ה' לחודש השנים עשר ב׳ תשע״ו
No. Not really. Here's what I mean...
Arutz 7 Report: Abbas rejected new peace plan
US Vice President Joe Biden reportedly offered division of Jerusalem, total 'settlement freeze' in exchange for very little; Abbas refused.
Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/10/2016
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas reportedly rejected a new peace plan outlined by visiting US Vice President Joe Biden yesterday, according to Arab media reports.
Abbas and Biden met in the PA leader's Muqata headquarters in Ramallah on Wednesday, following Biden's meeting with Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
According to the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper, the US Vice President used the opportunity to present Abbas with a fresh initiative, which would have included dividing Jerusalem and a total freeze on Israeli "settlement building" in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.
In return the PA would be expected to recognize Israel as the Jewish state, and give up its demand for a "right of return" for the descendants of Arabs who left the country during the Israeli War of Independence in 1948.
Abbas, not for the first, promptly rejected the generous offer.
The the meeting came after Biden leveled strong implicit criticism at the Palestinian Authority and its leadership for failing to condemn the ceaseless wave of deadly terrorist attacks against Israelis.Esser Agaroth (2¢):
In 1998, Prime Minister Ehud Baraq offered the Arabs 93 percent of Yehudah, Shomron, and Azza (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza). Yassar Arafat ysh"w rejected it, because the offer did not include Jerusalem.
Most American Jews think this is nuts. But, I suggest that you stay tuned anyway.
But, I digress....
Notice the map?
What I believe has actually been happening, is that HaShem as been using them as tools, to exercise His Will. It would not be the first time that He has used goyim in this way.
It seems that He has been allowing us to make our own mistakes, hopefully to learn from them, and to do teshuvah (repentance). But, apparently there is a limit to what He is wiling to tolerate. Of course, I am only theorizing here, as there is certainly a limit as to what we to know to be His Will at any given moment in time.
No one should be surprised that Abbas refused the latest land deal. Arafat was willing to settle temporarily for something instead of nothing, then fight for the rest another day. Abbas is not.