GULF STATES - Turning to Israel for Help on Coronavirus

Arno Froese

With fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections looming, some Arab gulf nations have turned for help to an ostensible enemy and a country they don’t officially recognize: Israel.

Call it COVID-19 diplomacy, according to Yoel Har-Even, head of the international division at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Center, one of Israel’s top medical institutions. The hospital has received inquiries about services and treatments from private individuals and businessmen from countries where “you have to have official permission to reach out” to Israel.

“COVID-19 has served us well,” he said in an interview. “I wouldn’t say that attitudes have changed in the past 70 days, but we’ve definitely received more and more approaches from different places.”

The pandemic has opened up potential new avenues of cooperation, though some of the attempts have been halting.

A direct flight from the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi, landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, carrying medical equipment bound for Palestinians in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.

“For the first time, an @etihad cargo plane just landed at Israel’s Ben-Gurion airport!” Danny Danon, Israel’s United Nations representative, tweeted. “Hopefully soon, we will see passenger flights, too. Having visited, I know the UAE is a fascinating place, and look to continue improving relations between our countries.”, 28 May 2020

Arno's Commentary

The statement, “COVID-19 has served us well,” is dramatic. While the coronavirus has affected the entire world, set back economies, and plunged many nations deeply into debt, for Israel, “COVID-19 has served us well.”

But there is more to come. COVID-19, as we wrote in our article “Coronavirus Prophetically,” is a work in the invisible world. It will bring nations together regardless of religion, culture, political adherence, or anything else. Globalism is an absolute must; otherwise, Scripture that clearly states the whole world will be united, cannot be fulfilled. Although on the surface, there is great controversy—particularly between the USA and China—in the end, it will serve its purpose. We (Christians), however, are not ignorant of his (Satan’s) devices. Total globalism will be accomplished, but it’s only an imitation of the real globalism: the true Church of Jesus Christ.

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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