Debkafile: US President Donald Trump and his Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt this week engaged two Arab royals for their opening shots at restarting peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Saudi Defense Minister Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was received at the White House, while Jordan’s King Abdullah II saw Greenblatt in Amman.
Both were shown the list of demands the US envoy had handed Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), when he visited in Ramallah on Tuesday, March 14. more …
Opinion: Here are the Cliff’s Notes version of the demands:
- The Palestinians must return to the negotiating table without pre-conditions
- The Palestinians must accept a role for leading Arab government leaders
- Abbas must forget about a moratorium on Jewish settlements
- Palestinians must stop teaching hate in schools
- Palestinians must stop naming streets after terrorists
- PA must properly investigate terrorist activity
- The PA must stop transferring funds to Hamas
- The two-state solution is still on the table
In other words, Edom must stop 4000 years of bitterness over a squandered birthright that is so embedded in the descendants’ DNA, that few even remember why it is happening.
Genesis 27:39-41: In accordance with God’s will that the older twin would serve the younger, Esau begged his father Isaac for a blessing:
Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.
His father Isaac answered him,
“Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.”
Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
Right there the seeds of bitterness and hatred were sown that would continuously play out on the world stage for thousands of generations. It was/is so deep that neither Jason Greenblatt nor Donald Trump nor Benjamin Netanyahu nor Mahmoud Abbas have any chance to solve it.
Read chapter 9 of Blood Feud for the conclusion here