SINCE THE RAPTURE OCCURS BEFORE THE FUTURE 7 YR TREATY IS SIGNED, I WONT BE AROUND TO HAVE THE ACTUAL TREATY SIGNING. BUT UNTIL THEN THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO THE BEGININGS OF THE ISRAELI / ARAB PEACE PROCESS. AND AS CLOSE TO THE 7 YEAR SIGNING THAT WE GET BEFORE THE RAPTURE OF THE SAVED TO HEAVEN. UNTIL WE MEET JESUS IN THE CLOUDS BODILY, AND COME TO EARTH 7 YRS LATER.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

UN VOTE SHOULD BE MONDAY ABOUT PALESTINIAN FUTURE STATE

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.

Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.

12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

REBUILT 3RD TEMPLE

REVELATION 11:1-2
1 And there was given me a(MEASURING) reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out,(TO THE WORLD NATIONS) and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.(JERUSALEM DIVIDED BUT THE 3RD TEMPLE ALLOWED TO BE REBUILT)

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

JEREMIAH 6:14
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

JEREMIAH 8:11
11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:3
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

ISAIAH 33:8
8  The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant,(7 YR TREATY) he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.(THE WORLD LEADER-WAR MONGER CALLS HIMSELF GOD)

JOEL 3:2
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people(ISRAEL) and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.(UPROOTED ISRAELIS AND DIVIDED JERUSALEM)(THIS BRINGS ON WW3 BECAUSE JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED,WARNING TO ARABS-MUSLIMS AND THE WORLD).

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

In Russia, a ‘Noah’s Ark’ of genetic proportions-Moscow State University declares ambitious project to collect DNA samples of all of Earth’s living and extinct creatures-By Times of Israel staff December 28, 2014, 5:00 am

Earth may not be facing a literal biblical flood – at least not anytime soon – but that hasn’t stopped a Russian university from launching a modern-day equivalent of Noah’s Ark.Harnessing what is reportedly the country’s largest-ever scientific grant, Moscow State University will embark on a project to collect and preserve the genetic material of all of Earth’s living and extinct creatures.According to a report in Russia Today on Friday, the project is not only a metaphorical nod to the biblical tale: it will include an actual 430-square-meter “ark,” set on one of the university’s main campuses.The structure will house a database of cryogenically frozen genetic material from the university’s other departments, including the Zoological Museum, Anthropological Museum, and Botanical Garden, the report said.“I call the project ‘Noah’s Ark.’ It will involve the creation of a depository – a databank for the storing of every living thing on Earth, including not only living, but disappearing and extinct organisms. This is the challenge we have set for ourselves,” Moscow State University rector Viktor Sadivnichy was quoted as saying.“It will enable us to cryogenically freeze and store various cellular materials, which can then reproduce. It will also contain information systems. Not everything needs to be kept in a petri dish,” he added.It was unclear how the university intended to collect the genetic material of extinct creatures, due to the paucity of fossilized specimens containing DNA that can be sequenced.Sadivnichy said that the database would be linked to similar projects in Russia and possibly outside of it as well.“If it’s realized, this will be a leap in Russian history as the first nation to create an actual Noah’s Ark of sorts,” he said.The project was said to have been guaranteed 1 billion rubles in funding, which as of Sunday morning was equivalent to $18.9 million.The Russian initiative joins similar endeavors, including Britain’s Frozen Ark Project, which maintains over 28,000 DNA samples – more than 7,000 of which come from highly endangered species — and the San Diego Zoo, where a library of 8,400 samples spans more than 800 species, the Daily Mail reported.

Liberman said to be in Paris for new diplomatic initiative-Ahead of possible UN vote on Palestinian statehood slated for Monday, FM makes reported secretive trip to France-By Lazar Berman and Times of Israel staff December 27, 2014, 9:15 pm

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, the head of the Yisrael Beytenu party, was reported to be in Paris on Saturday to advance a new diplomatic initiative.Party officials refused to reveal the reason for the reported trip or even confirm it, but sources close to Liberman told Channel 2 news that a new initiative might be in the offing.The report emerged ahead of a UN Security Council vote on a Palestinian statehood resolution, which the Palestinians have indicated will take place on Monday.France, along with Britain and Germany, have been working on an alternative text aimed at reviving the peace process, to be presented to the UN Security Council at an undisclosed time. The document is said to counter the Palestinian-Jordanian version calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state and an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines by 2017.Palestinian Authority senior official Saeb Erekat said last week that some revisions had been made to the Palestinian-Jordanian text but it was not clear what items appeared on the finalized version or if it incorporated some of the French text.Liberman’s reported trip also comes amid a massive graft scandal involving several members of his party. On Friday, Liberman slammed the police investigation, suggesting that the motive behind the probe was political and the timing, ahead of elections, questionable. He also said he was convinced of his party members’ innocence.Earlier this week, Liberman emphasized the importance of reaching a regional peace agreement, pointing to potential diplomatic and economic consequences if Israel fails to initiate solutions to its conflict with the Palestinians.Speaking at a closed Tel Aviv University conference on Tuesday, the day before the major corruption investigation against his party was revealed, Liberman continued a string of recent pragmatic comments, as he criticized political rivals on both sides of the spectrum.“We have to reach a political arrangement here,” stressed Liberman, in comments that were leaked to Haaretz. “Not because of the Arabs but because of the Jews. We need to reach an arrangement here in the region. First of all, because this is important for our relations with the European Union and the United States. For whoever doesn’t know — and I’m sure most of you do — our largest market is the EU.”Pointing to EU sanctions on Russia, Liberman argued that it is impossible to maintain good economic relations when the political and diplomatic relationship is under stress: “It does not work. We must internalize this. And we see when there is a deterioration in the diplomatic relations, what happens to the economic. And I can give the example that is closest and most familiar to me — what is happening in Russia. And the more developed a country is, the more sensitive it is to every political decision, or every change in the complex economic relations.”Still, he said, there is not yet a crisis with Western allies. “It is far from a tsunami… What we have now is a soft breeze. If we do not initiate, we will face a diplomatic tsunami.”The foreign minister said that a regional agreement with Arab states would allow Israel to devote more resources to research, development and technology.Turning to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an erstwhile political ally, Liberman criticized his lack of initiative in finding a solution to Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians. “There is a status quo…a step forward and a step back. There is no initiative. I stand for initiative. We must initiate. Whoever doesn’t initiate, loses. This approach has failed…I have respect for Netanyahu, but for now, my approach is more appropriate for this time.”The private conference was organized by Tel Aviv University’s Business-Academic Club. Dozens of senior businessmen were in attendance, Haaretz reported, including former Bank of Israel governor Yaakov Frankel, former minister Dalia Itzik, and TAU president Joseph Klafter.Liberman’s comments echoed his message from the night before.“I wish pragmatism dominated the political discourse in Israeli society. We are torn between autism, pragmatism and fanaticism,” Liberman said at a book launch in Tel Aviv on Monday night.The foreign minister alluded to the much-reported crisis in relations between Washington and Jerusalem, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s harsh criticisms of US officials, which has gotten him in hot water recently.“If you want a veto from the US [in hostile UN proposals] you need to understand that you can’t lash out against it,” Liberman said. “We have to come up with policy recommendations, we cannot be constantly saying no, no, no.“Within the context of the crisis on the Middle East, it is imperative that Israel initiate solutions and push them forward. We must adopt a pragmatic approach, because without it, it won’t matter if we’re right,” he said.

Senator Graham threatens to defund UN over Palestine bid-Netanyahu tells visiting Republican lawmaker that Israel will stand firm against effort to impose statehood terms-By Times of Israel staff and AFP December 27, 2014, 10:08 pm 29

Visiting US Senator Lindsey Graham threatened Saturday to withhold US funding from the UN, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the Palestinian Authority, a day after a senior Palestinian official said the PA will push for a UN vote on the Palestinian statehood bid by Monday.“This is the same PA that joins hands with Hamas, incites constantly against Israel, the same PA is going to try to bring to the UN Security Council a resolution that seeks to impose on us conditions that will undermine our security,” the prime minister charged on Saturday at a press conference in Jerusalem with the Republican senator from South Carolina.“We will stand firmly and reject such a diktat,” Netanyahu said.Graham, a staunch pro-Israel senator, expressed support for the PM’s position, declaring that Congress would not “sit back and allow the United Nations to take over the peace process.”Graham went so far as to say that “any effort by the French, the Jordanians or anyone to avoid direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians over the peace process, anyone who tries to take this to the UN Security Council” will be met with “a violent backlash by the Congress that could include suspending funding to the United Nations. We will not sit back and allow the United Nations to take over the peace process.”He also said the US Congress “has your back, in a very bipartisan way. The Republican Party now runs the House and the Senate, and things will be a bit different. But one thing will be constant: There will be bipartisan support” for Israel.Netanyahu also spoke about Iran and tied reports that the Islamic republic developed a new type of drone to the threat of their nuclear program: “Iran today conducted an exercise with a suicide drone. I don’t have to convince you, Senator, that the most important task before us is to prevent this dangerous regime from having nuclear weapons. And I believe that what is required are more sanctions, and stronger sanctions.”Graham responded that the US Congress would follow Netanyahu’s lead with regard to the ongoing negotiations between the P5+1 and Tehran on reining in Iran’s nuclear program.“If Iran walks away from the table, sanctions will be re-imposed,” said Graham. “If Iran cheats regarding any deal that we enter to the Iranians, sanctions will be re-imposed. It is important to let the Iranians know that from an American point of view, sanctions are alive and well. So we will be following your counsel and advice,” he told Netanyahu.“You will see a very vigorous Congress, when it comes to Iran,” Graham went on. “You will see a Congress making sure sanctions are real and will be re-imposed at the drop of a hat. You will see Congress wanting to have a say about any final deal.”Graham, as chairman of the foreign operations subcommittee of the incoming Senate’s Appropriations Committee, will wield considerable power in foreign policy.Last month, he told an audience at the inaugural conference of the Israeli American Council. that Republican majority in the Senate will advance a bill that would subject any Iran nuclear deal to congressional review.

Statehood bid

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said Friday that the Palestinian Authority will ask the United Nations Security Council to vote on a statehood bid by Monday at the latest.The bid calls for the recognition of a Palestinian state and an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines by 2017. The draft resolution sets a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement. A final peace deal would pave the way to the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a shared capital, according to the text.Erekat indicated that some revisions were made to the Jordanian-drafted text but it is not yet clear what items appeared on the finalized version, Israel Radio reported. The document has not been made public yet.As of last week, France, working with Britain and Germany, was pressing on with a separate text on reviving the peace process, but it was unclear when that effort would yield results or if the Jordanian bid incorporated elements from the trio’s draft.The Palestinian Authority has refused to postpone the vote until after Israel’s March 17 elections, despite international pressure. Recent reports indicated that Kerry had been pushing for the Palestinians to delay the vote, worrying that it could strengthen the Israeli right wing ahead of election day.Earlier this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned that his administration would “no longer deal” with Israel if the United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a final peace deal fails.JTA contributed to this report.

Erekat: UN vote on Palestinian statehood by Monday-Top PA official, in interview with Arab media, makes extreme comparison between Islamic State’s al-Baghdadi and Netanyahu-By Times of Israel staff and AFP December 26, 2014, 7:25 pm

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said Friday that the Palestinian Authority will push the United Nations Security Council for a vote on the Palestinians’ statehood bid by Monday next week at the latest.The bid calls for the recognition of a Palestinian state and an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines by 2017. The draft resolution sets a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement. A final peace deal would pave the way to the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a shared capital, according to the text.Erekat indicated that some revisions were made to the Jordanian-drafted text but it is not yet clear what items appeared on the finalized version, Israel Radio reported. The document has not been made public yet.As of last week, France, working with Britain and Germany, was pressing on with a separate text on reviving the peace process, but it was unclear when that effort would yield results or if the Jordanian bid incorporated elements from the trio’s draft.The Palestinian Authority has refused to postpone the vote until after Israel’s March 17 elections, despite international pressure. Recent reports indicated that Kerry had been pushing for the Palestinians to delay the vote, worrying that it could strengthen the Israeli right wing ahead of election day.Earlier this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned that his administration would “no longer deal” with Israel if the United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a final peace deal fails.Meanwhile, during an interview with al-Arabiya on Friday, Erekat made a fantastical comparison between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leader of the brutal jihadist group the Islamic State which conquered large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria — by pillaging villages, killing, raping and enslaving thousands of people and imposing a radical version of Islam on its subjects.“We are witnessing a war against Daesh,” said Erekat, using the Arab acronym of the group’s name, “and this is a just war. But just like Abu Bakr al Baghdadi considers himself the leader of the ‘Islamic State,’ Benjamin Netanyahu heads the ‘Jewish State,'” he charged during the interview, a portion of which was aired on Channel 2 Friday evening.“There is no difference between the crime of laying an American or Western journalist on the ground and beheading him [as IS has done with several journalists and aid workers since September] and between a criminal who lays Muhammad Abu Khdeir on the ground and burns him alive,” he said in reference to the murder of a Palestinian teenager from east Jerusalem this summer at the hands of Jewish terrorists who carried out the killing as an act of revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.Tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank escalated significantly following the murders of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, climaxing in the 50-day conflict in July and August between Israel and Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip.Operation Protective Edge was followed by nearly daily riots and a spate of Palestinian terror attacks in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the West Bank which claimed the lives of a dozen Israelis since October.

An unstoppable avalanche toward Palestinian statehood?-The Palestinians can’t have a state and still claim they’re under occupation, says one Israeli scholar. The international community seems to disagree-By Raphael Ahren December 26, 2014, 11:27 pm 177-the times of israel
The avalanche of European resolutions calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state is entirely symbolic and therefore meaningless, Israeli officials often argue. Palestinian statehood, they say, will only come about when the two sides sit together, negotiate and come to an agreement.And yet, the large number of parliaments that have voted in favor of recognition — including in Britain, France, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Luxembourg and the European Union — is more than just a symbolic gesture.While Europe cannot create a state where there is none, it could be argued that the mere fact that more and more countries want to recognize Palestine accords this entity a certain status approaching statehood.The former chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Friday that the Palestinians will submit their UN Security Council statehood resolution to a vote by Monday at latest. However it fares, the snowball of international recognition for “Palestine” is gathering pace.

The constitutive view of statehood vs…

According to one school of thought in international law, an entity becomes a state not only when it fulfills all objective criteria of statehood, but also when it is recognized by a critical mass of other states. The so-called constitutive theory postulates that “the act of recognition itself actually creates the state” based on a common definition.Followers of this theory could argue that if Palestine hadn’t already been considered a state before the onset of the European moves toward recognition, that time has certainly come. Indeed, the argument that it’s the recognitions that make the state could have been made since November 29, 2012, when 138 countries voted to accord Palestine non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly. The European legislators’ current eagerness to recognize Palestine further strengthens that reasoning.“Each act of recognition, though not constitutive, is essentially another pebble in the pan of the balance, especially in light of the momentum captured in the 2012 GA resolution,” said John Cerone, a professor of international law at Lund University in Sweden and a visiting professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School.“Of course, whether each is seen as a sizable pebble or as a grain of sand is a matter of interpretation,” he told The Times of Israel in an email. “It would also be relevant whether this new act is consistent with that state’s vote in the GA, or whether this is a ‘new’ pebble.”In 2012, France and Portugal, for instance, voted in favor of non-member state status for Palestine — they already recognized Palestinian statehood, and their parliamentary motions don’t add anything.While the new status at the UNGA actually improved the Palestinians’ standing in that it enabled them to accede to international treaties, conventions and organizations such as the International Criminal Court, the largely symbolic parliamentary votes have absolutely no concrete effect.Britain, on the other hand, abstained in 2012, which lends the House of Commons’ October 14 vote some significance, in that it adds the UK to the list of states that officially endorse Palestinian statehood.Whether recognition of states is indeed constitutive (or, as the rival school of thought believes, declaratory) is a complicated issue and one needs to proceed with caution before applying this theory to Palestine, said Frances Raday, an Israeli professor of international law and the president of the Concord Research Center for Integration of International Law in Israel.“The only short answer I can give is that there is cumulative impact in the international arena of diplomatic and public discourse and [the European parliamentary votes] will further impact attitudes to Israeli policy in the West Bank and Gaza.”Some scholars argue that the constitutive theory has long lost out to the declarative theory of statehood, which postulates that statehood is entirely independent of recognition and that an entity needs to fulfill certain objective criteria before it can be considered a state.According to the first article of the 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, which has traditionally been recognized as the benchmark to determine what constitutes a state under international law, a state needs to possess the following qualifications:

a permanent population-a defined territory-government; and capacity to enter into relations with the other states.

Article 3 states that the “political existence of the state is independent of recognition by the other states,” which leads some to argue that the fact that many other states have moved to recognized Palestine doesn’t necessarily mean it’s really a state — since it doesn’t fulfill the four criteria.“In fact, it’s hard to find a single country that exists today through the constitutive approach,” said Eugene Kontorovich, a law professor of at Northwestern University. “There are no cases where there is no state but people wished it into existence. It doesn’t really happen. Statehood isn’t subjective — it’s a yes or no question.”Few people would deny that Taiwan — officially called the Republic of China — is a bona fide state, yet it is only recognized by 21 other countries. On the other hand, Russia and a handful of other states recognize the Republic of Abkhazia and hardly anyone outside these countries would argue this breakaway republic actually belonging to Georgia deserves to be considered an independent state.

Wanting the best of both worlds

But things aren’t always black and white in statehood theory, said Amichai Cohen, a senior lecturer of international law at Ono Academic College. “It’s a process. There is not always an exact moment in time when an entity becomes a state.” Regarding Palestine, “we’re currently in the middle,” he assessed.As more and more states and international organizations move to recognize a Palestinian state, its recognition will at some point become final. Retroactively, the current wave of European endorsements will then be seen as one step in the continuum toward statehood, he said.Palestine’s ostensible statehood raises some other questions, said Kontorovich, who is currently also a senior fellow at Kohelet, a Jerusalem-based think tank.“They’re acting in an incoherent way,” he said about the Palestinian leadership. “A state means something, it’s not just an idea. Being a state means having a territory with a government that exercises control. It can’t be under occupation. Because being occupied means you’re not in control.”In historical precedents, new countries came into being by getting rid of foreign rule. Israel, for instance, was declared only after the British Mandate ended. “Before that, it would have been a joke,” Kontorovich said. An Arab state of Palestine would be the first new “state” that still is occupied at time of its inception, he said.“The Palestinians want to have best of both worlds. They want to have a foreign ministry and embassies across the world, give out passports and pass laws, and at the same time complain that they’re dispossessed and controlled by Israel.”The Palestinians argue that theirs is a state under occupation, similar to France being occupied by Germany during World War II. But this situation cannot be compared to today’s Palestine, which claims to have come into being while under occupation.“There is no example in the last 50 years of a state being created while all of its territory is being occupied,” Kontorovich said.In his view, the Palestinians indeed have a state, but therefore can no longer claim to be occupied.“ Rather, the current conflict should be seen as a border dispute,” Kontorovich said. The Palestinian people exercise self-determination in the parts of the West Bank under their control (Areas A and B), which means Palestine is indeed a state. While the Palestinians wish to exert control over the entire West Bank, self-determination doesn’t necessarily mean you get the best possible borders for your state, he argued. “There are Hungarians in Serbia, that doesn’t mean that Hungarians don’t have self-determination.”

International recognition

In January 2015, more European parliaments will vote on the recognition of a Palestinian state. Finland, Italy, Belgium and Slovenia have already scheduled votes; other states are sure to follow. (Thirteen European states — Sweden, Cyprus, Malta and 10 Central and Eastern European states — already formally recognized Palestine; and countless countries in the rest of the world).In addition, the Palestinians are planning in the next days to take their statehood bid to the UN Security Council, where it will likely be vetoed by the United States.Jerusalem’s response to all these processes is that all unilateral recognitions in the world won’t change anything on the ground, and that actual Palestinian independence will only come about as the result of negotiations with Israel. That may be so, but meanwhile it seems as if the world has decided not to wait for that day and start by bestowing formal statehood upon Palestine.

Khaled Mashaal set to visit Iran-Iranian official plays down reports of a falling out with Hamas, affirms Tehran’s support for the Palestinians-By Times of Israel staff December 28, 2014, 3:20 am

Officials in Iran and the Palestinian Hamas group confirmed Saturday that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is set to visit Tehran in the near future.In confirming Mashaal’s visit, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian denied persistent reports of a falling out between the Islamic Republic and Hamas.“The relations between Hamas and the Islamic Republic of Iran have never been cut,” the semi-official FARS news agency quoted Abdollahian as saying.“The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic countries and the region’s public opinion will never leave the oppressed Palestinian people alone,” he said.Hamas had raised Iran’s ire in 2013 over its unwillingness to side with Syrian President Bashar Assad, a staunch ally of Iran, against the rebels.The official Iranian Tasnim news agency quoted a senior Hamas official to the effect that the group was coordinating Mashaal’s visit with the Iranian government.The relationship between Hamas and Iran was “positive,” the official said, reportedly stressing that his organization wished to improve its ties with the Islamic Republic.Since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Iran has supplied it with much of its weaponry, primarily through a vast network of tunnels that run under the territory’s border with Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.Mashaal was in Turkey on Saturday, where he hailed the country’s leaders and said he hoped to “liberate Palestine and Jerusalem” with them.During a speech to officials and supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, Mashaal congratulated the people of Turkey “for having [Prime Minister Ahmet] Davutoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan” as heads of state, adding that “a strong Turkey means a strong Palestine … Inshallah, God is with us and with you on the road to victory.”“Inshallah we will liberate Palestine and Jerusalem again in the future,” Mashaal said.Turkey and Hamas have seen a rapid rapprochement as Israel’s ties with Ankara continued to deteriorate. The AK Party has had close ties with Hamas since its rise in 2001, led by Davutoglu and Erdogan. The two have been known for their frequent outbursts against Israel over the years.