Times of Israel: Defense Minister Benny Gantz hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at his home in Rosh Ha’ayin on Tuesday night. It marked the first time the Palestinian leader held talks with a senior Israeli official in Israel since 2010.
The meeting was Gantz and Abbas’s second since the new Israeli government was formed in June. According to the Defense Ministry, it lasted two and a half hours; part of it was between Abbas and Gantz alone.
“The Defense Minister emphasized the shared interest in strengthening security cooperation, preserving security stability, and preventing terrorism and violence,” Gantz’s office said in a statement.
Gantz also told Abbas that he intended to continue advancing “confidence-building measures in civil and economic fields,” according to the Defense Ministry. Read More …
Opinion: When the Jewish people began making their way back to the land in the 1890’s, they regathered in unbelief in fulfillment of prophecy.
Ezekiel 20:33-38 …
“As I live,” says the Lord God, “surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you. 34 I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face. 36 Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,” says the Lord God. 37 “I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant; 38 I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
Israel’s secular Minister of Defense, General Benny Gantz, reminds me of another secular Israeli general by the name of Moshe Dayan.
Did you ever wonder how it came to be that Israel’s miraculous victory in 1967, uniting east and west Jerusalem (Temple Mount) for the first time in 2000 years could result in Arab control over the most holy site on earth for Jews?
Arab leaders at that time were sure that Israeli General Moshe Dayan would order the al-Aqsa Mosque to be destroyed and a Jewish Temple to be built. They, and the rest of the world, never expected what would happen next. Dayan, fearing that the fighting would never stop, decided to relinquish ownership of the Temple Mount to the Arab Waqf (religious authority) as a sign of peace and good will.
But General Dayan was a secular Jew, and therefore had no knowledge of an ancient prophecy that predicted Esau’s return to the land of Israel in the last days to reclaim his squandered birthright (Genesis 25:29-34) as foretold in Malachi 1:4.
General Benny Gantz’s invitation to Mahmoud Abbas to have dinner at his home may not be a fair comparison to giving away the Temple Mount, but since much of the conversation was private we really have no idea to what they agreed.
The meeting was Gantz and Abbas’s second since the new Israeli government was formed in June. According to the Defense Ministry, it lasted two and a half hours; part of it was Abbas and Gantz alone.
One thing is certain, Abbas will come out the conqueror, and any peace that will come will be a prelude to war.
“They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more” Psalm 83:4.
On Monday we will post our new Bible study “Three Worldwide Regatherings of God’s People” on the home page.