TURKEY - Supplying Israel with Coronavirus Equipment

Arno Froese

Despite past tensions between the two countries, Turkey has made efforts to help Israel amid the coronavirus outbreak, flying stranded Israelis and Palestinians back to their home country, and according to Bloomberg News, supplying Israel with medical equipment.

The shipment of face masks, protective suits and sterile gloves was approved for humanitarian reasons and a similar shipment is expected to be sent to the Palestinian territories, according to a senior Turkish official in Ankara.

Three planes from Israel were expected to land at the southern Incirlik Air Base to pick up the cargo, said the official.

Israel and Turkey have traded barbs and reduced ties during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s time in office, after 10 civilians were killed during clashes with Israeli commandos on a Turkish flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip in 2010.

Turkey has reported 42,282 cases of the coronavirus, leading to 908 deaths, according to John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. 2,142 people have recovered in the country.

-www.jpost.com, 10 April 2020

Arno's commentary

This important article highlights unity despite tense relations.

It is of interest that Turkey (Asia Minor) was the first country where believers were called Christians: “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch” (Acts 11:26).

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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