JNS: The White House is demanding that Israel shelve its judicial reform plans in exchange for American support for a normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia, according to Israeli media reports.
Washington, along with Riyadh, is also conditioning advancement of the talks on restarting long-dormant negotiations with the Palestinians, according to Channel 12.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday told Israeli media that the raft of bills designed to overhaul the country’s legal system would return to the Knesset after the passage of the state budget, and President Isaac Herzog continues to host negotiations between the coalition and opposition on a political compromise.
Israeli lawmaker Danny Danon, chairman of World Likud and former ambassador to the United Nations, criticized the U.S. demands.
“We respect our friends in the U.S. but Israel’s policy will be determined by us. Normalizing relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia is a regional interest, but we must not advance our relations in the wake of an ultimatum,” he said.
Abraham Accords partner Bahrain has been brokering telephone diplomacy between Jerusalem and Riyadh, coordinating a recent call between Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss normalization.
Prince Mohammed said last week at the 2023 Arab League Summit in Jeddah that the Palestinians remain the “central issue of the Arab countries and is at the top of the kingdom’s priorities.”
“We will not delay in providing assistance to the Palestinian people in recovering their lands, restoring their legitimate rights and establishing an independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” said the crown prince.
Saudi Arabia is also reportedly laying out a series of demands for the United States in exchange for normalization with Israel, including a compromise on arms deals halted by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, a defense alliance with the United States and a full nuclear program.
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Opinion: “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” Luke 21:24
The disciples wanted to know when the temple would be destroyed. Jesus told them the destruction of the city would come when the city is surrounded by armies and that Gentile domination would continue until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
The times of the Gentiles domination of Jerusalem began when the Babylonians took the city and nation into captivity in 586 BC, and will continue until the 2nd coming of Jesus to rule and reign for 1000 years.
I used Luke 24:21 many times during the Obama/Biden administration and have used it often in the Biden/Harris administration especially since Israel’s right wing victory in November 2022.
Coincidentally, Benjamin Netanyahu was and is the prime minister who seems to agitate both administrations. What could it be? Oh yes, Obama and Biden are stuck on the two state solution and more than willing to hand over the parts of Israel conquered in the 1967 war and divide Jerusalem into a Palestinian capital, in direct opposition to Joel 3:2
“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.”