Jerusalem, Israel Palestinian leaders are calling for the United Nations to vote in five months for the creation of an official Palestinian State within the borders of Israel. A foreign affairs head of the ruling Fatah Party in the Palestinian Authority, Nabil Shaath, says that if Israel fails to bow to its demands, “our goal is membership in the United Nations General Assembly in September” according to the New York Times. That date also coincides with the deadline set by President Obama for the framework for a Palestinian State. Israel’s President Shimon Peres is meeting with President Obama tomorrow. Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak has called this development of a Palestinian nation within its borders in 2011 “a diplomatic-political tsunami … that will peak in September.” One political observer, Ari Shavit, was quoted in Israeli newspapers as predicting that “a civil uprising from within will grip Israel in a stranglehold” in 2011. How will President Obama, who has not been a supporter of Israel, respond? There is more at risk here that perhaps the President could ever imagine. The creation of Israel in the 20th Century was a spectacular fulfillment of multiple prophetic declarations in the book of Ezekiel that God would gather Israel together after its scattering among the nations. But if the United States of America, through its Chief Executive, turns against Israel, it will face the promise of yet another declaration by God: the terrible curse set out just as clearly in Genesis 12:3.
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