“Jerusalem is Not Holy to Muslims, Enough with this Lie!”

Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein stated the obvious (but ignored):

“Jerusalem is not holy to Muslims…enough with this lie!”
~Arutz Sheva, 3/16/2018

Consider these facts Klein pointed out in the above-referenced article:

  • Jerusalem was Israel’s capital under King David 3,000 years ago, and has never been the capital of any other country.
  • When the Arabs conquered Israel in 716 AD, Ramla became their capital, not Jerusalem.
  • Jewish holy books mention Jerusalem 700 times.  It is not mentioned in the Qur’an even once.
  • Arabs have never cared enough to invest in Jerusalem.
  • When Jordan controlled Jerusalem between 1948-1967, everything of importance was built in Amman, not Jerusalem.
  • During that time, Jerusalem became a slum, lacking water, electricity and plumbing,

No matter how you slice it, the land belongs to Israel.  (See 8 Principles Regarding Israel and Her Land)  However, that doesn’t mean there will be no challenges.  Let’s pray for Jews to live in righteousness in their land so they may reap the benefits of God’s full promise to them!

Jordan’s King Abdullah Speaks Positively about US as Peace Mediator

Jordan's King Abdullah speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

King Abdullah Speaks at the World Economic Forum (photo credit: DENIS BALIBOUSE / REUTERS)

The jury is still out on the degree of success of Vice President Pence’s visit to the Middle East, but perhaps we are getting a glimpse in statements made by Jordan’s King Abdullah at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland.

Pence met with King Abdullah a few days ago and that meeting was thought to be critical in soothing smoldering emotions following President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  (See What Pence Needs to do in Jordan)  Apparently Pence was at least somewhat successful in drawing the Jordanians back to deeper levels of trust.

Jordan is home to many Palestinians, and are very supportive of a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, according to the armistice lines of 1967.  President Trump’s announcement left Jordan in a tough spot, needing to stand for what they believe is best for their people, yet remaining friendly allies with the US.

At the World Economic Forum, King Abdullah stated:

  • “We cannot have a peace process or peace solution without the role of the United States.”
  • That Arab leaders must “reserve judgement” on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict because the Americans have not come out with their peace plan.
  • “The subject of Jerusalem has to be part of a comprehensive solution for Israel and the Palestinians.”
  • “We’ve been at this for a while and looking at this always as a glass half full. We have to give the Americans the benefit of the doubt.”

The King’s endorsement of America as a player in the peace process is a terrific sign of trust that remains between the Jordanian and American administrations.  I believe VP Pence handled the occasion very well.  However, this remains a critical relationship that definitely needs our prayer.

For me, 2018 is a year of more concentrated personal prayer, and I have found no lack of ways to be a watchman on the wall, according to Ezekiel 33 and Isaiah 62.  Will you join me in praying specifically for a deepening of trust and relationship between the US and Jordan?  Thank you!

UPDATE:  Here’s a report of Abdullah’s conversation with Lebanese PM Saad Hariri.  King Abdullah’s task of educating Arab leaders as to the peace process is not an easy one!

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.