I am subscribed to regular "e-mail updates" from noted Christian author Joel Rosenberg.
The following I pulled from today's (06 May) "update."
What is interesting is that it perhaps shows the setting of the stage for Egypt to "sit out" the Gog-Magog war. Perhaps, this development with Egypt will be what influences Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states to stay out as well:
Washington, D.C., May 6, 2009) -- For the past several days, I have attended the policy conference in Washington held by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. It was an extraordinary event, drawing more than 6,000 pro-Israel activists from all over the country to hear directly and in person from top U.S. and Israeli leaders, including Israeli President Shimon Peres, who met yesterday at the White House with President Obama.
Monday night...AIPAC's gala dinner...More than half of the U.S. Senate was in attendance, as were most of the Members of the House of Representatives. Dozens of foreign Ambassadors were there, and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke to the gathering live via satellite (it was 4am in Jerusalem).
Stopping Iran from getting The Bomb is clearly the Israeli leader's top priority. But he also made it clear that he sees the possibility that Arab states could end up working together closely with the U.S. and Israel against the Iranian threat. He's heading to Egypt next week at the invitation of President Mubarak. He said he's prepared to reach a "final peace settlement" with the Palestinians via a "triple track" of political negotiations, security enhancements, and economic growth initiatives. He did not say explicitly that he favors a "two state solution," because the truth is he does not believe in giving the Palestinians a full sovereign state, including the right to have an air force, the right to forge strategic alliances with Iran and Syria, etc. He stressed the importance of the Palestinians recognizing that Israel is a "Jewish state," something Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership still can't bring themselves to say.
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