Is the Interim Agreement and the Peace Agreement the same thing?
By Irvin Baxter
QUESTION: Katherine from Georgia asked about the ‘interim treaty’ and ‘peace treaty’. Are we talking about two different treaties? And how will an interim treaty be possible when the Palestinians say that they want all or nothing?
ANSWER: We are talking about the same treaty. Here is what is being discussed. The peace negotiators are saying, if we try for everything, then we’ll get nothing. Therefore, we would be better off to sell for half a loaf than no loaf at all. So they’re saying, we think we can get a new Palestinian Government formed, or a new nation formed. So if they get the new Palestinian State formed within recognized borders, and then they also get an agreement on sharing the Temple Mount, the biggest thing they will have left undone is the status of Jerusalem. That’s the one thing that Netanyahu is unwilling to surrender on, but that’s also the one thing that the Palestinians say that they must have. So the negotiators are going to end up saying, look, we understand that you want that, but you can’t get it right now. Why don’t you take what you can get and then we’ll say seven years from now, we will come back to the negotiations and settle the rest of the outstanding issues. The Bible says that the Antichrist will confirm the covenant for a seven-year period. At the end of the seven years is when the Battle of Armageddon takes place, so apparently when they revisit these talks, it doesn’t work, and ultimately the United Nations will decide to force Israel to surrender East Jerusalem, that’s the reason there will be a Battle called the Battle of Armageddon.
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