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August 30, 2010

War and Peace

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The coming days promise to be momentous ones for Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas are coming to Washington this week to begin direct peace negotiations. The subject could not be more serious. The stakes could not be higher. Summer vacation is over.

By all accounts, Prime Minister Netanyahu has been pushing for these direct negotiations. And by all accounts he is sincere in his desire to negotiate a lasting peace with the Palestinians. This seems like an unlikely departure for a man who so deeply understands that the land Israel would have to concede in any peace agreement is Israel’s Biblical heartland – the very land in which the Jewish people was born, and on which they lived out and wrote down the stories of the Hebrew Bible. This seems like an odd obsession for a man who so clearly recognizes the strategic value of this land – a mountainous region overlooking Israel’s population and industrial centers in the narrow coastal plain below.

And yet like the prime ministers who preceded him of both the left and the right, and like a solid majority of Israelis, Netanyahu seems prepared to rip out his heart and hand it over if it would only bring peace. And this, of course, is the question: will these concessions bring peace?

Prime Minister Netanyahu , President Obama, and Palestinian President Abbas

Netanyahu is well aware of the doubts and the danger. He has stated up front that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as the Jewish state. He has also stated up front that he is looking for tangible security arrangements on the ground to prevent the security debacles that followed past peace gestures. He knows very well that Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon resulted in a Hezbollah advance and missile fire upon northern Israel. He opposed the Gaza withdrawal which resulted in a Hamas take over and missile fire on southern Israel. He does not intend to repeat these mistakes.

But here’s the risk. Negotiations typically take on a powerful momentum of their own. President Obama is immersing himself ever deeper in the peace process. And first term presidents want two things: to be reelected and to make history. A peace agreement may well guarantee Obama both. Failure, on the other hand, will confirm the emerging view of Obama as both naïve and inexperienced, and may well cost him both. Expect enormous pressure to come down on whichever side is seen as the obstacle to an agreement. And since Israel’s demands are necessary minimums – not exaggerated maximums – expect Israel to be pressured into making some very risky concessions.

We who stand with Israel in America have two obligations. The first is to recognize that our proper role is to support Israel’s democratically elected government. We don’t live in Israel. Our houses are not within missile range of Hamas, Hezbollah or Iran. Our fathers, sons and husbands don’t serve in the Israeli army and won’t be called off to battle in the middle of the night. Our knowledge of Israel – even if we’ve studied it in detail – is typically not equal to that of most Israelis who are immersed in the conflict every day of their lives. We all think we know what’s best for Israel – every Israeli does and every one of us does. But ultimately we must all recognize that there was an election, Netanyahu won it, and he has the right to govern his people.

But while we don’t presume to dictate to Israel’s government, we have every right – and every responsibility – to speak to our own government. We have every right to demand that our government not pressure Israel into making concessions that the Israelis themselves do not wish to make. If history proves one thing, it proves that Israelis want peace so desperately that they will place themselves in peril to achieve it. If the Israelis are not willing to take a particular risk, this is a strong sign it is not a reasonable risk to take.

Let us pray for peace. But let as also watch these negotiations very closely. If Israel is pressured to abandon its very reasonable requests for recognition and security, we must be prepared to speak loudly in Israel’s defense. If Netanyahu stretches out his arm to make a concession to Abbas, this is his right. But if Netanyahu offers a concession because his arm is being twisted behind his back, then speaking out in Israel’s defense is our right.

David Brog is the executive director of Christians United for Israel and author of a new book, In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity.  You can follow David on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.

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19 Comments »

  1. Dear CUFI:
    Why do you expect Palistine to concede Israel to be a separate national state? This seems to be the main thrust, essentially a demand, by Israel’s president. How can Israel have a president when they are not a recognized nation?
    In effect Natanyu is asking for a Charter from Palistine, that grants them full recognitions as a national state. This one item of recognition has been the crux of the wars between the two entities! Surely you do not expect the Palistinians to give up that most Holy Site of the Dome of the Rock, now let it be controlled by Israel!
    WHY NOT DECLARE THE AREA TO BE A FREE STATE THAT WELCOMES BOTH ISRAEL AND PALISTINE ON AN EQUAL BASIS IN ALL MANNER OF TRADE, COMMERCE AND GOVERNMENT, EVEN TO FORMING A NEW CONGRESS?
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    Comment by James R. Therrell — August 30, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  2. Israel is the Apple of God’s eye. The only peace treaty that will be made is a false one that will be broken after 3 1/2 years. When they shall cry Peace and Safety, then sudden destruction. We are about to see the coming of the Lord Jesus and the Anti Christ exaulted. Look up, your redemption draws near!

    Comment by Don — August 30, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

  3. The underlying cause of war between Israel and the dependents of Ismael is the same cause of fighting and squabbling between siblings. And like a family, the parents have to make peace between the children and teach them to love one another. Thusly, peace in the Middle Easthas to be worked out between them with God as their helper. It will work no other way. The Bible says that Israel and Ishmael would fight until ‘Shiloh comes, and unto him shall be the gathering of the people be’.
    And who do you think Shiloh Is?

    Comment by Suzanne Favalora — August 30, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

  4. As one who has lived and volunteered in Israel for 4 years one time and 1 year another, lived in both the Galilee region and Jerusalem as well as traveled all areas incl the settlements , Samaria, Mt Gerizim, and Arab cities and towns, lived in Arab Villages, I can speak from these actual viewpoints.

    God says it is the Jewish People’s land to hold FOR HIM. Biblically and historically, every time they gave up land or gave away GOD’S LAND, not people’s land , there were severe consequences . For Christians who say they understand God’s Word, to even concede the idea of them giving up a square inch of the only small parcel of land left, is not remembering God said “DO NOT GIVE UP MY LAND _ YOU ARE ASJOURNERS/CARETAKERS IN IT> ” HE EVEN SAID, HE IS JEALOUS OF HIS LAND.
    When will man learn to leave it alone. PEACE WILL NOT COME IN THIS MANNER EVER!! IT ONLY COMES WHEN GOD RETURNS and CHANGES THE HEARTS OF MAN ETC>

    Many Palestinians do NOT WANT TO LIVE UNDER PLO RULE!! They have a much better life under the Jewish rule if anyone even bothered to ask the people, not PLO.

    Instead of praying the so called peace negotations to go forward etc, pray they don’t as it won’t please God or Man.

    Comment by Gail Sylvia-Cox — August 30, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

  5. I see that Mr. Therrell is the only one that recognizes the fact there will not be a “true and positve” treaty with these two entities. The Bible states the “Peace and Security” treaty will be between Israel and 10 nations… 5 from the East and 5 from the West…. and IT is speaking of Arab countries… not West thought of as the U.S. “Keep on Looking up”

    Comment by Frankie Baxter — August 30, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  6. The Palestinians clearly do NOT want peace. The Fatah Constitutions continues to call for the violent destruction of Israel. Palestinian Authority textbooks, schools, media, controlled television, maps, quiz shows, sports events, etc., etc., continue to incite terrorism and glorify and honor terrorists. Recent Palestinian surveys show that only 13% of Palestinians view violence against Israelis as unacceptable. A Palestinian State on the West Bank will turn into another Gaza – a launching pad for more vicious, deadly attacks against Israel.

    Comment by Liz Berney, Esq. — August 30, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  7. Israel is a sovereign nation & the United States nor other nation has the right to demand they give up ANYTHING for the sake of peace in the Middle East. This land was given to them by God Almighty & they have been made stewards over it until Jesus Christ returns to reign as King of Kings there. The Palestinians definition of peace is when all Jews i.e. Israel is wiped off the face of the earth. God said, “The enemy of Israel is My enemy and the friend of Israel is My friend.” Personally, the United States needs to be on God’s side & worry less about what the world thinks if, we want to remain blessed!

    Comment by PY — August 30, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

  8. big mistake to give more ground to palistine. they just want more till there will be no more to give. obaoma should support isreal as one of our closest friends.

    Comment by marv — August 30, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

  9. Obama like all other US Presidents all continue to compromise the security and sovereignty of the Nation of Israel. Although several of them claim Christianity, they seem not to know the truth concerning the covenant that God made with the nation of Israel and that those seeking what the call peace all only want domination. The prize seem to be Jerusalem which Israel has no right to compromise.We can only pray for the PEACE oF Jerusalem which we know will not com until the Prince returns with healing in his wings.

    Comment by Sidney Burrows — August 30, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

  10. It is a well documented fact that every sitting president that forced Israel into concessions only brought judgement on “America”. This is an absolute and undisputed fact. So, down this ill advised road we once again travel. Will we never learn that “God” says what He means, and means what he says. The real tragedy in all this, is that this “Narcissistic” maniac that we call a president, if successuful, will reap chastisement the likes of which will make 911 childs play. I fear that a line has been crossed in which there is no return. May “Fathers” Grace and Mercy abound in the days ahead.

    Comment by Lawman — August 31, 2010 @ 12:20 am

  11. The Palestinians have never yet kept any part of any agreement ever made with them by Israel…Why will now be different??? It won’t!!! How are they going to divide up the Holy city, when the Palestinians want it all? I pray for wisdon for the Israelie leaders…they are in desperate need of it…How dare our President make such demands on a country he hates?? He is for the Muslims not the Israelies!!! Is this the 7 year peace agreement?? Don’t think so!!!! It won’t last 7 years!! The Palestinians have a total commitment to the destruction of Israel!!! This will not change!!

    Comment by EddieW — August 31, 2010 @ 12:37 am

  12. There will never be real peace in Israel until the Prince of Peace rule the earth. These Peace Talks are just a waste of time, efforts and money. God had already promised that land to Abraham and to his descendants so why bother. We can only pray for the peace of Jerusalem, nothing more nothing less. If we want to be blessed by God, then we need to bless Abraham (Israel). God said in effect when He talked to Abraham, “I will bless them that bless thee, and I will curse them that curse thee.” At any rate, Paul said in 1 Thess. 5:1-6, that when they say peace and safety…, let us not sleep but let us watch and be sober. That sounds like that all we could do is to watch and see what happens next.

    Comment by Efren — August 31, 2010 @ 1:10 am

  13. I would differ on David’s assertion that extreem pressure will come to bear on which ever party is viewed as an obstacle to peace during these negotiations. In

    Obama’s usual style his administration will make Israel out to be the obstacle no matter what, no matter how obvious the opposite is. You can look for Israel to be pushed and shoved to make ridiculous concessions with no reciprocity. Abbass and his Arab friends have yet to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish Nation.

    I would say that as the negotiations progress and Israel gets pressured to cave in to unreasonable demands, Christians are under obligation to stand and reject those forcing our Jewish brothers into an unjust peace agreement. An obligation, not a right.

    Comment by Ed Warmoth — August 31, 2010 @ 1:59 am

  14. Because we are committing this act to force Israel into further concessions, Hurricane Earl will devastate our East Coast and Washington DC. Such devastation happened with Katrina and Andrew, etc. It happened after we messed with forcing Israel into negotiations or concessions. When will we ever learn!

    When we force Israel out of the West Bank or Jerusalem, an earthquake will happen at New Madrid and our Midwest will be destroyed. Millions of Americans will die. To me it’s logical when it will happen and what its results will be given what prophets have said. Note that I am not a prophet. Given that prophets have said it will happen,I just logically say when.

    Comment by W. Dana Shea — August 31, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

  15. We are currently living in the prophecy of Scripture. There will never be peace with Israel and the Palestinians as Israel is considered a big devil while America is a little devil. They feel that both countries must be destroyed. To ask Israel to give up more land is to go against God who made the divisions of land for Israel. God has and he will continue to bless those who bless Israel will come against those who go against her. That is fact!

    Comment by Marianne Lordi — September 2, 2010 @ 2:03 am

  16. […] Peace Talks and Ramadan In regard to the “Peace Talks” underway in Washington this week, here is an article from David Brog, the Executive Director of Christians United For Israel that will give some insight for prayer. Here’s the link: https://brogsblog.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/war-and-peace/ […]

    Pingback by Peace Talks and Ramadan « HIGHWAY | 19 — September 2, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

  17. I totally agree with Dana Shea, wake up people, Our Lord wrote down His words for people to read, and He is never wrong. We are heading for destruction, Oh God help us, the writing is on the wall. Pray our government leaves Israel alone. God is in charge of that little country, and the evil people want everything, even that little piece of land. Well they will end up reaping what they sow.

    Comment by Carol — September 3, 2010 @ 4:41 am

  18. God is the final authority and Israels greatest advocate..The only owner of the Land is Almighty God Jesus Christ and the Israeli’s and Jewish people all others are mocking God..Wake up..before it is too late..Soon Jesus will return and step on the Temple Mount and the earth will shake like never before and Judgement will fall on all..Then every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord..If you have not yet received Christ Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior..Please don’t put it off any longer simply bow your head and say this prayer with all sincerety..Dear Heavenly Father..I know I am a sinner and that you died for the redemption of my sins..I ask your forgiveness today and ask that you come into my heart and be my Lord and savior. I know that you sacrificed your life on the cross..rose on the third day and reign victoriously over all the earth..cleanse me from all unrighteousness and mold and change me that I might be more like you. In Jesus Holy Name..Amen My husband Rodney and I boldly stand as CUFI Members

    Comment by Victoria Lainhart — September 20, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

  19. Everything happening in the Middle East is pointing to the fact that the coming of the Lord is at hand. The God of covenant knows how to keep His people and no matter the situation He is in control. They will surely gather but surely they shall fall. Israel, You are blessed.

    Comment by Adeola — September 22, 2010 @ 6:42 pm


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