After last evenings one rocket and Thursday morning’s six rockets from Gaza; Israel has passed an ultimatum with a severe warning to the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip.
Israel is demanding an immediate stop to all fire from Gaza, or Israel will end the ceasefire and deliver a crushing blow to Gaza. Israel sent the message via Egyptian channels to tell Hamas to stop all rocket fire against Israel immediately.
The warning which amounts to an ultimatum, comes as more rocket fire from Gaza is expected with the achievement of an Israeli Palestinian agreement on the John Kerry set of understandings that is to be announced soon,
John Kerry is to return to Israel / Palestine Monday to finalize and get final approval from both sides for a set of understandings on core peace issues.
Kerry will announce his decision very soon to present an Agreement of Principles signed by both sides at a summit in Aqaba at the end of January.
The document will then be presented at a conference in the Jordanian city of Aqaba at the end of January, which will be hosted by King Abdullah and include Kerry, Netanyahu and Abbas.
Jordan will have a role in the agreement, which would be determined by the US Administration, sources say. Jordan will have a role concerning borders, administration of the holy sites and the Old City of Jerusalem, as well as an airport in Palestine and refugees.
Instead of dealing with Jerusalem at this time the understandings would only include a phrase supporting “Palestinian aspirations in Jerusalem.”
“Sovereignty and control over the border and natural resources [water] will effectively remain in the hands of Israel,” the sources claimed.
In addition, the sources said, settlement blocs will remain under Israeli control and the 1967 borders changed with land exchanges.
The agreement also envisages US training and control of Palestinian security forces.
The sources claimed that the agreement applies only to the West Bank since the Gaza Strip is a separate entity at this time. Gaza militants are expected to make their objections known with rocket fire in defiance of the Israeli ultimatum, bringing on another round of violence and quite probably an Israeli invasion of the strip.
This agreement may also send the Israeli cabinet into crisis, if the Jewish Home party decides to withdraw from the government over the deal as promised.
In related news Kerry has supported the restart of the 57 member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC).
Friday and Saturday (Jan. 17-18), in Marrakesh, the king chaired the Al Quds Committee’s 20th session, its first in ten years, announcing an effort to contribute to John Kerry’s efforts to revive the Middle East peace process. The gathering is attended by the foreign ministers of the committee member states, UN Security Council member states, the UN, EU and the Arab League, as well as Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
That organization would be expected to approve any decision on Jerusalem on giving Abbas the necessary political support on Jerusalem. Any US-backed Israeli-Palestinian accords involving Jerusalem, if achieved, would be referred to the Al Quds Committee.
There is little doubt that any agreement even a very moderate one would bring about an Israel coalition crisis and the possibility of another Israel election; while a Gaza backlash would bring on a crushing Israeli response; and the Gaza fighting is highly likely to escalate to include Hezbollah, and possibly a now diminished Syria.
The possibility of the conflict including Iran is also very high; and a huge armada of mine sweepers is being readied for a May operation, to clear the Persian Gulf of mines and other impediments to navigation.
This conflict is likely to bring about economic and political distress in Europe right before the May EU elections.
In Europe, voters in the May 2014 Europe-wide elections could plunge the European Union into political chaos. Currently, “anti-EU parties are leading the polls in France, the Netherlands and Greece” and many now assume that Britain will leave the Union (Telegraph, January 8, 2014).
Things could still slow down for another year but everything is lining up; both within and outside the COG; for the setting up of the appalling abomination, and his bringing to life of a New Europe, as well as for a new peace oriented government in Israel that could well conclude a deal for peace and safety 1 Thess 5:3 later this year.
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
The final false prophet appears to be Christ-like, to the masses, but he teaches rebellion against ther word of God.
This final pope has access to all the power of the Roman Babylonian system of Dan 2 [which is the power of Satan]; and uses it to revive the Holy Roman Empire political system in Europe.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and [he] causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship [obey] the first beast [Satan and the seventh Holy Roman Empire system], whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image [likeness, a replica of the Holy Roman Empire system in Europe to solve the economic and political crisis] to the beast [Rome-Babylon], which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
It is the appalling abomination [the man of sin, the final pope] who has the influence and power to solve the problems in Europe by bringing together and make the New Europe a reality.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image [the final resurrection of Rome-Babylon] of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak [have authority in its word], and cause that as many as would not worship [obey or submit to; remember the recent study on the word “worship”] the image of the beast should be killed.