Light for the Last Days

What does a Two-State solution mean for Israel?

SHORT TALK

When you look at the current situation, you have to say that we have Mr Netanyahu in control, apparently, but not quite in control. We have Mr Biden telling him what to do. And one of the things going back to the map I showed you earlier, there’s little Judah making an alliance with a bigger power Assyria hoping they’re going to help them.

America has come to help Israel and Israel needs America and, one sense, I don’t blame Israel for making an alliance with America because they need that great power to stand with them, and, in one sense, it’s good that America has condemned what Hamas did and sent its warships into the area to deter Hezbollah from initiating any more attacks. Also, Israel has a, apparently, a friend in America. But but there is a bit of a ‘but’ in that friendship, isn’t there? Right now, Mr Biden is saying that Israel has to have a ceasefire, and he’s also talking about a two-state solution as the answer to to the war in Gaza.

We hear ‘Trust in America, America is going to be a friend right the way through’, or is America going to betray Israel? We’ll see.

The present situation is that Israel, has gone into Gaza with the aim to eradicate Hamas and to secure the release of the hostages. Israel has two aims. I would say, two legitimate aims.

However, we must ask: Is it possible that those two aims might be combined or are they actually going to be end up being contradictory? Will they secure the release of the hostages but in the process fail to eradicate Hamas?

That is pretty much what it looks like at the present time. The present agenda, the agreement that was sealed by, brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the United States for the release of hostages that were seized by Hamas on October the 7th in return for a pause in the fighting in Gaza resulted in an initial part that facilitated the release of about 50 Israeli hostages consisting of men, women, and children in exchange for a 4-day truce in Israel’s air and ground campaign.

There was also, as part of the agreement, a potential for the extension of the truce (a pause in the fighting) if 10 hostages were released each day. Think about that. It could go on and on, during which time Israel would have to pause its hostilities and its attempt to eradicate Hamas.

We have to say that, at the present time. although it’s been terrible to see the suffering of the people in Gaza, on a military level. Israel has done very well in its program to eradicate Hamas. It has made tremendous progress with with not too much loss of Israeli life.

Israel managed to dismantle the tunnels and Hamas is really on the run at this present time. But is this hostage deal good news or bad news? Is it going to help? Obviously it is good news for the people who are going to be reunited with their families, and you can understand that Israel is under tremendous pressure to accept this deal. Pressure from both the families and also from the United States and the Western world to have a temporary ceasefire in the war with Hamas.

We’ve seen in the last few weeks the global outcry over what’s happened in Gaza with massive demonstrations. But you know that, I don’t need to tell you there have been anti-Israel demonstrations in London and around the world. You have seen people being really anti-Israel because of what’s taking place in Gaza, and a lot of pressure is now coming from the Western world, particularly from the United States. And the Biden administration is facing some difficulty from its Democrat base over its support for Israel because a lot of them have come to the opposite conclusion regarding the conflict.

You also have a global outcry calling for a ceasefire and a settlement because of the destruction in Gaza and the humanitarian crisis for the Palestinians. So is it a good deal? A lot of commentators I’ve read have said it is a very bad deal for Israel’s security because it strengthens Hamas, an organisation that has committed unspeakable atrocities and it makes it easier for them to survive.

The US position is quite crucial in what’s going to take place in the next few weeks. If the US continues to back Israel’s campaign to eliminate Hamas, control of the Gaza Strip, and wipe out all of its military capabilities, then the hostage negotiations and the ceasefire will be no more than a brief pause that won’t impact the outcome of the war.

But, if Washington pressures Israel not to resume the fighting and to make subsequent deals for more halts to Israel’s operations then, it would be a turning point in the war and it will mean that Hamas will be allowed to get away with mass murder, and will also emerge – however battered and bloodied – as the victor of the war in this genocidal movement that began on October the 7th 2023.

Danny Danon who’s a member of the Likud Party and a rival to Netanyahu in the leadership contest said

“… such a deal endangers our soldiers in Gaza allowing Hamas to resupply, take pictures of our forces, and plan future attacks. Not only will Hamas have tens of thousands of soldiers in hostile territory not allowed to move or fire, they’ll be vulnerable to ambush. The influx of fuel and other aid will be raided and used by Hamas to replenish its fighters and power its tunnel network. This also sets up a dynamic by which the terrorist group can seek to prolong the ceasefire by bartering more hostages in order to continue with such a process in future and in this manner. Hamas can stall Israel’s offensive in Gaza for not just a few days but perhaps indefinitely. If the hostage negotiations provide Hamas with a path to survival then it’ll be more than a blow to the already shaking morale of Israelis. It will not only mean more October the 7th-style mass slaughters and more kidnappings of innocent victims, more than that, Hamas and its Iranian funders won’t be satisfied with targeting Israel. Their ultimate goal is to do the same in Europe and the United States. If the Americans don’t push for Biden to continue supporting your just war on Hamas then we’re dooming Israel as well as Americans to a future of endless Islamist terrorism.”

Danny Danon

Some people might say that is warmongering but others might say ‘yes, it’s actually common sense that Israel has to continue, however unfortunate, however much pain and suffering there is, in order to eradicate Hamas‘. Will they be able to do that? We don’t know, but it’s certainly made more difficult by the present situation.

We’ve seen protests against Israel, calls for a ceasefire, major demonstrations in London, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, United States. And it’s becoming a conduit for extreme Jew hatred and the desire for the elimination of Israel. These are not peaceful protesters in support of a peaceful Palestinian State. Most of it is becoming extremely ugly and hostile to not just Israel but also to the Jewish Community here in London and in parts of Europe.

At the same time, we’ve got global leaders calling for, pleading for a ceasefire, and looking for a comprehensive solution to the Middle East crisis. For many people, the subtext of this is still the elimination of Israel. The peace process would not be a peace process, it would be more territory being ceded to the Palestinians and the Arabs who would then use it as a base from which to attack Israel with the aim of eliminating the state of Israel.

Israel doesn’t want to be eliminated and it’s going to do what it can to resist this process. But it’s going to be under increasing pressure pressure from Western powers in and, in particular, from the UK, from the EU and, above all, from the United States.

I just watched Biden on the television and he was saying that this must lead to a two-state solution. So, he’s saying right out that this has to be the first step towards the two-state solution.

Interestingly, the Egyptian president said last week in Cairo that a future Palestinian state could be demilitarized and have a temporary International Security presence to provide guarantees to both it and to Israel.

He also said that

‘Unless we are ready for this new Palestinian state to be demilitarized, there can be no guarantees. Where the NATO forces are, there can also be guarantees, that is whether these are NATO forces, United Nations Forces, or Arab or American forces until we achieve security for both states: the Palestinian State and the Israeli state.’

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – Wikipedia

They are planning now to have a sort of ‘occupation force’ to go in and to secure the peace and to keep Israel separate from the Palestinians. But they also want to set up the Palestinian State.

Does this seem like a good idea?

To achieve peace is something everyone will be looking for. Everybody wants to have a peaceful solution. They don’t want to see all these wars going on, and people suffering. Obviously, as Christians, and the Jewish people too, we don’t want to see wars and suffering either. But the problem is peace. There is no peace and in the minds of Hamas and it is their ultimate aim to wage a war of destruction on Israel. That is the big issue which is facing Israel.

10 “For violence חָמָס [ḥāmās] against your brother Jacob,
Shame shall cover you,
And you shall be cut off forever.
11 In the day that you stood on the other side—
In the day that strangers carried captive his forces,
When foreigners entered his gates
And cast lots for Jerusalem—
Even you were as one of them.

Obadiah 1.10-11

Now, it’s quite possible that something along the lines of the Saudi peace deal which was mediated by the Americans and I mentioned before in the light for Last Days magazine may be on the way. It may not if if things go really badly, but it may. Mark Hitchcock, who writes on this subject from a prophecy-believing, Christian perspective says that,

“… the temporary peace call is just another peace agreement in a long line of truces and treaties paving the way for the peace that the Antichrist will bring when he comes onto the world scene.”

Mark Hitchcock

Quotes of Daniel chapter 9 about the ‘strong Covenant which Israel will make with many’ which is broken halfway through and leads to the consummation which signals the end of the age and the Second Coming of Jesus.

26 “And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the כָּלָה [kālâ] consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”

Daniel 9.26-27

This act will catapult the Antichrist onto the global scene in a peace agreement that he will broker with Israel. It will even include the Temple Mount area. And he will be hailed by the world.

You can see today that anyone who can solve this mess in the Middle East will be held as a world saviour. The world stage is set for this arrival, especially with his this situation in Israel and the global outrage which we have seen.

Do you think that is a possibility that we could move towards? It maybe, not immediately perhaps but it maybe.

That is a long-term thing, and if they push for a peace process and Israel withdraws without eradicating Hamas, which is quite possible, then, you can believe that that’s going to be the next thing on the agenda. Mark Hitchcock who is a pre-Tribulation Rapture person, says that this means that the Rapture is on its way soon.

I’ll leave that one with you to think about. But it’s interesting that it’s happening now. You look at what’s happening and you can see that although it’s terrible and horrible, there are certain things which are pushing the world in the direction of the fulfilment of biblical prophecy.

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

2 Thessalonians 2.1-4

Tony Pearce

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