ISRAEL - Partners with Arab Nations on Red Sea Coral

Arno Froese

Under the mediation of a neutral third-party, Israel will partner with neighboring Red Sea countries—including Saudi Arabia and Sudan—to establish a research center for the study, monitoring and protection of coral reef ecosystems.

The Red Sea Transnational Research Center in the Swiss city of Bern—initiated by Prof. Maoz Fine of Bar-Ilan University’s Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences—will include partners from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen and Djibouti. Facilitating partnerships between stakeholders without diplomatic relations, the center will be led by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

“The relatively narrow sea is surrounded by countries and people who are directly dependent on the well-being of the coral reefs,” said Fine. “At the same time, the proximity of urban areas and tourism to the reef may inflict damage to it if we aren’t wise enough to coordinate our actions when using this asset. Our lab at Bar-Ilan University and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat is focused on understanding resilience, and how local disturbances adversely affect this unique resilience to global change.”

The center will bring together scientists from each country from a wide range of disciplines, including oceanography, biology, genetics, ecology, geology, nature conservancy, and civil and environmental engineering.

New monitoring stations will be established under the initiative, in addition to making use of existing research infrastructures, including the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat and Jordan’s Marine Science Station in the Gulf of Aqaba., 7 June 2019

Arno's commentary

Self-interest is the major force to connect Israel with enemy countries such as Saudi Arabia and Sudan. The World Atlas website lists six countries that border the Red Sea: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti. Not surprisingly, The World Atlas leaves Israel out. Israel’s coastline on the Red Sea is only 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) long, but as is evident from this report, Israel plays a major role due to its scientific knowledge and being a major tourist destination. About a quarter million scuba divers are making use of Israel’s Red Sea (Gulf of Aqaba) coastline.

One repeated Biblical question is: does Eilat qualify as Promised Land? Our answer is no. One reason is Deuteronomy 32:52: “Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.” If we follow the geographical references of the footsteps of Moses, then we must come to the conclusion that much of the Negev Desert is not Promised Land. That subject has been debated among Bible scholars and archaeologists for centuries, with diverse interpretations.

What we do know is Genesis 15:18: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” The River of Euphrates is identifiable today, and the River of Egypt is approximately 30 miles west of the Gaza Strip. Others insist the River of Egypt is the Nile. We also know that the borders of the Promised Land were changed when Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh asked and received their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan River. Do we know the real borders of the Promised Land? The answer is no, except the northernmost border: the Euphrates River.

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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