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PEACE AND SAFETY

September 2, 2017

 

1 Thessalonians 5:3 (KJV)

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

 

Joel 3:3-21 (KJV)

3 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;

5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:

8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it.

9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord.

12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

17 So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion.

 

 

AL JAZEERA NEWS 28 AUGUST 2017

Netanyahu: Iran building missile sites in Syria

Israeli PM makes claims Tehran is setting up sites to produce missiles with the aim of deploying them against Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran of building sites in Syria and Lebanon to manufacture precision-guided missiles, with the goal of deploying them against Israel.

 

His allegations on Monday came at the start of a meeting with Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, who is on his first official visit to the region since taking office at the beginning of the year.

 

"Iran is busy turning Syria into a base of military entrenchment, and it wants to use Syria and Lebanon as war fronts against its declared goal to eradicate Israel," Netanyahu said in Tel Aviv, without offering anything to support his allegations.  

"[Iran] is also building sites to produce precision-guided missiles towards that end in both Syria and in Lebanon," he said, without offering specifics. "This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the UN should not accept."

 

There was no immediate comment from Tehran.

Both Iran and Lebanese movement Hezbollah have backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government forces in the civil war that has ravaged Syria.

 

Netanyahu pressed Guterres on the UN peacekeeping force in neighbouring Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, with Israeli officials having accused it of "blindness" to what they call an arms build-up by Hezbollah.

 

Guterres vowed that he will "do everything in my capacity" to ensure UNIFIL fulfils its obligations. 

The UN Security Council is debating a renewal of the force's mandate for a year, with a vote expected on Wednesday.

UNESCO tensions

Guterres arrived on Sunday for a three-day visit to the region at a tense time between Israel and the UN. 

 

Earlier in May, UNESCO, the body's cultural agency, passed a resolution that criticised Israel's actions in occupied Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. 

 

In July, UNESCO listed the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank as an endangered Palestinian world heritage site. The move prompted anger in Israel and led to Netanyahu slashing the UN membership that his country contributes by $10m.

 

At a joint press conference with Guterres, Netanyahu said his country has been treated unfairly and urged Guterres to address the issue.  

"There is no question that we've had a troubled relationship with the UN," Netanyahu said.

"I think it has an absurd obsession with Israel, flagrantly discriminatory tactics - you don't have to be the Israeli prime minister to understand that."

 

Two-state solution

For his part, Guterres made a forceful argument for a two-state solution with the Palestinians and spoke of what he called obstacles to peace, including Israeli settlement building.

 

"I dream that I will have the chance to see in the Holy Land two states able to live together in mutual recognition, but also in peace and security,"

 

Guterres said in remarks at Netanyahu's office, calling for an improvement of economic and social conditions for Palestinians.

 

He also vowed to use his position to combat all forms of racism and bigotry and said that those who call for Israel's destruction peddle in a "form of modern anti-Semitism" - though he added that he does not always agree with the country's policies.

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Guterres wishes to be both impartial and a messenger of peace," said Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett, reporting from West Jerusalem.

 

"He is in favour of a two-state solution and one in which the Palestinians would see an improvement in their economic and social well-being so that they would have a stake in peace going forward."

Guterres is due in Ramallah on Tuesday for talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is visiting Turkey and is not expected to meet Guterres during the trip.

 

Guterres will then travel to the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, where the issue of a crippling electricity crisis will be on the agenda.

 

Al Jazeera's Fawcett said the issue of Gaza's power crisis will be on the agenda. 

Palestinians have been calling on Guterres to keep up the pressure on illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. 

 

Yet, senior Palestinian officials are expressing concerns "that Guterres may not be the vociferous proponent of changing Israel's policy", Al Jazeera's Fawcett said.

 

Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, echoed those fears.

"Guterres whom we've known for years and we had hoped would signal a new will on the part of the UN leadership to stand up to Israel, we’re beginning to see not just a regression, a sense of intimidation and reticence when it comes to Israel," she said. 

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

 

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