They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. `Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace. Jeremiah 6 v14

Peace in the Middle East ?

It is probably unwise to attempt to speculate how God will put everything right when the Messiah comes (returns).    All we can do is study the scriptures, watch and pray.   (See Jeremiah 12 v14-17 for one possibility)

But scripture pophecy tells us that there will be violent uphevals before the Messianic peace comes.

There will clearly not be a political compromise and sharing of position with another god    ( " I will not yield my glory to another"   Isaiah 48 v11).

So, what about the Arabs living in Israel?    God always wanted his people to care for the alien and stranger who came to live with them.     His love for the Arab people is very great, and he is working in many hearts right now.   We are already witnessing the healing and reconciling power of Jesus in fellowships where Jewish and Arab believers worship together and overcome the barriers of hatred and mistrust.   

Only the power of the Holy Spirit can accomplish this.   Consider also the prophecy of Isaiah 19 (see below).  Let us pray that many more will receive revelations of Jesus ( Issa ) and be delivered from Islam.   Ultimately those intent only on destroying God's people, Israel, will come to fight against Jerusalem and will be spectacularly defeated.   ( See End Times Prophecies )


This page considers issues that shape the chances for peace between Israel and the neighbouting states.

There have been plenty of plans and roadmaps for peace but they have failed.

But is there a change in the climate that improves the chances of the promised plan of 2019?

Peace in our time ?

There are encouraging signs, as UAE and Bahrein have made peace, and other Arab states are considering doing the same.

The Arab nations seem to be tiring of the Palestinian leaders' intransigence and continuing obsession with destroying Israel, while most Arab nations are concerned by the threat that a nuclear armed Iran is posing to them as well as Israel. (Remember - Iran is an Islamic state but not an Arab state)

What does prophecy tell us that might make the issue clearer?

Check out the Ezekiel 38 prophecies speaking of the land being at peace.

Ezekiel 38:11 You will say, "I am going to invade this land of unwalled villages; I will take by surprise these people who are at peace, living securely, all in places without walls, bars or gates. I will seize the spoil and take the plunder." You will attack the former ruins that are now inhabited and come against the people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and other wealth and are living in the central parts of the land.

Sh'va, D'dan and all the leading merchants of Tarshish will ask you, "Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hordes to loot; to carry off silver, gold, livestock and other wealth; to take much plunder?"

"Therefore, human being, prophesy! Tell Gog that Adonai Elohim says this: 'Won't you be aware of it when my people Isra'el are living in security? You will choose just that time to come from your place in the far reaches of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them on horseback, a huge horde, a mighty army;

Paragraph 1 - A picture of twenty first century, regathered, Israel with peace breaking out.

Paragraph 2 - Sheba and D'dan questioning the Magog invasion - Arab nations querying plans to invade Israel. It is not Arab nations attacking Israel.

Paragraph 3 - Israel living in security. More true than before, apart from the threat of Iran.

So, peace breaking out could be another sign of the coming of the end of the end times !


See also Understanding the Times

Land for Peace ?

The land that Israel is considering trading for peace has great practical, as well as strategic, significance to the land.   The Golan Heights are the main source of fresh water for Galilee and thence for the rest of the land.   Before Israel regained the Golan, Syria had been building water courses to divert water away from Israel and cripple the country.  Presumably this work would resume if Syria was given the Golan in exchange for promises of peace.

The Golan Heights and the Mountains of Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank" or the "Occupied Territories") that the Palestinians hope to win provide positions from which it is possible to terrorise the remainder of Israel with rockets and other armaments. (See Sderot) Israel's Ben Gurion international airport would become an easy target!

See Land for discussion of the phrase "defensible borders" that would have to be established in any Land for Peace agreement involving UN Resolution 242. This condition will not be as easy to meet as many suppose.

Peace Partners ?

Shocking image of piles of Jewish skulls with AK47 and Fatah flag

Fatah's Facebook page - 31st December 2014

The text is "We remain on your skulls." I am told that the first word, "baqiya," is often associated with ISIS.

Mahmoud Abbas - Chairman of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (or Palestine as it now calls iteslf)

What are his peace-loving credential?

This terror exhibition including model rockets aimed at Tel Aviv is in BirZeit University, near Ramallah (PA capital)

Notice the welcome carpet!

The official Palestinian Authority daily published a picture of the official logo chosen by Fatah for celebrations marking the movement's 48th anniversary. The logo features various symbols, including a map of "Palestine" that includes all of Israel, the number 48, the Palestinian flag, and the slogan for the 48th anniversary: "The state and the victory." (Palestine 2012)

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that official PA maps do not acknowledge Israel's existence and mark all of Israel as "Palestine." The maps appear in all official frameworks including schools, government offices, official PA media, logos, at events and in official documents.

Making Peace ?

Israelis long for Peace and the ability to live like other nations.  Indeed many seek fulfilment in the same things as those in other nations.  Many young people are into discos, drugs, sex, alcohol and New Age living like in other nations.  But Israel is not just any nation!

  God is still fulfilling his purposes and promises through Israel.  Their sufferings are a result of their unwillingness to recognize this.  The politician's peace is not the same as the Shalom of God!

"They have also healed the hurt of my people slightly, saying, 

'Peace, Peace, when there is no peace.'   - - -    (Jeremiah 6 v14)

"We have made a covenant with death and with Sheol we are in agreement.  We have made lies our refuge and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves."  - - -   (Isaiah 28 v14-15)

"I, even I, am he who comforts you.
Who are you that you fear mortal men,

the sons of men who are but grass,
that you forget YHVH your maker,

who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth,

that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor?

Isaiah 51 v12 and 13

It is tempting to try and answer the world's questions about what God will do in Israel in the way the world thinks.  However, the ( humanistic ) world asks the wrong questions.  It would not be right to assert that God will work out His purposes in a way the world considers Politically Correct.  God is sovereign and it is not for man to judge God.    See also Biblical Christian Zionism.

Remember, God promised the "Promised Land" to Israel and He promised He would bring Israel back after they were dispersed to the nations.  God started bringing them back to a desolate land which had been waiting for them.  If one reads the Books of Joshua, Judges and 1 and 2 Samuel (they are consecutive in the Tanakh), it is obvious that the Muslim Arabs have placed themselves in great danger by moving in to defy the God of Israel by claiming the land and Jerusalem belongs to them. 

Sacrifices of Peace

By Daniel Greenfield - Posted: 06 Aug 2013

In one of the most famous events in the Bible, G-d commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son. So Abraham took his son Isaac, bound him on an altar and prepared to bring him up as a burnt offering. And then the voice of the angel called to him and told him not to harm his son.

G-d did not want human sacrifices. The peace process does.

After the handshake with Arafat in the Rose Garden led to a wave of terrorist attacks, Prime Minister Rabin invented a new sacrifice to describe the dead Israelis murdered by the Muslim terrorists who had been permitted to enter Israel, to form armies, to train openly and to kill openly. Korbanot Shalom - Sacrifices of peace.

In Ancient Israel, in the Tabernacle and the Temple, the Korban Shelamim, the Peace Offering, was brought as a celebratory offering to be eaten by all.

In the modern State of Israel, the Korbanot Shalom were brought by the families of the dead who often had little more than a few scraps of skin tissue, a finger or a hand caught in a crack in the sidewalk to remember their children by.

In the old Israel, only the pagan worshipers of Moloch, the abominable cult that placed its own sons and daughters into the idol's flames, practiced human sacrifice.

In the new Israel that was ushered in on that glorious day in the Rose Garden under the beaming gaze of Bill Clinton, everyone in the land was expected to be prepared to offer up their children to the Moloch of peace, the idol of the Palestinian Authority, its altar engraved with Nobel Peace Prizes, its service overseen by the international diplomats and domestic pacifists who had appointed themselves its Priests of Peace.

Complete article here - Sacrifices of Peace


Peace through politics?

From an article by Caroline Glick - October 21, 2012

According to the USA
President Barack Obama's administration fails to understand the Middle East due to his commitment to an anti-American conceptual framework.
His administration cannot see what is happening, because that framework places the blame
for all or most of the pathologies of the Muslim world on the US and Israel.
In order to de-legitimize, discredit and silence its opponents, his administration has purged
the US federal government's lexicon of all terms that are necessary to describe reality.
"Jihad," "Islamist," "radical Islam," "Islamic terrorism" and similar phrases have all been
banned. The study of Islamist doctrine by government officials has been outlawed.

Peace through a two state or one state solution?

Peace Treaties

This conceptual framework argues that the root of instability in the region is the absence of
formal treaties of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours. Thus the way to pacify the
radical regional forces is seen to be to pressure Israel to make concessions to its neighbours.

Israel has treaties with Egypt, Jordan, the PLO and Lebanon. All of these treaties have failed or
been rendered meaningless by subsequent events.

Today Israel's 31-year-old peace treaty with Egypt is a hollow shell because the rise of the
genocidal anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood to power has rendered it meaningless. The peace
was made with the Mubarak regime, and once that regime ended, the peace was over.

The Muslim Brotherhood, including Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, reject Israel's right to
exist. This is not a primarily political position, but a religious one. Morsi and his regime
perceive Jews as the enemies of Allah deserving of annihilation. (Morsi is deposed [summer 2013] but who knows who will fill the vacuum eventually?)


Israel had an uneasy peace with Assad's Syria, but his replacement by Muslim Brotherhood / Al Quaida looks likely.

In 1983, Israel signed a peace treaty with Lebanon, but it was abrogated as soon as the
regime that signed it was overthrown by Islamic radicals and Syria.

The peace with the PLO – or peace process – was officially ushered in by the signing of the
Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993, but the peace process is dead, because it was a fraud. The Palestinians negotiated in bad faith from the beginning.

It is dead because the Palestinian Authority lost the Gaza Strip to Hamas in 2007. (It does nor represent all the "Palestinians." )

It is dead because Abbas and his PA have no capacity to make peace with Israel, even if they wanted to, because their people will not accept peaceful coexistence with Israel.

It is dead because the Palestinian national movement is predicated not on the desire to establish a Palestinian state, but on the desire to destroy the Jewish state.

It was finally killed off when the Palestinians broke Oslo Accord by seeking nation status at the UN.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is composed of three population groups.

Ethnic Palestinians comprise the vast majority of Jordan's population. The Hashemites have
always viewed the Palestinians as a threat to the regime, and so blocked their integration into
governing and military hierarchies

Until the last decade, the Bedouin tribes in Jordan, like those in Israel and Sinai, were not particularly religious, nor were they inherently opposed to peaceful coexistence with Israel. since then, the Bedouin underwent a drastic process of Islamic radicalization and have become even more opposed to peaceful coexistence with Israel than the Palestinians, and are now in open revolt against the monarchy and its refusal to abrogate the peace treaty with Israel.

The smallest group is the ruling Hashemites; a small Arabian clan installed by the British.
The Hashemites have historically viewed Israel as their strategic partners and protectors of
their regime.
The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has empowered the Muslim Brotherhood in
to challenge the Hashemites, and the rise of pro-Iranian Shi'ite forces in Iraq has made Jordan an attractive target for triumphant Iraqui jihadists.

Thus Israel's treaty with Jordan is now worth very little.

Peace with the next generation?

Lital Shemesh is a 29-year-old successful, female, Israeli journalist who recently participated in a seminar with other young Israelis and Arabs in hopes of igniting optimism for peace.

In her first video blog in English two years ago, she said, “I really want… a peaceful quiet country to live in, and I really want peace to come.” But her conclusions from the peace seminar reflect a strong trend in Israeli society: Israelis are realizing that the negotiations with the Arabs are destined to fail from the outset.

Her summary of her experience at the peace seminar will help readers better understand Israeli society of 2013. Translated by Baruch Gordon on his blog high-hopes-for-peace-smashed excerpts below.

We were shocked to discover that not a single one of them spoke of a Palestinian State, or to be more precise, of a two-state solution.

They spoke of one state – their state. They spoke of ruling Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Akko, Haifa, and the pain of the Nakba [lit. the tragedy – the establishment of the State of Israel]. There was no future for them. Only the past. “There is no legitimacy for Jews to live next to us” – this was their main message. “First, let them pay for what they perpetrated.” In the course of a dialogue which escalated to shouts, the Palestinians asked us not to refer to suicide bombers as “terrorists” because they don’t consider them so.

I arrived at the seminar with high hopes, and I return home with difficult feelings and despair. Something about the narrative of the two sides is different from the core. How can we return to the negotiating table when the Israeli side speaks of two states and the Palestinian side speaks of liberating Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea? How can peace ever take root in a platform which grants legitimacy to terrorism?

Is a Peace trade possible?

The trade which the world hopes will bring peace, is for Israel to give land in return for the Islamic people giving up all warlike intentions and actions against Israel. Can the parties give what the deal requires?

Professor Moshe Sharon, as a young man, was told by Anwar Sadat (leader of Egypt) that peace negotiations are a bazaar. He points out that the rules of the bazaar that the stallholder sets out to make as much money as possible selling as little as possible. He says we should look at what the two sides have to sell.

Israel has peace to sell - whenever you hear Israel it is "Peace, Peace"
Israel does not have land it can safely sell  
The Arabs do not have peace to offer - all their pronouncements are war, destruction and annihilation . *
The Arabs have plenty of land The Arabs have 620 times as much land as Israel

If the Arabs want peace they must buy it from Israel!

* The Muslims can not offer peace, because Islam dictates that all the land of Israel must be regained for Allah, no compromise is permissible (except for a temporary {Hudna} cessation of hostilities) - The Islamic Movement (Hamas) Charter states that “the Land of Palestine is Islamic Waqf.” By saying this they have changed a potentially solvable territorial conflict into an insoluble conflict for God. “our struggle against the Jews is wide ranging and great” They are packaging Islam to be at war with the Jews. (It doesn’t have to be.) The charter quotes the Hadith “The day of resurrection will not come until……..” This is a call for genocide within the Hamas charter and it also says, “The Hamas is looking forward to implementing Allah’s promise whatever time it may take.”


Mahmoud Abbas -

"moderate Palestinian leader" and " partner for peace" for Israel ?

Video supplied by Palestinian Media Watch 04/05/09

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh:

Armed resistance is path, Palestine is from the sea to the river


Video from Palestinian Media Watch 27/12/11

So No! - Peace is not within the grasp of man!

Read the book of Revelation and other end-times prophecies and you will notice that this age does not end with man achieving peace, but with violence and wickedness getting worse and worse until Jesus intervenes with his return

Any Christian who believes that God keeps his promises should be concerned for the Palestinians who are being placed in such danger by their Muslim leaders.  If a group of people was squatting in the path of an express train, it would hardly be compassionate to encourage them and declare solidarity with them in their chosen position!   Yet this is what many church leaders and Christians do by supporting the Palestinian narrative, with its distortions of truth and hatred of Israel and the Jews.

Politicians think that peace can be obtained by creating a Palestinian State but the oft quoted UN Resolution 242 includes the phrase provision of "defensible borders." Have a look at this discussion on Defensible Borders and see if you think this will be accepted by the Arab nations and their friends and whether Israel could possibly accept these provisions being denied.

Are we Taking sides with Jews against Arabs ?

Wildolive does not advocate political or militant action or hatred against the Palestinian people.  Indeed, speaking to Jewish Israelis one is impressed by their deep sympathy and concern for the hardships endured by the Palestinians and their practical efforts to help.   When we assure Jewish Israelis we are praying for them, they will often say earnestly, "Pray for the Palestinians too."  

The major problem that we seek to address is the media habit of ascribing responsibility for the suffering of the Palestinian people to Israel instead of the Palestinian leadership and surrounding Muslim nations.

Are all Jews wonderful and all Arabs terrorists ?

No.  Of course not.  The problem lies with the people who oppose the will of God.  He chose the land of Israel as the homeland of his chosen, servant people and is still working out his purposes to bless the world through Jerusalem and Israel, his nation of priests. 

Does the future lie with the children?

God has a special care for the children of Ishmael

(but it just does not include them taking over Israel)   See Isaiah 19 v23, 

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.   In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.   The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria (Iraq)  my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance."

But Ezekiel 28 v25-26 says
" `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will show myself holy among them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.' "


December 2015

Israeli Customs confiscated a container of dolls, intended for the PA, as "inciting material" this week. The dolls were holding rocks in their hands and wearing keffiyehs with the inscriptions "Jerusalem is ours" and "O Jerusalem, here we come."

The PA's response? The confiscation was part of the "Israeli war against children's dolls"

Can we hope for peace from the Palestinian children growing up today?


Pray for the nations in their Anti-Semitism  and Anti-Zionism 

The challenge for the Christian is to love the Jews without hating the Arabs and to love the Arabs without hating the Jews.  

This is particularly true for those seeking to be diligent in prayer without the benefit of having been to Israel and having to rely for prayer information on "Christian" organizations which have a bias one way or the other.

When you come to know Jews and Arabs who know and love Jesus/Yeshua, and see them together, there is the sweetest fellowship and real "Middle East Peace".  I am so grateful to God for my Arab Christian friends and my Jewish friends.

A new hope in 2019 ?

Extracted from two articles published by the Gatestone Institute in May 2019

Khaled Abu Toameh is not optimistic

Ibrahim al-Karaki, the mayor of the Jordanian city of Al-Karak is under attack for hosting Israeli (Jewish) tourists during the Jewish Passover holiday. His critics have accused him of promoting normalization with the "Israeli enemy" and are demanding his resignation.
The mayor went on the defensive, claiming he was not aware of the identity of the tourists and said he believes in the "liberation of Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River" – meaning that he supports the elimination of Israel.

The campaign against the Jordanian mayor is the direct result of anti-Israel incitement in Jordan and most of the Arab and Islamic states. While some of the leaders of these countries express relatively moderate views towards Israel, they have been radicalizing their people on a daily basis against Israel, until they can no longer be seen talking to or making peace with Israelis.

In the light of this, is any Arab leader likely to accept President Trump's plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the "deal of the century" when it is revealed?

Ahmed Charai sees reasons to be optimistic

In the most recent violence (May 2019) Hamas fired around 600 rockets, killing four Israelis and Israel deployed jet fighters to carry out multiple air strikes, killing 23 Gaza residents.

But, unlike earlier episodes, the reaction of Arab intellectuals and other thought leaders in Muslim world is different. Tweets from journalists and intellectuals in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states (except, notably, Qatar), show a shift in elite Arab opinion. Many blame Iran and cite the suffering of ordinary Palestinians.

Dr. Turki Al-Hamad, a well-known Saudi author and thinker tweeted: "It's a repeating loop: rockets [are fired] from Gaza into Israel, Israel bombs [Gaza], someone or other mediates, the fighting stops – and the common Palestinian folks pay the price. This is 'resistance,' my friend. Iran and Turkey are in trouble, and the Palestinians are paying the price."
Note his use of scare quotes around resistance and his willingness to blame Iran and Turkey, two Muslim-majority nations, instead of the Jewish state. This marks a real rhetorical change.
And many influential Arab voices echoed these thoughts.

Few doubt the analysis that Hamas is acting on orders from Tehran because Iran is seeking to lead the Islamic world and become the regional power and transcend the Sunni-Shiite divide.

While Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates remain major funders of the Palestinian Authority, support for the Palestinian cause has become more complicated in recent years as Arab states make common cause with Israel against Iran.

It is significant that the state-run media in Saudi and the UAE sympathize with the Palestinian people, rather than their leaders.

This might mean that President Trump's "deal of the century." will attract significant Arab support, causing the Saudis and Gulf Arabs to press Palestinian officials to accept the plan, or, at least, sit down and negotiate its terms.

Hints from Kushner about the plan suggest a focus on how people can live together, how security can work, how interaction can work, and how to create jobs and economic growth rather than political issues like the "two-state solution."

The plan is believed to include aid grants to the Palestinians in the range of $30 to $40 billion and to help West Bank Palestinians land jobs in Israel and start businesses in Palestinian-controlled lands.

The Kushner plan began with a simple insight: for most Palestinians under the age of 40, the wars of 1948, 1967, and 1973 are ancient history. Instead of yearning for the political redemption of lost lands, younger Palestinians are demanding jobs, housing, education, and the hope of more prosperous lives. Why not, Kushner asked, build a new peace plan on the new generation rather than the demands of the older one?
Will economic realities trump political demands, which have defined the conflict for almost 70 years?
Tweets from Arab journalists, intellectuals and other thought leaders suggest a larger shift is underway on the Arab Street; that the greater Muslim world now cares more about the economic welfare of ordinary Palestinians than politics.

2021 update

However, in 2021 it is clear that the plan from Trump and Kushner has been thoroughly trashed by the Biden administration. One must also observe that while positive changes can be seen in the wider Arab world, attitudes of PLO and Hamas leaders is as intransigent as ever. Indeed, even if the leaders were to change their minds, the indoctrination they have fed their children for so long will not just dissipate.

What did Jesus say about Peace ?

He said, "Blessed are the peacemakers", according to most English translations. But The Hebrew word and the Hebrew idiom are closer to "puruse" than "make", which gives material for serious thought. Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discussed this in depth in episode 19 of their Hebrew Gospel Pearls programmes Blessed are the peace makers. Nehemia's explanation of the difference, using Peace in Israel as the example makes many things crystal clear.


Updated 10/11/21

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