Slow March To Peace? Turmoil Continues …

The following news clips are offered as is and for the sake of finding a pulse on recent events in the Middle East and on the moral pulse that characterizes the day. If you are well studied, you know that what leads up to peace in Jerusalem also opens another scriptural chronology. If you don’t believe it, well so be it for you. If you’ve studied it, it’s news that inches toward a huge change on the planet.  Therefore, each day we sit at our window to observe.  Events unfold at the pace they do, but a push, anew, for peace in the Middle East is now upon us. We are interested to see what comes next.

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News from May 20

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HEADLINE: Kerry to arrive in Israel to push for negotiations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive for another visit to the region this week, as part of significant efforts to renew the peace process. Kerry will land in Israel this Tuesday and spend two days there. During his visit, he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem.

HEADLINE: Lapid calls for interim peace deal with Palestinians

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid says U.S. should push three-year plan to realize final border agreement for Palestinian state. He believes that reaching a final peace agreement with the Palestinians is unrealistic at the current time and the sides should instead pursue an interim arrangement.

HEADLINE: Yair Lapid Interview with New York Times

In his first interview to foreign press since taking office, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid acknowledged that tens of thousands of Jews would someday be uprooted from what he described as “remote settlements” in the West Bank, something he called “heartbreaking.” But he said that problem should be set aside for now, advocating the immediate creation of an interim Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank where no Jews live, with final borders drawn in perhaps three, four or five years. Palestinian leaders have roundly rejected temporary borders.

Lapid said he would not stop the so-called “natural expansion” of settlements in the West Bank, nor curtail the financial incentives offered to Israelis to move there. He said the large swaths of land known as East Jerusalem that Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war and later annexed must stay Israeli because “we didn’t come here for nothing.”

HEADLINE: Lapid:  Final status agreement with Palestinians unrealistic

To allay Palestinian concerns, Lapid told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily that U.S. President Barack Obama should set a three-year timeline for determining the final borders of a Palestinian state. As a gesture to the Israelis, he also called on Obama to endorse the position laid out by President George W. Bush in 2004, allowing Israel to keep some of the Jewish settlements it has built in Judea and Samaria.

HEADLINE:  Lapid urges PM to secure his ‘place in history’ by making peace, hails Fayyad’s vision of Palestinian state

In remarks left out of a New York Times interview, Finance Minister Yair Lapid praised outgoing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s concept of Palestinian statehood, said Israel and the Palestinians need American help toward a peace agreement, and advised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make peace a priority to secure his “place in history.”

HEADLINE: Abbas:  Netanyahu must choose between settlements and peace

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “must choose between building settlements and negotiating peace,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday at a press conference in Cairo.

“Israel can easily leave settlements, as it has in the past. Israel gave up settlements in Sharm el-Sheikh and the Sinai, and removed 20 of them in just 24 hours,” Army Radio quoted Abbas as saying.

HEADLINE: Your passport cannot be renewed, FM tells ministers

The ongoing labor dispute between Foreign Ministry employees and the Finance Ministry has ground the issuance of diplomatic passports to a halt. As a result, cabinet ministers have been denied the necessary documentation for official travel abroad.

In the case of Tzipi Livni, this means she might not be able to attend upcoming peace talks with her Palestinian counterparts.

HEADLINE: Russia knows exactly what the fuss is about

By insistently arming Assad, and with increasingly sophisticated air defenses, a disingenuous Moscow risks heating the northern border to boiling point.

The four-part reasoning Lavrov advances: (1) Russia’s arms sales credibility would be shattered were it to renege on the deal; (2) Russia has never made any secret of its various contracts with Assad; (3) these are defensive missile systems, not offensive weapons; and (4) the sales are not in breach of international law or Russia’s own ostensibly stringent arms sales regulations.

HEADLINE: Report:  Syria aims half-ton warhead missiles at Tel Aviv

Sunday Times reports the deployment of Syria’s advanced Tishreen missile batteries, which carry 500-kilogram (1100-pound) warheads and have standing orders to fire at Tel Aviv if Israel carries out any military strike on Syrian territory.

Responding to a report in The Sunday Times suggesting that Syria has prepared its most advanced missiles to hit Tel Aviv if Israel launches a strike on its territory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that Israel was prepared for any scenario.

HEADLINE: Netanyahu:  We’ll continue to halt Syrian arms transfers

Amid escalating rhetoric between Jerusalem and Damascus in the wake of reported Israeli airstrikes in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday to continue to act to prevent advanced weaponry from being transferred to Lebanese terror group Hezbollah via Syria.

“The Israeli government has acted responsibly and prudently to ensure the security of Israeli citizens and to prevent advanced weapons from reaching Hezbollah and [other] terrorist organizations… and we will do so in the future,” Netanyahu said during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

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Additional Headlines May 23, 2013

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HEADLINE:  US ‘pressures’ Israel with diplomat at settlement hearing

In what left- and right-wing groups are interpreting as a display of US pressure on Israel, an American diplomat appeared at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Wednesday to listen to the government’s argument in favor of legalizing four unauthorized West Bank outposts.

Andrew Schut, a representative at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv , attended the session, during which the court debated a petition by the left-wing settlement watchdog Peace Now to evacuate Givat Assaf and five other outposts that they argue are illegal according to international law.

Schut’s appearance in court came less than a week after US Secretary of State John Kerry contacted Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren “to protest the planned legalization of four West Bank outposts,” including Givat Assaf, in the wake of the government’s announcement that it intended to legalize them.

HEADLINE:  Kerry made angry call to Israeli Ambassador Oren over outposts last Thursday

Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly made an angry phone call to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren in protest of government plans to legalize four West Bank outposts that had previously been set for demolition.

HEADLINE: Erekat throws his weight behind Kerry’s bid to revive talks

The top Palestinian negotiator with Israel on Monday threw his weight behind US Secretary of State John Kerry’s bid to revive stalled peace talks. Kerry is due to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah on Thursday and Friday. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told a UN committee in New York on Monday that a settlement freeze and the release of Palestinian prisoners were not conditions for returning to negotiations, but rather obligations that Israel must fulfill.

HEADLINE: Government rifts over peace process revealed during Knesset committee meeting

While Minister Livni said at the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the government’s goal is to restart negotiations, other coalition members insisted a two-state solution was never an official government position. The committee discussion lasted more than two hours.

HEADLINE: Officials warn of Syria conflict quickly spiraling out of control

IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz toured the Golan near the border with Syria Tuesday, and told lawmakers that tensions in the north could quickly devolve into war.

Other senior officials echoed his worries, with Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan warning that it was only a matter of time before major Israeli cities started getting pounded by rockets.

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Another ‘Isaiah 5:20’ moment for Obama:

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light,

and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter

Jay Carney’s White House press briefing, May 22, 2013:

Make very clear that he [Obama] has zero tolerance for sexual assault in the military and that he believes that those who participate in it dishonor the uniform they wear, and that those who are victims of it and who wear the uniform should know that the Commander-in-Chief has their backs.

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Obama has had a major roll in LGBT and ‘don’t ask, don’t tell:’

Speaking of dishonoring the uniform

No earthly leader has done more to promote the immoral LGBT agenda than US President Barack Obama.

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‘Koenig’s Eye View from the White House’ – May 17, 2013 [NOTE: … for more stop by the web site at: watch.org]

 Obama under judgment? – Five of his recent ‘sin proclamations, endorsements and actions’ corresponded with three major crises …. Chronology of Obama’s activities and corresponding events … Could this be the beginning of much more? …. John Kerry betting on the wrong horses … Russia-Israel tension worsening … Iran’s plans to take over Syria …Iran agents training to storm Israel’s border… Russia sending top air-defense system to Assad … Analysis of Russia’s S-300 system … Intervention in Syria: Three things to know …. Ground-based laser systems against rockets ….. Watch out for Petraeus in Benghazi scandal …. Tolerating totalitarianism

Inspired by God

“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.” – E. M. Bounds

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We post these news clips at WindowView.org because each helps to characterize the series of current events that characterize something important.  On the one hand, if you are mining the Scriptures for information and detail, aside from any religious context, you will be noting how events in Israel are the crossroads leading to the future.  And further, commentary on any moral condition that leaves God out of one’s mind, is also part of the fabric that is woven into the daily lives of everyone, whether they are thinking about the issues or even in disagreement … he context in which we live our lives is changing … to see it … look out the window … what is in view? Think about it! Maybe you will need to respond in some way personally, after all the window we are referring to is YOUR window and what you SEE!

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