Jewish Press: An interesting detail published by the Egyptian Presidential Office on the phone conversation between Prime Minister Lapid and Egyptian President al-Sisi: “It was agreed to work to organize bilateral and multilateral meetings that would include Israel, Egypt, and the head of the Palestinian Authority in the near future to re-energize the peace negotiations process.”
That’s pretty big news, confirming the worst expectations of anti-Lapid folks on the right that the first thing he would do upon assuming office would be to renew the two-state solution talks. This could be devastating news to the Yesh Atid campaign which has been trying to spread its voter base to the right.
So, naturally, I rushed to the Israeli government’s press office’s release and, to my chagrin, found no trace of such an announcement. The only paragraph that was vaguely reminiscent of the shocking report in HaMeitav was this: “The two leaders discussed bilateral and regional matters, and emphasized the importance of the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel which laid the foundation for the countries’ strategic relations and is a central pillar of regional stability. The two expressed their commitment to continuing to develop relations, including in the economic sphere.”
I called up David Baker, senior foreign press coordinator in the prime minister’s office, and inquired whether there was a gap between the Hebrew and English versions of Sunday night’s press release regarding Lapid’s phone conversation with al-Sisi. Baker sent me the Hebrew version – no difference, and no mention of the president, the PM, and the chairman getting together to revive the 2-state talks.
But the supposed report came from the Egyptian Presidential Office – maybe they offered a different version of events? So I checked their website and discovered this nugget which Lapid’s office never revealed (President El-Sisi Speaks with Israel’s Prime Minister, Sunday, 10 July 2022 / 09:56 PM):
On the peace process, views were exchanged on the latest developments in the Palestinian issue. The two sides agreed to work on arranging bilateral and multilateral meetings including Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian President during the coming period in order to revitalize peace negotiations. The Israeli Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s efforts, led by President El-Sisi, to achieve security, stability, and cooperation in the region. President El-Sisi reiterated that Egypt will continue its efforts to achieve just and comprehensive peace, based on the two-state solution and references to international legitimacy, opening up prospects for cooperation and development for all the peoples of the region. The President confirmed the need to sustain calm in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, stressing the importance of providing assistance to the Palestinian Authority in all areas, particularly in the economic field.
Opinion: Is this it? Is the announcement of a two state solution (inside Israel), with a Palestinian Consulate followed by a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, waiting for Joe Biden to ride in on a white horse (metaphorically) to Israel to make the deal and leave a hero?
If not now, soon.
“I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.” Joel 3:2
Dividing God’s land is serious business. It will require judgment.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.” Matthew 25:31-33
The scene is the end of the 7 year tribulation and Jesus has returned to judge the survivors, both Jew and Gentile. Christians will have been safely in the New Jerusalem for the 7 years.
In this second judgment, there can only be two kinds of survivors. Those who fought against dividing God’s land (sheep) and those who helped Antichrist in doing it (goats).
All survivors coming out of the great tribulation will stand before Jesus. The sheep (Jew and Gentile believers) are joined to the Lord (Greek, paralambano) in the Millennial Kingdom on Earth (Matt. 25:34), and the goats are sent away (alpheimi) into the eternal fire (Matt. 25:41).
Dividing God’s land is serious business indeed.
See our paper “Three Judgments” Part two HERE
and “The Water Canopy: fact or fiction HERE