Update: Abu Mazen has been replaced by Qureia as "Prime Minister of Palestine." Same tactics, different "leader."
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:
Madrid Peace Conference attendees, started October 30, 1991 and lasted for 3 days
USA President George Bush, Sr.
USA Secretary of State Mr. James A. Baker III
USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev
USSR Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Boris D. Pankin
Netherlands Minister for Foreign Affairs Hans Van Den Broek
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
Syrian Arab Republic Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Farouk Al-Shara
Republic of Lebanon Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Fares Bouez
Jordan (Palestinians will be invited and attend as part of a joint Jordanian-Palestinian delegation)
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Foreign Minister Dr. Kamel Abu Jaber
Head of Palestinian Delegation Dr. Haider Abdul Shafi
Arab Republic of Egypt Minister of Foreign Affairs Amre Moussa
Gulf Cooperation Council (secretary- general to the conference as an observer, and GCC
member states will be invited to participate in organizing the negotiations on multilateral issues)
Mr. Felipe Gonzalez, Prime Minister of Spain (hosted by Government of Spain)
September 13, 1993 "Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements" (Oslo 1) participants:
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres signed the document
PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat
PLO Executive Council Member Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) signed the document
US President William Clinton
US Secretary of State Warren Christopher signs as co-sponsor witness
Russian Federation Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev signs as co-sponsor witness
September 28, 1995 "The Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," (Oslo 2) participants:
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat
PLO Representative Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) signs document
US President William Clinton
US Secretary of State Warren Christopher as witness (?)
Russian Federation as witness
Arab Republic of Egypt as witness
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan King Hussein
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as witness
Kingdom of Norway as witness
European Union as witness
"Road Map," (Oslo 3), 2003
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Israeli Foreign Minister
PLO Chairman Arafat
"Palestinian" Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)
US President George Bush, Jr.
US Secretary of State
Russian Federation Foreign Minister
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Arab Republic of Egypt
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.).
Jesus Christ is called "Lion of Judah"
Ariel Sharon is called "Lion of Judah" (Israel's Gen. Patton)
Mahmoud Abbas could be considered the "Lion of Judah" also because Abbas in Arabic means "lion" and the international community has renamed Judea/Samaria as the "West Bank" which Abbas, as the new "Palestinian" Prime Minister, has authority over.
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
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.
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
A highly intellectual man, Abu
Mazen studied law in Egypt
before doing a PhD in Moscow.
He is the author of several
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
Widely regarded as the architect
of the Oslo peace process, he
accompanied Mr Arafat to the
White House in 1993 to sign the
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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.
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