JNS News: President Biden on Thursday evening claimed credit for brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, saying: “I want to also thank the secretary of state, the secretary of defense, our national security adviser, and everyone on our team for their incredible efforts to bring this about, this outcome that we’re about to see.” There is no doubt that the president is to be granted his due by the media and his allies, but it may well be that he will soon come to wish he hadn’t attached so much of his reputation to it.
Indeed, the ceasefire may enable Hamas not only to assert its dominance over the Palestinian Authority, but also to threaten and potentially even unravel the Jordan-Israeli peace treaty using the issue of Jerusalem.
Jordan already felt the heat as the war was ending. Just before the ceasefire took effect, the King of Jordan’s court released a tweet that noted that King Abdullah II had received a phone call from U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, and the two “affirm the need to continue all efforts to stop the Israeli escalations in East #Jerusalem and the aggression on Gaza.”
It is dubious that Harris used such loaded language to describe Israeli moves, but the king tends to weigh in in inflated terms on Palestinian issues because he believes he can coopt them and thus neutralize the threat they can pose. But the statement issued by the King of Jordan following his call with Harris is very troubling because this is not something that can be co-opted, defanged and domesticated.
At the end of the ceasefire, Hamas issued the claim that Israel had yielded on Jerusalem issues and surrendered both the Temple Mount and Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Read More …
Opinion: Lost in the cease-fire Biden demanded are the bodies of 2 Israeli soldiers that were killed in enemy territory in the 2014-15 war. Hamas refuses to return them.
Jerusalem Post May 23, 2021
Hadar Goldin’s brother: Ceasefire negotiations won’t ‘bring boys home’
Tzur Goldin, the brother of Hadar Goldin, a soldier whose body was kidnapped by Hamas during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, tweeted on Sunday that the Egyptian security delegation that entered Gaza has been advised by Israel’s National Security Council to place the release of Israeli captives in the Gaza Strip at the bottom of the priority list in its ceasefire negotiations. read more
“…Yet Jacob I have loved;
But Esau I have hated …” Malachi:2-3
On the streets of Gaza and Judea, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar is celebrating victory. Hamas’ power over Fatah and Abdulla II will continue to draw the Middle East into a wider conflict.
Is it any wonder that Malachi 1:4 prophesied the descendants of Esau would be called the territory of wickedness?