Monday, December 22, 2008

Could this be it? Israel removes Hamas and then...

A few weeks ago Tony Blair was saying that the Israeli government and the Palestinian government had reached a secret peace agreement but that it had not been signed. Though there were several pieces in several papers and websites covering the story it didn’t really get that much attention and it wasn’t really disputed by either side.

I don’t know why it was brushed off, maybe people just thought he was exaggerating or that it was just one of another little peace deals that didn’t mean much anyway. I took notice of the story and wondered about it and then left it there without too much in depth thought about it. However now another story has come out that might be a link back to this story and could have serious consequences and possibly point to something significant in the end times timeline.

Yesterday that was a story about how the Israel government had decided to launch a major operation in Gaza. This really didn’t catch my eye at first because Israel has been in and out of Gaza with several major operations over the last year or two. The article however quoted Israeli Foreign minister Tzipi Livni and opposition leader Bemjamin Netanyahu (one of who will likely be the next prime minister) as saying they see it as necessary to topple the Hamas government from Gaza. However while neither of them are currently Prime Minister of Israel, one of them is likely to be soon. But the article seemed to indicate that Prime Minister Olmert’s government was about to take such action. Today however, defense minister Ehud Barrack came out strongly against such a plan.

So is or isn’t Israel about to launch a major operation into Gaza and if so what does it mean? If such an operation is under way it could be one of the last peaces to be put into place for a peace agreement to be reached between Israel and the Palestinian government. The reason for this is because currently Hamas has been democratically elected as the government in the Gaza strip and as such the Fatah party which Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas controls can not make a real peace agreement. Fatah and Abbas don’t really have the power or the mandate to remove the Hamas government but if Israel would do it for them that just might be all that is needed for a secret peace agreement to be signed and become not so secret.

Then the biggest question is, is this a seven-year peace agreement? If it is we all know that this would be a definitive step in marking the beginning of the tribulation period. I am not saying that these things will definitely happen but this could be the first step towards such a possibility. Even if Prime Minister Olmert is reluctant to launch such an operation, the two front-runners to replace him in the February election seem eager to take that step. Once the elections happen and the new government is in place and if Hamas hasn’t been removed already, it will be time to find out if Livni and Netanyahu were just speaking to get votes.

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