The EU’s Newest ‘Prince’
Vol: 70 Issue: 24 Tuesday, July 24, 2007
On Monday, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair assumed his duties as Special Peace Envoy for the so-called ‘Quartet’ consisting of the EU, UN, Russia and the US.
His mandate from the quartet the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations is limited to helping to build Palestinian Authority institutions and to promoting the development of the Palestinian economy, with the role of mediator generally reserved for the Americans.
The limits on his mandate have already begun to chafe the leaders of the EU, who see themselves as the rightful leaders of the Middle East peace process.
The EU is in a strong position to press for a lasting peace in the region and must press upon the US the importance of its sustaining an “active, balanced and consistent interest and engagement,” the parliamentary European Union committee said.
The 27-member group must be “more active and assertive than it has been in the past,” including by providing leadership and imaginative ideas within the Quartet of the US, Russia, the EU and UN, it said.
Committee chairman Lord Roper said the EU has a crucial role to play in ensuring the Middle East Peace Process gets back on track.
“As recent events have testified the situation in Palestine is very fluid and it will be necessary to engage effectively with all the parties involved, that is where the EU has in advantage over other members of the Quartet,” Roper said.
He suggested that the world’s largest economic bloc should take an “assertive approach both unilaterally and within the Quartet to ensure innovative solutions are found to move the peace process forward as quickly as possible.”
“The focus must now be on the working towards sustainable final status agreements not an inflexible devotion to the Road Map, the goal of a two state solution is key and the EU should do everything it can to ensure it is achieved,” the Liberal Democrat peer said.
In a report on the EU and the Middle East Peace Process, the committee warned that the international community must act urgently to restore the credibility of the peace process through a renewed, concerted and sustained effort.
It criticized the approach taken by the Quartet to the human rights and socio-economic plight of the Palestinians, accusing them of contributing “nothing to ameliorate the crisis.”
The most incredible position advanced by the EU’s committee was that the Quartet ‘Road Map’, or blueprint for peace, as originally conceived in 2003, cannot be the only vehicle for progress. The reason?
It argued that the interim steps described in the Road Map should no longer be pursued to the exclusion of consideration of the final status issues, including the territorial limits of the two states, the fate of refugees and the status of Jerusalem.
Here’s why that position is so incredible. What it is really saying is that the Quartet should drop the preconditions for peace before moving on to discussions of statehood.
Those preconditions include: 1), New Palestinian leadership must be “untainted by terror,” and, 2), all terrorist activities against the Jewish State must have ceased.
The Palestinians flatly refused to meet either of these preconditions, but continue to demand that Israel meet all of its obligations, which, according to the Road Map, are not binding until the Palestinians meet preconditions 1) and 2).
The road map also called for the new leadership to immediately takes steps to dismantle the terror network (not negotiate a ceasefire), to outlaw terrorism (not done), to arrest wanted terror suspects (not one arrest since Abbas was appointed) and to take concrete steps to gain control of the territories (not one of which has been undertaken).
AFTER all that had been accomplished, Israel was obligated to; unfreeze Palestinian funds, begin dismantling settlements, begin withdrawing its troops from Palestinian areas, lift the closure of its borders to Palestinian workers and turn over security to the Palestinian Authority.
Although the Palestinians are led by unrepentant terrorist and former number two man to Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, Israel lifted the border closures. That brought about a wave of Palestinian terror attacks.
As soon as the opportunity arose, the Palestinians voted a recognized terrorist group, Hamas, as its majority government.
Although Hamas absolutely refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist and utterly refused to halt terrorist operations against Israeli civilians, Israel totally withdrew from the Gaza Strip.
Hamas took over Gaza, and, using former Israeli settlements as a base, began unrelenting rocket attacks against Israeli civilian targets. Since then, Gaza has become an enemy state-within-a-state. What makes it all the more incredible both Gaza and the West Bank are BOTH avowed enemy states, despite the fact that neither exists AS a state.
And the EU’s proposed solution is to take those two enemy terrorist states, force them into a single entity despite the fact they remain sworn enemies of Israel, and grant them official statehood.
This lunacy, argues the EU, is the first step towards achieving peace. Israel MUST ‘renounce violence’ against the enemy, the enemy is not required to reciprocate, and in return for ISRAEL meeting one side of the road map, to reward Hamas and the PA for NOT meeting any of its obligations.
It’s hard to put it into words that make sense.
Blair’s mandate, which the EU objects to as ‘too limited’ restrict him to dealing with the economic aid to the Palestinian Authority and its institutions. The EU and the Palestinians demand it be extended it so that he has the authority to impose a ‘solution’ on Israel.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat flatly told Blair: “”We made it clear that we are no longer interested in talks, declarations or even initiatives. We are interested in the creation of mechanisms in order to implement all the ideas for the establishment of a Palestinian state.”
Instead of laughing him off, Blair and the EU both agree that, to achieve statehood, the Palestinians should stop killing EACH OTHER, but make no demands that they stop killing Jews.
As crazy as it sounds, it is pretty much in line with the way the Bible outlined the peace process described by the prophets in the last days.
It will be based in the concept of “Land for Peace” (“dividing the land for gain – Daniel 1139).
It will be one-sided in nature and leave Israel completely vulnerable. (“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” ~ Jeremiah 6:14)
It will be centered around ownership of Jerusalem and be imposed by a global coalition: (“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” ~ Zechariah 12:3)
And finally, it will be brokered by a leader of the Europeans and will be based on a pre-existing seven-year agreement: (“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week” ~Daniel 9:27)
The Oslo Agreement was a seven-year agreement that collapsed when Arafat renewed the intifada, and the Road Map for Peace was a plan drawn up based on the principles of Oslo. That agreement remains unconfirmed.
I am not saying that Tony Blair is the antichrist — in fact, I don’t believe that he is. But Blair’s role will be to set the stage for Europe to replace the United States as the principle peace broker, which will put the EU in the driver’s seat, which in turn sets the stage for the antichrist, precisely as the Bible predicted.
At at some point before that event takes place, the Apostle Paul says, “the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore, comfort one another with those words.” (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18)