On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the United Nations took another unprecedented step toward the full recognition of Palestine as an independent nation state by allowing Palestinian President Mahmoud Assad to chair the Group of 77 plus China committee. The Group of 77 is a coalition of 132 nation states, representing almost two-thirds of the U.N. membership and roughly 80% of the world’s population, according to UN Dispatch.
The Group of 77 is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations, which provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. (Source: http://www.g77.org/doc/index.html)
The U.N.’s action is unprecedented for two reasons. First, Palestine has never been fully recognized as an independent nation state even though the U.N. did elevate its status in 2012 from “observer entity” to “non-member observer state,” as seen in the resolution below.UN Resolution A-RES-67-19 - Status of Palestine
Palestine has never been fully recognized by the international community, in part, because it has no legally recognized state borders, and it does not have the governmental framework or leadership necessary to be a nation, as National Security Advisor John Bolton reiterates.
Second, President Abbas is not the legitimate President of Palestine. According to Article 36 of The Palestinian Basic Law, amended July 27, 2005, his initial four-year term should have ended in 2009, after which it appears he could have nominated himself again for a maximum of four more years, ending in 2013.
Article 36: The term of the presidency of the National Authority shall be four years. The President shall have the right to nominate himself for a second term of presidency, provided that he shall not occupy the position of the presidency more than two consecutive terms.
More to the point of Palestine’s legitimacy and its the legal framework, The Palestinian Basic Law is a temporary document. The Palestinian Basic Law functions as “a temporary constitution for the Palestinian Authority until the establishment of an independent state and a permanent constitution for Palestine can be achieved” (Source: https://www.palestinianbasiclaw.org/basic-law/2005-amendments).
Since The Palestinian Basic Law is not a permanent document for the formation or governance of Palestine, the PLO Central Council took it upon themselves to vote Abbas into office indefinitely on December 16, 2009, due to conflicts with Hamas leadership in Gaza.
The G77 and China committee voted September 27, 2018, to make Palestine its next chair, despite Palestine’s limited status as a non-member observer state. In response, the UN adopted Resolution A/73/L.5 (below) on October 10, 2018, granting Palestine temporary authority to act as the G77 and China committee chair.
UN Resolution A-73-L.5 - Palestinian Special Rights
The additional rights and privileges of participation of the State of Palestine for 2019 shall be given effect through the following modalities, without prejudice to its existing rights and privileges:
(a) The right to make statements on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, including among representatives of major groups;
(b) The right to submit proposals and amendments and introduce them on behalf of the Group of 77 and China;
(c) The right to co-sponsor proposals and amendments;
(d) The right to make explanations of vote on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and China;
(e) The right of reply regarding positions of the Group of 77 and China;
(f) The right to raise procedural motions, including points of order and requests to put proposals to the vote, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
In reference to Abbas’s installation ceremony, The Jerusalem Post wrote the following:
He broke the proceedings at UN headquarters in New York to condemn terrorism after hearing during the meeting that gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least seven.
The attack occurred as Abbas was in the middle of leading his meeting as chairman of the Group of 77 in New York.
“Terrorism takes place worldwide on a daily basis. It is an epidemic and I therefore call on all countries of the world to cooperate, to put an end to terrorism, to uproot it,” Abbas said.
“The state of Palestine has adopted 83 protocols with 83 countries throughout the world to put an end to this scourge and to fight against terrorism, and I call on all states to work with us to combat terrorism,” he said.
But he made no mention of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis, nor did he take responsibility for them. Israel has taken Abbas to task for his government’s continued payment of terrorists and their family members.
The G77 and China Committe posted Abbas’s official statement, which included the following:
The Members of our Group has also played a pivotal and principled role in defending the inalienable rights of peoples, including their right to self-determination and national independence, and many countries in the South continue to suffer from conflicts, wars, violence and terrorism, aggression and occupation. The State of Palestine will continue to work together with the Members of the Group to confront these challenges.
In this regard, the establishment of peace and security in the Middle East will significantly enhance the opportunities for realization of sustainable and stable development for all countries of the region. Regrettably, however, Israel’s continued colonization and occupation of the State of Palestine undermines our development and capacity for cooperation and coordination and obstructs cohesive future development for all peoples of the region. Here, I reaffirm the State of Palestine’s commitment to international law and legitimacy and to a peaceful solution that brings an end to the occupation and the realization of the independence of the State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel on the basis of the 1967 borders, and the just resolution of all final status issues, including for the plights of our refugees and prisoners in accordance with the relevant international resolutions.
Middle Eastern history since WWII, and specifically Palestinian-Israeli relations, completely contradicts Mr. Abbas’s overtures of peace and security, but we may finally be entering a chapter in history where a peace agreement is possible.
Israel in the Middle reviews the history of conflict between Israel and their Palestinian/Arab neighbors going all the way back to the days of Noah. It also offers a glimpse of what the Bible has to say about the not-to-distant future concerning the rise of the final Islamic Caliphate and a seven-year peace treaty foretold by Daniel.
“And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” (Daniel 9:27 ESV)
Given Palestine’s new stature in the world community, Turkish President Erdoğan’s Ottoman Islamic Caliphate ambitions make even more sense, especially since he is making Palestine a priority. Between Erdoğan’s efforts and those of Abbas in cooperation with the U.N., the two beasts described in Revelation 13 seem to be taking shape, as also covered in Israel in the Middle and “The Roots of Bitterness” series, specifically parts 13, 14, 15, and 16.
The first beast, the kingdom of the anti-Christ, is a resurrected Islamic Caliphate.
And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”
And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. (Revelation 13:1-8 ESV)
And, I believe the second beast is the U.N., the only worldwide governmental body with the authority and weight of enforcement able to demand subjection to the first beast.
Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666. (Revelation 13:11-18 ESV)
This is not a conspiracy theory. The overwhelming bias toward all things Islamic within the U.N. is already evident, and it’s only going to get worse. As I wrote here, G5 cellular technology and the resurrection of RFID technology will help make the rest of Revelation 13 possible, as will the adoption of Sharia Finance, which is addressed in Israel in the Middle.
Combine Erdoğan’s ambitions with Abbas’s new role and Saudi Arabia’s ambitions to build NEOM, the 26,500 square kilometer multi-national utopia at the crossroads between Asia and Northern Africa that I wrote about here and here, and you have the perfect recipe for international cooperation regarding an Islamic agenda.
We are, without a doubt, witnessing unprecedented events unfold in preparation for all the Bible has foretold about the end times.