ISRAEL - New Ties with Saudi Arabia and Gulf States

Arno Froese

According to General Yakov Amidror, former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Feisal said once Israel reaches an agreement with the Palestinians, “together we can change the Middle East.” He added, “There is nothing that can stop the combination of Israeli money and the Saudi mind.”

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States share common goals with Israel, one of which is developing new energy, water, and agricultural technology. In 2015, Israel opened its first diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates, and there are extensive business ties between Israel and Gulf countries valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.

“That convergence of concern between Israel, the Sunni Arab states and President [Donald] Trump’s administration creates the possibility for real coordination and cooperation between Israel and the Arab world.” These geopolitical circumstances, Diker says, “make Israeli outreach and Arab acceptance much more possible than it was before.”

In other words, Netanyahu hopes his new Arab friends may be able to nudge the Palestinians back to negotiations.

“Today we know for sure, meeting many people from those countries that they don’t care about the Palestinians. They don’t care about the details of the agreement that Israel will reach with the Palestinians. But they need it before they declare the open relations with Israel,” said Amidror.

Yet whether openly or under the table, Israel’s relations with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States are likely to continue to expand.

-www.pri.org, 19 April 2017

Arno's commentary

Of the world’s over 200 countries that are members of the United Nations, only 32 do not recognize the state of Israel. That achievement is quite remarkable when one considers the fact that all nations, without exception, insist that the borders of the Jewish state should be determined by foreign countries, and that Jerusalem is not the capital city of the state of Israel.

The article, however, reveals an important issue: mainly, the Arabs’ dependence on Israel’s technology: energy, water, agricultural know-how.

Presently, Israel’s high-tech industry is aiming for world leadership, with new inventions and technologies popping up like mushrooms. This means that the world will be more dependent upon Israel in the near future.

There is another issue, and that is spiritual: forgiveness of sins and eternal life depend on the Israelis, the greatest one being Jesus Christ the Lord, who stated, “Salvation is of the Jews.” While the world accepts—even seeks—Israel’s know-how on many levels, they will one day seek the truth, which is found in the person 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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