Road Map to Armageddon
Yasser Arafat has died and Ariel Sharon has been sidelined from these negotiations. It is interesting to note that Ariel Sharon implemented the first phase of Israeli withdrawal as stipulated in the Road Map - that from Gush Katif - and was struck down and has been in a coma for quite a while now. It is also interesting to note that Mahmoud Abbas is again slated to sign any future peace treaty between Israel and the "PA." For updated Road Map info, please see The Annapolis Conference.
8 Nissan, 5763
April 10, 2003
(Work in progress)
We are at war with Iraq (although many say it's almost over) and yet when you listen to international news coverage you come away with the feeling that we are not just at war with Iraq but that the Israeli/Arab conflict is somehow tied to it. They are two distinct conflicts yet the Arab world has done a pretty good PR job to get political leaders to see both of them as intertwined. Once the main focus on Iraq has dissipated somewhat the whole world is going to turn to Israel and try to push a suicide deal down their throats as a sort of appeasement to the Muslim world. This "Road Map" that President Bush and Prime Minister Blair have vowed to present soon, and are committed to seeing its implementation, is just a re-continuation of the Oslo Accords. This is the covenant prophesied by Daniel in chapter 9:
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.The signing of this "Road Map" will be the beginning of the last week of Daniel's 70 week prophecy, Israel's last week (the tribulation period). Here is a timeline to this end-time peace treaty:
September 13, 1993 "Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements" (Oslo 1) participants:
September 28, 1995 "The Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," (Oslo 2) participants:
"Road Map," (Oslo 3), 2003
I don't know who exactly signed for each country in some cases but it is common understanding that even if the President or King of some country did not himself sign the document, the fact that his representative did is enough to make him a signatory. Please keep this in mind when trying to decide if someone was "present" at more than one event.
It is interesting to note that the person who signed Oslo 1 and 2 on behalf of the PLO was Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the man who just became "Palestinian" Prime Minister so it seems as if he will be the one, again, to sign with Arafat. It is also interesting that Abbas has been reported to be trying to come to terms with many terrorist organizations in Israel as well as his probable signing of the "Road Map" with many witnesses ("confirm the covenant with many for one week"?). The international community seems to consider him a legitimate peace partner. (Arafat is considered "irrelevant" as far as Israel and the US are concerned; neither country invites him over anymore so maybe he will be completely side-lined for this signing? I can't see his ego allowing him to take that big a hit, though...)
Regarding his name, Mahmoud Abbas, Mahmoud is the same as Mohammed which means "highly praised," "the praised one" in Arabic and Abbas means "description of a lion" in Arabic; Abba in Aramaic means "father," Abbas in Latin means "father." Any way you look at it, it seems to be another good counterfeit for Christ (please see "May the force not be with you" file, section on biblical figures who are a type of antichrist in the Bible; Barabbas, etc.).
THE DANGERS OF THE ROAD MAP
Representatives of the Prime Minister's Office and the Defense Ministry will be departing for Washington tonight, in an attempt to introduce some changes in the Road Map plan. They hope to have the corrections made in the "formulation" stage, and not, as the UN wants, in the "implementation" stage.
The Road Map plan calls for the formation of a Palestinian state in two stages, beginning with non-permanent borders this very year. The plan's demands upon Israel also include economic help to the PA, reducing restrictions on Arab travel despite the ever-present threat of terrorism, the evacuation of hilltop communities in Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza), and the freezing of construction for the 250,000 residents of Yesha.
Israeli officials have confirmed that Israel has 15 proposed amendments for the plan, many of them dealing with security issues. Israel's basic demand is that the PA disband and demilitarize all the terrorist groups before any other steps are implemented.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has often stated his support for a PA state, though he has qualified his stand with an insistence that the PA state be demilitarized and that Israel control its borders and airspace. This does not appear to be the American position, however.
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said that he thinks the U.S. will publicize the plan the same day that Abu Mazen presents the new Palestinian Authority government under his leadership - which could be any time between this Wednesday and two weeks from now. "The Europeans, and the U.S. to a lesser extent, see Abu Mazen as some kind of Messiah," Shalom said. "But we must remember that Abu Mazen has a very extremist and uncompromising stand regarding the 'Right of Return,' which is practically the only issue on which all Israelis agree." The Arabs demand that the millions of Arabs and their descendants who left Israel in 1948 be allowed to return - their "quick and easy" way of turning Israel into a non-Jewish state.
Arutz Sheva News Service
Monday, Apr. 7, 2003 / Nissan 5, 5763
Profile: Mahmoud Abbas
By Fiona Symon
Middle East analyst
7 March, 2003
Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO Secretary General who is usually referred to as Abu Mazen, has been nominated by Yasser Arafat to be the Palestinian Authority's prime minister.
He is the most senior Palestinian leader after Yasser Arafat and, as such, holds a symbolic importance for most Palestinians.
Born in Safed in British Mandate Palestine in 1935, he is one of the few surviving founder members of Fatah - the main political grouping within the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
A highly intellectual man, Abu Mazen studied law in Egypt before doing a PhD in Moscow. He is the author of several books.
In exile in Qatar during the late 1950s, he helped recruit a group of Palestinians to the cause. They went on to become key figures in the PLO.
He co-founded Fatah with Yasser Arafat and accompanied him into exile in Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia. In the early days of the movement, he became respected for his clean and simple living.
Abu Mazen always kept to the background, but also built up a network of powerful contacts that included Arab leaders and heads of intelligence services.
This enabled him to become a successful fundraiser for the PLO and to take on an important security role in the early 1970s, before being appointed head of the PLO's Department for National and International Relations in 1980.
Abu Mazen, regarded as a pragmatist, was one of the main initiators of the dialogue with Jewish left-wing and pacifist movements in the 1970s and in the difficult years before negotiations were eventually started between Israel and the Palestinians.
Widely regarded as the architect of the Oslo peace process, he accompanied Mr Arafat to the White House in 1993 to sign the Oslo Accords.
Referring to the current intifada, Abu Mazen has called for a halt to armed attacks on Israeli targets to avoid giving Israel a pretext to destroy the last vestiges of Palestinian autonomy.
According to a transcript of comments made during a closed Fatah meeting at the end of last year, he said it was time for soul-searching.
"We should... ask ourselves, not by beating ourselves up, but by reviewing the mistakes we made, where we are headed," he said, according to the transcript.
In the light of his origins in Safed in Galilee - in what is now northern Israel - he is said to hold strong views about the right of return of Palestinian refugees. In the newly-formed Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen took over the refugee file and pushed for progress on this issue.
It is his view that: "Everyone should first be granted the right of return, but then we have to sit down and discuss the details that have to be jointly agreed upon and mutually acceptable to both sides."
Mr Arafat has named Abu Mazen as one of two possible leaders of an interim government should he step down. The other is Ahmed Qurei, the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
Although Abu Mazen is not a charismatic figure and has no political machine of his own, he would be the most obvious choice in a presidential election for the Fatah rank and file, who would have a strong interest in uniting around a single candidate.
Analysts say Fatah - which remains the strongest faction in the PLO - would play an important role in choosing any successor to Mr Arafat. Ultimately, it controls the political infrastructure and would be the best equipped to mobilise supporters.
As a high-profile member of the Palestinian leadership, who is also respected as a statesman both regionally and internationally, Abu Mazen would represent continuity and would be acceptable to the vast majority of Palestinians.
He is, however, no longer in the best of health, and it is unlikely that he would relish taking on such a role.
A call to Israel and the
Jan Willem van der Hoeven
April 10, 2003
As horrendous a toll as the Oslo Process has taken on Israel’s people and nationhood, an even greater danger lies ahead should its leaders agree to accept the Quartet’s “Road Map for implementation of a permanent solution for two states in the Israel-Palestinian Dispute.”
Israel, beware! Instead of charting a path to peace, the Road Map leads to a death trap that will spell the destruction of your state. Just your agreement to the implementation of this “two-state solution” could only lead to a further, unbearable loss of Jewish life.
The Road Map is the perpetuation of the Oslo Process under a different name, and we urge you not to talk about it, not to wrangle over it, but to resist it with all your might.
A decade ago we balked as the international community hailed the signing of an agreement it said would finally bring peace to the Middle East. We knew what terrible danger it held for your people.
And for 10 years we have witnessed the direct outcome of that ‘agreement with hell and the grave:’ the deaths of over 1,000 Israelis, and the wounding and maiming for life of thousands more.
Oslo critically compromised your state’s security, and drove a wedge of division deep into your nation. Its inevitable collapse triggered a terror campaign of Jewish bloodletting unprecedented in the history of your reborn national home.
From the moment we heard about the Declaration of Principles, we sounded our first warnings. But our cries fell on deaf ears; our concerns were dismissed, and we were labeled enemies of peace.
Although we did try, we know we should have done more to persuade you to leave the Oslo road. Maybe, just maybe, we could have saved some lives.
Yes, we witnessed with you the horrifying debacle resulting from the foolish elevation of a known murderer and terrorist to the level of statesman and peacemaker. And now we see you preparing to do it again, this time by elevating to that level PLO leader Abu Mazen – a Holocaust denier and a man who has never expressed contrition for the decades of terrorism he helped to direct, and who, as recently as last month, publicly condoned the murder of Jewish women and children.
Rather than acknowledging what Oslo graphically exposed as the moral and political bankruptcy of “land-for-peace,” the international community is gearing up to aggressively resume its pursuit of this path under a plan partially proposed by Saudi Arabia. And Israel, it looks as if you are going to let it happen.
You should be alarmed, Israel. You should be greatly alarmed!
Just as with Oslo, the Road Map legitimizes the fraudulent Arab claim to your land and appeases the belligerent party to the conflict, while exacting from you the surrender of the cradle of your nationhood and the security of your strategic depth, with no guarantees that doing so will bring protection and peace to the indefensible scrap of land that is all that will be left of your Jewish state.
Oslo, which created a temporary, interim Arab self-administration, and which you always had the option to reverse, led to the graves of hundreds of your daughters and sons. How much more painful a price will the Road Map demand, setting in stone as it does the foundations on which an irreversible Arab Islamic state will be erected on your God-ordained lands?
The creation of “Palestine” would fly in the face of God’s promises to settle you permanently on the very “mountains of Israel” that are now again to be placed on the table. This historically illegitimate state would suggest that God could not keep His promises or ensure the outworking of His plans.
We have seen how, especially when you sought to pursue the division of your land, terror struck hardest, stopping you literally in your tracks on this road to disaster.
But despite these bloody realities, your Prime Minister is encouraging efforts to push on in this fateful direction. And you remain virtually mute.
You dare not be put to sleep by those who say, “Arik would never do this.” He is clearly committed to this path, and if he proceeds, he will be responsible, as were prime minister’s Begin and Rabin, for endangering rather than securing your future.
Four times this past year, Mr. Sharon has flouted the message sent to him by his own party and then by the Israeli electorate at large, and worked to ensure that the lawmakers who oppose a Palestinian state are removed from his inner circle. He has told his countrymen he believes this state to be inevitable, and he is calling on you to stand with him in bringing this about.
Perhaps your prime minister feels, like so many of you do, that there is no other way to relieve the continued pressure of the world upon him than to acquiesce to the demand for a Palestinian state.
If so, then we want him and you to know that we, as Christian Zionists, are willing to fight this battle with the chief of the nations, some 71 percent of whose citizens support the war against Arafat’s brother in arms, Saddam Hussein.
Israel, you have already paid a horrifying price for not resolutely stating your claim and right to this land, and for entering into agreements with those who are working to usurp that claim.
For those who were deceived by the lie of the Left that there could be no way to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict except through a negotiated settlement, you have just witnessed the United States establish another way.
We believe the time has come for you to acknowledge and declare that, from the River to the Sea, this is your God-given and God-restored land. You owe this to the memory of all Jews who longed for this land but were never able to see it, and you owe it to all the Israelis who have paid with their lives to live in and defend Eretz Yisrael.
Quartet or no Quartet, we encourage you to follow the righteous example set by the United States, which refused to bow to international pressure regarding Iraq and did what was in America’s best defense and interest. So too, you should do what is in your nation’s best interest, then stand and see the salvation of your God.
We wish also to deliver the following admonition to the United States:
We believe that the Lord of all the earth has destined you to be the leading power in the world today. Millions of your citizens deeply love and worship the God of Israel. Your elected president is a self-professed, Bible-believing Christian who has proven to be a man of integrity and great courage.
Could it be true that God, in His mercy and goodness, has singled out your nation as a channel of blessing, protection and deliverance, also because, against the rest of the world, American has stood firmly with and behind Israel, causing God to thus far keep His holy promise to ‘bless them that bless My people?’
How is it then, that while over 70 percent of you are opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state, the leader you elected, and whose policies you are empowered to help shape, is leaning dangerously in favor of its creation?
Somehow, this same man who faced off against his own Quartet partners when it came to liberating the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein, is by all accounts of one mind with this same Quartet when it comes to cutting in two the land of Israel and overseeing the creation in its heart of a new, despotic, Arab regime?
For this he is already being feted on the world’s television networks as the first US president to ever verbalize support for a viable Palestinian state. On April 8, he told a press conference he is ready to put as much effort into implementing the Road Map as Prime Minister Blair has poured into the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Earlier we heard the outrageous statements by Secretary of State Colin Powell when he asserted that it is still Israel that has not done enough in its quest for peace, this despite the fact Israel is still prepared to offer the Palestinians a state after all the years of terrible suffering at their hands!
Notwithstanding these signs warning of an eventual Bush betrayal of Israel, we believe that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was gracious to your country when He stiffened the neck of the Security Council and kept the United Nations from sharing with you in the glory of liberating Iraq.
Had the world body given its full support to Operation Iraqi Freedom, the precedent would have been set for the Arab-leaning UN to force Israel to surrender half of its land to implacable enemies.
Thank God, nearly all three of the four Quartet members – Old Europe, the United Nations and Russia – were found wanting when it came to supporting the valiant, US-led efforts to rid this world of Saddam and his weapons of mass destruction.
But the danger is not past. Great Britain, which did stand with you and sent its men and women to fight alongside yours in Iraq, is a primary proponent of “Palestine.”
Prime Minister Blair, distressed by the rifts opened in the international community over Iraq, has identified the vigorous implementation of the Road Map as the best remedy for healing this division, and especially for placating the infuriated Arab states.
But America take note! Offering up Israel to placate the oil-rich, terrorist-sponsoring Arab states will be no less an historic injustice and a crime against the people of Israel, than the appeasing of Nazi Germany by offering up Czechoslovakia was a felony against the people of that state. You know what that cowardice cost the world.
When three of your soldiers were killed by a car bomb in Iraq, you tasted just one hundredth of what the people of Israel have had leveled against them in the past two years. Instead of perversely, for reasons of political and or economic expediency, helping the PLO establish another Israel and American-hating terrorist state on Jewish lands, basic decency and fairness demand that you give Israel as free a hand to fight its war against terror as you have had to fight yours, and that you support her in this fight as unconditionally as she has supported you.
America beware. Your nation’s persistent pursuit of the Road Map will take you from blessing Israel to cursing her. The price you will pay may include the end of the era of your prosperity and the removal from you of the glorious mantle of world leadership.
We urge you to recognize the new realities and opportunities that your steadfast determination to go against Iraq has opened up in the world. We would plead with you to seize the historic day that lies before you, and instead of patching up the old, discredited alliances, encourage you to align yourself fully with Israel, and with the rest of the coalition of the willing. If you do, the blessings that will come to your nation will outshine anything that you have ever known.
After September 11 you told the world that it was either with you or against you in your war against terror. Israel is fully with America. Are you, fully, with her?
Jerusalem Newswire is a Jerusalem-based news service operated by experienced Christian journalists under the auspices of the International Christian Zionist Center.
A Road Map to Natural Disaster
Dr Uzi Landau
Israel minister responsible for the secret services and strategic relations with the U.S.
If the Quartet's road map is accepted, Yasser Arafat will win the greatest victory of his life. Despite the blatant violation of all his commitments in the Oslo agreements and his responsibility for the murder of more than 1,000 Israelis - nearly 800 of them during the last two years of terror - he has not been punished. On the contrary, he is holding on to the far-reaching concessions granted him at Oslo and in addition will get what even Yossi Beilin and Shimon Peres refused to give him: the establishment of a state, "independent, viable, sovereign with maximum territorial contiguity," in principle, and without negotiation. That state is the main goal of the map, resulting from a childish belief on the part of the Quartet that the mere creation of the state will guarantee peace.
At the same time there's no mention in the map of any of the conditions noted by the government as essential for our existential security: demilitarization; our complete control of the air space; a ban on the authority to sign international agreements, for example.
As far as we are concerned, there are two inviolate conditions: public recognition of Israel's right to exist, including an end to the incitement educating toward our destruction in the Palestinian school system and inculcating peace as a value from an early age, and Palestinian relinquishment of their demand for the refugees to return to Israel.
These demands, without which there is no chance for peace, do not appear as a condition. Moreover, the Saudi Arabian initiative, which the map says has "ongoing importance," speaks of solving the refugee problem through UN Resolution 194, which includes the "right of return," as its centerpiece.
Borders: Those who believed Israel would be able to maintain control over areas of decisive strategic importance for our defense, find the map speaks about "ending the occupation that began in 1967," in other words, a return to what Abba Eban called "the Auschwitz borders."
Internationalization of the conflict: In the first year of the previous, unity government, Israel was careful not to use all that was necessary to defeat the terrorist organizations in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, it did not topple the Palestinian Authority and did not expel Arafat. The price: hundreds of killed, thousands of wounded, and a rapid deterioration to a deep and unprecedented economic depression that we are now desperately trying to end. We did so to prevent the internationalization of the conflict by the entry of foreign observers and international conferences, that would, in effect, take out of our hands the sovereignty over management of the conflict and harm our ability to defend ourselves effectively.
That's exactly what the road map does. Internationalization under Quartet orchestration: It convenes two international conferences meant to establish the Palestinian state and lead to a permanent agreement, accompany the process, establish a supervisory mechanism for the implementation, judge the disputes between the PA and Israel, set a "realistic timetable" for progress and become involved in the negotiations "when necessary."
Jerusalem: The road map gives the Palestinians a political status equal to ours and determines that the decisions in the negotiations over the city's status will be with regard to "the political and religious interest of both sides." In other words, the division of Jerusalem. To remove any doubt about the Quartet's intentions, the road map emphasizes, "the government of Israel will reopen Palestinian institutions closed in East Jerusalem." And of course that includes the notorious Orient House.
A prize for terror: Without any condition for an end to terror first, Israel is ordered to immediately dismantle all the outposts and freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth - another bonus the Palestinians didn't even get at Oslo.
The road map is a huge prize for terror. In its wake the Palestinians will not only achieve their strategic goals, but will reach a clear conclusion: terror pays. They will get all the concessions we shower on them, organize themselves with money they get from the world and us, rebuild their terror units and attack us at the moment convenient for them. Our experience from the Oslo agreement teaches us that for us, the map bodes a future in which terror is much, much worse.
It's possible to understand why the European members of the Quartet initiated the road map. They are the ones who cynically attack President Bush, who is fighting the free world's war against Saddam Hussein; and during the years, with the same cynicism, they turned a blind eye to terrible Palestinian terror and held us responsible for it. They support the Palestinians and Arafat, Saddam's ally, and demand we concede unceasingly to terror.
Will the Americans accept the European positions? Is it possible the U.S. - which regards terror as the greatest danger to Western civilization, and is led by Bush, who declared war on terror without concessions of negotiations until it is totally eradicated like in Afghanistan and Iraq - will adopt a map saturated with far-reaching concessions that will only encourage terror?
The road map does not express the "Bush vision" as expressed last June. It is not a recipe for peace, but for national disaster. Accepting it will lead to terror and war under far more difficult conditions that we've ever known. If Israel wants to live, it must make as clear as possible and as early as possible that without basic preconditions, the map is totally unacceptable.
This piece appeared in HaAretz of April 8, 2003
See also: Space Shuttle Columbia which includes information regarding the Council on Foreign Relation's conclusion that the only way to get Middle East peace is "the forceful presentation by external actors of a comprehensive, fair, and lasting deal."
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