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Israel - Accident of history or fulfilment of prophecy? [page 2]
The immediate and continuing response of the surrounding Arab nations was to seek
to eliminate the Jewish state. At times Arab leaders like Nasser of Egypt almost
literally quoted the words of Psalm 83.4, Come let us cut them off from being a nation,
that the name of Israel may be remembered no more. In verses 6-8 of this Psalm there
is a list of nations, which can be identified with Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Gaza,
Syria and Iraq. In 1948, 1967 and 1973 Israel has had to fight wars for survival
against superior armies from these countries bent on pushing the Jewish state into
In 1964 the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was set up with the intention
of liberating Israeli lands and returning them to Arab control. This was before the
Six Day War so the land intended for liberation was the territory of Israel as established
in 1948, not the area of the West Bank and Gaza, which is today being claimed for
a Palestinian State. The Palestine National Covenant, the Charter of the PLO, calls
for the liberation of Palestine from the Zionist invasion by armed struggle and aims
at the elimination of Zionism in Palestine (i.e. the destruction of Israel). It denies
that the Jews are a nation or that they have historical or religious ties with Palestine.
It states that only the Jews who normally resided in Palestine until the beginning
of the Zionist invasion will be considered Palestinians.
Therefore it denies Israel’s right to exist in any form and commits the organisation
to a programme aiming at the replacement of Israel with a Palestinian State from
which the majority of Jewish citizens would be expelled. Article 33 of the Covenant
states that: This Charter shall not be amended save by a vote of a majority of two
thirds of the total membership of the National Congress of the PLO taken at a special
session convened for that purpose. Despite claims to the contrary such a meeting
has never taken place and therefore the Charter remains the guiding principle of
the PLO. In pursuing these aims the PLO became the first organisation to use the
tactics of modern terrorism, which have been copied by other terrorist organisations
throughout the world.
In spite of all that has been thrown against her, Israel has survived and through
victories won in 1948 and 1967 ended up with control of more territory than was originally
allotted to her by the UN. The Six Day War in 1967 brought the whole of the West
Bank (Judea and Samaria), the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula
under Israeli control. In August 1967 Israel offered to return these territories
in return for peace and recognition by the Arab world, but the response of the Arab
nations at the Khartoum Conference was: No recognition, no peace, no negotiations
with Israel. Israel did return the Sinai to Egypt after Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem
Begin, and Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David Agreement in 1978.
For Jewish people the capture of the West Bank meant the regaining of the most significant
places in their history from a biblical point of view, including Hebron, Nablus (Shechem),
Bethlehem, Jericho and of course the Old City of Jerusalem. From 1948 to 1967 Jerusalem
had been a city divided by a wall with barbed wire and checkpoints as Berlin was
during the days of the Cold War. The new part of the city, where the Knesset (Israeli
parliament) is housed, was under Israeli control. The historic Old City was under
Jordanian control. Here were the holy places, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims
- the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa, the Dome of the Rock and Al
Aqsa mosques, (the Temple Mount) and the Jewish Quarter with the Western (Wailing)
Wall. During the entire period of Jordanian rule all Jews were expelled from the
Old City and unable to pray at the Western Wall.
When the Israelis entered the Old City of Jerusalem on June 7th 1967, the Chief of
Staff of the Israeli Defence Force, Moshe Dayan, stood at the Western Wall and said,
We have regained our holiest place, never again to depart. Israel adopted an open
policy to all the holy places for all faiths. At the same time the Jewish Quarter
was resettled with yeshivas (study centres) being established for Orthodox Jews and
attracting students from all over the world. The focus of worship of Jewish people
world-wide became the Western Wall.
However the most holy place for Jewish people, the Temple Mount, remained under Islamic
control. In the rest of the West Bank and in parts of Gaza, Jewish settlements were
established, especially in areas of religious significance like Hebron. These settlements
have become a major source of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
As a result of this the stage was set for the end time conflict described in the
Bible. Jerusalem became the burdensome stone of Zechariah 12.3, the irresolvable
point of conflict, which involved not just Israel and the Arab world, but all nations.
For the Arab world any solution, which left the Old City of Jerusalem in Jewish hands,
was not acceptable. For the Jewish world, Jerusalem became the indivisible capital
of Israel and could not be handed back to the Arabs.
By virtue of its religious significance to Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jerusalem
became the focal point of world attention for millions of people. But this is not
the only reason for world attention on this place. The vast oil reserves in the Middle
East and the dependence of all nations on the free flow of oil also means that any
war over Israel now affects all people whatever their faith or lack of it. Added
to this Jerusalem and the whole of Israel are among the most open places on earth
for media to operate in, so that any flare up of violence here is inevitably flashed
across TV screens around the world. At the time when Zechariah wrote his prophecy
the idea that a conflict over Jerusalem could be a subject of concern to the whole
world would have seemed ridiculous. In our time it is a reality.
The Six Day War also increased the outrage and radicalisation of the Islamic world.
In Islamic thinking the world is divided into the Dar al Islam (abode of Islam, meaning
territories governed by Muslims) and the Dar al Harb (abode of war, meaning those
lands not under Muslim control). The Dar al Harb is the object of Jihad until the
Day of Judgment, with the aim being to bring it under Muslim control. Jihad can mean
a religious struggle to convert the population to Islam by argument or holy war using
force to impose it. Of particular concern is any land, which has once been Muslim
and for some reason ceases to be controlled by Muslims.
For this reason Israel and the Zionist movement have been the object of Jihad in
the aggressive sense from the very beginning. For Islam a Jewish state has no place
in the Middle East, being situated on territory conquered by the Muslims in 638 AD,
and containing sites holy to the Muslims, in particular the Dome of the Rock and
Al Aqsa Mosques in Jerusalem. According to Islamic thinking losing this territory
to non-Muslims was an insult to Allah, and so the Muslims must regain it. Any Jewish
claims to the land based on the covenants of the Bible are discounted because the
Muslims believe that the Jews and Christians changed the books (i.e. our Bible is
not the original message given by God). The only solution from a strict Muslim point
of view is the elimination of Israel and its replacement with a Palestinian Arab
state ruled by Muslims. In this state Arab Christians and a small remnant of the
Jewish community would be permitted to live as Dhimmis (subject people to the Muslims).
For the Muslim world the Israeli victory in 1967 was not just a military defeat,
but also a reversal of the march of history and a stain on Islam, which must be avenged.
In October 1968 the issue of Israels victory in the Six Day War was discussed at
a conference of The Islamic Research Academy at al-Azhar University in Cairo, the
main intellectual centre of the Islamic world. The Grand Imam of the University said,
It is inconceivable that Allah would grant to the Unbelievers (i.e. the Jews) a way
to triumph over the Believers (i.e. the Muslims). The general conclusion was that
these events contradicted the design of Allah and the march of history and that this
defeat was a kind of judgement of Allah on the Muslim world because they had been
taking on board influences from Western Capitalism and from Soviet Communism. The
answer was to return to pure Islam and so defeat Israel.
This view contributed to the radicalisation of the Islamic world, the overthrow of
the Shah in Iran in 1979 in Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution, and the rise of fundamentalist
Muslim groups, like Hamas and Al Qaeda, which are willing to use terror and extreme
violence to gain their ends. Suicide terrorism has been used with devastating effect
in the events of September 11th 2001 in America and in terrorist attacks in Israel.
Muslim preachers in the Palestinian areas, in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Islamic
world regularly issue blood-curdling threats against Israel and the Jewish people.
They often justify these threats with verses from the Koran which encourage such
attitudes: Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do
they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion
of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment
of superiority and they are in a state of subjection (Sura (chapter) 9 verse 29).
O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are
friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely
he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people (Sura 5:51).
Although not explicitly mentioned in the Koran, there is a Hadith, which gives a
detailed series of events connected with the end of days. (A Hadith is a saying or
tradition, not part of the Koran but given importance in Islamic thinking). It speaks
of Jesus (who is considered to be a prophet in Islam) going to Jerusalem with a lance
in his hand with which he will kill a false Messiah. Then he will kill the pigs,
break the crosses, demolish churches and kill Christians except those who accept
him in the Muslim sense as a prophet and not the Son of God. Then he will remain
on the earth for as long as Allah wills - perhaps for 40 years. Then he will die
and the Muslims will pray over him and bury him.
Many Muslim preachers are speaking today of an apocalyptic scenario involving a great
war with the Jewish people over Jerusalem. This will be the first stage of the planned
Islamic conquest of the whole world. They are confident of victory and see no need
for any compromise with Israel or the west. The following is an extract from a sermon
given by Imam Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi in Gaza on April 12th 2002 and broadcast live
on Palestinian TV. It is typical of the kind of incitement being given today in mosques
throughout the Islamic world.
We are convinced of the future victory of Allah; we believe that one of these days,
we will enter Jerusalem as conquerors, enter Jaffa as conquerors, enter Haifa as
conquerors, and all of Palestine as conquerors, as Allah has decreed. (By referring
to Haifa and Jaffa, Israeli coastal cities, he means that the Muslims will eliminate
Israel) Anyone who does not attain martyrdom in these days should wake in the middle
of the night and say: My God, why have you deprived me of martyrdom for your sake?
For the martyr lives next to Allah.
The Jews await the false Jewish messiah, while we await, with Allah’s help the Mahdi
and Jesus, peace be upon him. Jesus pure hands will murder the false Jewish messiah.
Where? In the city of Lod, in Palestine. Palestine will be, as it was in the past,
a graveyard for the invaders. A reliable Hadith [tradition] says: The Jews will fight
you, but you will be set to rule over them. What could be more beautiful than this
tradition? The Jews will fight you that is, the Jews have begun to fight us. You
will be set to rule over them Who will set the Muslim to rule over the Jew? Allah.
When the Jew hides behind the rock and the tree, the rock and tree will say: Oh Muslim,
oh servant of Allah, a Jew hides behind me, come and kill him.
We believe in this Hadith. We are convinced also that this Hadith heralds the spread
of Islam and its rule over all the land. Oh beloved, look to the East of the earth,
find Japan and the ocean; look to the West of the earth, find some country and the
ocean. Be assured that these will be owned by the Muslim nation, as the Hadith says,
from the ocean to the ocean.
Similar sermons are being preached all over the Middle East, stirring up a spirit
of hatred which will bring the Muslim nations into all out war aimed at Israels destruction
as described in Psalm 83 quoted above. In this Psalm there is a reference to Zeba
and Zalmunna, who said, Let us take for ourselves the pastures of God for a possession
(v 12). We find reference to Zeba and Zalmunna in Judges 8. They were kings of Midian,
leaders of the army, which came against Israel in the days of Gideon. In Judges 8.21
we read: Gideon arose and killed Zeba and Zalmunna and took the ornaments that were
on their camels necks. The Hebrew word used for ornaments is ha saharonim, an unusual
word, which is correctly translated in the New King James Version as crescent ornaments.
The crescent ornament showed dedication to the moon god of paganism.
Today there is a world religion, which also uses the crescent as its symbol Islam.
Islam embodies everything spoken of in this Psalm in its attitude towards Israel.
It is the dominant religion of the countries, which surround Israel. Those countries
have made an alliance against Israel aiming at the elimination of the Jewish state.
While they propose a treaty, which offers peace, which we will look at in the next
chapter, their real aim is the destruction of Israel.
They wish to take possession of the land of Israel, which is considered to be part
of the Dar al Islam (house of Islam). The Bible says Israel is the land, which God
gave to Abraham in a covenant, which he confirmed with Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 15,
26.2-5. 28.3-4). Islam has changed the message to make Ishmael not Isaac the inheritor
of the covenant, which contradicts the Bible (Genesis 17.19-21). Therefore in their
view Muslims, as descendants of Abraham and Ishmael, should rule over Jews, the descendants
of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For this reason it does not matter how many concessions
Israel makes, Islamic militants will not make a real peace with Israel. Their hostility
has nothing to do with the way Israel treats the Palestinians. It is based on the
fact that Israel exists.
This fact was made clear after the bombing of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
on August 1st 2002 by Hamas terrorists, when seven people were killed and 90 wounded.
Claiming responsibility for the attack Hamas spokesman Abdel Rantisi said terrorist
attacks will continue until all Jews leave Israel.
When Israel responds to such attacks and civilians are killed, along with the terrorists
responsible, the world comes down upon them with heavy condemnation. Today Israel
has become the whipping boy of the worlds media, blamed for taking defensive measures
against terrorists who are open in their aim to wipe out the Jewish state. Most Israelis
would like to reach a peace settlement with the Arabs. But they do not want to be
thrown into the sea. Israel’s growing unpopularity in the world also ties in with
Bible prophecies, which indicate that Israel will be alone in the last days, and
only Gods intervention will save her.
There is another side to Islam and to the whole situation, which appears to be running
in the opposite direction to what I have written in the previous chapter. In an interview
for Newsweek (3/12/01), Tony Blair said, True Islam is immensely tolerant and open.
Many western leaders promote the idea that there is a moderate form of Islam, which
wants to make peace with Israel and the western world.
On this basis Israeli Prime Minister Rabin and PLO Chairman Arafat signed the Oslo
Accords in September 1993, announcing, It is time to put an end to decades of confrontation
and conflict and to strive to live in peaceful coexistence and mutual dignity and
security. The hope was that an Israeli withdrawal from territories captured by Israel
in the Six Day War and an Arab renunciation of violence against Israel and recognition
of the Jewish state would make way for a comprehensive Middle East peace plan.
At the time I wrote in Light for the Last Days (October 1993) that the agreement
would break down over Jerusalem. Even as it was being signed the leaders were making
mutually exclusive claims on the city. Rabin said, Jerusalem remains under Israeli
sovereignty and our capital. But Arafat said, Whoever would relinquish an inch of
Jerusalem is not an Arab or a Muslim.
Seven years later the Oslo Agreement did break down primarily over the issue of Jerusalem.
In July 2000 at talks for a final peace deal in the USA, Israeli Prime Minister Barak
offered Arafat far more than anyone, including US President Clinton, expected. There
was agreement on most of the territorial issues. The sticking point was Jerusalem.
Barak offered Arafat half of the Old City of Jerusalem and control of the Arab neighbourhoods
both in the city and surrounding it (something Rabin had refused to offer in 1993).
He agreed that the Palestinian State would have authority over the Temple Mount,
that they could fly their flag there and that Arafat could have his office on the
Temple Mount. He even spoke of two capitals, one called Jerusalem as capital of Israel
and the other called Al Quds as capital of Palestine.
Arafat rejected this offer to the dismay of Clinton, refusing to compromise over
the Palestinian demand for sovereignty over the whole of the Old City of Jerusalem.
As this includes the Jewish Quarter and Jewish holy places, there was no way Barak
could accept this demand, without provoking total rejection from the Israeli population,
so bringing down his government. At the meeting of the Islamic Conference Organisation
in Morocco a month later in August, Arafat declared, Our struggle will continue and
we wont concede even an inch of the city. Jerusalem remained the burdensome stone
just as Zechariah prophesied 2500 years ago.
Out of that rejection came the bloody uprising, which has claimed thousands of lives
and brought misery and fear to both sides. The threat of the situation spiraling
out of control and sparking a general war in the Middle East has focused the minds
of politicians all around the world. It is clear that American mediation efforts
have failed and we need new mediation before the Israel-Palestinian conflict balloons
into an all out regional war, said European Commission President Romano Prodi.
In March 2002 Saudi Prince Abdullah launched a new initiative calling for full normalisation
of relations with Israel in exchange for withdrawal from all the occupied territory
in accordance with UN resolutions, including in Jerusalem. This proposal demanded
much greater concessions from Israel than were previously put forward in the Oslo
Accords, but it has now become the main proposal on the table. If accepted it would
mean Israel withdrawing from all of the West Bank and Gaza, the Golan Heights and
the whole of the Old City of Jerusalem. It would leave Israel perilously exposed
with Syria regaining the Golan Heights in the north and coming right down to the
northern shore of the Lake of Galilee and with the Palestinians in control of areas
vital to Israel’s defence along the Jordan Valley and the heights of Judea and Samaria.
In return Israel would have a peace treaty with the Arab nations. How much would
this peace treaty be worth? From past experience not much. When Yasser Arafat shook
hands with Yitzhak Rabin on the White House lawn in September 1993 he pledged to
seek a peaceful solution to the conflict and renounce terrorism. Since that time
he has done nothing of the kind.
A reason for this is to be found in the strategy, which was agreed on by the PLO
in 1974. Known as the 10 Points Phased Doctrine this strategy aimed to set up a mini-state
as the first step in liberating Palestine. The statement of the Palestine National
Council said, amongst other things: Once it is established, the Palestinian national
authority will strive to achieve a union of the confrontation countries, with the
aim of completing the liberation of all Palestinian territory and as a step along
the road to comprehensive Arab unity. In other words this state would be a springboard
for the final goal, which is the elimination of Israel.
When Arafat was criticised by some of his own side for making a treaty with Israel
he replied that this was the phased policy which had already been agreed on. He also
referred on several occasions to the Truce of Hudaybiyya, which Mohammed made with
the residents of Mecca at the beginning of his conquest of Arabia. In this treaty
Mohammed made peace with the people of Mecca (who rejected his claim to be a prophet)
and withdrew his forces to Medina. At the time of making the peace treaty the Meccans
were stronger than Mohammed’s forces. Within two years Mohammed’s forces were stronger
than the Meccans, so he abandoned the peace treaty and made war, defeating the opposition
to Islam in Mecca and imposing it by force.
This made a precedent for Islam in which you can make an armistice with an enemy
while he is stronger than you and if the armistice is good for the Islamic community.
But when your enemy is perceived to be weaker, war is imperative and is demanded
by the Koran. You are no longer bound by the peace treaty you made previously.
It is interesting that in 1995 the Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdel Aziz Bin-Baz,
handed down a religious ruling to the effect that Islamic law does not rule out peace
with Israel. However he went on to explain that peace with Israel is permissible
only on condition that it is a temporary peace, until the Moslems build up the military
strength needed to expel the Jews. By this logic the peace plan is merely a trick
to weaken Israel in order to deliver the final blow when the Islamic forces are strong
In Psalm 83 we read that the countries which are seeking the destruction of Israel
have consulted together with one consent. They form a confederacy against you. In
other words they have a hidden agenda. They may say words of peace to those who want
to hear that message (primarily the leaders of the USA and EU) but their real aim
is the opposite one. This was spelled out clearly by Abu Jihad, Arafat’s deputy,
at the PLO’s Algiers summit in 1988: What we are doing is carrying out a two-phase
strategy. This is a policy that says first we get a Palestinian State next to Israel,
then we use it as a base to destroy what remains of Israel. In order to get to the
first step we must persuade the world of our bona fides, that we don’t intend to
carry out the second phase.
The last sentence here clearly points to a deception aimed at the rest of the world.
The impression must be given that the establishment of a Palestinian State will mean
the end of the conflict and that the PLO has abandoned its aim of eliminating Israel.
In fact it will mean that the next stage of eliminating Israel will be much easier
to achieve, with the consent of the world community.
In the book of Isaiah 28.14-22 we find a very interesting passage, which we will
look at in more detail in the next chapter. This passage speaks of Israel making
an agreement, which they hope will protect them from invasion, but will turn out
to be a covenant with death based on lies and deception. This ties in very much with
the present scenario in which a peace plan is being proposed.
Apart from the Islamic dimension there is also a link in this process to Rome. The
key scripture making this connection is Daniel 9.26-7. In view of the difficulty
of this passage I have put the interpretation in brackets: And after the sixty two
weeks Messiah shall be cut off but not for himself; (the death of Jesus on the cross)
and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary
(the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in 70AD by the Romans, 40 years after
the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus). The end of it shall be with a flood and
till the end of the war desolations are determined (following the first coming of
Messiah there will be a prolonged period of wars and the desolation of Jerusalem).
Then he (the prince who is to come) shall confirm a covenant (peace agreement) with
many for one week (7 years see Genesis 29.27); but in the middle of the week he
shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall
be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation which is determined is poured
out on the desolate.
In Daniel’s prophecy the prince to come is the Beast or Antichrist described in the
Revelation. According to this passage the people from whom the Antichrist will come
have destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple at some time previous to his arrival. The
people who destroyed the Temple were the Romans, so the prince to come will also
have a connection to Rome. He will offer a peace covenant to Israel, but will turn
out to be a deceiver who will break his word and instead bring desolation until he
meets his appointed end at the return of the Messiah.
This links up with the information given in Chapters 4 and 5 of this book and brings
Europe into the question. Europe’s desire to exert its influence in the world has
extended to the Middle East region, where it is seeking to mediate a peace settlement
between Israel and the Palestinians. The Arab world prefers European mediation to
American because they consider America to be too sympathetic to Israel and Europe
to be more sympathetic to their viewpoint. Given Europe’s long history of anti-Semitism
and bias against Israel this is not good news for Israel.
It is interesting also that both Israel and the Palestinians have made representations
to Rome and the Vatican. The papacy has a vital interest in the holy places in Jerusalem
and as we saw in chapter 5 is very concerned for promoting a peace movement that
will involve all religions as well as governments. For obvious reasons there is nowhere
on earth where such a movement is more relevant than Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
When the Pope visited Damascus in May 2001 he said, We know that real peace can only
be achieved if there is a new attitude of understanding and respect between the three
Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. … There is a need for a new
spirit of dialogue and cooperation between Christians and Muslims. Together we must
proclaim to the world that the name of God is a name of peace and a summons to peace.
The Popes efforts to reconcile Roman Catholicism and Islam in 2001 complemented his
visit to Jerusalem in 2000 when he called for reconciliation with Judaism.
There have been a number of moves to increase the involvement of the Vatican and
the European Union in the peace process. The end of the standoff at Bethlehem’s Church
of the Nativity in May 2002 was achieved after negotiations between Israeli foreign
minister, Shimon Peres, and Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi and top Vatican
This is not the first time Shimon Peres has been involved in discussions with the
Vatican relating to the Middle East peace process. On 10th September 1993, just three
days before signing the Oslo Accords in Washington, the Italian newspaper, La Stampa,
reported that Peres who was then Israeli Foreign Minister had concluded a secret
deal with the Vatican to hand over sovereignty of Jerusalem’s Old City to the Vatican.
In May 1994, Marek Halter, a French intellectual and friend of Peres told the Israeli
weekly magazine Hashishi that he had personally delivered a letter from Peres to
the Pope in September 1993 in which he promised to internationalise Jerusalem, granting
UN political control of the Old City and the Vatican control of the holy sites there.
The UN would grant the PLO a capital within its new territory.
Although it is hard to verify this story, it has been circulating in Israel for a
number of years and points to the fact that a great deal of secret diplomacy has
been going on behind the scenes involving big players in world government and world
religious circles. It is probable that Peres is an insider in the New World Order
working on behalf of the globalist programme within the Israeli government. It is
certain that the EU has been sending funds to the peace camp in Israel in order to
promote the kind of deal over Jerusalem mentioned above.
The Vatican has a clear interest in keeping a controlling influence in the Old City
of Jerusalem and the holy sites there. While not supportive of Israel’s claim on
the city, the last thing they want is a radical Islamic regime to take control in
place of Israel as this could shut them out of these most important shrines of Christendom.
Therefore the proposal has been made that the city should be internationalised. The
view of the EU and the USA is the same. The only solution would seem to be some kind
of international peacekeeping force, which has been proposed by many interested parties
(but is currently strongly resisted by the Israelis).
European Union leaders have declared they stand ready to contribute fully to peace-building
and support an international peace conference, jointly hosted by the EU, the US,
the UN, and Russia, to discuss with the Israelis and the Palestinians security, political
and economic issues in the Middle East. Both Prime Minister Sharon and Shimon Peres
have expressed interest in Rome being the venue. Sharon said: We have excellent relations
with Rome and my personal relations with Prime Minister Berlusconi are great.
Berlusconi also has good relations with the Palestinians, as Italy has proposed a
Marshall Plan to help revive the Palestinian economy. Rome mayor Walter Veltroni
offered the Eternal city as a possible location for the talks, saying, If a peace
conference for the Middle East is held, then Rome would be the ideal venue.
From the point of view of biblical prophecy it is highly likely that some kind of
peace deal will emerge involving Rome and the European Union acting as mediators.
Whether that involves the characters in power at the time of writing this remains
to be seen, but in many ways we see the stage being set for a peace treaty, which
will tie in with the prophecies of the Bible.
It is interesting that the Oslo Accords broke down exactly seven years after the
signing ceremony in Washington. Instead of a final peace ceremony, the worlds TV
screens were filled with images of Israeli soldiers fighting with Palestinians on
the Temple Mount, as the Al Aqsa Intifada began. Oslo was a kind of dry run of the
final peace treaty, which is coming, which will end up seven years later with the
armies of the world gathering at Armageddon!