A solution for peace in the Middle East

Fredy Winkler

The first foreign trip of the new American President was directed toward the Middle East, just like the first foreign trip of the previous President, Barack Obama, after his re-election; but the circumstances surrounding this trip were completely different.

President Trump traveled first to Saudi Arabia, where he met with the Heads of State of most Arab Muslim countries, requesting that they fight against the terrorism of militant Islamic extremists. Until recently, Saudi Arabia represented the most extreme form of Islam. Now, though, the Sunni kingdom sees itself threatened by radical Islam as displayed by ISIS and al-Qaeda. Saudi Arabia fears the greatest danger is in Iran and Shiite Islam, and is therefore prepared to join a coalition against terror that even includes Israel.

In this situation, brought about by radical Islamic terrorism, President Trump, with the support of Saudi Arabia and the moderate Arab nations, sees a one-time opportunity for peace in the Middle East, even for Israel and the Palestinians. During his visit to Israel, he said, “It’s a tough deal, but we’ll get there.”

In the course of his one-day visit to Israel, he visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Wailing Wall, which was something new and unique in the history of state visits to Israel. It appears as though he was setting an example. Significantly, after his visit to Israel, he visited the Pope in the Vatican.

In his speech in Saudi Arabia, he called on the three important religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism—and all others too—to work together in the search for peace in the world.

Under the present conditions, could the new US President really put together a solution for peace in the Middle East, especially between Israel and the Palestinians? The chances are good—even the Bible says that an apparent peace will come before the end-times events begin to occur. Paul writes in the New Testament, “While people are saying, ‘Peace and Safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). In the Old Testament, in the well-known 38th chapter of Ezekiel, it says three times that the violent attack on Israel will occur when it is living in safety (verses 8, 11, 14).

These Bible verses show that, before the final events preceding the return of Jesus Christ in power and glory can begin, a seemingly peaceful and secure period will occur on the earth; especially in Israel, according to Ezekiel.

No matter how improbable it might seem to us, that peace could be possible between Israel and the Palestinians, we have to believe God’s Word. Everything that is written must be fulfilled. Perhaps Donald Trump really is the man through which God will bring about this situation of peace and security. One thing is certain: God’s Word cannot be broken (Matthew 5:17-19). There is always a lot of opposition to Donald Trump, but if he continues to strive so forcefully for peace and security, as he did on his visit to the Middle East, then no good-willed person will be able to oppose him.

Israelis in general, and especially Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have high hopes for the new American President. Although the big weapons deals with Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations were worrisome, Trump promised Israel that the USA, especially his administration, would do all that’s necessary to guarantee the security and military superiority of Israel.

It’s always fascinating how God fulfills the smallest details of His prophetic Word, even when it appears to be impossible.

News From Israel - 07/2017

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