Historic Arab-Israeli and Balkans Peace Agreements

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President Trump flanked by Serbia’s President and Kosovo’s Prime Minister

This was a historic week for peace, chiefly because of what was being done in the Middle East and in the Balkans, with the leadership of the Trump administration. The United Arab Emirates agreed to allow commercial flights between Tel Aviv, Israel, and Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE. Decades of deadlock have ended and even the Saudis have given permission to fly through their airspace.

Let’s take a look at what this week brought to the table for Israel.

Monday: Israel and the United Arab Emirates made a landmark diplomatic deal. To celebrate, an Israeli plane emblazoned with the word “peace” flew from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi, with US and Israeli leaders aboard. Previously, no planes have been allowed to fly from Israel through UAE airspace.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu suggested there would be “many more”deals to come between Muslim states and Israel. President Trump made a similar claim on Friday, promising “more Islamic and Arab nations will follow soon!”

  • Those countries include Bahrain, Oman, or even Sudan.
  • Each of these nations is opposed to Iran–yet may not recognize Israel on a map because of the lack of a peace deal with the Palestinians.
Jared Kushner on first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE 

Tuesday: Hamas and Israel agreed to de-escalate tensions. Hamas is the Palestinian group controlling Israel’s Gaza Strip. Under the deal, Hamas is to halt the launches of explosives-laden balloons and rocket fire into Israel, while Israel said it will ease a blockade that has been tightened in recent weeks. This was negotiated by the UN and Qatar.

Peace in the Balkans

Friday: Serbia and Kosovo agreed on opening economic relations. These two nations have been at odds since Kosovo broke away from Serbia with US assistance following a genocidal war in the 1990s. Kosovo is a majority-Muslim nation.

Serbia says it will also move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and Kosovo will recognize Israel as part of US-brokered talks. The Serbian president said Trump had done a “great job,” and the Kosovar leader hailed Trump’s “commitment to peace.”

Serbia still does not recognize Kosovo’s independence, but this deal is a significant step toward ending the stalemate.

Pres. Trump’s visit to France in November 2018 to honor WW1 military sacrifice

The reason you may not have heard of these historic agreements is because the press is focused on an outrageous report published in The Atlantic accusing the President of disrespecting the military.

According to four anonymous sources, President Trump actually despises the military and thinks those who died serving their country are losers. They alleged that Trump cancelled his trip to a French cemetery in 2018 because he would get his hair wet. The story was debunked by eleven of the President’s current and former aides who were with him on the trip. 

The cancellation was due to bad weather and the need to fly in a helicopter for security reasons.

The Atlantic is owned by Steve Jobs’ widow. She gave Biden’s presidential campaign $610,000. 

Why this Matters: The president reminded the press that he has worked to get more money for the military, shaped-up the Veterans’ Administration hospital system, and given veterans the option to go to outside the system to se a private doctor. 

The First Lady wrote this tweet to support her husband:

President Trump salutes Woody Williams, who showed fearless courage as a Marine in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Good Economic News

The August unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent, which is significantly better than expected, and the US added 1.37 million jobs. US manufacturing has expanded at the fastest rate in nearly two years, and the President expects the third quarter to be exceptional.

Why this Matters: Democrat pollsters are predicting that Joe Biden will win the election, but not until days or even weeks after the polls close, when mail-in ballots finish trickling in. The media is warning of catastrophes if Biden doesn’t win that almost sound like threats:

  • The New York Times – “If Trump claims a victory that is not rightly his, a few marches in the streets will not be an adequate response. There may have to be a sustained campaign of civic action” 
  • The Washington Post – “What’s the worst that could happen? The election will likely spark violence — and a constitutional crisis… Every other scenario [besides a Biden win] we looked at involved street-level violence and political crisis.”

Make Sure Your Vote Counts

The President tweeted suggestions for making sure your vote counts (Twitter quickly censored these tweets for “violating election integrity”):

Based on the massive number of Unsolicited & Solicited Ballots that will be sent to potential Voters for the upcoming 2020 Election, & in order for you to MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS & IS COUNTED:

  1. Sign and mail in your ballot as early as possible.
  2. On Election Day, or early voting, go to your polling place to see whether or not your mail-in-vote has been tabulated (counted). 
  3. If it has, you will not be able to vote, and the mail-in system worked properly. 
  4. If it has not been counted, vote (which is a citizen’s right to do). 
  5. If your mail-in ballot arrives after you vote, which it should not, that ballot will not be used or counted in that your vote has already been cast & tabulated. 
  6. YOU ARE NOW ASSURED THAT YOUR PRECIOUS VOTE HAS BEEN COUNTED, it hasn’t been “lost, thrown out, or in any way destroyed”. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!”

How to Pray: Continue praying for a fair and decisive election, that the traps laid by the wicked will be their own downfall. Pray that those who are enduring tribulation–from health issues to slander or martyrdom–will remember the Lord’s promise to never leave them or forsake them. Pray for believers to wake up to the deception that surrounds us.

Eze 22:30 – And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

James 5:16b – The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

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