A correspondence we received from someone in Israel reports the following perspective. Please note, the importance of this posting is as an INDICATOR of what to expect in the news TOMORROW and beyond. While the unrest in the Arabs states may seem interesting and none of great concern to all nations outsie the area, once conflict inside Israel erupts … all bets are off. Why? The implications become global. The opinions expressed in this piece are those of the writer. Read, watch the news, and look though the ‘Window’ to consider a much bigger picture. That picture includes you:
“There has been much in the news, lately, surrounding events in the Middle East. I would like to touch on two of them.
“The first is the unity pact that was signed between Fatah and Hamas. Fatah is the current political force in control of most of the West Bank and Hamas is the group in control of Gaza. Both were formally a part of the PLO and the news that they are beginning to reunite, after major conflict when Hamas won elections in Gaza, is extremely troubling to say the least. Fatah has always been militant towards Israel although they have put on a face of peace to the world. Hamas has never pretended to be anything but anti Israel. And now the two are together. It really does not matter how you spin it or how the media reports it or how much the “left” (in Israel and around the world) wants to believe that it really does not matter much. This is a serious matter for the state of Israel.
“Fatah can no longer hide behind the peaceful propaganda that it promotes, much like Yasar Arafat did a decade ago. And Hamas has been declared a terrorist state by the US and others. Now they have become one again. Israel has taken steps in this regard. They have frozen payments to the PA as long as they remain united with a terrorist group. There is much pressure from inside and outside of Israel for this to be reversed.
“In my opinion, Israel must stand firm in this. The enemy has played its hand and it must now reap what it sows. There has also been a call in the US Senate to stop funding the PA until this nonsense ends. And it is a bi-partisan call as some 16 Senate democrats have sent a letter to the president to have the US stop payments. Until the US stands up and declares itself to be the friend and ally of Israel, as it used to be, there will be no such stance by any of the other countries of the world. They still look to the US for direction and will not be found to the right of any position that the US takes. The US needs a strong and logical foreign policy, not just troops everywhere. Standing with Israel is the logical, historical and biblical place to start. (On a side note, I watched the SC presidential debate on Fox this past week. No mention of Israel anywhere. The election will be won or lost on the basis of the economy. Of this I am sure. But the direction of the US, morally and economically, will be based on its relationship with Israel.)
“Second, of course, is the killing of UBL as everyone now calls him. So what does this mean for Israel and, more importantly, for the US. I think that in the short run it will mean a slowing of reported terror attacks and a reshuffling of the leadership of Al Queda. It will also be a defining moment for US foreign policy in regards to Pakistan. I am reminded about God’s warning to the church in Revelation about “fence-sitting”. The US and Pakistan need to iron out their relationship and hopefully renew trust. “If you are not for us then you are against us”. Nuf said. In the long run,terror is still a strong and evil enemy of the world. Killing one man, even UBL, does not stop terrorism. Again, the US must have a rational and urgent plan in place in regard to the world terror threat.
Why share this with you? On the one hand, many of us are not living in the area where troubles are brewing. When it breaks loose, we may not feel that there will be any impacts, excpet for maybe at the gas pump. But that will draw attention. But over there, not here where you are, bombs may fall. It’s different if the bombs land at your feet. But then in a companion posting at WindowView Press, we talk about how terror has an extended reach and the cost touches every person on the planet!
All of this activity impacts us in the material world, but have you considered the spiritual implications? We recommend a reading of some of the Harmony articles within the Window … as well as looking around at the entire big view that the Winodw frames by all its multiple perspectives. In the end, it’s all about making a ‘Step Up To Life.” Have you already? Will you?
P.S. Also our recent post about terrorism, considers the implications reaching into tghe domain of global change to include an educated speculation (opinion) about the long term consequence of terrorism on global politics and world governance, agian this is posted at the WindowView Press blog.