PA President Mahmoud Abbas Hospitalized for Third Time in a Week

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, was hospitalized earlier today (Sunday) for the third time in a week.

Find the story here.

Though a staunch hater of Israel, we have a commandment from our Lord to pray:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
~Matthew 5:43-48

Perfection is a high standard.  In fact, none of us can achieve it apart from the power of the Holy Spirit and the life of Christ who lives in us.  Will you call upon that power and pray for President Abbas?  He needs the mercy and salvation of the One True God of Abraham.  He believes his name is Allah, so ask our Lord Jesus Christ to send the Holy Spirit to reveal truth and to make Himself known.

True peace in the Middle East is impossible, short of the Prince of Peace!

BREAKING: World leaders from UN to EU to Germany & US condemn Mahmoud Abbas for anti-Semitic speech. NYT editorial calls for Palestinian President to step down. The post-Abbas era is approaching. Here’s the latest.

And the Middle East saga grows even more grim.

Anti-Semitism is NOT okay in any place or in any way, by any world leader or anyone else! Praise God for other world leaders condemning the comments of Mahmoud Abbas. Pray for strength and resolve, as well as wisdom, of world leaders as they deal with this situation.

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(Jerusalem) — In January, I said on Fox News that “we may be heading for a post-Abbas era.” That day just grew much closer.

World leaders from the United Nations to the European Union to the German government and the U.S. are publicly condemning a speech Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave this week as “anti-Semitic,” “vile,” “ugly” and “unacceptable.” Personally, I can’t remember such governments ever rebuking the Palestinian leader in such strong and unified terms.

And in another unprecedented development, the editorial board of the New York Times is now calling on the 82-year old Abbas — currently serving the 13th year of his four year term — to step down and give the Palestinian people the opportunity for a new leader “with energy, integrity and vision.”

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Nikki Haley Slams UN Human Rights Council

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at UN headquarters in New York

Nikki Haley at UN Headquarters in New York City  (photo credit: LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)

Earlier today the UN Human Rights Council passed five resolutions condemning Israel, while adopting only one resolution against North Korea, Iran and Syria.  To which US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said:

“When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the Council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name…It is time for the countries who know better to demand changes. Many countries agree that the Council’s agenda is grossly biased against Israel, but too few are willing to fight it. When that happens, as it did today, the Council fails to fulfill its duty to uphold human rights around the world.”
~The Jerusalem Post, 3/23/2018

The United States has threatened to pull out of the Human Rights Council if the bias against Israel does not cease.  This is the latest potential nail in the proverbial coffin.  Haley stated, “Our patience is not unlimited,” and warned that the HRC’s credibility is lacking.

In her speech, Nikki Haley also called out Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas for dragging his feet in peace negotiations.  She made it clear the United States will not “chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace.”

How grateful we should be to have leadership unafraid to clearly state the US position and hold firm to it.  Let’s pray for our leaders, including new Secretary of State nominee, Mike Pompeo, and new National Security Advisor nominee, John Bolton.  With these, the President has an exceptionally strong National Defense team, but they need the wisdom of Almighty God.  Let’s pray for that on their behalf!

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