On August 24, 2009, the news release (below), Obama Plan: Temple Mount Under Arab-Muslim Sovereignty, was reported by a number of Middle Eastern news sources. In the draft of an alleged Obama Administration Plan for the creation of a Palestinian Authority state by 2011, the article focuses on the sovereignty of the Temple Mount. Although it mentions other aspects of the alleged Plan, it fails to celebrate their significanceeither politically or in light of Bible prophecy (which is history recorded in advance).

After reading two of Randall Price's books (The Unholy War, and Ready To Rebuild - Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, USA), I have reached the same conclusion that I have heard President Obama state out of his own mouth...that the present conditions that exist between Israel and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are "unsustainable".

In his books, Mr. Price (who is a Christian Biblical archaeologist) points out that there are 4 to 5 million Palestinians living in Israel: in Judah, Samaria and Gaza. Most are citizens of no state, although some hold Jordanian passports. This is to be compared with approximately 7 million citizens in Israel, almost 20% of which are already Palestinian citizens who can vote, are represented in the Israeli Knesset, and most of whom want to keep their Israeli citizenship. To absorb an additional 5 million Palestinians into Israel would amount to Israel's self-annihilation, and an end of the Jewish state.  It will never happen.

Also in the backdrop are the issues of the Israel's right to exist with secure and defensible borders, which none of the Arab-Palestinian political and military groups recognize; and the question of Islamwhich holds as one of its primary tenants that any land which at any time in the historical past which had been under Islamic control can never be relinquished. Hence the Biblical and political significance of the alleged Obama Plan.

The Bible prophesies in Ezekiel 38:8 require that the land of Israel shall be "brought back from the sword". In Ezekiel 38:11 Israel has become "the land of unwalled villages". And in Ezekiel 38:14 we are told that the people of Israel "dwell in safety". All three of these Biblical prophesies would be fulfilled by the alleged Obama Plan that provides for: (1) a demilitarized Palestinian state; (2) a state with its airspace to remain under Israel control; and (3) a state that would not be allowed to strike military treaties with other countries in the region. I have also heard Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, say out of his own mouth recently that these three conditions would provide a "winning formula" for a Palestinian state.

If indeed this news article is accurate, then the President of the United States is letting it be known through indirect diplomatic channels that he is prepared to use both the prestige and might of the United States to guarantee for Israel what it cannot guarantee for itselfand that is the right to its national identity and existence with secure and defensible borders, and its assurance of peace with the new Palestinian state.

As to the issue of sovereignty over the Temple Mount, the President of the United States is a political office, not an ecclesiastical office. Although President Obama by his own testimony has been a Christian for over 20 years (his sermons preached in church are easily found on YouTube), his job as President, however, is to negotiate to the best of his ability the national interest of the United States. Mr.  Netanyahu, on the other hand, as Prime Minister of Israel for the second time is equally capable of negotiating what is in Israel's best interest concerning the Temple Mount, and the others issues that are prerequisites to a comprehensive settlement with the Palestinians.

What students of the Bible and of Bible prophesy should readily see and understand, however, is that a lasting peace for Israel is in sightat least until it is the time and season for the war of Ezekiel 38-39. Although, as Randall Price in his books point out, the priesthood of Israel is ready to rebuild the temple: the nation of Israel may not beand God's timing for a thing in the final analysis shall prevail. It is my reading of Scripture (for whatever that is worth), that Israel as a nation will not return to Jehovah, animal sacrifices, and temple worship until the after its miraculous deliverance in this war prophesied in Ezekiel 39; see also Ezekiel 39:22.

[See: A Russian-led confederacy of nations will come against Israel; and Ezekiel 38 and 39 is not the battle of Armageddon; see also The Coming World War III, and 25 Prophetic Events Before the Rapture of the Church.]


Obama Plan: Temple Mount Under Arab-Muslim Sovereignty


August 24, 2009

By Gil Ronen

(IsraelNN.com) The Middle East peace plan that United States President Barack Obama will unveil soon involves the creation of a Palestinian Authority state by 2011 and the transfer of Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem [presumably including the Temple Mount – ed.] to Arab-Muslim sovereignty, Saudi newspaper Al-Ukaz has learned.
According to the report published Sunday in
Al-Ukaz, the Obama plan also includes the following elements:

bullet Some parts of eastern Jerusalem [presumably Neveh Yaakov, Pisgat Ze'ev & the like - ed] would be transferred to Israel control.
bullet There would be an international presence in the Jordan Valley and other parts of Judea and Samaria.
bullet The Palestinian Authority terror organizations would be disbanded and turn into political parties.
bullet The large settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria would not be dismantled.
bullet The fate of smaller Jewish settlement areas would be decided in a three-month-long negotiation period.

A reporter for the Saudi newspaper received the information from Hassan Harisha, the Second Deputy Speaker of the Palestinian Authority Parliament. Harisha told him that the U.S. has handed over a draft of the peace proposal to the PA and other Arabs for their perusal.
The plan also calls for Judea and Samaria to be . Israeli-Palestinian Authority security coordination would be strengthened, and the Palestinian Authority state would not be allowed to strike military treaties with other countries in the region.
An “agreed number” of Arab refugees would be absorbed in the Jordan Valley area and in other parts of Judea and Samaria – especially in the area between Ramallah and Shechem.
An international fund would support the refugees and Israel would release Palestinian Authority prisoners three years after a diplomatic accord is signed.

Will he lay out a blueprint?
The Saudi report notwithstanding, the Washington Post's Jackson Diehl estimated Sunday that Obama will not go so far as to present a blueprint for a peace settlement, despite being urged to do so by several Arab governments.

"As the U.N. General Assembly meets in late September, Obama aims to announce the opening of a new negotiating process between Israelis and Palestinians, along with 'confidence-building' steps by Israel, the Palestinian Authority and a number of Arab governments," the columnist wrote. Obama "will probably lay out at least a partial vision of the two-state settlement that all sides now say they support, and the course that negotiations should take. More significantly, he intends to set an ambitious timetable for completing the peace deal -- something that will please Arabs but may irritate Israel."

© 2009 Walter James Taylor

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