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 significance—either 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 Islam—which 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 itself—and 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 sight—at 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 be—and 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.
Obama Plan: Temple Mount Under Arab-Muslim Sovereignty
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.
Will he lay out a blueprint?
"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