March 21, 2017 SnyderTalk—Encountering peace: eight pieces of advice to Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Zechariah 4: 6)



Jerusalem Post—Encountering peace: eight pieces of advice to Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt:

Some of us have been at the attempts to reach Israeli-Palestinian agreements for decades. There are actually some lessons that have or should have been learned over the years that will prevent us from making the same mistakes again. Have no doubt that we will make new mistakes, but we can still make real progress toward reaching an agreement and break out of this deadlock of “no partner” which is deeply held on to on both sides of the conflict.

The following are some insights I am happy to share with you:

  1. The goal is to reach an agreed “end game” and a long-term implementation plan. One of the failures of the past is that in the absence of the end game, the field is open for the extremists to set the course. Implementation will have to take a long time and performance and defined benchmarks will have to be measured and monitored, but knowing the destination is a prerequisite for success. Interim agreements stemming from an end-game strategy are possible. Interim agreements without the end game is simply a repeat of the failed Oslo strategy.
  2. The territorial partition must be guided by the principle which enabled the peace process from the beginning – the Green Line is the basis – meaning 22% of the land for Palestine, 78% for Israel. The Green Line is not a holy line – both sides of the line are Eretz Yisrael and both sides of the line are Palestine. Territorial swaps are necessary to cope with the changes on the ground which have taken place over the past 50 years. The Palestinian state must be willing to accept a Jewish minority that accepts Palestinian sovereignty and Palestinian law, even if almost no Jew decides to live there. Likewise the principle that future relations will have to be based on cooperation across the borders and not on high walls and stronger fences.
  3. Security is an essential fundamental element of the agreement, but security will not be achieved by continuing Israeli control over the Palestinian territories.


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SnyderTalk Comment:

Watching power players in the Middle East debate “peace” between Israel and Palestinians amuses me.  None of the ones that we hear from on television or read about in the Jerusalem Post and other news outlets mentions Yahweh and His promises to and about Abraham’s descendants through Isaac and Jacob/Israel.


To most of them, it would be ludicrous to mention Yahweh.  To them, He must be an abstract idea or a fictitious character.

Every year, I see a Jewish man at Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem who is “taking donations” for “united Israel”.  In return for a few shekels, he will give you a lapel pin that looks very nice.  I have one.

As I said, I see him every year, and since I spend weeks at a time in Jerusalem, I see him several times over the course of each visit.  Rarely does he recognize me.  I’ve started joking with him when I see him.  I say things like “this must be your office.”

A couple of years ago, his come-on was interviewing tourists.  When he saw me, I must have fit the bill because he walked right up to me and asked me if I would agree to be interviewed on the subject of uniting Israel and especially Jerusalem.  I told him that I would.

I told him that Yahweh’s promises to and about Israel, both the people and the land, are resolute and rigid.  There is no room for compromise.

He said, “You’re presenting the religious argument.”

I said, “No, I’m presenting the only argument that matters.”

That’s the truth.  What Yahweh said will happen will happen exactly the way He said it will happen.

That’s not the way the world works.  It leaves no room for human intervention, negotiation, deal-making, and game-playing.  Active people and especially active people with political power will be forced to sit back and watch while Yahweh does His thing.  That’s not something powerbrokers like to do.

I don’t profess to know everything.  Truth is, I don’t know very much, but I do know this: Yahweh’s promises are absolutely essential.  We can’t take them lightly and we certainly can’t ignore them.

Events will unfold like they did during the Exodus from Egypt.  Yahweh told Moses to lead the Children of Israel out and watch Him perform His mighty works.  That’s exactly what people of faith will do.  Others will try to redirect the flow of events to their own hurt and shame.

For the record: Yahweh is not a politician and neither am I.



“If My people who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7: 14)

Change that Yahweh calls “good” begins in the hearts of believers—people who are recognizable because they are different.

We are different because we belong to Him and are called by His Name.  We are Yahweh’s people, His followers.


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“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)

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