The current peace negotiations are consuming the headlines.& U.S. Envoy George Mitchell is beaming that the parties are getting down to the "core issues" far sooner than he dreamed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pinning her reputation on the success of the talks. President Obama seems convinced that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will lead to a peaceful and stable Middle East.
But far less attention is being paid to what a future Palestinian state might look like: the state that's meant to live "side by side with Israel in peace and security."
Today, three items provided clues to the answer.
First, Jerusalem Post Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported in Monday's paper that the Palestinian Authority affirmed the death penalty for land sales to Israelis.
In case you didn't know, if a Palestinian Arab is caught selling land to an Israeli Jew, he can be executed. Selling land to Jews is considered an act of "national treason." In fact, when an Arab sells land to a Jew in Israel, the contract often includes additional money so the Arab seller can safely leave the area and establish residency in another country. He knows if he stays, his life is in danger. In fact, if you look on the Mount of Olives today, a large Israeli flag flies over one house. It's not far from where thousands of tourists come to overlook the city of Jerusalem. The Arab who sold the building to its Jewish residents was killed for his "crime."
According to Toameh's article - the PA - the future governing body for this proposed Palestinian state, "... on Sunday reaffirmed the death penalty for any Palestinian found guilty of selling land to Israelis. The decision came in response to a ruling by a Palestinian court according to which such acts were only a 'minor offense.' PA Prosecutor-General Ahmed al-Mughni appealed against the ruling to a higher court, arguing that the sale of land to Israelis was a 'major offense' punishable by death. The appeal was accepted."
See the rest at the above link.
Now for those that just don't seem to grasp what is going on with the state of Israel today. Note a chapter written from the Bible over 2000 years ago. Are we actually seeing these Prophecies happening right in front of our eyes? Not just that. Is the Christian Church awake enough to realize what is happening?
1 Thessalonians 5
The Day of the Lord1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.