Two upcoming events concerning the Middle East will have long-lasting implications for the United States and Israel. May 12 and May 14 are among the most important dates.
Saturday, May 12 will mark the day that President Donald Trump will decide whether or not the United States will withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement entered into by the previous Obama administration.
Last month, Iran’s foreign minister warned that Iran could restart “nuclear activities” if the U.S. turned its back on the agreement.
Hoping to save any legacy that he and the Obama administration has concerning the Iran deal, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who has been out of office for over a year, flew to New York a couple of weeks ago and engaged in what one news outlet described as “shadow diplomacy.”
Kerry reportedly held a meeting at the United Nations with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, a top-ranking Iranian official.
During the meeting, the second in approximately two months, Kerry strategized with Zarif about how the deal could be saved, according to a “person briefed on the meetings.”
Kerry, hopes to apply enough pressure on Trump through diplomatic contacts he developed during his time in the Obama administration, to cause Trump to change his mind about withdrawing from the deal.
It seems that Kerry has also been jet-setting around the world to “work his magic” so that the “horrible” deal, as Trump and many others refer to it, can be saved.
Kerry met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, spoke with European Union official Federica Mogherini and met with French President Emmanuel Macron in both Paris and New York.
Many label what Kerry is doing as a violation of the Logan Act.
The Logan Act is a “United States federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.”
Esteemed Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz believes that Kerry would be in violation of the Act if it was enforced. However, no one has ever been prosecuted under the Logan Act and Obama along with his “disbanded” band of “shadow diplomacy” loving “activists” know that.
Also, of importance is the upcoming opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14.
While many are thrilled about the move, it is being reported in the Middle East, that Israel may be expected to give the United States something in exchange.
According to reports, the Trump administration told Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman during his visit to Washington last week that the administration will ask Israel to give up four of it’s Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, namely Jebl Mukabar, Isawiya, Shuafat and Abu Dis.
Lieberman met with Jared Kushner, senior adviser, National Security Adviser John Bolton, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Jason Greenblatt, Middle East envoy.
Kushner and Greenblatt are rumored to have been working on a peace plan with David Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel for the past year.
Apparently, a withdrawal of Israel from the named neighborhoods is part of the Kushner “peace plan.”
The move would allow the Palestinians to establish a capital there for a future Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution.
The announcement of Israel’s concession is scheduled to occur shortly after the opening of the U.S. embassy. The United States denies the report of a plan.
Many Christians are discussing the possible biblical implications to the U.S. if it forces Israel to divide its land as part of any peace agreement with Palestine.
Zechariah 12 indicates that anyone who divides Israel will be “cut in pieces.”
Some believe that the division we see in America today could become even more widespread should Israel accept our agreement to divide its country.
Palestine has indicated it will not accept any plan from the U.S. to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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