Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Office twitter account — run by Dr. Eitan Eliram, new media director of the prime minister’s office –- sent out a rapid succession of tweets stating clear disapproval with the president’s reference to the 1967 borders:
“Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace. Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state… cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state,” the tweets state. “That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both Houses of Congress. Among other things, those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines. Those commitments also ensure Israel’s well-being as a Jewish state by making clear that Palestinian refugees will settle in a future Palestinian state rather than in Israel. Without a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem outside the borders of Israel, no territorial concession will bring peace. Equally, the Palestinians, and not just the United States, must recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, and any peace agreement with them must end all claims against Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu will make clear that the defense of Israel requires an Israeli military presence along the Jordan River.”
(Aggregation of tweets has been done by me)
The April 2004 letter to which Netanyahu refers, was written by then-President George W. Bush to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and states “In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion. It is realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities.”
— Jake Tapper
Comment by Wickus:
Obama’s speech is clearly calling for the dividing of Israel and clearly Bibi is not happy with it. What can we expect to happen in September? The following are my ideas and it can be flawed.
The UN will declare a Palestine state in September to “force” peace in the region. Israel will be against it. I do not think that there will be an immediate surrounding of troops in Jerusalem. I rather think that Israel will stubbornly refuse to hand over East Jerusalem. It may take a month or 6 for the world leaders to force down the UN resolution as Israel does not want to comply.
Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)
Luk 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
If I understand these verses correctly, it looks like there might be a clue in it. Luke says that the desolation is nigh(but not yet) when Jerusalem is surrounded, were Matthew speaks of the actual AoD event itself happening. Can it be that our Lord gave us a warning that there may be a preparing time before the AoD? The armies may signal that the AoD event is going to happen very soon (maybe a week or two), and when it happens it will almost be to late too flee.
September can proof to be an interesting month. If there is no immediate fireworks and no international troops in Israel after a UN deceleration, don’t stop watching. If Jerusalem is surrounded months later but there is no clear AoD event, don’t stop watching. The AoD will happen, and those watching will recognize it when it happens.