Anxiety and alarm seem to define reactions in Jerusalem as Israel momentarily found itself abruptly without an ambassador stationed in the capital of any of its three regional allies: Jordan, Egypt and Turkey, the latter of which expelled the ambassador following Israel’s refusal to apologize for the flotilla raid in which Turkish citizens lost their lives.
Some observers view this moment as a Rubicon from which Israel will not be able to turn back.
Danny Rubinstein, former Arab affairs analyst for Ha’aretz and now a lecturer at Hebrew University, said Israel is paying the price for not having already reached an agreement with the Palestinians.
“If we continue on this path, Israel will turn into either a permanent occupying force or we’ll be a bi-national state,” he said. “Today I no longer see the possibility of dividing Israel into Palestine and Israel. Just look at the geographic and demographic reality.”
As local media grew increasingly preoccupied with the avalanche of bad news, the government seemed incapable of reacting. Instead, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed only dedicated in the past few days to determining who, if anyone, would represent Israel on Sept. 23 at the U.N. General Assembly, when the Palestinians present their case for full recognition of statehood.
Speculation centered on Israel’s firebrand foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, or on its mollifying president, Shimon Peres, who announced that he had offered his services to the government. Finally, on Thursday, Netanyahu declared that he, himself, would offer Israel’s riposte at the U.N.
“The Palestinians are making real decisions and moving forward with their plans, and here, in our government, whether or not Netanyahu decides to give a speech is considered his big decision of the week,” derided opposition leader Tsippi Livni.
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In preparation for any possible upheaval in the wake of the vote — even if few, if any, real changes will be felt — Israel authorized the Palestinian Authority’s purchase of anti-riot gear normally used by Israel police.
Increasing the tension, Ma’en Areikat, the Palestinian ambassador to the United States, announced last week that Jews would not be welcome to reside in any future Palestinian state.
“As a first step we need to be totally separated,” Areikat said. “After the experience of the last 44 years, of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it will be in the best interest that the two peoples should be separated.”
Late last Friday night a mob in Cairo rammed the retaining wall around the building housing the Israeli embassy and invaded the mission, housed on the upper floors, trapping six security guards. In Saturday’s dawn hours two Israeli air force jets were dispatched to bring 85 diplomats and family members to safe harbor in Israel, leaving only a deputy ambassador and two guards in Egypt for the first time since 1979.
Fearing a repeat action at protests that have been announced in Amman, Israel evacuated its Jordanian embassy on Wednesday.
Yitzhak Levanon, the repatriated ambassador to Egypt who is awaiting orders to return to Cairo, described seeing “tanks and Egyptian soldiers standing by” as angry crowds approached, but no action taken to quell the riots until he desperately called for commandos to be deployed.
Despite his experience, he believes the situation is reversible. “I think that Egyptian decision-makers understand what it would mean to return to an era of hostilities,” Levanon said.
Rubinstein, however, disagreed.
“It has been clear for decades that Israel’s peace treaties with neighboring states are agreements among a cadre of politicians, and won’t survive without the support of the people. That’s why I’m not surprised by the crises with Egypt and Turkey. It could easily spread to Jordan and North Africa. I’m only surprised this didn’t happen sooner.” – Global Post
The nation of Israel, or those Promised?
Romans 9:8 “That is, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but the children of the promise are considered seed.”
What is “seed?” It is the new start of a whole future generation of mankind.
Israel is on its own, but the Spiritual Israelites, they are being fought for, even as I post this. The fight is for their deliverance, just as our Mother delivered those in ancient time out of Egyptian bondage.
So if you are forced to wear the sign of the beast, will that nullify you from being part of the seed, or will your mind remain on our Creator and Savior Christ, and like this old world, will those marks on your forehead or hand mean this to you?
Exodus 13:9 “Let it serve as a sign for you on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth; for the LORD brought you out of Egypt with a strong hand.’”
Public declaration, or public denial of Christ and Yahweh is what separates good seeds from bad seeds. Remember that. Dying is not your first choice, because:
Psalm 115:17 It is not the dead who praise the LORD, nor any of those descending into the silence [of death].”
Keep praising our Mother no matter what is done to your vessel of flesh.