Israel Opposes Int’l Forces As Part of Peace Deal, Congressmen Urge US to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

Editors Note: The Bible Speaks of International Forces in Israel in the Endtimes.

And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” (Abomination of Desolation?) -Luke 21:20

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Armageddon) -Zech 12:2-3

June 5th. ‘Israel opposes int’l forces as part of peace deal’. Herb Keinon and Michael Wilner, Jpost.com

“Even as US Secretary of State John Kerry has been keeping details of Washington’s vision for a possible Israeli-Palestinian peace deal very much under wraps, International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz made clear Tuesday that Jerusalem would oppose any attempt to introduce international forces into the equation.

“Some people are speaking about international forces, maybe [in] the Jordan Valley or the hills and border areas, that will take care of Israel’s future security,” Steinitz said in a speech at The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA).

Steinitz, a close confidant and political ally of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who also holds the Strategic Affairs and Intelligence portfolios, said he would “vehemently” oppose any redeployment of international forces instead of the IDF.

“The principle should be very clear,” he stated. “The Palestinians should be able to control their lives, and we should be able to control our security in our own hands.

For us, security means survivability, and we have had very negative experiences with international forces so far.” He pointed to two examples in just the last decade of international forces’ failure to provide Israel with security as promised.

The first was the massive UNIFIL force that entered southern Lebanon following the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and under whose watch tens of thousands of missiles found their way into Hezbollah’s hands.

The second example was Gaza, where the Palestinian Authority, Egypt and the EU all had different types of security personnel in place following Israel’s 2005 disengagement, but failed to prevent Hamas’s takeover of the territory and the introduction of thousands of rockets and missiles there.

Considering the instability of the Middle East, Steinitz said, the security arrangements that would be necessary in any future peace agreement must be such that Israel “will be able to trust them, and our capacity to defend ourselves, regardless of new developments that are totally unpredictable.”

For example, he said, one vital element will be “a total demilitarization of the Palestinian state, and our capacity to preserve, control and secure this demilitarization, come what may.”

The two negative experiences with international forces in the South and in the North “cannot repeat [themselves] in the West Bank,” he said, adding that it was clear to the government that the only demilitarization Israel could trust would be “supervised and enforced by Israeli forces.”

The international relations minister said Israel was willing to make “very painful” concessions for peace, “make very serious compromises,” and was ready for “a two-states-for-two-peoples solution, but we want genuine peace, real peace, and real security that we can trust.”

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June 5th, 2013. Congressmen urge US to move embassy to Jerusalem. Ynetnews.com

“The heads of the bipartisan Congressional Israel Allies Caucus on Tuesday urged the Obama administration to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“We see that the issue of Jerusalem is not just a political issue but a Biblical issue as well,” said Josh Reinstein, Director of the Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus in a video address from Jerusalem. “We appreciate your tireless efforts to secure the future of Jerusalem and of the Jewish State,” said Noam Katz, from the Embassy of Israel in Washington. “You are true and abiding friends who stand faithfully by our side. Your continued friendship inspires and sustains us.”

“We strongly believe that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel with no waivers and no caveats,” said Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), in an event on Capitol Hill Tuesday marking 46 years since the reunification of Jerusalem.

“It is long overdue for the US government to relocate our embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem,” said Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30), noting that the move was a “no brainer” because the location of the planned US Embassy in Jerusalem is in a part of the city which has been under Israeli sovereignty since 1948.

“The deep commitment and friendship to the State of Israel transcend political differences,” said Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08). Jerusalem Day marks the reunification of the city in the 1967 Six Day War.

Successive US administrations including Presidents Clinton Bush and Obama have repeatedly used the presidential waiver to delay moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in accordance with a 1995 law which authorized the embassy’s relocation but which gave the president the power to postpone its implementation every six months in the interests of national security.

The event, which was attended by dozens of lawmakers around the world, was broadcast simultaneously in parliaments in Europe and Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem is not just a place but an idea where we can unify people of all faiths and all backgrounds,” said MK Dov Lipman, who flew in from Jerusalem for the event. “We have made Jerusalem a place where everyone can worship openly.”

“No one can question the Israeli sovereignty of Jerusalem. Those who call into question this right also question the right of Israel to exist,” said Italian MEP Magdi Cristiano Allam, speaking in Sofia.”

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