IRAQ - Contact with Israel Punishable by Death

Arno Froese

Iraqi lawmakers passed a bill criminalizing normalization of ties and any relations, including business ties, with Israel. The legislation says that violation of the law is punishable with the death sentence or life imprisonment.

It was unclear how the law will be implemented as Iraq has not recognized Israel since the country’s formation in 1948; the two nations have no diplomatic relations.

Earlier this year, Iran fired a dozen ballistic missiles towards the northern city of Erbil in the Kurdish-run north, saying it was targeting an Israeli intelligence base.

A report by the Iraqi parliament’s fact-finding committee said it found no evidence to support Iranian accusations of an Israeli spy base in Erbil., 26 May 2022

Arno's Commentary

It is of interest that, according to the CIA Factbook, the United States is listed as an export partner at 8%. The US invaded Iraq in 2003, and according to the Watson Brown Educational Institute, from 1,084,382 to 2,007,156 Iraqi civilians were killed. Yet Iraq apparently singles out Israel to be their preferred enemy in the world. 

The Iraqi population stands at a little above 40 million, with almost 98% Muslim, divided into 60% Shiite and 30% Sunni.

What happened to the Christians? The CIA Factbook reads: “The overall Christian population has decreased at least 50% and perhaps as high as 90% since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003, according to US Embassy estimates, with many fleeing to Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon.”

Another article states: “Iraq has the most Biblical history of any other country [besides Israel] in the world.” Then it lists Abraham, who originated from Ur (Uruk in southern Iraq), modern-day Nasiriyah, and Rebecca from northwestern Iraq in Assyria.

Today’s Iraq has lost its attraction with extreme poverty and various terrorist conflicts with groups unfriendly to the present Iraqi government. The per-capita GDP stands at $9,300 per year, and life expectancy is 73.2 years. In comparison to Israel, Iraq could only benefit from good relations with the Jewish state.

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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