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The false narrative of Middle East peace being hampered by embassy moving to Jerusalem

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The false narrative of Middle East peace being hampered by embassy moving to Jerusalem

Fact: we are no closer to true peace between the Palestinians and Israelis than we were two decades ago. During that time, we had president after president delay the promise we made before the turn of the millennium to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there from Tel Aviv. It hasn’t worked so far. Why keep doing it?

This basic question is pushed aside by the false narrative being generated by those who oppose the move. They’ll point to relative quiet compared to various times in the past when fighting was more ferocious, but they’ll ignore the continuation of terrorist attacks that have been perpetrated very recently. They’ll say the Palestinians will no longer be willing to negotiate in good faith, yet they haven’t done so at any point since the promise was initially made. They’ll say a two-state solution was the only possible solution (it wasn’t) and now that solution is off the table thanks to President Trump, ignoring the glaring truth that a two-state solution acceptable to the Palestinians has been and always will be a suicidal move if Israel were ever to accept the terms.

It’s a nation the size of New Jersey, yet most of the world wants them to give up lands that are rightfully theirs to establish a peace that will never truly exist. Is it possible to put together a temporary peace? Of course. In fact, it’s a certainty that a false peace will be put into place some time in the future. The problem is this: any peace that requires Israel to narrow its borders will result in more attacks, not fewer. There cannot be a lasting peace in Israel regardless of where the U.S. Embassy is as long as there are large numbers of Palestinians and other Muslim nations that want to wipe Israel off the face of the map.

As noted yesterday, this false narrative was being built before President Trump made his announcement.

The anti-Israel spin against moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem has begun

http://noqreport.com/2017/12/06/anti-israel-spin-moving-u-s-embassy-jerusalem-begun/I truly hope this comes to pass. There will be challenges, not just from the Palestinians and other Middle East nations but also from many here in the United States. We have to do what we can to fight the anti-Israel narrative. Meanwhile, Israel and the United States have to be prepared for an international backlash that could lead to harsh responses.

For better or for worse, it’s shaping up to be Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu versus the whole world. The way it’s handled and the end results will both reverberate across the globe. That’s not in question. What we have to wait to find out is if they’re able to craft their own narrative powerful enough to make it resonate.

Now that the announcement has been made and plans are pushing forward to move the embassy, we can expect violence. Those against the move will say, “told ya so.” They’ll ignore the fact that the move by President Trump is nothing more than an excuse for Palestinians and their supporters to enact the same violence they’ve enacted in the past. It’s true that the change in policy by the U.S. will be the catalyst for the violence, but just about anything can act as such a catalyst. What they want is violence. They just need some sort of justification to throw up as a reason for it. Had Trump not made the move, we would still have seen violence. It just would have had a different excuse.

Israel is our one true ally in the region. Don’t pretend like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, or anyone else would stick by us when it counts. Only Israel would do that just as only America under any president other than Barack Obama is the only nation that always has Israel’s back. This move was a long time coming. Now that it’s being made, we have to remain diligent here to fight the false narrative that’s brewing just as Israelis have to be diligent in their fight against the violence that is coming their way.

This move is 100% righteous and justifiable. It’s embarrassing that it wasn’t made by previous presidents, though they still held onto hope that peace could come to the region through diplomacy. Anyone who still believes this after all this time hasn’t been paying attention to the facts. When peace finally does come to for Israel, that’s when we should really be worried. That’ll mean they likely had to give up too much in order to achieve it. When that day comes, God help us all.

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We must move forward knowing North Korea will not end its nuclear program

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We must move forward knowing North Korea will not end its nuclear program

There is nothing the United States, China, the United Nations, or anyone else can do to coax North Korea into ending its nuclear program. They will keep researching. They will keep testing missiles and nuclear devices. They cannot be pressured. Neither sanctions nor harsh words of any kind will change their minds.

Perhaps Dennis Rodman can do something, but I doubt it.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the options for North Korea:

“It can reverse course, give up its unlawful nuclear weapons programs, and join the community of nations, or it can continue to condemn its people to poverty and isolation.”

It seems as if the United States is starting to make it clear to the world that we’ve made every attempt possible to stop their nuclear program without actually invading. What does this mean? If you guessed, “we’re invading,” you may be right. We know the option is on the table. We also suspect the President will not do it without international support. It’s not that he needs approval; recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel demonstrated he doesn’t seek international approval. He does, however, need to avoid an international outcry against American “imperialism” in order to keep us out of other conflicts and to prevent damage to the economy.

Some nations wouldn’t support a military action by the United States unless we were attacked first. A few wouldn’t even support a military response if we did get attacked. Regardless, that’s the contingency plan the President is apparently considering. If he can justify starting a war to prevent them from attacking us first with nuclear weapons, he may take us down that road.

Diplomacy isn’t working:

North Korea vows to ‘march forward’ with nuclear program to protect itself from US

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/north-korea-vows-to-march-forward-with-nuclear-program-to-protect-itself-from-us/article/2643638“Our possession of nuclear weapons was an individual self-defensive means of defending our sovereignty and right of existence and development from the U.S. nuclear threat,” said Ja Song Nam, the North Korean permanent representative to the United Nations. “If anyone is to blame for it, the U.S. is the one who must be held accountable.”

“[North Korea] will march forward and make great advancement [in its weapons program],” he added.

My Take

I am not endorsing war. I’m also not opposed to it if the need is great enough. There isn’t a simple solution to the North Korean problem. There isn’t even a complex solution, really. All we have are potential actions that we can take to try to stop a regime that hates us from having the capacity to destroy us.

There is another option. What if we just left them alone? They apparently won’t stop provoking us, South Korea, or Japan. What if we just ignore them? Let them do their thing. Isolate them. Shoot down any missiles that are heading towards our airspace or the airspace of our allies. I don’t like that option any better than a military option, but when all the choices are bad, we have to try to determine which ones are less bad than the others.

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Someone needs to make the historical case for Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel

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Someone needs to make the historical case for Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel

Following President Trump’s declaration that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the world reacted poorly. Many thought it was a bad move for the peace process, though that argument can be easily debunked by the fact that we’re no closer to peace now than we have been at any time over the last two decades when Jerusalem wasn’t recognized by the U.S.

The other argument is historical. Many, particularly Muslim and anti-Israel nations and their leaders, believe Jerusalem should be considered the capitol of Palestine, which of course doesn’t exist at this moment in history.

Buckle Up: Erdogan and UN Islamic Member States Just Declared Jerusalem the Capitol of Palestine

https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2017/12/13/buckle-erdogan-un-islamic-member-states-just-declared-jerusalem-capitol-palestine/According to the Anadolu Agency, the deceleration came from a group of Islamic countries under the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), lead by Turkish President  Erdogan, in a communique.

The communique said it “rejects and condemns in the strongest terms the unilateral decision by the president of the United States America recognizing Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel, the occupying power.”

There’s no political debate that can change minds in this regard. The only way to approach it is for someone to make a proper historical case for Jerusalem being the capital of Israel instead. Someone in power, whether based upon the financial capacity to make it happen or through political clout, needs to sponsor a multinational research project with the goal of definitively declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Those of us who follow history, the Bible, and the geopolitical atmosphere that has called the truth into question don’t need such a case to be made, but much of the world does. The confusion surrounding “Palestine” itself is a case study in extended promotion of a false narrative.

Once such a project is complete, it’s imperative for the United States, Israel, and any other nation that wants to be on the right side of history to embrace and push out the results. If I had the money or political clout, I’d do it myself. I do not. For such a project to be effective in changing hearts and minds, it would need a very diverse range of participants. This couldn’t just be a couple of research students compiling the data. It also couldn’t be a simple article. To be effective, it would have to be comprehensive, backed by both facts and modern perspectives, and verified across the board to make sure it’s perfect. Any holes in the results would be enough to de-legitimize the entire endeavor.

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Netanyahu tells European leaders Trump has a peace plan he can support

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Netanyahu tells European leaders Trump has a peace plan he can support

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told European leaders this weekend that President Trump has a peace plan for the Middle East and will be unveiling it in the coming months. He said the plan will “challenge” both the Israelis as well as the Palestinians, but it may be the only plan he’s willing to support despite concessions it will require from Israel.

Netanyahu spoke first with French President Emanuel Macron on Sunday, then went to Brussels to meet with EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and with the foreign ministers from EU member states. The Prime Minister’s office has confirmed details of the meeting other than the use of the word “concessions” which they said was inserted for the sake of the European narrative.

“There might be a European interest to give a different description of the conversation,” Israeli officials said.

Netanyahu to Macron: I’ll make concessions for Trump peace plan

https://www.axios.com/netanyahu-to-macron-ill-make-concessions-for-trump-peace-plan-2516985119.htmlIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told French President Emanuel Macron on Sunday that he will be ready to make concessions in the context of a Trump peace plan, according to two European diplomats who were briefed on their meeting at Élysée Palace in Paris.

What we’re hearing: The European diplomats, who asked for anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said Macron told Netanyahu he spoke several times with Trump in the last week. Macron added that Trump told him that in a few months, he will present a peace plan that will be different from all previous Middle East peace initiatives.

My Take

It’s no secret Netanyahu has enjoyed a much better relationship with President Trump than with his predecessor. His willingness to accept challenges associated with securing peace means he has more trust in Trump than many probably realize. This all sounds like incredible news for the Middle East and the world. On a side note, students of Bible prophecy might need to take more interest in following this story if it pans out.

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