Why the Mideast Peace Talks Will Fail—Again

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Why the Mideast Peace Talks Will Fail—Again

The U.S. has called for a final round of talks to settle the world’s most pressing security problem.

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Washington to reengage in peace talks between the two. The peace process has been on hold since talks broke down in 2008 when Abbas refused to continue the dialogue.

Joining the United States in Washington for these talks will be representatives of the three other members of what has become known as “the quartet,” the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, the UN having issued its own invitation for the two protagonists to meet in Washington.

The talks are destined to fail from the outset. That may appear to be an unwarrantably pessimistic prediction, but it is in fact the outcome guaranteed by Bible prophecy for this very process, believe it or not.

For the Obama administration to call for the Mideast peace process to be resumed at this particular juncture smacks of a desperate and highly risky move by a presidency that is patently failing to live up to the euphoric vision that many held of it upon President Obama’s inauguration less than two years ago.

What is really mind-boggling about Secretary of State Clinton’s call for the resumption of the peace process is her stated intention to work for the absolute conclusion to the Israeli/Palestinian imbroglio within no more and no less than a year from resumption of talks.

This really does begin to sound like political suicide.

With the odds so heavily stacked against success, given the past history of the process and the diametrically opposed positions of Netanyahu and Abbas, calling for such an outcome to be finalized at a time when President Obama will be ramping up his campaign for reelection makes no political sense at all, given the extremely high risk of failure.

There are a number of factors that add to the feeling that the climate for these talks is so wrong.

First, there’s the ground zero mosque controversy, with President Obama going public in support of the mosque flying directly in the face of polls indicating upward of 70 percent of Americans are against it. So much for government representing the will of the people. With Hamas, prime enemy of Israel, having come out in public support of the mosque, Obama’s support of the building is not only a slight to his American electorate, it’s a powerful slap in the face of collective Jewry.

Second, on Saturday Iran loaded its nuclear power station with fuel in preparation for start-up. This places it one step closer to its goal of becoming a nuclear-armed power. With Iran together with the Wahhabi Saudis being the chief sponsors of anti-Israel terror, this nuclear saber rattling of Ahmadinejad’s regime does not present a warm climate for the resumption of Middle East peace talks.

Third, the talks will be held at a time when the transition of power from Hosni Mubarak of Egypt is pending, with no guarantee that the balancing act he has maintained between Israel and its main antagonists will carry on. The U.S. and Israel have no guarantee that after Mubarak’s death, his moderate approach to Israel will continue. If Mubarak dies over the ensuing 12 months that Clinton has given as the period within which to achieve an absolute final settlement to the Middle East peace process, and if Egypt destabilizes overnight, this could well throw the peace talks into utter disarray.

Fourth, as if to underline his stance for the annihilation of Israel, in the spirit of his terrorist mentor, the cowardly Yasser Arafat, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, chief negotiator on behalf of the Palestinians in the peace process, “gave a military funeral this week to the man believed to be the last surviving planner of the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972. …

“‘President Mahmoud Abbas attended the funeral, reciting passages of the Koran in [Amin] Al-Hindi’s honor,’ the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported. It quoted top Fatah official Zakariah Al-Agha as calling Al-Hindi a ‘patriotic leader’ and a ‘martyr.’ ‘Fatah sources said Al-Hindi was given the homage befitting a hero both in the West Bank and Gaza, said the Gulf News of Dubai’” (cnsnews.com, August 20).

That’s the mindset of the individual that Secretary of State Clinton has invited to the table to conclude, once and for all, “peace” with Israel!

Yet, overriding all of this is the inerrant Bible prophecy that declares quite clearly that “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). That powerful prophecy simply declares the outcome of this latest “final” round of Middle East peace talks. Before it even starts, it is doomed to dramatic failure!

When the Middle East “peace quartet” meet on September 2, they will be quite unwittingly propelling the fulfillment of that very prophecy forward to its inevitable fulfillment. Watch these vital Middle East peace talks very carefully. The outcome is destined to alter the whole face of global geopolitics!

Read our booklet History and Prophecy of the Middle East for real prophetic insight into just what this round of peace talks is all about and where it is inevitably leading.