Assembly of the Many — What Herb Thinks

Yes he was. The EU’s Javier Solana was in Cairo attending the inaugural meeting of the Euromed Assembly. As I reported earlier, Margot Wallstrom, deputy president of the Commission, was there giving a speech. Also there was Luxembourg Minister Nicolas Schmit, representing the Union’s rotating presidency and Josep Borrell, president of the European Parliament. Read about it here.

Friends, these are all EU big hitters. And, there was even a pinch hitter present. Amr Moussa, Secretary general of the Arab League, showed up in Cairo and gave a speech, too.

What’s the Euromed Assembly? They are the EU and Mediterranean nations who signed onto Solana’s Euro-Mediterranean Partnership for Peace he negotiated back in 1995. And, I’m beginning to suspect they may be something more. I suspect this group of nations may actually be “the many” that are mentioned in prophecy. In the Old Testament book of Daniel we read:

“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate” (Daniel 9:27 New American Standard Bible).

What is this assembly of the many up to? For one thing, they want to act as mediator in the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. Read about it here. No kidding. Why doesn’t that surprise us?

Remember that speech by Margot Wallstrom? Well, it turns out some of these Mediterranean nations were worried about the EU’s new European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). They were afraid its purpose was to replace their Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. So, in her speech, Wallstrom assured them that wasn’t the case. She said the ENP was to strengthen it. She said:

“The European Neighborhood Policy does not replace the process launched ten years ago in Barcelona. It renews it, clarifies it and breathes fresh life into it.” Read about it here I Cached.
(Interestingly, on the 17th this last sentence suddenly was changed to read, “It adds to and makes things happen.” Then, after I commented about this, the whole speech was removed.)

Now, let’s try putting this all together. The Euromed nations want to be the mediator in the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. Solana and other EU big hitters were there. The head of the Arab League was there. Solana’s ENP strengthens, or confirms, his Euromed Barcelona Process. How? With action plans and programs that the Council — Solana — will monitor for compliance.

Israel was the first nation to sign its action plan. Suddenly, it looks like peace is possible in the Middle East.

Question: Could we also assume Solana’s monitoring will include confirming both Israel’s and the Palestinian Authority’s compliance to whatever peace agreement is reached? Could he actually confirm a covenant with the many, beginning on Jan. 1, 2007, for a seven-year period?

Nah! It’s too good a fit.

— Herb Peters
3/17/05