Perry Stone, Jr., Voice of Evgangelism
Some times the most interesting information comes from people on the ground in the Middle East. It seems that each person has a friend, a brother, a cousin or an uncle who is personally linked to a high level official in the government, on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides. During our recent back to back tours, I traveled from coast to coast throughout Israel for 16 consecutive days. Several things I observed made me think that this idea of a Palestinian state along side of Israel was already a “done deal,” and the politicians gathering in Maryland were simply actors on the stage, speaking out a pre-written script for the world to hear. After hearing a friend who is linked with the Palestinian democracy moment, I realized what I was observing and feeling was not far from the truth.
He said, “Perry, much of what is happening in Israel has already been decided by Europe and the United States as far back as 14 years ago.” I knew that the huge concrete wall dividing the West Bank from Israel was pre-planned back in the time of Arafat. It is now complete and the land has already been divided by this large concrete barrier.
On this trip I noticed a huge underground tunnel that runs under the mountains from Megiddo to Nazareth. I also drove on two new roads with new check points being set up, dividing Israel from the Palestinian towns in the West Bank. I was puzzled and thought, “If Israel was not willing to go back to the pre-1967 border and there was a struggle concerning a Palestinian state, then why is Israel “wasting” billions of dollars on these new tunnels, roads and check points?
My Palestinian friend made it clear. “Perry,’” He said, I am with most of the people from Europe and America who are involved in the peace process. This is already a done deal. The wall, the roads and tunnels were all a part of the agreement as far back as President Clinton. However, the meetings are for public viewing, for the Arab world to see. The papers must be signed in public, but behind the scenes it is already done.”
Some would suggest this is not true. That there is a continual struggle over the two state solution. The struggle is no longer over which side gets which part of the land. Actually, the land has already been divided, with the exception of Jerusalem. The issues being discussed are: when will the Palestinian prisoners be released? When will the 4 million Palestinian refugees be allowed to return from Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon? Who will the Palestinian government be and who will they answer to? How much tax money will Israel receive and will the Palestinians receive from the goods purchased from the Israelis?
I have been criticized from time to time for suggesting that Ezekiel 35 and 36 imply that the descendants of Edom (these are the true Palestinians) would attempt to form a nation within the nation and would go after the “ancient high places” (Ezekiel 36:2), which today is the West Bank areas of Ram Allah, and Samaria. This two nation solution appears to be successful at first as the prophet Ezekiel warns that Israel is “taken up with the lips of talkers” (Ezekiel 36:3).
As time progresses the two state solution will collapse. Israel will be forced again to enter the areas handed over to the Palestinians, because of Islamic fanatics continuing their assaults upon Israel and the Jewish state. Eventually, the Islamic nations of Ezekiel 38 and 39 will unite in a coalition against Israel and experience their own devastating defeat on the mountains of Israel.
Having traveled into the West Bank, the Golan Heights and Israel for 16 days, watching, listening and asking questions, West Bank area has already been divided and Jericho and Bethlehem have been turned over to the Palestinian authorities. The real sticking point will be the division of Jerusalem. Dividing this city would be a mistake. It is sacred to three monotheistic religions, Jews, Christians and Muslims. It should remain a city of all nations where all nations can come and worship the only King – the Lord!
Woe to the people who will allow Jerusalem to be divided. The prophet Zechariah calls Jerusalem the “apple of God’s eye” (Zechariah 2:8). God said he will “shake His hand” against any nation that comes against Jerusalem (Zechariah 2:9). Leave Jerusalem alone. Don’t divide her again. I suggest that America’s politicians and leaders get their finger out of God’s eye!