that any peace process that the Israeli government engages in with the Palestinians is ultimately doomed to fail. Truly, only God alone can bring an end to the problems between the Palestinian and Jewish people. And He will. As the armies of the world gather to do battle against Judea and Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:2), Jesus Christ will return to defeat the armies of the Antichrist (Revelation 19:2) and to set up His millennial kingdom (Psalm 2). The Palestinian people, I believe, will live amongst the Jewish people in peace (Zephaniah 3:12), not in their own state but in the eternal state. The Jewish people will recognize their Messiah, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7), and there will be true peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Jesus Christ came into this world 2000 years ago. He gave Himself as a sacrifice for your sins, so that you could have peace with God. Trust in Him for salvation today.