TURKEY - Muslims Must Unite Against the West

Arno Froese

In a speech to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Israel and called for Islamic unity among the “brothers and sisters” to confront the West and conspiracies against Islamic countries. Turkey’s ruler insinuated that Turkey was a victim of “terrorist attacks” because of its “principled stance” against “oppression in Jerusalem.”

Turkey’s leader claimed that the country wants to “better protect children, women, elderly and disabled against western threats.” In this part of the speech he stressed conservative, far-right and family value themes, arguing that the West was attacking the concept of the family. “The more we protect our family structure,” Turkey’s leader said, indicating that, “We will never stop defending the rights of the Palestinians and standing in solidarity with all the oppressed,” he said.

“The better we protect children, women, elderly and disabled against western threats, the more we protect our family structure,” he said, arguing that western imperialists were seeking to divide and rule the Islamic world, according to Anadolu’s version of the speech. Erdogan also claimed that Muslims are one quarter of the world but are isolated and that Muslims must unite to push their political influence and “cultural prowess” to bring Islamic civilization to its “rightful place.”

Erdogan’s speech was a way for Ankara to cement itself as a global champion of Islamic causes. Recently Turkey has spoken out about Kashmir and Muslims in China and has also sought to rally countries around Jerusalem to oppose US President Donald Trump’s policies and Israel’s policies.

-www.jpost.com, 9 December 2019

Arno's commentary

Based on Wikipedia, Turkey’s human rights report card stands close to an F. “Tens of thousands of public servants and soldiers were purged in the first week following the coup. …One day after the coup was foiled, 2,745 judges were dismissed and detained…followed by the dismissal, detention or suspension of over 100,000 officials…reaching at least 135,000 with the 7 January’s decrees, about 160,000 after 29 April 2017’s suspensions and arrests decree and 180,000 after 8 July 2018’s massive dismissal decree. This make up about 10% of Turkey’s 2 million public employees.”

Turkey’s population is almost 82 million people, of which 99.8% are Muslim. Life expectancy is 75.3 years. GDP per capita stands at $27,000. One of the more drastically negative figures is that of infant mortality: 16.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. Turkey’s exports stand at $166.2 billion, while imports are listed at $225 billion for 2017.

Israel, in contrast, has a population of 8.5 million, of which 74.7% are Jewish, 17.7% Muslim. It is the only functioning democratic government in all of the Middle East. Life expectancy in Israel stands at 82.7 years, and infant mortality is 3.4 deaths per 1,000 live births (USA 5.7 deaths per 1,000). Per capita GDP stands at $36,400.

There simply is no comparison between Turkey or other Islamic nations and Israel. What is Israel’s future? “The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid” (Zephaniah 3:13).

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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