The Rapture Report – King of Jordan threatens confrontation with Israel over West Bank annexation
By Chris Schang
With the planned annexation by Israel of up to 30% of the West Bank, we can see the tensions ramping up over the move that is expected sometime on or after July 2020. An article this week in the Jerusalem Post contained comments made by King Abdullah II of Jordan in regards to the proposed annexation and Jordan’s relationship with Israel. The Jerusalem Post reported:
If Israel fulfills its promise to annex the Jordan Valley, it will lead to a “massive” confrontation with Jordan, King Abdullah II said in an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel. “Leaders who believe in a single-state solution don’t understand what that means,” the king said in reference to US President Donald Trump’s Deal of the Century. “What if the Palestinian Authority collapses? There will be even more chaos and extremism in the area.”
When asked if annexation will lead to the cessation of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, Abdullah said he doesn’t “want to make threats and create an atmosphere of controversy, but we’re considering every option.” On support of Trump’s deal by Arab countries, he said: “In the Arab League, the one-state solution is still completely rejected. When the one-state plan was published six or seven months ago, his highness, the King of Saudi Arabia, said, ‘no, we are with the Palestinians.'”
I believe that King Abdullah is under pressure to make his comments known due to the fact that his country is actually comprised of mostly so called “Palestinians” and he understands that an influx of people from the West Bank back into Jordan would not be in his best interest. He has a large “palestinian” base in his country as it is so he is not wanting anymore. No one can get along with the so called “Palestinians” and the terrorist groups like Hamas, PIJ, etc. that go along with these so called “palestinian” people. While the world community calls for a “two-state” solution we know that the Palestinians themselves only really seek a one-state solution whereby Israel is replaced by a so called “Palestine”.
King Abdullah wasn’t the only one making “threats” or issuing condemnation of the Israeli plans of annexation of a portion of the West Bank. The EU is also on record this week saying that they strongly oppose Israel’s annexation plans and they intended to pressure Israel not to follow through with their plans. The EU continues to throw out the old excuse that any Israeli annexation would violate “international law”, but the truth is the land belongs to Israel so there should be no issue with them taking control of the intended West Bank area. Israel has already been short-handed many years ago when the initial land allotted for a Jewish homeland was reduced to the small piece of land that exists today. This seems to be more anti-semitism on display which is not surprising at the least.
According to a Jerusalem Post article on the EU situation:
The European Union opposes pending Israeli plans to annex portions of the West Bank and would work to halt such effort, the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday. “Unilateral action should be avoided and international law should be upheld,” Borrell told reporters at the end of the monthly meeting of the 27 EU foreign ministers. Israeli plans to annex all West Bank settlements was a part of the agenda.
The EU is under pressure from some of its member states, including France, Belgium and Ireland, to take concrete action such as threatening sanctions against Israel should it apply sovereignty to the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. But in order to take stiff action, such as sanctions, the EU would need the support of all of its 27 member states. Israel has some staunch allies in the EU, such as Hungary and the Czech Republic, that would be expected to block any sanction efforts. At a press event earlier this week, Borrell noted that members states were divided on the issue of sanctions and that Friday’s meeting would likely not go any further than an airing of opinions.
After the meeting, Borrell told reporters that the “the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a priority and is one of the strategic interests of the EU.” He reaffirmed the EU’s support for a negotiated two-state solution. The EU has long held that this two-state solution should be at the pre-1967 lines, unless modified through an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. It’s a position that is in marked contrast to the US and the Trump administration, which has unveiled a two-state resolution to the conflict that ignores the pre-1967 lines and allows for Israel to annex 30% of the West Bank.
The EU will “work to discourage any possible initiative toward annexation,” Borrell said. The EU and individual member states would reach out to the US, Israel and the Palestinian Authority on this matter using all possible channels, Borrell said. The EU is exploring actions that a geopolitical power could take to halt annexation, Borrell said.
Earlier this month ambassador from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and the EU met with Israel’s Foreign Ministry to express their opposition to annexation. The United Kingdom is no longer part of the EU. It has been very vocal in its opposition to annexation. The Palestinian Authority and Jordan are in the midst of a diplomatic campaign to urge the EU and or individual European member states to take action to halt annexation.
I think the next month or so will be pretty interesting to see what happens in regards to the Israeli annexation plans. As we talked about in a previous Rapture Report, Israel has a small window of opportunity available to bring in Jewish settlements in the West Bank under their control. It is an opportunity that should not be missed.
I would tend to expect that Israel will also receive further pressure and condemnation from the entire U.N. as well on the subject, but being that the U.N. is largely anti-semitic that is also not unexpected. I also do tend to think there will be some kind of repercussions from the Islamic terrorists that are currently aligned on the Israeli borders when they do make the annexation move. It is quite possible there could be some conflict. How much is hard to tell at this time. But I don’t expect them to be quiet.
I think this is a situation that we need to keep an eye on over the next two months. It has the potential to lead to something more dramatic. Some believe that the annexation could help put the Psalm 83 prophecy in motion if it is indeed a prophecy for the end times. We will need to wait and see. It is too early to tell what will happen. There are already some reports that PA leader Abbas is meeting resistance to cancelling the agreements with Israel if they do annex the West Bank. Abbas has threatened in the past to cancel all agreement with Israel if they proceeded with the annexation of the portion of the West Bank. It is a very fluid and dynamic situation right now and I think only time will tell what will happen. Keep watching!
I encourage everyone to keep looking up because of the increasing convergence of events these days, it appears that we who are indwelt with the Holy Spirit can see that Jesus is coming soon!
Keep looking up!