TURKEY - Tests Russian S-400 Radar

Arno Froese

Turkey showed that it thinks nothing of US concerns about its acquisition of the S-400 by testing the radar against F-16s.

Knowing that it risks more updates to its F-16s and any F-35 deals that were in the works, Turkey nevertheless sought to test the S-400 radar and do so publicly. The idea is to show that Washington has no influence over Ankara, and that Turkey will do what it wants and Washington will either get on board or accept it.

Turkey has so little interest in the apparent crisis and importance of the S-400 it was testing that the president went to Qatar, a real ally of Turkey, to press Ankara’s influence. Turkey and Qatar have been allies for many years, both supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and both linked to Hamas and other causes such as Libya’s Tripoli government, and working with Iran.

In a speech to his AKP Party, Erdogan stressed how Turkey has made major inroads in its own defense industry over the last six years. Turkey is building an army of UAVs, tanks, helicopters and everything else it needs to fight “terrorists.” Turkey has launched three military offensives into Syria and plans to take over more of Syria, according to maps Ankara showed the UN in September.

Turkey’s role in Syria and drive for more locally made defense technology will continue to frame its relationship with Russia and Iran as it moves away from the US in its policies.

-www.jpost.com, 26 November 2019

Arno's commentary

Turkey is a country to be reckoned with. The CIA Factbook lists Turkey’s real growth GDP at 7.4% for 2017. The population stands at 81.2 million people, of which 99.8% are Muslim. Life expectancy is listed at 75.3 years.

Although a NATO member, Turkey acts independently and values its neighbors Russia, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

This development is not surprising, for Turkey’s attempt to be more closely united with the EU has not progressed much. The country signed the Customs Union agreement with the EU in 1995, and was officially recognized as a candidate for full membership on 12 December 1999. But not much has happened; many European nations are not in favor of accepting a member state which does not belong to Europe and is almost 100% Muslim.

What is the future of this development? We may use just one word: compromise. Here again, we must call our attention to the development of planet earth. It is a mistake to isolate certain countries by name and categorize them as friend, half-friend, or enemy. The god of this world is building a global society where peace, prosperity, and security will be the reality as never before in human history. This global system, in the works for the last 2,000 years, will be so successful that even Israel will accept Satan’s masterpiece—Antichrist.

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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