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President Trump hopes to release his Middle East peace plan within two to four months and conclude a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, if one can be made, during his first term in office, he said Wednesday.

Sitting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said he prefers an outcome that would give Palestinians a separate state. That is the most specific he has been about what he wants to help negotiate.

“I like two-state solution,” Trump said. “That’s what I think works best.”

A separate Palestinian state alongside Israel has been the stated goal of U.S. peacemaking efforts for two decades, but the Trump administration had until now declined to endorse it.

“I really believe something will happen. It is a dream of mine to be able to get that done before the end of my first term,” Trump said before he and Netanyahu met on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly.

Trump put the Israeli leader on the spot by saying that his decision last year to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem must be reciprocated by Israeli concessions to the Palestinians.

“Israel will have to do something that will be good for the other side,” Trump said.

He called the Jerusalem embassy move “probably the biggest chip” on the negotiating table. By removing it, Trump said, he had cleared the way for talks without one of the major obstacles that have sunk past peace efforts. He did not say how he wants Jerusalem’s status to be resolved, and he did not mention the Palestinian demand that a future state have its capital in East Jerusalem.

Trump said the plan will probably be released in “two, three, four months.”

That timeline — beginning after the November midterm election — is also more specific than Trump’s advisers have been about the next steps for a package deal that has been largely complete for months.

The secret plan, headed by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, is expected to address all the major issues in the seven-decade-old conflict. Trump said it will contain ideas that have not been tried before.

Trump predicted that the Palestinians will “100 percent” come to the bargaining table and said both sides want a deal.

Palestinian leaders have boycotted the Trump administration since December, when the president announced that the United States would now consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

The Trump administration said the announcement does not prejudge Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem or address the status of holy sites, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the move proved that Trump cannot be trusted to broker a fair deal.

Trump said he would like the agreement to be “solidly understood by both sides and semi-agreed to by both sides” before formal negotiations begin.

Netanyahu thanked Trump for the embassy move, saying, “You changed history and you touched our hearts.”

The U.S. Embassy had been in Tel Aviv, about an hour’s drive away, so as not to show favoritism to either side.

Source: MSN

A recent report reveals more escalation between Israel and Islam at the Temple Mount.

According to Israel National News, the national and Islamic forces in the Ramallah district, the supreme coordinating body of the Palestinian Arab organizations, are calling for the establishment of a "popular defense committee" to protect Palestinian Arabs from what they described as "daily settler attacks" in Palestinian villages and cities and to "oppose them by all means possible."

In a statement issued on Saturday, the national and Islamic forces condemned what they described as the Israeli attempts to change the status quo in the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a preparatory stage for dividing the use of the site between Muslims and Jews.

The statement emphasized that "there is no right for non-Muslims to pray at the site."

As Christians, we must understand that disputes between Israel and Islam will continue to escalate until the King of Kings returns. Please encourage each other while we wait for the hour of His return.

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Brandon


Yasser Arafat’s PLO executed 942 Palestinians during the First Intifada (1987-1991). That’s more than the total number of Palestinians who died while attacking Israeli soldiers during that same time period.

That did not stop the international community from accepting the PLO (and later its subsidiary the Palestinian Authority) as the “sole legitimate representative” of Palestinians in 1993.

How do Palestinian leaders get away with murdering and torturing their own people without international condemnation?

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, has the answer.

Watch as the Palestinian delegation to the UN Human Rights Council sits in stunned silence and disbelief as he explains how Palestinian leaders “blame” Israel to divert attention from their own atrocities.

Source: United with Israel

Friends,

Does anyone else find the timing of this announcement a little strange, considering that Hezbollah is bordering Israel with plans to engage Syrian opposition forces near the border with Israel?

There won't be peace until the King of Kings returns and brings true, everlasting peace and safety. I'll continue watching, but if a deal is made be prepared for anything to happen. Our prince could return on any day, at any hour and I couldn't be more excited.

Encourage each other in His precious name.

Thanks for reading,
Brandon

Source: The Independent