The blaze now starting in the Middle East will result in sudden destruction but not immediately.
Fire can warm and it can kill. The Abraham Accord is a fire, not a moistening of tinder. It is a call to war, not a peace deal but is being given peace treaty status. Thus, the tinder of destruction has a new name – “peace”.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they are saying, “Peace and safety,” then sudden destruction will come on them, like birth pains on a pregnant woman; and they will in no way escape.
The blaze now starting in the Middle East will result in sudden destruction but not immediately. That sudden destruction will come halfway through the 7-year Tribulation after the Jewish Antichrist has assured that his takeover of Jerusalem will not be disturbed, i.e. he confirm/strengthens the deal with “the many”.
The Abraham Accord “peace” deal is no longer limited to the Middle East. Trump connected Israel to the peace treaty he made between Kosovo and Serbia making sure that part of the deal was for them to move their Israel embassies to Jerusalem. So, the spark of the Abraham Accord has now been dropped on the Balkans and could spread to Europe and elsewhere. More importantly, these “peace deals” are the jet fuel skyrocketing Jerusalem to become today’s Babylon – Mystery Babylon. How long will it be before Jerusalem is in treaty with most of the Westernized and Sunni nations?
President Donald Trump’s election salvaging mechanism is the treaty-making now in full swing as he brokers treaty agreements which will be called “peace deals” between Israel and countries in the Middle East, North Africa and now the Balkan nations of Kosovo and Serbia.
Trump’s Evangelical base persuaded him to back away from the “deal of the century” that was a no win deal for the Palestinians and that caused an outcry from the West Bank. The way around that difficulty became the bypassing and marginalizing of the Palestinians in the West Bank by brokering an arms deal called a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
There was an offer of F-35 fighter jets for the UAE in exchange for entering into formalized relations with Israel. F-35 fighter jets are seen as the UAE’s best deterrent against Iran which is just a few miles across the Persian Gulf. Iran is viewed by the UAE as its greatest security threat. Israel, not so much, and the lesser of two evils.
At first, it looked as if the Abraham Accord signed between Israel and the UAE may falter over Israel’s insistence that annexation was not off the table despite Trump’s insistence that it is. But a few days ago, the director of policy planning in the Emirati Foreign Ministry Jamal al-Musharakh told Israeli journalists even if Israel proceeds with its plans to declare sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and settlements in Judea and Samaria, it will not stop the peace process between Israel and the UAE. Some had thought the UAE would hold out for at least a delay of 5 to 10 years in Israel’s annexation plans. That is not the case so anxious is the UAE to get its hands on those F-35s.
However, Musharakh continued with the rhetoric against annexation emphasizing that his government had “received assurances” from the American and Israeli governments that annexation would not proceed.
“We stopped the annexation and we are committed to Arab decisions about the Palestinians,” he said.
His statements and the UAE’s actions, however, speak louder than the rhetorical comments uttered to sooth the Palestinians and the Jordanian government.
The United Arab Emirates wants ties with Israel in all fields, quickly, Musharakh said.
Bahrain has announced that it will sign onto the Accord and normalize relations with Israel. And it is following Saudi Arabia’s lead to open its airspace to Israeli commercial airline flights.
Saudi Arabia appears to be warming up its people for a move to formalize relations with Israel. on its way to normalizing ties with Israel by using Friday sermons. Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, delivered a sermon that has been interpreted by some Saudi citizens as a prelude to normalization with Israel. And some Saudis are calling the move ‘treason’.
It appears that one of the biggest achievements of the Abraham Accord is the lack of Muslim protests.
The only reaction from Jordan about the Israel-UAE deal has been a tweet by Prince Ali bin Hussein featuring the word “traitor” across photographs of bin Zayed. What’s more important in this article is this question: If the so-called Abraham Accord eclipses the 1994 Washington Declaration, what relevance would Jordan still have for the US?
It may be that King Abdullah has just been sidelined and he knows it. His back is up against a wall. He dare not break Jordan’s peace accord with Israel but, at the same time, his lack of reaction could be seen by the Palestinian people in both Jordan and Israel as a betrayal of them. Abdullah has endured much public unrest in recent years so he must now be careful not to cause a Palestinian eruption in Jordan by agreeing with the UAE over their new arms deal with the US because the Palestinians view the UAE as traitors now. Jordan’s relationship with Israel is intertwined with its majority Palestinian population, expelled from occupied land in waves from 1948-67. This population is significant and effects how the Hashemite dynasty constructs its legitimacy and regime survival, which might be at the core of Jordan’s anger towards the UAE’s new deal.
The UAE deal unravels what little strand was left of the “legitimacy rope” Jordan was holding onto as arbiter of Al-Aqa Mosque. Any other nation – the UAE, Saudi Arabia (once it signs the Accord) – could become the holder of the “legitimacy rope”. This would completely sideline Jordan who still would not be able to squawk without endangering its own good relations with the other Sunni Arab nations. So King Abdullah remains quiet like a rabbit in a field that is under the watchful eye of a predator eagle.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a rare meeting with rival factions on Thursday as they sought to present a united front over Israel and the United Arab Emirates’ deal to normalize ties.
The meeting was held through video-conference between Ramallah in the West Bank and Beirut, where Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh and Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziyad al-Nakhalah attended.
It is rare for Islamist Hamas and Abbas’ secular Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization to have such high-level contacts after years of in-fighting.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a high-level visit from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri on August 22 but, so far this week, has also not peeped about the deal between Israel and Kosovo which was part of the Ottoman Empire before its dismantling in 1922. Erdogan’s dream of reviving the Ottoman Empire to be ruled by him from Istanbul is slipping away like a landslide. He may not know which to turn as his attention almost certainly needs to be divided between his war with Greece over the Mediterranean oil and gas fields and now the spread of the Abraham Accord right into the Ottoman Empire’s old stomping grounds.
Russian President Putin also has not commented on the Israel-UAE deal. Russia is engaged in wrapping up operations in Libya which are not going well. Perhaps he is too busy to notice that another Middle East Sunni nation will soon have United State fire power with those F-35 fighter jets but that is doubtful. Putin misses nothing. The eerie silence from Russia is, therefore, a foreboding sign that should signal to the world that the relations between Russia and the US-Israeli axis is not going well.
The Jpost.com writes that the major powers are now seeking confrontation globally and the borders of the Middle East are one place where they are pushing up against one another like tectonic plates rubbing against each other.
A convergence of incidents has seen both the US and Russia carry out jet interceptions with each other, while Turkey and its adversaries in the Mediterranean conduct military drills. In fact, Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan as becoming more aggressive.
Media in the Gulf portrays Turkey as “beating the drums of war” and creating problems with all its neighbors. Meanwhile Turkey is buying S-400 air defense system from Russia to challenge NATO, even though Turkey is a member of NATO.
The world, not just the Middle East, will be set ablaze by these deals that do not moisten the political and religious ground. Instead, these “peace, peace” deals are throwing a lit match into the tinder.