The Times of Israel: “Secretary drew ‘false moral equivalence’ between Jerusalem construction and Palestinian terror, PM charges, and was only ‘paying lip service’ in condemnation of attacks.”
Opinion: For those who watched John Kerry’s speech this morning it became very obvious, very quickly, how difficult peace in the Middle East will be to accomplish.
It is the same reason that almost 4000 years ago Ishmael moved away from his half-brother Isaac, and it is the same reason that Esau moved away from his twin brother Jacob, whom God named Israel (Genesis 35:10).
The land is not big enough for blood feuds.
The problems between Isaac and Ishmael, and Jacob and Esau, resumed in 1917 with the Balfour letter that committed Britain to establish a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.
During World War I the Ottoman Empire sided with Germany and subsequently collapsed. At the end of the war in 1919, the League of Nations awarded Britain the land of Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq while France was awarded Syria and Lebanon.
Israel was then given both sides of the Jordan River totaling 43,075 square miles. By 1948 Britain took back 37,515 square miles leaving Israel with 5560 square miles and the Arabs 6,700,000 square miles.
But that was/is not enough for the Arabs who not only want that yellow sliver divided, but want the right of return of 5 million more Arab refugees to live in part of that sliver as well. And they want the City of David as their capital.
Ironically, the Arab side turned down a two state solution which would have given them most of what they wanted, three times since 1947.
Secular leaders who ignore the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob make fools of themselves when trying to divide God’s land. And they will be brought under judgment: Genesis 12:3; Joel 3:1-2 and Malachi 1:4 who prophesied to the descendants of Edom.
“They may build, but I will throw down; They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness, And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever. Your eyes shall see, And you shall say, ‘The Lord is magnified beyond the border of Israel.”