Is the Israel-Lebanon maritime deal as good as the Abraham Accords?


JNS: Let’s hope that both U.S. President Joe Biden and interim Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid are right about the deal they’ve struck with Lebanon. Biden is hailing the pact, which last week seemed to be sunk by Lebanese bargaining tactics and political pressure on Lapid, as a “historic breakthrough.

In a White House briefing on Tuesday, “senior administration officials” asserted that it was a win-win for both countries. Lapid echoed that claim in a press conference on Wednesday night, promising further that it would “stave off war” with the Hezbollah terrorist group that largely controls Israel’s northern neighbor.

Also applauding the deal was Dan Shapiro, ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration. He disputed the avalanche of criticisms from Israel’s opposition parties and Trump administration officials about its being a one-sided surrender to Hezbollah blackmail and American pressure. According to Shapiro, it was actually more advantageous to Israel than to the Lebanese regime, its Hezbollah string-pullers and their Iranian paymasters.

Some in the Israeli press who are eager to give Lapid a boost in the weeks before the upcoming Nov. 1 Knesset election have also been sounding hosannas about it. According to one piece published in Haaretz, the maritime agreement is “a bigger deal than the 2020 Abraham Accords,” which normalized relations between the Jewish state and four Muslim countries. Another mocked Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu as having received a “masterclass in statesmanship and leadership” from Lapid. That article claimed Netanyahu would have jumped to sign such a deal if only he had been wise enough to make the same concessions as Lapid.

We should discount this as partisan cheerleading in advance of both the vote in Israel and the American midterms. Yet, if the promises about peace, prosperity and security stemming from a new maritime demarcation line stretching out from Israel’s northern coastal border with Lebanon come true, then it truly would be cause for celebration. Read More …

Opinion: Rule of thumb; when the left celebrates a deal with Israel and an Arab country … Run!

Lebanon and it’s recent inhabitants Hezbollah (Psalm 83:7), are making a deal with an eternal enemy, while Israel is making a deal with terrorists who are funded by Iran who vows to destroy the Jewish state.

What could go wrong?

I searched for a prophecy that calls for a reconciliation between Israel and Lebanon and came up Isaiah 29:17, however, it will take place after the tribulation when Jesus Christ returns:

“Is it not yet a very little while
Till Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
And the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest?
18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book,
And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
19 The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord,
And the poor among men shall rejoice
In the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 29:17

The phrase ‘a very little while‘ refers to the coming Millennial Kingdom just after the return of Jesus Christ. The fruitful field may refer to Mount Carmel:

Mount Carmel is best known as the site of the prophet Elijah’s dramatic showdown with 850 pagan prophets.

Carmel means “vineyard,” “orchard,” or “garden” and reflects the fertile beauty of Mount Carmel’s picturesque slopes. The mountainous ridge starts on the Mediterranean coast in the northwest part of Israel at the south shore of the Bay of Acre. 

Most notably, Mount Carmel is the scene of a spectacular head-to-head confrontation between the false prophets of Baal and Asherah and the One True God of Israel (source).

When the time of the Millennial Reign comes, the survivors of the tribulation who accepted Jesus Christ as savior are depicted by the prophet as the ‘deaf will hear and the blind will see, and the needy will rejoice in the Lord.’

See our paper “Three Judgments, Part2” HERE