Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Truth

There seems to be an erie silence happening in Israel right now.  So much has happened in the past few months that I'm afraid to admit that right now feels like the calm before the storm.  On January 22 we will be electing a new Prime Minister and polls are leading to a shift in the Kennesset (the house goverment) to the right.  I believe that the results in this election will determine the future in the middle east.  The Palestinian Authority's (PA) Abbas is continually refusing to come to the negotiating table with our current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  They currently want all negotiations to begin with many preconditions.  In my humble opinion; peace talks should begin with the mutual agenda of PEACE and not "peace on the condition of..."  PA officials continue to demad Israel accept the indefensible 1949 Armistice lines as borders, free all Arab terrorists from its jails, and again freeze construction before talks of peace can resume.  The PA also refuses to acknowledge Israel's right to exsist at all.  How can peace be made under these conditions?  I'm not asking rehtorically.  I really want to know!  I have no idea how to make it happen. 

This fantastic video clearly and concisely describes the truth about the West Bank and the Palestinian conflict.

This second video is an excellent description of the history that we have seen in trying to make peace with the PA. 

What do we learn from both of these videos?  That we have a long way to go before peace will be attained in the middle east.  There is not much else I can add to this, but both of these 2 videos clearly and effectively describe what it is that I'm struggling to put into words.  We will continue to see how events unfold as we near the election on January 22.  Stay tuned!
I pray that we see peace in our time.  Real peace.  Lasting peace.  I hope that this new year, 2013 bring lots of blessings of peace and happiness to all of us.  Happy New Year!

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