If the battles and struggles over establishing a new national identity called Palestine was not also rooted in an ideology that originated in the seventh and eighth centuries … then the peace effort would merely be one of logistics and getting about the business of running civil governments. But it’s not merely civil, pun intended, because even the one liner below about naming of a capitol tells us nothing here is ever going to be simple … because of ideological presumptions.
Those who have studied the Bible have already “read ahead” and sort of know what’s coming. A chronology of events described long before any writings of other religious writings now seems to be in effect. We don’t say every news event is a specific element of that chronology, but many help support and buttress the chronological sequence. The main plot we see is a struggle that entails sustaining Israel now and forever. So the take over plot of Jerusalem is a lost cause that evidently must be played out first. If you read ahead, a New Jerusalem lives on, there is no mention of Palestine in the eternal chronology.
BTW, the words of Isaiah about the demise of Damascus just seem to come to mind as the physical state ot Syria and Damascus itself continue to crumble.
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HEADLINE: Iran says will turn Golan into ‘Fatahland’
After alleged Israel attack on Syria, Iran issues war-like declarations, orders Assad army to protect homeland, according to Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper. ‘Front open to Syrians, Palestinians, to all who wish to fight Israel’
The report also said that Nasrallah recently participated in more than one session of the Hezbollah’s “Jihad Council.” The newspaper claimed that during these meetings, the secretary-general stated, “Israel believes that if it attacks facilities and strategic stockpiles, it changes the resistance capabilities. This is an erroneous assessment.” He said,”The reason being that the stocks of the resistance have been filled with all that it needs.”
Nasrallah also warned, “If Israel attacks any (arms) cache of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the response will be immediate and total war.”
HEADLINE: Report: Russia delivers supersonic cruise missiles to Syria
Military source confirms delivery of missiles, according to an AFP report; second official says missiles will protect Syria from ‘possible attack from the sea.’
HEADLINE: Keeping up marathon meetings, Livni and Kerry to parley
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome this week as efforts intensify to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table for peace talks.
Kerry will meet with Livni, who is managing Israel’s diplomatic efforts vis-avis the Palestinians, on Wednesday, the State Department said early Tuesday.
Livni, who met with Kerry last week, called the renewed effort “good news.” Kerry “is completely involved, determined” to restart negotiations, which have largely been frozen since 2008, she said.
HEADLINE: Lapid nixes Netanyahu-backed referendum on peace;
Livni applauds decision
Livni applauds Yesh Atid for putting ‘good of the people before politics’ in pursuing an agreement with the Palestinians.
The centrist Yesh Atid party on Monday came out against the idea of legislating a national referendum on any future peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority, effectively stymieing the initiative, which was being championed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The party, headed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, reached the decision after a lengthy discussion at a faction meeting, Yesh Atid said in a statement. The decision established a majority against the initiative in the Cabinet, and pits Lapid against Netanyahu and his close coalition partner Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett, aligning him with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party.
HEADLINE: Billions of locust eggs hatch in the Negev
The locust swarms that entered Israel in March and April, although prevented from causing major crop damage by an intensive spraying campaign, still left behind billions of eggs that are now hatching.
The newly hatched locusts could be a real disaster for crops, especially when they gain the ability to fly, Negev Regional Council head Shmuel Rifman warned.
“The Agriculture Ministry has lost control and doesn’t have the appropriate tools to destroy billions of locusts,” he said in a Channel 10 TV interview Monday night, appealing to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare a state of emergency in the Negev.
HEADLINE: Barkat: Let the Palestinians rename Ramallah as ‘Jerusalem’
‘Jerusalem’s mayor rules out any notion of Palestinian rule in the capital, slams Olmert’s peace offer as a ‘terrible mistake,’ and says it’s ‘ridiculous’ that Jews can’t pray on the Temple Mount
If you haven’t “read ahead” in the Bible … We recommend you take a look. It’s remarkable. We’ll visit more on this topic in future posts.