Obama has selected former Democratic senator George Mitchell to be his special "Middle East Envoy."
A clear assessment of Mitchell's views and mindset concerning the Middle East conflict are easily understood in light of his recent statements, as well as the "recomendations" proposed by the "Mitchell Report".
In a 2003 speech to a class of MIT graduates, Mitchell stated that he believed the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and the Arabs could be solved. He elaborated thus:
"There is no such thing as a conflict that can't be ended."
In and of itself that statement is absolutely true. But only with a further qualification. Often times conflicts are only resolved as a direct result of Divine intervention.
Mitchell further stated:
"Conflicts are created and sustained by human beings; they can be ended by human beings."
Not all conflicts are created by human beings; and not all conflicts are ended by human beings.
There are two types of conflict. Conflict between humans and God. And conflict among humans. In this regard there is much activity that occurs behind the scenes which many humans are unaware of. The Rabbi from Tarsus elaborates:
" For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but with principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
There are evil organized unseen supernatural forces involved in our human world.
The writer of Job bears this out as well.
The statements made above by George Mitchell do not acknowledge this.
The original source of all conflict between humans and God, and conflict among humans is the devil. Lucifer, Satan. The name Satan means "adversary", one who opposes or fights against another.
Isaiah elaborates on how that conflict began. And also the prophet Ezekial. The conflict between humans and God, and conflict among humans was started as a direct result of the instigation of the devil.
In our physical world there is an unseen supernatural world that affects us. When it comes to the Middle East, this is where the root of the conflict is.
For most, it is impossible to hear the name Israel spoken or written without two other words automatically coming to mind. Those two words are "God" and the "Bible."
Depending on what a persons views, attitudes, and beliefs are with respect to "God" and the "Bible", determines to a large extent the filter through which attitudes and opinions are formed in regards to Israel.
In this regard, the conflict among humans, [ influenced by the devil], is observed by those who believe God's word in the Bible, and those who don't.
In Genesis the conflict between humans and God came about as a result of the devil attacking and undermining belief in that what God's word says is true. The devil continues in that deception today.
The Scriptural account of God's promise to bring about a return of the Jews and re-establish them as a nation again in their own land is well known.
"I will bring you back from the nations where I have scattered you, back to your own land. No longer will there be two kingdoms in your land. And no longer will your land be divided between two nations, and there shall be one king over you."-Ezekial 37:21,22.
The reference to "king" is a reference to the Jewish Messiah. On that both Jews and Christians are in absolute agreement. We also agree that the Messiah is also the "Redeemer" who comes to Zion as written in Isaiah 59:20. That is what the commentary on that verse in the Jewish Study Bible bears out.
"And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob..."-Isaiah 59:20.
The prophet Zechariah identifies the "king" as the Lord himself:
"And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day there shall be one Lord, and his name one."-Zechariah 14:9.
The Psalmist writes:
"The Lord is king for ever and ever..." 10:16
"Yet I have set my king upon upon my holy hill of Zion." 2:6
"I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my son; this day have I begotten thee." 2:7
In regards to conflict among humans, that will continue as long as there remains conflict between many humans and God.
Recently Fox News aired a program entitled "Escape From Hamas."
"Escape From Hamas" depicted how a former member of Hamas, over time, availed himself of the conflict resolution that God himself has provided. For that young man, both conflict with God, and conflict with Israel have been resolved.