LITHUANIA - Vilnius Sees Israel as a Strategic Partner

Arno Froese

Lithuania sees Israel as a “strategic partner not only in the Middle East, but in the entire world,” Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said before meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

While Netanyahu often tells European leaders that Israel is at the frontline of the defense of Europe against Islamic radicalism, this time it was a European leader—Skvernelis—who broached the subject. He said that he is “very glad that Israel is at the frontline defending Europe” from threats such as terrorism and cyberattacks.

Netanyahu met Skvernelis last August in Vilnius—the first Israeli prime minister ever to visit any of the Baltic states—at a summit with the leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Attending that summit was part of Netanyahu’s policy of creating sub-alliances inside the EU with groupings of countries to offset what he believes to be an anti-Israeli bias in Brussels.

Prior to meeting Netanyahu, Skvernelis met President Reuven Rivlin, toured Jerusalem’s Old City and visited Yad Vashem.

Rivlin, during his meeting with the Lithuanian leader, thanked him for his “brave leadership in recognizing Lithuania’s role in the Holocaust and for protecting Jewish sites in his country,” according to the president’s office.

Rivlin also said that Israel appreciated Lithuania’s support in international forums and its opposition to decisions that unfairly discriminate against the Jewish state., 29 January 2019

Arno's commentary

Prime Minister Skvernelis’ statement, “Israel is at the frontline defending Europe,” is a strong statement that seems vastly exaggerated, but viewed from the new, emerging information technology race, the statement seems rather correct. European nations have exhibited some reluctance when it comes to defense. It seems they apparently know the new defense will be based on intellectualism, technology, and communication.

That, incidentally, is something we need to watch carefully, for it is part of the preparation for world dominion and leadership. According to Scripture, that will be placed in the hands of one man—Antichrist.

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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