Brian is a well known Bible teacher with a particular emphasis on Biblical end time events. Believing that these events are already underway, he believes that the Rapture of the Church to glory is imminent. Brian and Gilly (pic here with Bethan)travel throughout the UK and he also teaches in Europe and the USA. Although they are regularly in fellowships and churches who know them well, they are most happy to visit new venues to bring the message of the Gospel and the nearness of Christs return.
Thursday, 5 May 2016
THE PALESTINIANS SUSPEND SECURITY TALK WITH ISRAEL YET AGAIN!!
Palestinians suspend security talks with Israel, to reconsider ties
Senior Fatah official Saeb Erekat says Palestinian Authority will now decide on future nature of relations with Israel
PA President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat sign an application to join UN agencies, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that bilateral security meetings between Israel and the Palestinians have been suspended and that the nature of future ties with Israel will be reconsidered.
The PLO Executive Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss “the nature of future relations with Israel,” said Erekat, according to a report in the Palestinian News Agency Ma'an.
The PA has threatened for months to end security cooperation with Israel over continued Israeli security forces’ activity in the West Bank.
Earlier in the day Erekat, a former chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel, told a Palestinian government radio station that the suspended bilateral meetings between Palestinian and Israeli security officials came “after Palestinians received a clear message that Israel won’t adhere to already signed agreements, but rather continue to raid Palestinian territories.”
Erekat also said the Fatah movement’s central committee had met the day before and will submit “important” recommendations to the executive committee which “would be made public if they approved.”
His comments came as Channel 10 reported that the IDF has significantly reduced its activities in Palestinian cities in Area A and that security ties with the Palestinian security establishment were still close.
The report indicated that, whereas in the past, the IDF would carry out 90 percent of the arrests of terror suspects in Palestinian cities, that figure has now dropped to 60%, with the Palestinian security services taking on the remainder of detentions. According to the report, IDF incursions in the West Bank have recently dropped to dozens per month, from hundreds just a short time ago.
Israel and the PA have in recent months been negotiating over a change in the status quo for Area A — regions of the West Bank that are under full control of the Palestinian Authority yet where the IDF continues to operate when judged necessary. The IDF began to operate there during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002 — a massive Israeli military campaign to quash terrorism during the Second Intifada — and has continued to do so since
The majority of Palestinians live in Area A, mostly within city centers, which is under complete PA administration as set out the 1993 Oslo Accords.
While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the idea that the IDF would completely cease operations in Area A — an idea that was also opposed by the Shin Bet — it remains possible the Israeli army would continue to limit its operations in mostly Palestinian areas. Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home party was staunchly opposed to any limitation on IDF operations in the West Bank, causing a sharp divide with Netanyahu who recently threatened to fire him in a dispute over the issue. The prime minister made clear, nonetheless, that the security forces would continue to operate wherever necessary in the West Bank to prevent terrorism.
Security ties with the Palestinians have been hailed by several in the Israeli security establishment, as Israel has struggled to stop a terror wave that began seven months ago and has so far claimed the lives of 29 Israelis and four foreign nationals. Nearly 200 Palestinians were also killed in this period, two-thirds of them while carrying out attacks and the rest during clashes with troops, according to Israeli officials.
The latest incident came Tuesday evening, when Ahmed Riad Shehadeh, 36, rammed his vehicle into three IDF soldiers on a road near the Dolev settlement in the West Bank. One of the soldiers was serious injured, another moderately, and the third lightly.
Shehadeh was shot dead by security forces.
Times of Israel staff, AFP and AP contributed to this report.