Egypt and Saudi Arabia Pressuring the Palestinian Authority to Accept the US Peace Plan?

News was leaked last week of secret meetings between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel.  Now some outlets are reporting those meetings led to further meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, where Arabs are encouraging Abbas to accept the US peace plan.

An unidentified Arab diplomat supposed told Abbas:

“Wisdom requires accepting the maximum of what is available now.  The dealing should be in accordance with the logic of ‘take and negotiate’ so that we won’t be surprised after a few years that the monster of settlements has devoured the Palestinian territories.”

Abbas apparently views the proposal as the “slap of the century,” and fears he will be seen as a traitor by his people.

Meanwhile, parts of those reports also indicate that President Trump is using the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the planned move of the US Embassy to persuade Israel to agree to concessions with the Palestinians.  Trump has supposedly said Israel will “pay a price” for those concessions made to Israel.

(See such reports by the Times of Israel and i24News.)

In other alleged news, the American plan includes a Palestinian airport and port in the Egyptian Sinai.  (See that news here.)

Please note that I have not seen verification of these stories…only published reports by several media outlets.  The US plan has yet to be released publicly, and no official news of a deal being struck has been announced yet, so the facts are yet to be confirmed.  Thus, my point is not to say these facts are true, but to say, let’s keep an eye out and continue to pray for wisdom for the Trump team, the Netanyahu administration, as well as the governments of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority and others involved in negotiations.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
~Matthew 5:9


Israel and Egypt Sign $15 Billion Gas Deal, Successful Arrow 3 Test Launch

For those of us keeping tabs on action in the Middle East, it was a busy news weekend…and it hasn’t stopped as a new week starts!

As you know, there was action on the Gaza border over the weekend.  Following a bomb explosion that wounded Israeli soldiers, reports are that Israel took out 18 high-value targets in Gaza, including a terror tunnel and Hamas military targets.

On Sunday night, another missile was fired into Israel, to which the Israeli Air Force responded by attacking additional “underground infrastructure.”  Unlike the past where Israel often warned Hamas to stop firing missiles into Israel before taking action, the IDF’s action is swift and severe these days.  As pressure mounts from Iranian aggression in both the Gaza Strip and Syria, Israel is left with little room for patience and Benjamin Netanyahu has been adamant that Israel will not allow Iran to encroach on Israeli borders or threaten their security.

In breaking news, Israel and Egypt signed an historic $15 billion gas deal, confirming the growing relationship between the two nations.  Again, Bible prophecy coming to life.  Read the entire chapter of Isaiah 19…things eventually turn out well for Egypt!  Those who bless Israel will be blessed!

Also, Israel successfully test fired the Arrow 3 defense system, designed to intercept high-altitude rockets beyond earth’s atmosphere.  Deemed a great success, the Arrow 3 is also scheduled to be tested in Alaska later this year.

The birth pangs continue, and we continue to watch world events line up with what the prophets foretold.  Keep your earthly eyes on Damascus and Iran (who is driving what we see in the Gaza Strip and elsewhere).  Keep your spiritual eyes on things above!

But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
~Luke 21:28

Excellent, Informed Commentary on Pence’s Visit to the Middle East and Happenings in Syria

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Pence Arrives in Israel   (USA Today photo)

Friends, just within the past few hours excellent commentary has come out regarding Vice President Pence’s visits to Egypt, Jordan and Israel, as well as other current events happening right now in Syria.

I highly recommend two trustworthy sources:

We are living in interesting times as we await the Savior’s return.  It is time for us to be about the Father’s business.  Part of that responsibility is to pray as Scripture guides us. So again, I urge you to be a watchman on the wall (Ezekiel 33, Isaiah 62).  Start by praying for VP Pence as he continues meetings with Israeli officials.

Vice President Mike Pence Arrives in Israel

Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Israel, January 21, 2018.

Jerusalem Post, January 21, 2018

After important stops in Egypt and Jordan, Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Israel.  During his 2-day visit there, he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Ruben Rivlin, in addition to stops at Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum and Research Center) and the Kotel  (Western Wall).  Pence is also scheduled to address the Knesset.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has cancelled a planned meeting with the American VP, and the PA prohibits any communication with Pence during his visit.  The Jerusalem Post has also reported that the Palestinian Authority will turn to the European Union to mediate future peace plans.

VP Pence is the highest-ranking American diplomat to visit Israel since President Trump’s acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Friends, please continue to pray for Vice President Pence and the Netanyahu administration as they make strategic plans and deepen the Israeli-American relationship.