Netanyahu tells Israeli public: No guarantee peace talks will succeed

Haaretz reports: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the nation in a New Year’s greeting that there was no guarantee negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would succeed, but vowed to aim for a peace agreement by the end of the year.

‘This year, after many efforts, direct talks with the Palestinians have begun,’ the prime minister said, in a video circulated by his bureau ahead of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. ‘This is an important step in our attempt to advance a peace agreement between us and them.’

‘I say this is an attempt, because it is not certain that it will succeed. Certainly there are many obstacles, many skeptics and many reasons to doubt, but we must try to reach peace,’ he said.

‘We are trying in good faith, but not naivety, to reach a peace agreement. Any arrangement between us and the Palestinians will be based on two criteria: security and recognition of Israel as a Jewish state,’ Netanyahu added.

‘Security, because no peace will last without a strong anchor of actual security on the ground, not on paper and not as a hazy international commitment,’ he said. ‘The second thing is the recognition that Israel is the national state of the Jewish people.

‘If we are asked to recognize a Palestinian state, it is both natural and appropriate that the Palestinians recognize the state of the Israeli people as a Jewish state.’…” (Peace for the Middle East is bound to fail as it is a contract predicted to destroy millions because of its deceitful plans – Daniel 8:25.)

Lieberman: This generation will not see Middle East peace

Haaretz reports: “A peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians will not be achieved in the foreseeable future, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.

Speaking at a conference of his ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, Lieberman said a complete peace agreement that included an end of the conflict and Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state was unattainable, even with significant concessions and territorial compromise.

Peace was impossible, ‘not next year and not for the next generation’, Lieberman said.

His comments came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prepared for a second face-to-face meeting, after kicking off new U.S.-sponsored peace talks in Washington…”

Jordanian king: World will ‘pay price’ if direct Mideast talks fail

Haaretz reports: “Jordanian King Abdullah II warned that the entire world ‘will pay the price’ if the recently renewed direct talks between the Palestinians and Israelis fail.

A royal court statement said he made the remarks during a meeting with the chief editors of local newspapers, whom he briefed on his talks in Washingtonwith United States President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak.

‘The king cautioned that the failure of the negotiations will reflect negatively on all parties and that all states of the world and the region will pay the price, because the alternative will be more wars and conflicts,’ the statement said.

The monarch also said that the direct talks, which were relaunched in Washington, ‘provide an opportunity for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict if the parties deal with the negotiations in a positive manner, so that all final status issues are addressed within the two-state vision.’

Abdullah considers the establishment of an independent Palestinian state ‘a strategic interest’ for Jordan, which he said would continue to provide ‘backing for the Palestinian brethren in their quest to accomplish freedom and statehood.’…” (How true this headline is. There will be three invasions of Israel during the Armageddon campaign: 1) Russia – Ezekiel 38, 39. 2) China – Revelation 16:12; Revelation 9:14 – 18. 3) Finally all nations – Zechariah 14:2. Then Christ appears to stop the “Battle of battles” as described by the Old Testament prophets – Zechariah 14:4, 12, and 16.)

World must prepare for Iran military option: Blair

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Former British premier Tony Blair warned in an interview Wednesday that the international community may have ‘no alternative’ to taking military action against Iran if it develops a nuclear weapon.

‘I am saying that I think it is wholly unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapons capability and I think we have got to be prepared to confront them, if necessary militarily,’ he said in extracts pre-released by the BBC from an interview to publicize his memoirs.

‘I think there is no alternative to that if they continue to develop nuclear weapons. They need to get that message loud and clear.’

Blair expanded on the point in his book…saying that while a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a threat to the West, the real danger would come with its ability to boost Islamic extremism.

‘Let us be frank: Iran is a far more immediate threat to its Arab neighbors than it is to America’ or Britain, he wrote in the memoir, which recounts his experiences during his decade as prime minister from 1997 to 2007.

‘That’s why Iran matters. Iran with a nuclear bomb would mean others in the region acquiring the same capability; it would dramatically alter the balance of power in the region, but also within Islam.’…” (Iran’s goal of the elimination of Israel according to Psalm 83:4 and the attempt to destroy America which Iran’s President calls “The Great Satan” must be stopped and soon. Before this madman has numerous nuclear weapons and missiles to hit much of the globe – Revelation 12:7.)

Gulf States Nudging for Attack on Iran

Israel National News reports: “First it was the United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, now it’s a Saudi Arabian editorial, and John Bolton says the entire Persian Gulf feels the same: an attack on Iran is the only option – if it’s not too late.

An editorial in an official Saudi Arabian newspaper indicates that a military attack against Iran might be the only way of stopping it from obtaining nuclear weapons. ‘˜Tehran is moving its conflict with the international community into high gear,’ the Al Madina daily wrote this week, ‘and [in this case] some may consider the military option to be the best solution.’

Delaying recourse to this option, the paper continues, ‘may lead to a point where it is impossible to implement it – if Tehran manages to produce a nuclear bomb of its own.’

Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton goes a bit further, saying it is the only way of stopping it but adds that it might already be too late.

Just last month, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Washington said at a conference, ‘A military attack on Iran by whomever would be a disaster, but Iran with a nuclear weapon would be a bigger disaster.’

Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba was unusually candid in his remarks, saying, ‘I think it’s a cost-benefit analysis. I think despite the large amount of trade we do with Iran, which is close to $12 billion’ there will be consequences, there will be a backlash and there will be problems with people protesting and rioting and very unhappy that there is an outside force attacking a Muslim country; that is going to happen no matter what. Am I willing to live with that, versus living with a nuclear Iran? My answer is still the same: ‘We cannot live with a nuclear Iran.’ I am willing to absorb what takes place at the expense of the security of the U.A.E.’

Former Ambassador Bolton feels that many states in the Persian Gulf region feel the same. He told Army Radio today (Thursday), however, that it might very well be too late to attack Iran because of the radioactivity that will emanate from the bombed reactor, harming the civilian population’…” (Even the Sunni Muslims of the Gulf States don’t trust this Shia madman and have asked for America’s help in stopping this Islamic terrorist heading up Iran.)