Christian Zionist Objective: Opposing the Palestinians’ Strategic Next Step

News item: Israel reportedly rejected a Palestinian proposal in mid-2015 to hold clandestine negotiations in which the two sides would outline the future borders of a Palestinian state (The Times of Israel – December 27, 2015).

News item: On December 22, 2015, the Greek Parliament (but not the Greek state) recognised ‘the state of Palestine,’ one day after an exultant Mahmoud Abbas announced after meeting the Greek prime minister that the Palestine Liberation Organisation will in 2016 begin to issue ‘State of Palestine’ passports.

CZO (*Christian Zionist Objective): Praying for the preclusion of Israeli governmental recognition of the ‘1967 borders’ (accurately the 1949 Armistice Lines) as demarcating the precincts of a future ‘Palestine.’

Israel’s official and public recognition of a physical entity with geographical boundaries that will serve as the staked out claim for a future Palestine – this is the PLO’s strategic next step and the imperative part they believe they must get Israel to play in the developing Palestinian parody.** If Israel takes this step, crosses this line, it will be irrevocable and PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas knows it.

On the world stage, Abbas is making major inroads in his effort to turn the fantasy of Palestine into the reality of statehood. The aging individual – whose term of office expired in January 2009 and hasn’t been renewed since – making him a non-elected leader of a non-existent state, a double illegitimacy*** – has been busy signing treaties between ‘Palestine’ and international institutions (15 to date), racking up global support and recognition of ‘Palestine’ (hitherto obtaining 137 nations’ bilateral recognition) and preparing, come the new year, to issue a State of Palestine passport these nations will fall over themselves to recognise.

But Abbas’ immense efforts will remain pie in the sky unless he can get his hands on the land his ‘people’ lay false claim to.

His coin has two sides, and he has called both heads and tails:

Heads – Secure a binding United Nations Security Council resolution that will order Israel out of the ‘occupied territories’ within the next year or two and/or

Tails – Get Israel’s leadership to recognise the borders of the future Palestinian state – the 1948 armistice lines Abbas and Co. speciously call the “pre-1967 borders.”

On the first score Abbas has come close. Almost precisely one year ago – on December 31, 2014 – only a courageous Australian ‘no’ vote prevented the passage of such a resolution without the need of an American veto to block it.

This year both France and New Zealand (among others) have been drafting their own versions of such an ‘Israel-eviction resolution’ which one or both plan soon to present to the UNSC (of which Australia is no longer a member).

Ducking and weaving to elude the incessant barrage of international pressure to do so, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remains resolved to not accord a recognition that would give the triumphant Arabs their long sought fait accompli.

He knows that Israel’s acknowledgment of any borders will grant legitimacy like nothing else to the Arab assertion that they have national rights to this land.

Jerusalem Watchmen can prayerfully position themselves in the battle for God’s purposes for Israel by:

CZO#1 – Calling on and pressing our governments to refrain from unilaterally recognising Palestine.

CZO#2 – Sending salty**** prayers heavenwards, calling for the Almighty to divinely prevent Israel from acquiescing to demands that it recognise the borders of a Palestinian state anywhere in the biblical land of Israel.

CZO#3 – Petitioning God – and I believe we should have been doing this long ago – to bring about the extension of Israeli sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and Gaza in whatever way He chooses. Pray for the growth of the pro-sovereignty movement that is gaining adherents among Israel’s politicians and members of government. And call on God to align Christian Zionists in the nations in solidarity with this pro-Sovereignty campaign.

Let us in this way stand against the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s diabolical design, and the devilish deception it employs as it seeks desperately to secure such recognition from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. On our knees and in actions, let us do everything within our power – in His power – to keep Israel from acquiescing to the borders of a future Palestinian state.

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** Parody because there is no State of Palestine nor is there any leader elected to ensure the ‘rights’ of the people who make up this non-existent nation.

*** Not only is the progressive world pushing for and even demanding the creation of a racist anti-Semitic Palestinian state carved out of the Land of Israel (and emptied of every Jew, according to the Palestinian Authority) but it is also allowing the continuation in office of a man who has no democratic right to be there, and one who has no democratic credentials. The hypocrisy couldn’t be more glaring.

**** The Bible tells us that God’ authorizes and enables His people to exercise authority over national leaders. (Psalm 149:5-9) Jesus says His followers are to be the salt that preserves the earth (Matthew 5:13), not the sugar that prays sweet, lackluster prayers over it.

This article originally appeared on Jerusalem Watchman, December 30, 2015.

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Stan has lived in Israel for half of his life even though he was born to a Gentile couple serving on the mission field in the small kingdom of Swaziland. Following three years volunteering on Israeli collective farms in the 1980s, he worked as a political reporter for the South African newspaper, The Daily Dispatch – where his pen had its training during apartheid’s waning years. He has traveled to various nations, speaking to Christians about developments in Israel. In 2011 he was accredited by the Israel Ministry of Tourism as a tour guide, and takes individuals, small groups, families, busloads and helicopter-loads of Christians around God’s Land.