PORTUGAL - Won’t Move Jerusalem Embassy Until Two States

Arno Froese

Portugal would relocate its embassy to Jerusalem only when the city is the capital of both the State of Israel and the state of Palestine, Portuguese Foreign Minister Santos Silva told The Jerusalem Post during his two-day visit.

His country has no plans to follow the United States on this issue, he said as he sat on the veranda of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, located in the western part of the city.

Portugal would contemplate such a move he said, only on “the day when I can put the two embassies in Jerusalem, the embassy of Portugal in Israel and the embassy of Portugal in Palestine.”

When asked if he considered that the location where he sat was part of Israel, he said, “I think it is a matter of fact.”

But when it came to the question of whether he considered Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, he said carefully, “You know the Portuguese Embassy is in Tel Aviv.”

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Muhammed Shtayyeh and PA Foreign Minister Riyad Malki both asked that Portugal unilaterally recognize Palestinian statehood. It’s a request that Portugal has rebuffed because it believes that such a step should only be taken by consensus with the entire European Union, and at present the bloc is divided on the issue.

The Portuguese parliament has called on its government to recognize Palestinian statehood; But to date the EU and the Portuguese government hold that Palestinian statehood recognition could only come upon completion of a final status agreement for a two-state resolution to the conflict.

-www.jpost.com, 22 December 2020

Arno's commentary

Will there ever be a Palestinian state? The various answers are diverse, with no end in sight for the near future.

We know that the prophet Zechariah proclaims that Jerusalem will be a burdensome stone for “all the people of the earth.” 

Wikipedia documents: 

From 1517 until the First World War, Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire. It was part of the Damascus eyalet (province) until, as a result of widespread administrative reform in the mid 1800s, it became an independent sanjak (district) in 1872. Since the 1860s, Jews have formed the largest religious group in the city and since around 1887, with the beginning of expansion outside the old city walls, Jews have been in the majority.

Israel took possession of Jerusalem during the 1967 war, liberating the city from Jordanian occupation. But the world at large considers the conflict not solved. 

It was 17 May 1948 when the Soviet Union recognized Israel, followed by Nicaragua, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Poland. Eight months later, the United States recognized Israel on 31 January 1949. It is of interest that Russia recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in April 2017, and again—eight months later—the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital on 6 December 2017.

One thing we do know is that Zechariah 8:3 will be fulfilled in due time: “Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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