January News: PEACE TREATY BY APRIL?

from David Dolan’s monthly newsletter:

“America’s senior diplomat, John Kerry, returned to the Middle East during January to prod along faltering peace talks that he fathered between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. As usual, he met with senior Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, including PM Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, followed by meetings with Mahmoud Abbas and other senior PA leaders in Ramallah, due north of Jerusalem. While in the Israeli capital city, Kerry confirmed media reports that the Obama administration wants a final peace accord to be ironed out by April, when Jews in Israel and all around the world will celebrate Passover with the first of four full lunar “Tetrad” eclipses that will darken the moon on successive Passovers and Feast of Tabernacles over the next two years.”

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December News: PEACE DEAL BY MAY?

from David Dolan’s Montly Newsletter

“The United States chief diplomat, former Senator John Kerry, returned to the Middle East in December to promote his nearly yearlong effort to shepherd a final peace accord between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. While in Jerusalem, he revealed that the Obama administration is hoping to broker a final agreement by next April or May at the latest. However both Israeli and Palestinian leaders said the goal was unachievable. Saeb Erekat, the chief PA negotiator, said the two sides might reach an initial framework agreement by then, but not a final accord. “Once you reach the framework agreement, you need six to twelve months to reach a comprehensive treaty on all core issues,” he told reporters in Ramallah. Israeli politicians who back the peace process saw some sign of hope in the statement since the PA had earlier vowed to walk away from the talks if they lasted more than nine months, which would be the case if they continue until next April.”

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Thoughts from June 11

For those who looked at the previous post and tried the video link with no positive result, we have fixed the link to a page that works with most browsers (certainly most recent versions).

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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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.

Director, WindowView.org

Peace Now? Holocaust No More?

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.

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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.
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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.

Director, WindowView.org

Hillary and Barack Say Goodbye

On the news magazine (TV show) 60 Minutes, Hillary Clinton was given a very public send off by her boss, Mr. Obama. Very civil and perhaps with much sincerity. The media call it politics. On the flip side, we might ask how much safer the world is after four years of an Obama administration. Not the war on terrorism … No, indeed the question is more about the civility of foreign states to one another.

The headlines below end on the same old note of a two state peace resolution. Ironically, all the rest say much more about the continued strife that will sustain the push to put Israel at the bottom of the sea. And frankly we know one Authority who says that won’t ever happen (documented by a written source to be revealed here soon).

The real irony is, the nuclear solution Iran seeks, will kill and pollute Arabs. Arabs might thank Israel for any role in putting off the nuclear option. And the real irony is that the putative solution to politics and religion in the Arab world reveals itself as the pendulum swings in Egypt. When the Morsi regime collapses … what next? And NONE of this is being explored by the media in the very country where Hillary and Barack share a civil goodbye …

Read, think, open the window …

HEADLINE: Kissinger: US, Israel on Brink of Nuclear Crisis with Iran

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Peace laureate Henry Kissinger is warning that the United States and Israel are very close to facing a crisis with a nuclear-arming Iran.

The 89-year-old Kissinger told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that such a crisis — a full-fledged atomic war — would be “a turning point in human history,” the BBC reported.

“There has emerged in the region, the current and most urgent issue of nuclear proliferation. For 15 years, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council [UNSC] have declared that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable, but it has been approaching,” he said.

HEADLINE: Egypt in show of defiance against Islamist leader

Protesters battled police for hours in Cairo on Monday and thousands marched through Egypt’s three Suez Canal cities in direct defiance of a night-time curfew and state of emergency, handing a blow to the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s attempts to contain five days of spiraling political violence.

Nearly 60 people have been killed in the wave of unrest, clashes, rioting and protests that have touched cities across the country but have hit the hardest in the canal cities, where residents have virtually risen up in outright revolt.

HEADLINE: Masked ‘Black Bloc’ a mystery in Egypt unrest

An unpredictable new element has entered Egypt’s wave of political unrest: a mysterious group of masked young men called the Black Bloc who present themselves as the defenders of protesters opposed to the Islamist president’s rule. They boast that they’re willing to use force to fight back against Islamists who have attacked protesters in the past – or against police who crack down on demonstrations.

HEADLINE: White House: Egypt’s democracy on ‘difficult path’

Egypt is on a “difficult path” to a peaceful democracy, the White House said Monday as months of lukewarm political support for the conservative Islamic government was in danger of backfiring after deadly weekend riots pushed Cairo to crack down on civil rights. The Obama administration has already delayed $1 billion in U.S. aid to Cairo because of Egypt’s instability.

HEADLINE: Tehran suspects Mossad in Fordo blast, says Iranian expat

White House dismisses report of explosion in nuclear facility; cameras stationed at plant could reveal truth in the coming days

HEADLINE: Did an explosion occur at Iran’s Fordo nuclear site?

US-based website World Net Daily has reported that a mysterious explosion destroyed a significant part of Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility. The website stated that Hamidreza Zakeri, formerly with the Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security, confirmed that the facility was hit, but the report has not been corroborated by other Western sources. (See link in previous post for the WND article.)

HEADLINE: Hezbollah threat: Missile attacks on navy bases, gas rigs

Israel fears that Syrian chemical weapons may reach Hezbollah, but the Shiite terror group has its eye on conventional weapons that can change balance of power and undermine the IDF’s aerial superiority in Lebanon.

While Israel fears that Syrian WMDs may end up in Hezbollah’s hands, Bashar Assad is continuing to acquire lethal conventional weapons despite the civil war raging in his country. The Syrian president has paid $2-3 billion on military equipment in what the IDF defined as Syria’s largest arms deal since the Yom Kippur War.

HEADLINE: Jordan’s king meets Mashaal, urges 2-state solution

Jordan’s King Abdullah II met Monday evening in Amman with Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal. Mashaal said after the meeting that the two discussed the Palestinian issue and its future in light of the Israeli and American elections. He added that the inner-Palestinian reconciliation issue was also discussed.

Following the meeting, King Abdullah addressed the efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and said that lately a series of meetings between the opposing sides have taken place in order to try to renew the negotiations and jumpstart the process. Abdullah said that in the meetings the sides tried to set a clear timetable to achieve a two-state solution, which according to him “is the only way to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East.”

In December the Arab media reported that Abdullah had been meeting in secret with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Amman. In addition, Abdullah visited Ramallah twice in 2012 for meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Abdullah also met last week with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Davos Summit.

For these news spots and more we refer you to watch.org

Director, WindowView.org