French FM Bernard Kouchner was in Israel to meet with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders with hopes of reviving the peace process to bring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a process that seems to be stalled with the political situation up in the air with the Israeli government and the PA.
Israel is working to put together a new government, while at the same time, the PA President Mahmoud Abbas will be up for reelection in several months. Meanwhile, the chief Palestinian negotiator says there will be no peace deal without Jerusalem and the Israeli government seems to be holding fast to the notion of not dividing Jerusalem so the Palestinians can have a capital for a new state.
Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News
The ongoing efforts of world leaders to bring a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to be futile, which is exactly what Bible prophecy calls for in the Last Days.
President Bush has been working on a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians hoping for an agreement to be in place before he leaves office in January 2009. In fact, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has made numerous trips to Israel to try and pull together a peace agreement between the two parties. In the face of this effort, the chief negotiator for the Palestinians said there will be no deal without a portion of Jerusalem as the capital for the Palestinian state.
This scenario unfolding today in this peace process reflects the prophetic scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy. Malachi 1 reveals that the Israelis and the Palestinians, the descendants of Jacob and Esau, will continue to have conflict until the very end, the very end of the seven year Tribulation Period. Obadiah, the ancient Jewish prophet, says the conflict will end only when Jesus Christ, the Messiah returns to earth. Zechariah 12:2-3 says Jerusalem will be the center of the controversy and the conflict.
The present status of the peace process is evidence that Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.