SAUDI ARABIA - Fiber-Optic Network Through Israel

Arno Froese

Google is laying the groundwork for a fiber-optic network that for the first time will connect through historical enemies Saudi Arabia and Israel while opening a new corridor for global internet traffic, according to people familiar with the plans.

Those familiar with Google’s Blue Raman project cautioned that it might not materialize. Because it crosses multiple borders, the project will require agreements with several regulators, and one setback could force Google to redesign the route. For example, Google’s consortium still lacks the go-ahead it needs from Saudi government authorities to connect the Blue Raman project, some of these people said.

The route is likely to be made up of a submarine cable between India and Saudi Arabia with links to neighboring countries like Oman. It would cross overland through Jordan and Israel, likely via current fiber-optic infrastructure, people with knowledge of the project said. From there, Google is helping lay another undersea cable that will travel across the Mediterranean to Europe, they added.

The backdrop to the Blue Raman project is a series of U.S.-brokered deals that have created new diplomatic and commercial relationships between Gulf Arab states and Israel. The U.A.E., Bahrain and Sudan have all formalized government ties with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, orchestrated by the Trump administration.

Israel’s communications minister Yoaz Hendel has welcomed the opportunity to strengthen ties between Israel and countries in the region. “In any place where you can lay down cables overland or undersea, you also create mutual interests, saying Israel “knows how to defend its infrastructure and data.”

The cables could still fall foul of regional politics. Israel and Iran built an oil pipeline on Israeli soil in the 1960s to ship Iranian oil to Europe rather than use Egypt’s Suez Canal. But after the rise of the Islamic Republic in Iran in 1979, the pipeline lay dormant as Israel and Tehran became enemies. Recent politics could signal a new beginning for the pipeline: Its Israeli operator said it signed a preliminary deal with a U.A.E. company to transport oil along the route.

-www.wsj.com, 24 November 2020

Arno's commentary

The interconnectivity requires crossing several nations’ territory through land and water. Communication is extremely important to solidify globalism throughout the world. Here Israel plays a major part again. The country is located at the center of the three major continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. Thus, in spite of difficulties, unexpected hurdles, and the war-like behavior of some nations, the world will be connected more and more.

The center of the world is Israel, the center of Israel is Jerusalem, the center of Jerusalem is the temple, and the center of the temple is the Holy of Holies. That fact is vehemently opposed by the entire world, but Ezekiel 5:5 declares: “Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.”

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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