Indicators – June 25, 2013 – Any Progress Yet?

The last entry with any indication of a peace process was essentially followed by a period of little activity … but a shift to news on Syria, missiles and rockets, and tensions with other nations posturing support for the Syrian or rebel troops took the spot light.

Damascus is still of interest in light of Isaiah’s words … continued fighting could lay much of the city waste and even the destruction thus far seems a reflection of Scripture.

The burden against Damascus. “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap. (Isaiah 17:1 NKJV)

Obviously, from the point of Arab Spring going forward, it’s the entire area that needs a solution. God willing compassion would enter into the picture … but the latest from Egypt is little compassion from within the population for its own leadership, go figure … but the biblical perspective leaves us unsurprised by what we see. So a remarkable leader will be the one to move a process of some kind toward the appearance of peace. Only a King’s scepter will draw the ultimate lines of peace.

The world will seek the strong leader … who is likely now waiting in the wings. Certainly there is no visible leader who is strong … and that is biblical because the weaker leaders will defer … For a time, times, and half a time …

For now, Israel is holding its ground and putting up missile shields … and waiting it out.

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HEADLINE: Kerry seeks Netanyahu-Abbas meeting.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Middle East for a new round of meetings on Thursday in an effort to press Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.

Palestinian sources estimate that Kerry will try to coordinate a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

One Palestinian source expressed skepticism that Kerry will succeed in getting both leaders to agree to meet with no pre-conditions. He added that the matter is not on the Palestinian agenda.

HEADLINE: Officials: Obama’s policy team trying to ‘reign in’ Kerry over pledges to allies, rivals

Since becoming America’s top diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has issued several as yet undelivered – and perhaps undeliverable – foreign policy promises, including a historic breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

HEADLINE: Netanyahu urges Palestinians to start talks, and stay at them

Western diplomats tell Israeli media Netanyahu willing to release prisoners, freeze settlement building outside of the main blocs in return for Abbas giving up demand to start talks based on ’67 lines; Erekat denies report, says PA won’t give up preconditions.

Additional Report Links at
Abbas interested in restarting limited peace talks

PA denies report Abbas ready to restart peace talks

Israel smiles as EU voices full support for Kerry

HEADLINE: At dedication of West Bank school, Netanyahu pleads the fifth on future of settlements

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited on Monday the settlement of Barkan in the West Bank, for the first time since the election and two days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for a visit in Israel.

Netanyahu, who visited Barkan for the dedication of an elementary school named after his father, Benzion Netanyahu, avoided making binding or clear statements regarding the peace process or the future of the settlements.

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Thoughts from June 11

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As many of us seem to feel global economies are getting a bit more settled, the real scriptural perspective of vital importance is what happens in and around Jerusalem. From the window view we are aware that current progress towards peace in Israel is as slow as before. What we watch for is the subtle things that will allow the major shift to a peace pact … and perhaps the seven year covenant (fragile agreement) that one global leader will put into effect. That is scriptural.

Whether John Kerry makes for a significant step forward, or fails, may equally make for the peace pact’s reality. Damascus is approaching ruin much like Isaiah tells us will be the case and the full story on Syria is yet to be played out … but this may really be distraction from the really important issue … who is it that makes the peace pact Scripture says is coming. Then what? You can read ahead on this one … and the last segment of the WindowView timeline outlines the key events.

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HEADLINE: Netanyahu: Construction in West Bank settlements continues

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday that he wanted to resume peace talks, but that construction in the settlements in the West Bank would continue, “and continues today.”

“Settlement in the blocs wouldn’t substantively change the ability to reach an agreement,” Netanyahu said, adding that “the real question is whether or not there is a will to recognize the Jewish State.”

Israel has long said that under any peace agreement it intends to keep its largest settler enclaves built in Ariel, near the Palestinian city of Nablus, in Gush Etzion in the Bethlehem area, and in the Jerusalem area. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has so far linked a resumption of peace talks to a total freeze in settlement construction.

HEADLINE: Kerry delays Middle East trip to give Abbas more time

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was supposed to arrive in Israel on Tuesday, has delayed his trip, likely until next week.

The delay is meant to give Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas more time to decide whether to drop his demanded preconditions for restarting peace negotiations with Israel. Abbas has said Israel must freeze settlement construction in Judea and Samaria and accept the 1967 borders as the basis for a two-state solution before talks can be held.

Kerry had not yet officially announced his trip and therefore did not respond to reports it had been delayed.

HEADLINE: Barghouti: US not honest broker, peace deadlocked

On Sunday, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti stated that the U.S. is not an honest broker and the peace talks with Israel have reached a deadlock.

Netanyahu, urgently distancing himself from deputy minister’s comments, says government wants two-state solution

After Danny Danon tells Times of Israel that majority in coalition would block Palestinian state, sources close to Netanyahu say PM wants to resume talks right away and discuss ‘all issues’.

The Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday firmly distanced itself from comments made to the Times of Israel by Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon that a strong majority in the government and the coalition oppose a two-state solution with the Palestinians and would block the creation of a Palestinian state if such a proposal ever came to a vote.

Danon’s comments “do not represent the position of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the government of Israel,” the sources said in response to Danon’s interview, which was published on Thursday.

HEADLINE: Defense minister shuns deputy over two-state comments

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was displeased with Danny Danon’s appointment as his deputy after January’s elections and limited the latter’s responsibilities as much as possible, but last week’s interview with The Times of Israel was the last straw, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.

“I’ve given up [my] responsibility for him a long time ago. Don’t come to me with complaints” about Danon, Ya’alon was quoted as saying behind closed doors by the Hebrew daily.

According to Yedioth, since Danon’s appointment as No. 2 in the Defense Ministry, Ya’alon “seriously curtailed [Danon’s] powers as his deputy, reduced as much as possible his meetings with military personnel and didn’t permit him to appoint [for himself] a military aide.”

HEADLINE: Settlement starts spike 176% in 1st quarter of 2013

Settler housing starts spiked by 176% in the first quarter of 2013, as construction in the two largest settlement cities of Beitar Illit and Modin Illit, roared back to life after being almost dormant for the last three years, according to Central Bureau of Statistics Data. In the first three months of this year, work began on 865 new homes in Judea and Samaria, as opposed to 313 new homes last year over same the period.

HEADLINE: De facto building freeze takes hold in East Jerusalem
Palestinians lay groundwork for future state

Six cities, two airports, a high-tech complex, a university and a system of highways to connect all of the above are included in the new Palestinian construction plan aimed at setting facts on the ground and creating a territorial continuity in the West Bank for an independent state.

HEADLINE: Israel Aims to Stay Out of Syria Conflict

Israel wants to stay out of Syria’s civil war, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday. Israel has conducted at least three air strikes on suspected Syrian depots for weaponry. And Israel’s forces have occasionally shelled Syrian positions in response to shooting at the Israeli side of the Golan. But despite violence eroding security on the Golan Heights border area, Netanyahu said Israel would not get involved in Syria unless it was fired upon.

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June 5 Headlines

Nuclear Iran is always on our minds. Fighting in and around Syria makes for more Middle East complications, but seeking peace in terms of Israel always seems to drag on. And the headlines below simply reflect more effort with no peace pact and war all around. Signs of these times:

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HEADLINE: Diplomats say Iran nuclear reactor damaged by quake

Diplomats say countries monitoring Iran’s nuclear program have picked up information that the country’s only power-producing nuclear reactor was damaged by one or more recent earthquakes. Two diplomats say long cracks have appeared in at least one section of the structure. Officials in Tehran assured the international community — after the quakes struck in April and early May — that the facility at Bushehr, south of Tehran, was undamaged.

HEADLINE: US considers stationing F-16s, Patriot missiles in Jordan

The United States will send a Patriot missile battery and F-16 fighters to Jordan for a military drill and may keep the weapons there to counter the threat posed by Syria’s civil war, officials said Monday.

The Patriot missile launchers and F-16 warplanes “were approved for deployment to Jordan as part of Exercise Eager Lion,” said Lieutenant Colonel T.G. Taylor, spokesman for US Central Command based in Tampa, Florida.

“In order to enhance the defensive posture and capacity of Jordan, some of these assets may remain beyond the exercise at the request of the Government of Jordan,” Taylor said in a statement.

HEADLINE: Kerry: Last chance for Israel-PA peace

Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the Middle East next week in another bid to revitalize peace hopes, officials said Monday, with the contours of a package possibly emerging to lure Israel and the Palestinians back into direct negotiations.

HEADLINE: Abbas threatens to dismantle PA if peace talks don’t start

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to dismantle the PA should U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry fail to “salvage the peace process,” a senior PA official said Tuesday.

He added that Abbas also informed Kerry that he agreed to extend the deadline for the secretary of state’s mission until June 20, on condition that Israel releases Palestinian prisoners arrested before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. Sheikh said the PA rejects the idea of a gradual release of the prisoners, insisting that they all be freed together.

HEADLINE: ‘Israel would oppose international forces as part of peace deal’

Even as US Secretary of State John Kerry has been keeping details of Washington’s vision for a possible Israeli-Palestinian peace deal very much under wraps, International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz made clear Tuesday that Jerusalem would oppose any attempt to introduce international forces into the equation.

HEADLINE: Abbas says peace ball is in Israel’s court

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that he is serious about reaching a peace settlement, but it is first up to Israel to accept a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.

“[US Secretary of State John] Kerry is exerting strenuous efforts,” Abbas said at a news conference after meeting with President Mohammed Waheed Hassan of Maldives. “The ball is now in Israel’s court.”
Other recent stories set the backdrop for the bigger picture to current events:

Kerry calls for ‘two states’ in speech to US Jews

Settler leaders to Netanyahu: Stop de-facto W. Bank freeze

Kerry to U.S. Jews: Next few days will determine Middle East fate for decades

Kerry: We are running out of time, possibilities for peace

Jordan’s FM coordinating position on Kerry’s efforts


The current push for peace in the Middle East is like the next wave coming to the beach. We see a crest and as the wave breaks water spills onto the sand. But the wave collapses and is simply water awash over the shore.

The biblical question is what will really be the break that yields a difference and how will it look in respect to Scripture? The general concept of what will happen is already written, but watching events in real time requires being diligent in seeing alignment between events and the text. From what we see here, it won’t be impossible to tell!