“Settlements” No More in Israel

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Jeremiah 33:7 I will restore Judah and Israel from captivity and will rebuild them as in former times.

The United States has reversed policy in Israel regarding “settlements”. The term “settlements” will no longer be used by the United States in reference to the lands of the West Bank in Israel. The Jewish state has managed the West Bank since 1967.

The decision reverses President Obama’s support of UN Resolution 2334 in December 2016. The UN declared that Israeli “settlements” were illegal and resulted in a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity.”

“After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with president Reagan, The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law,” Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu weighed in on the historic decision. This decision is in conjunction with a recent Netanyahu campaign promise. If elected, the Prime Minister declared he would annex “settlements” in the West Bank for Israeli national security.

“The United States adopted an important policy that rights a historical wrong when the Trump administration clearly rejected the false claim that Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria are inherently illegal under international law. This policy reflects an historical truth, that the Jewish people are not foreign colonialists in Judea and Samaria. In fact, we are called Jews because we are the people of Judea.”

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/West-Bank-settlements-not-illegal-US-decides-in-historic-US-policy-shift-608222

Palestinian response was opposed to the Trump Administration reversal.

“…contradicts totally with international law. (The Trump Administration) not qualified or authorized to cancel the resolutions of international law, and has no right to grant legality to any Israeli settlement,” Palestinian Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah.

The European Union disagrees with the US policy reversal.

“The EU calls on Israel to end all settlement activity, in line with its obligations as an occupying power,” EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/pompeo-israeli-settlements-inconsistent-int-law-191118192156311.html

See the link below for Secretary Pompeo’s comments.

Effectively, the Trump Administration is recognizing Judea and Samaria as part of the land recognized as Israel per the Bible.

https://paulthepoke.com/2019/09/10/prime-minister-netanyahu-to-annex-the-west-bank-with-election-win-september-2019/

Joshua 1:2-4 Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.

Amos 9:15 I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the LORD your God.

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Paul Lehr is a Speech Pathologist and home health provider. The majority of his work focuses on swallowing disorders in neurologically impaired patients. He has been a business owner for the past 20+ years. Paul earned his BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Oklahoma State University. His MA was completed in Speech Pathology at Oklahoma State University. When Paul’s son was born prematurely in 2003, there was lots of support from family and friends. Keeping up with phone calls was too much. So he provided e-mails with updates on health and well-being. In time, his son was healthy and came home. The e-mails stopped but Paul was encouraged to keep writing. Three years later, Paul was asked to assist in writing a Sunday school curriculum. The lessons were well received by the local body and on the church website. Again, he was encouraged to keep writing. Next, Paul taught a Sunday School class for junior high and high school students. He would share notes with others from the class he was teaching. In 2010, a young man at a local church encouraged Paul to start a blog. The website focuses on topical studies such as creation, God’s Appointed Holidays and Feasts, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, end times prophecy, ancient Hebrew cultural customs, the Prophet Isaiah, and various topical studies. Three years later, Paul’s 10 year old son told me, “Dad, you need to do updates on how the news is tied to the Bible.” The “Trend Update” was born. In the spring of 2016, a friend and fellow Boy Scout father encouraged Paul to start a YouTube channel. His friend thought it was a natural fit considering the content and subscribers from the website. God’s prophetic words have reached millions in over 190 countries. Isaiah 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. That same Boy Scout father would later introduce Paul to the movies of Trey Smith and the God in a Nutshell Project… Guest speak and presenter duties have focused on the topics of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in God’s Appointed Spring Feasts, Mystery Babylon, the antichrist, Ezekiel 38-39, and current events related to Bible prophecy. At this time, Paul would like to encourage each individual to learn about who God is. Because one way or another, we are all eternal. The issue is our destiny. Welcome to PaulthePoke and www.paulthepoke.com
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