ISRAEL - Arab Journalists Tour Israel

Arno Froese

The Foreign Ministry hosted a delegation of Arab journalists—including from countries with which Israel has no diplomatic relations—in an attempt to chip away at Israel-hatred in the Middle East.

“My goal is to bring people here to get to know the real Israel, to see it first hand, and not through television or social media, and see how Israel is unjustly slandered,” said Hassan Kaabia, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman for the Arabic media who organized and accompanied the group.

The delegation, which toured the country for five days, included senior journalists from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Egypt, as well as two musicians from Iraq.

Unlike the six person delegation that came in July, where one member—Saudi blogger Mahmoud Saud—was willing to be identified and go public, none of the members of the current delegation would identify themselves. Saud was cursed, jeered and spat upon by Palestinians when he visited the Muslim shrines on the Temple Mount during his visit here. He frequently posts pro-Netanyahu items on social media.

The delegation met for two hours with Foreign Minister Israel Katz, as well as other Foreign Ministry officials and Knesset members from across the political spectrum. They also toured Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other parts of the country.

As to why they were not willing to go public, Kaabia said that their reply was that the Arab street is not yet ready for open ties with Israel, “So let’s do it slowly.”, 26 November 2019

Arno's commentary

These Arab journalists may not necessarily be interested in peace; more so in Israel’s technological know-how. It is no secret that Israel has reached a superior position when compared to most Arab countries in the Middle East. Some actually speak of Israel’s Silicon Valley—a new hub of intellectual property being created for the Middle East—and the world.

Hassan Kaabia, the spokesman for the Arabic media, simply stated: “I deal with people, not governments.” Is this a somewhat hidden peace process? We think so, because Israel can no longer be ignored by the Arab world, nor by Europe, America, and Asia. Here we are reminded of the last words of the prophet Amos: “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God” (Amos 9:15).

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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