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.

Scroll down to the previous post and take a moment to watch our brief video. And take into account how,what we see in the Middle East also portends a revival as the Israeli people identify and embrace their Messiah.