TURKEY - ‘We Can Enter Tel Aviv in 48 Hours’

Arno Froese

One commentator, according to T24 Turkish media, said that Turkey could “enter Tel Aviv in 48 hours.” He claimed, “we are not like the Arabs,” an apparent reference to the inability of Arab armies to defeat Israel in 1948 and 1967. 

The commentary on Turkish television was not abnormal. Hatred of Israel and vows to destroy Israel, invade Jerusalem, “liberate Al-Aqsa” and spread extreme nationalist, anti-Zionist or antisemitic comments have become increasingly normal in Turkey. Most journalists who are critical of the ruling party in Turkey have been silenced, forced to flee the country or imprisoned. Turkey is considered the largest jailor of journalists in the world under the AK Party.  

Turkey’s ruling party tends to imprison all critics as terrorists, including peace and environmental activists and journalists. “Terrorism” is used as an accusation for disagreeing with Ankara’s authoritarian trend. There is almost no space for any critique in Turkey, a country that was once more democratic and is still a member of NATO, despite Ankara’s drift away from NATO’s democratic and human rights values.  

Turkey’s ruling party has embraced a worldview similar to Iran’s regime in how it views Israel as a central enemy and wants to “liberate” Jerusalem.

-www.jpost.com, 16 December 2020

Arno's Commentary

By population (77 million), Turkey comes in 17th place in the world. It’s noticeable that infant mortality stands at 25.78 per 1,000 live births. Life expectancy is 71.9, and per capita GDP is $12,900. In comparison, Israel’s population is 7.5 million, infant mortality rate stands at 4.22 per 1,000 live births, life expectancy is 80.7 years, and per capita GDP is $28,300 (2008).

Turkey should learn from Israel: health, welfare, and economy. Yet being saturated with hate makes one blind and prone to hallucinate things like “liberate Jerusalem.” That already happened in 1967.

Not just Turkey, but one day the whole world will be judged, based on their intention to divide the land of Israel. “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel 3:1-2).

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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