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A Palestinian state by September?

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“For years, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has been a technocrat shaping institutions to be ready for a future Palestinian state. Now he is crisscrossing the West Bank like a prophet, telling his people the dream of sovereignty is about to be fulfilled.”

Since 2007, Mr. Fayyad has put into place a western-style security force, restoring a semblance of order to the West Bank. Goods now flow more freely between the territory and Israel, and the Israelis have loosened their own security. Last year the reliance on foreign aid decreased by almost half, tax revenue increased, and the territory’s economy grew by almost nine percent.

Fayyad and Mahmoud Abbas are both working to create a situation where an independent Palestinian State will be seen as a legitimate option by the international community, despite internal opposition by Hamas–the controller of the Gaza Strip. Critics abound, but some say the Israeli president may concede to “provisional statehood” of Palestine this fall, until a more permanent solution is found (Wall Street Journal, April 2-3).

Scripture shows that near the time of the end, Jewish sacrifices on the Temple Mount will resume (Daniel 11:31, 12:11). For this to happen without igniting a war, some type of peace between Israel and the Palestinian territory might be reached. Could that temporary peace happen this September? This situation will be very interesting to watch!