Many feared the Paris meeting would be an echo of the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, passed three weeks ago, declaring Jewish presence in Judea, Samaria, and the Temple Mount to be illegal. But the conference in Paris stopped short of placing the blame entirely on Israel, concluding instead with a plea for direct negotiations. Though the final declaration made reference to the UN resolution 2334, it amended the language of the resolution which declared Israeli settlements to be “illegal”. The Paris conference merely referred to the UN resolution “which clearly condemned settlement activity”. No mention was made of their legal status. In what should have been an all-out Israel hate-fest with possibly disastrous consequences for the Jewish state, at the end of the day, the results were lackluster and failed to accomplish anything significant against Israel.
The conference in Paris, set forward one year ago by former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was expected to have dire repercussions for Israel. Fabius envisioned it as a way of forcing Israel to accept the two-state solution. His original proposal called for France and the other nations at the conference to recognize a Palestinian state inside Israel’s borders if an agreement was not signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The present incarnation of the conference was markedly toned down by the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault. At a conference in Paris last June setting the parameters for Sunday’s conference, the threat of recognizing a Palestinian state was removed.
The Paris conference also saw at least one major player having a change of heart. Britain, which played a major role in advancing the UN resolution, attended the Paris conference as an observer, choosing not to sign the final statement. The British government released an official statement to the press, which read:
“We have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them – indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis – and which is taking place just days before the transition to a new American President when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement. There are risks therefore that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace. That’s why we have attended in an observer status and have not signed up to the communique.”
John Kerry left the Big Conference hangdog and positively out of sorts. Things did not go as planned. Yet Kerry, with a straight face, says that he’s the one who protected Israel from unfair treatment at the summit. Last month, Kerry delivered a speech condemning Jewish settlements in the West Bank and affirming his own support for a two-state solution. The United States also declined to veto a UN Security Council resolution critical of Jewish settlement activity. .Like the rest of them who walk in the counsel of the ungodly, and standeth in the way of sinners, and sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Kerry’s delight is not in the law of the Lord.
Something strange happened there in Paris. Another design against Israel went down and out. Many attributed this résultat Surprenant to Donald Trump’s pending inauguration. looming over the conference. Trump has the ability to get countries shivering in their boots just with a tweet. Imagine what he would do if he really got angry! Trump wanted no part of this and as you’ve noticed, Trump was the elephant in the conference room. Fear of what January 20 will bring was evident in many of the foreign ministers’ speeches, especially those of the French hosts. Death and life, according to Solomon, are in the power of the tongue, or in the power of a tweet, according to Donald Trump, who seemingly saved the day.
There is uncertainty about Trump’s foreign policy toward most of the world, but especially with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. The question that was never asked directly, but hovered in the air, was whether the Paris gathering would be the last peace conference for the next four years. This may come to fruition since there is not a follow-up to the Paris conference.
.But wait, there is more! “But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there;” 2 Chronicles 6:6 “Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain”. Zechariah 8:3
For thus saith Hashem of hosts who sent me after glory unto the nations which spoiled you: ‘Surely he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” Zechariah 2:12 (The Israel Bible™)
Can we get me an Amen for divine intervention?
Excerpts gleaned from an article by Jack Engelhard, etal.