As Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to struggle to try to form a new governing coalition after Israel’s elections last month left the Knesset sharply divided, Mr. Obama has announced his first visit to the Jewish state as U.S. President. The March visit is expected to continue a second term push for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. The President is expected to also meet with Palestinian leaders, and continue his call for Jerusalem to be divided with the Palestinian portion to serve as the capital of the new state he wants to see established for them.
Mr. Netanyahu has until March 15 to form a new government, but so far little progress has been made toward establishing a governing majority. Different groups have stated conflicting demands, and it is going to be very difficult for the current prime minister or any other political figure to build a lasting government given the election results.
This uncertainty comes at a time when Israel is facing serious security challenges on every front. The most immediate concern continues to be in Syria where the ongoing civil war has already seen Israeli intervention on a limited basis. These actions are thought to be tied to the fate of Syria’s chemical and biological weapons stockpiles, which Israel fears could fall into the hands of Hezbollah or other terrorist groups who might feel free to use them against the Jewish People.
In all of this we need to be praying diligently for the future of Israel and the security of the Jewish People. The events that we see unfolding in the news day after day are reminders that the problems of the Middle East are beyond the scope of human solution. And while ultimately there will never be lasting and complete peace until Yeshua rules as the Prince of Peace, we need to be seeking the help of Heaven for the current crisis.