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.
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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

Middle East Noise and Global Domestic Moral Decay

The news clips below for the most part reveal the constant friction in Israel. And at some point everyone will throw up their hands and accept a peace plan offered by one strong ‘leader.’ Beware that one may ultimately be a lawless peace maker and that portends troubles greater than anything … Ever.

But elsewhere around the world we are slipping into the idolatry and moral decay of ancient Greece. The acceptance of legalizing private sodomy between consenting adults is embraced by a President and other congress persons, recently, with song, in parliament in New Zealand, in France, in Cuba, and elsewhere a global trend. As if this is a human right. The Greeks openly did such behaviors in public … How soon will it be in the world today? However, it’s slipping into the backdrop as a human right for same sex marriage. Okay, so if there is no God and no hell … folks need not worry … but we wonder how long the US coinage will state “In Go We Trust.” The next round of slipping on moral decay comes with the last clip below … does anyone teach the child morals? Is a pill freely obtained the way out … or is there another dilemma we fail to address in all this.

The WindowView is less about commentary or opinion than it is on drawing attention to perspectives … some biblical. So look at the stories … these are the data of the day … and ask yourself … What if there really is God and heaven … is hell where this world is headed … what about you?

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HEADLINE: Settlers, Palestinians clash in the West Bank

The incidents came hours after a Palestinian from Tulkarem stabbed to death Evyatar Borowsky, a 31-year-old father of five from the settlement of Yitzhar, as he waited at a bus stop at the Tapuah junction in the West Bank.

The attacker grabbed Borowsky’s gun and opened fire on border police at an adjacent checkpoint. The police returned fire, wounding the terrorist before apprehending him. He was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

HEADLINE: Fatah: Tapuah Junction stabber ‘a hero’

Israeli security forces inspect the site of a terror attack, at a bus stop at the
Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank. April 30, 2013 (photo: Flash90)

Organization’s Facebook page congratulates Salam As’ad Zaghal, who murdered Evyatar Borowsky, a 31-year-old father of five.

HEADLINE: Israel sends message to foes to North and South

Tuesday’s air force strike in Gaza was a surgical, precise attack on a weapons manufacturing expert who, according to the security forces, played a key role in developing the rocket capabilities for global jihadi groups in the Gaza Strip.

It is these small but highly radical al-Qaida-inspired organizations, led by the Ashura Council of Holy Fighters in the Environs of Jerusalem, that refuse to recognize or abide by the Israel-Hamas truce, and that use both the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip as a rocket launching pad to strike at southern Israel.

The air strike contains a number of messages for Palestinian armed factions in Gaza. For global jihadis, it signals Israel’s ability to wait patiently for its intelligence services to mark out those behind ongoing rocket attacks, and to act without hesitation once the targets become exposed.

HEADLINE: Knesset to hold parley with Netanyahu on Arab League proposal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the Knesset on the topic of the Arab League’s flexibility on pre-1967 lines, after all 52 opposition MKs signed a petition on Tuesday requiring him to do so.

HEADLINE: America’s moral collapse continues to accelerate:
US Government lowers ‘morning after pill’ age to 15, to be sold over-the-counter

In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand – Plan B One-Step – and will let it be sold over the counter.

Today, Plan B and its generic competition are sold behind pharmacy counters, and people must prove they’re 17 or older to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription. A federal judge had ordered an end to those sales restrictions by next Monday.

But Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a different approach: Plan B could sit on drugstore shelves next to condoms, spermicides or other women’s health products – but to make the purchase, buyers must prove they’re 15 or older at the cash register.

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We at WindowView hope such a presentation gets you to think … within yourself … about what is out there … Out there in the place called earth, our material home … for now … And think about what characterizes what you really think about life. Does life have purpose? How do you respond?

Director, WindowView.org