This week we see two contrasting points regarding Israel and the prospect for world peace. First, we have every reason to believe a man of peace will broker some kind of solution regarding Israel. But there is more to it than peace now. Second, the reminder of the Holocaust brings equal weight to this picture … because based on Scripture, current events are unfolding along lines that are expected. Turmoil is still in the offing, according to what we read.
We are not making predictions here. The WindowView is more observational in nature, but then what we observe is rather awesome. Regarding peace, we find it refreshing and curious that President Obama’s second administration is now making the “big push” to broker a resolution. Why would now work more than before? We are watching, but also mindful that any significant move here may well fall deeper into biblical expectations … and wouldn’t that be remark-able!
But regarding the holocaust of nearly 7 decades ago, the prospect of a brokered peace in the Middle East brings events that remind us the the slogan of “Never Again” will have to wait out the turmoil that follows the peace accord. These words fit the scenarios that align with the end of our WindowView timeline. Visit our Timeline to see what those events are in a chronology that comes out of Scripture. This is mot of our making, it’s observational, simply because it was written before our generation arrived at this point in time.
Look out the window, think, and maybe do some study of your own. In the mean time, the headlines below do fall along the lines that being us to perspectives reaching the event horizon ahead.
HEADLINE: John Kerry visits Jerusalem to push for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
Secretary of State John Kerry worked Monday to corral Israeli and Palestinian leaders into a new and ambitious peace process that includes reviving parts of a long-dormant plan embraced by the Arab world a decade ago, officials said.
Kerry’s foremost goal is to restart direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that have hardly taken place at all over the last 4 1/2 years. And, in a break from previous American-led efforts, he also wants to focus on a modified version of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.
HEADLINE: In Auschwitz, Israeli army chief vows to prevent a ‘second Holocaust’
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz on Monday led the March of the Living at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland and lit a torch in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Gantz vowed that Israel’s army would stand ready to protect the Jewish people from future danger and harm.
He was joined by Tel Aviv’s Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, himself a child survivor of the camp, and some 10,000 other participants, many of them young people, on the three-kilometer walk Monday afternoon.
“Each and every one of you — members of our nation and its friends, Jewish and non-Jewish alike — is the living proof of the victory of light; victory of morality; the triumph of Israel; that from the destruction of the Holocaust we grew stronger as a nation and as a people,” Gantz said in a speech.
HEADLINE: In Jerusalem and Ramallah, Kerry pushes peace
U.S. secretary of state said exploring 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, with greater security commitments and softer language on borders
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is looking to breathe new life into dormant Mideast peace talks in meetings Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, amid talk of modifying a decade-old Arab plan that’s long been greeted with skepticism by the Jewish state.
A day after meeting one-on-one with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry spent the morning of Israel’s Holocaust memorial day at Yad Vashem, laying down a red, white and blue wreath at the nation’s official monument for the 6 million Jews murdered during World War II. He was to meet privately Monday with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli President Shimon Peres, before a dinner with Netanyahu and other Israeli officials.
HEADLINE: Kerry Offers P.A. ‘Incentives’ to Restart Peace Talks
Secretary of State John Kerry began his second visit to Israel Sunday afternoon in Ramallah, where he reportedly offered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas incentives to restart negotiations with Israel, the P.A.’s official Ma’an News Agency reported Sunday.
According to the report, Kerry offered the following incentives:
· Ensure Israel will not withhold future tax revenues
· Extend P.A. jurisdiction in Area C, which is currently under full Israeli sovereignty under the terms of the Oslo Accords.
· Allow Palestinians to build “more freely” in Area C
Abbas also reportedly demanded the release of all Palestinian prisoners engaging in hunger strikes.
Meanwhile, Ma’an says Abbas told President Obama last month there would be no return to negotiations without a “settlement freeze.” He also reportedly said Netanyahu must present a map showing the final borders of a future state before talks can resume. Abbas wants Netanyahu to agree on 1967 borders and also is demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners engaged in hunger strikes.
HEADLINE: Afghanistan: Taliban Kill Six Americans, including State Dept. diplomat
On Saturday, Taliban militants killed six Americans, including a young female diplomat in the deadliest day in Afghanistan for the U.S. in eight months. Three members of the military, two U.S. civilians and an Afghan doctor died after being hit by an explosion while travelling to donate books to a school in the south.
In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute to Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year-old foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, who was killed in the “despicable attack” in the province of Zabul. The Illinois woman is the first American diplomat to die on the job since last year’s attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
The world is not in a peaceful state. Global change, especially the now obvious shifts due to climate change are NOT being attended to by a collaborative effort of all nations. Economies are resting on shifting sand. We are looking at an event horizon that approaches, but humanity is not looking beyond its nose … and yet we at the window have certain expectations for what that means. Science, Change, Harmony, and Time are panes of glass in the window … Take a look.