On Tuesday, Trump’s team handling the peace plan began meetings regarding Israel’s exercise of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Trump has previously indicated support for Israel’s right to exercise such sovereignty, but as is always the case in a Middle East peace plan, there are complications.
There seems to be differences of opinion even with members of the Trump team who are hammering out the details. But despite that, according to Israeli media, Trump may make a “big announcement” soon.
As I did on Tuesday, I exhort you once again to pray for the President and his team as they make the difficult decision regarding whether or not to back Israeli PM Netanyahu’s plan to exercise sovereignty right away, or make adjustments to the plan.
BTW – In news reports, you will hear this discussed as Israel’s “annexation” of land in the West Bank. Make no mistake, the land already legally belongs to Israel, so they are not “annexing” anything. They are simply determining whether or not to exercise sovereignty over designated portions (mostly Jewish settlements) within the territory. Also, the world calls it the West Bank. Technically, it is Judea and Samaria, the Biblical heartland of Israel.
Join me in praying for wisdom for the President, his team and the Israeli administration as they finalize a decision.
UPDATE: According to the AP, the team responsible for the US position on the exercise of Israeli sovereignty over 30% of Judea and Samaria has kicked the can down the road. It is reported the team has not reached consensus and further talks will be held. This is not good news for PM Netanyahu who, at least until now, has planned to move forward with the exercise of sovereignty as early as July 1.
Please continue to pray. Pending the outcome of the US election, this could be Israel’s last hope of regaining sovereignty over a large section of land which belongs to them (legally and Biblically). In opposition are those who believe progress made in the Arab world might be lost. However, given the situation in the Middle East, the moderate Arab states need Israel every bit as much (if not more) than Israel needs them.
As always, things in the Middle East are complicated!