SAUDI ARABIA - Rabbi Visits King’s Residence

Arno Froese

For the first time ever, the King of Saudi Arabia met with and hosted a rabbi in his formal residence during an annual meeting of the KAICIID inter-religious dialogue organization.

Rabbi David Rosen of Jerusalem, a leading figure in interfaith cooperation, is one of the eight members of the KAICIID board of governors representing the Jewish faith, and was one of those hosted by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud at his royal palace in Riyadh.

Rosen is also an Israeli citizen, making his meeting with the king even more remarkable.

King Salman said that the country was now going about the process of restoring its culture to that of its original, enlightened Islamic orientation, a part of which was an openness to other religions, Rosen said.

“He invoked the historical and authentic character of Islam as the openness of Islam that was shut down in recent times by political factors,” said the rabbi.

“My visit does not create a new reality, but reflects a new reality, and it is testimony to a new openness in Saudi Arabia,” Rosen told The Jerusalem Post., 25 February 2020

Arno's commentary

To have a Jew from Israel as an official guest in the Saudi Arabian king’s residence was unthinkable just a few years ago. Today, it’s a reality. The bonding element here is religion. While the king insists on the superiority of the Islamic faith, he does, with this invitation, accept the existence of other religions. Doubtless, this is not only a political but also an economic necessity, since Saudi Arabia is trying desperately to create an alternative to its oil-based economy. 

A Reuters news article revealed Israel’s covert contacts with Saudi Arabia in 2016. To which, when asked, Prime Minister Netanyahu replied: 

“It’s the other side that is interested in keeping the ties quiet. With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side’s wish, when ties are developing, whether it’s with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries, and there is much more ... (but) we keep it secret.”

It seems that Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations need Israel more than Israel needs them. But all this works toward global unity: one world, one government, one religion—in the end, worshiping the image of the beast.

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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