PARAGUAY - Moving Embassy Back to Tel Aviv

Arno Froese

Paraguay will move its embassy back to Tel Aviv, Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni said less than four months after it followed the United States lead and moved its embassy to Jerusalem.

Explaining the decision to move the embassy back to Tel Aviv, Castiglioni said that Paraguay “wants to contribute to an intensification of regional diplomatic efforts to achieve a broad, fair and lasting peace in the Middle East.”

Paraguay followed the US and Guatemala and moved its embassy in May, with then-president Horacio Cartes making the decision in the final months of his five-year tenure which ended in August.

He was not eligible for reelection in April, which was won by co-party member Mario Abdo, who said that he was not consulted regarding the embassy move. Abdo is the grandson of a Lebanese immigrant.

[The] developments were a stunning reversal in the direction that ties between the two countries were headed.

PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maleki congratulated Paraguay’s decision, calling it “a new Palestinian diplomatic achievement” and saying he had met Abdo two weeks before.

The PA then announced that it intends to immediately open its own embassy in Paraguay in Asuncion.

Ironically, Paraguay’s decision came two days after Colombia’s new President Ivan Duque said that he would not reverse a decision made in the final days of his predecessor Juan Manuel Santos to recognize “Palestine.”

In a radio interview, Duque said he would have liked to have had more debate on the issue, but that he is respectful of decisions made by leaders before their terms expire., 5 September 2018

Arno's commentary

The symbolic opening of the US Embassy in West Jerusalem caused a shockwave throughout the world. Now Paraguay is moving its embassy back to Tel Aviv, and Israeli politicians are perplexed. Each side insists that their action contributes to an eventual lasting peace in the Middle East. Obviously, there is no resolution about Jerusalem. While West Jerusalem is Jewish, the eastern part, especially the Old City, has deep Islamic roots.

We believe that only a miracle man, probably Antichrist or the False Prophet, will be able to exact a lasting agreement between the two parties. However, “lasting” from a Biblical perspective is only temporary. In our Bible we read the name Jerusalem over 800 times, and overwhelmingly in relation to Israel. Yet when looking objectively at Jerusalem today, one sees the golden Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the walls around the Old City—all Islamic built.

It is of interest to read the prophet Zechariah: “So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy” (1:14). In the next verse, the nations of the world are concerned: “And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.” Note specifically the last four words: “…helped forward the affliction.” Then verse 16 speaks of the future of Jerusalem: “Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the Lord of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.”

One must keep in mind that Jerusalem is connected to Eretz Israel; that is, the Promised Land. When it comes to the borders, not one nation on planet earth would agree with the borders defined by God. “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” (Genesis 15:18).

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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