SAUDI ARABIA - ‘Jews Have No Roots in Palestine’

Arno Froese

The late Saudi Arabian journalist, editor and kingdom-insider Jamal Khashoggi, writing on Twitter from 2011 until 2018, said Jews had no roots in historical Palestine, that one must know how to speak to Jews when meeting them, and that Jews were conspiring to divide al-Aqsa Mosque. The tweets show a pattern of anti-Jewish views that even hinted at references to the antisemitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and complained that the West had laws preventing Holocaust denial.

Khashoggi was a well-known Saudi Arabian media titan who had close relationships to the kingdom’s diplomats and public-relations apparatus, until he fell out with the leadership, left the country and began writing abroad in 2017. A columnist for The Washington Post with close links to Qatar and Turkey, he was murdered in October 2018 in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, allegedly at the direction of the highest levels of the Saudi government., 14 April 2019

Arno's commentary

Saudi Arabia is one of the most respected Arab nations in Europe and the USA. Yet it is the country that can be considered one of the most repressive against minorities and, in particular, Christians and Jews. So, the question: why is Saudi Arabia so well-respected? The answer is rather simple: oil. This super-rich Arab nation with 33 million inhabitants, has an impressive GDP per capita of $55,000 per year. For 2017, exports were listed at $221.1 billion, with imports $119.3 billion. About religion, the CIA Factbook states: “Non-Muslims are not allowed to have Saudi citizenship, and non-Muslim places of worship are not permitted.”

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 caused sensational write-ups in the global media, but it seems to have quickly disappeared.

However, no one will escape the judgment of God, as Jeremiah proclaims: “And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert, And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes, And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them” (Jeremiah 25:24-26). We note the words “all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth.” That is global judgment, and will one day be implemented by the God of heaven, the Creator of all things.

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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