In 701 BC the Assyrian King Sennacherib successfully invaded most of the region around Jerusalem but God promised that he would not allow the Assyrians to enter Jerusalem.
The Assyrian Army had Jerusalem completely surrounded and the leaders were camped on the hill named “Nob” which is the hill just to the north of the Mount of Olives (Isa 10:32).
The Assyrians were ready to attack Jerusalem in the morning but God supernaturally intervened and the angel of the Lord (Christophany) took out 185,000 soldiers that night! When Israel woke up they couldn’t believe there eyes. The dead bodies of the enemy forces laid scattered all around Jerusalem.
Sennacherib the king of Assyria retreated back to the Assyrian capital city of Nineveh. Shortly thereafter he was killed by his sons. Nineveh is called Mosul today and is in northern Iraq.
For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this. Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
2 Kings 19:31-35
I believe this story in 2 Kings 19:31-35 has an important end-time application when this same scenario is repeated and Israel finds itself held up in Jerusalem and surrounded. This time it will be the Magog invaders that have Israel’s remnant surrounded and held up in Jerusalem in the battle of Armageddon.
Israel is in serious trouble just like they were that night in 701 BC, with nowhere to turn when Jesus Christ returns to Jerusalem and stands on the Mount of Olives at the end of the Tribulation period.
As Jesus’ feet touch down, the Mount of Olives will split in two; half to the north and half to the south allowing the Jewish remnant that are hunkered down on Mount Zion to escape through the newly formed valley and flee into the mountains east of Jerusalem.
4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. 5 You will flee by my mountain valley.
Just when all seems lost for the Jewish remnant in Jerusalem their Messiah comes to rescue them. Has that ever happened to you?
As the armies begin chasing Israel through the newly created valley, they experience a repeat of what happened to Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. The wrath of Jesus is launched in a series of war ending catastrophes putting the lights out on Antichrist and his invading armies.
That’s three times! Once at the Red Sea. Then again in 701 BC against the Assyrian army. Then against Antichrist and his armies. Jesus shows up to rescue the ones he loves!
So how many times has God showed up and rescued you? I’ve lost count!
If God is willing to split the mountain to save Israel, let’s remember that He also promised to be just as faithful to us! He’ll do the same for you because His faithfulness to the church has no end!. When it all looks grim, just look to Him!
Are Israel and the United Arab Emirates planning for a Third Jewish Temple? It sure appears so!
Construction of the UAE’s massive Abrahamic Family House may become the model for the construction of Israel’s Temple on the Temple Mount.
To be Built in 2022
Soon after the United Arab Emirates signed the peace accord with Israel they announced an interesting project regarding their intent to construct the Abrahamic Family House.
The project consists of a massive complex of three large religious structures “fostering interfaith reconciliation” between the three Abrahamic faiths of Muslim’s, Christians and Jews.
It’s possible, even likely, that the real purpose behind the project may be that God’s sovereign hand is intervening to influence the nations concerning Israel’s Temple.
The Abrahamic Family House may be the model for what can be accomplished on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. This timely project could open the door for Israel’s Temple.
Designed to be of equal size and height, the three buildings, set to open in 2022, will include an Islamic mosque (oriented toward Mecca) a Jewish synagogue (to face toward Jerusalem), and a Christian church (with an altar pointing east).
What makes this more interesting is that the Abraham Accords agreement between Israel and the UAE included the following language:
“Muslims who come in peace may visit and pray at the Al Aqsa mosque, and Jerusalem’s other holy sites should remain open for peaceful worshipers of all faiths.”
The straightforward wording about worship in Jerusalem has caused concern among Muslim observers as they feel it intentionally leaves the door open for Jews to ascend the Temple Mount to worship and pray.
The entire 35-acre rectangular plateau is referred to by Muslims and the UN as the Haram al Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and is considered by them to be off limits to Jewish worshippers.
This of course, is despite the fact that King David purchased the sight for Israel’s Temple under the instructions of God some 3000 years ago!
Currently, If a Jew is even caught moving his lips like he is praying he can be arrested for blasphemy against Allah on the Temple Mount. Many have learned to get around that prohibition by praying into their phone as if talking to someone!
I often point out, concerning the turn-of-events on the Temple Mount, how Satan has used Islam to capture God’s Sanctuary, and then boldly renamed it Allah’s Noble Sanctuary! One can see the brazen power of Satan’s deceptions!
The sacred site is the former home of Solomon’s Temple that was later redesigned by Herod when Jesus taught there. Now the sight is in the hands of the enemy!
Some observers believe the wording in the Accord may be intended to restrict Islamic worship to only the Al Aqsa Mosque itself (at the south end) which would allow both Jews and Christians to ascend the Temple Mount for prayer and worship in the near future. That has Muslim’s nervous!
Most Muslim’s are keenly aware that Orthodox Jews are eager to construct the Third Temple in preparation for the coming Jewish Messiah. Some within Islam are convinced the U.A.E. knew this when it agreed to this specific wording, and they accuse the wealthy nation of pandering to Israel’s religious beliefs and selling out the interests of the Islamic world! How interesting?
For its part, Israel has grown weary of Jordan’s role in running the Temple Mount since the 1967 Six Days War. Behind the scenes during the Abraham Accord negotiations, it appeared President Trump wanted Israel to consider Saudi Arabia as a better choice for running the care and religious management of the Temple Mount.
Israel’s government is increasingly concerned over the growing influence of Turkey, which seeks to control both the Temple Mount and the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem under the banner of its re-emerging Neo-Ottoman Empire.
The Turks have managed to infiltrate Jerusalem by funding important community projects bringing them considerable influence among the Jerusalem Muslim community. While the church sleeps, Satan not only controls the Temple Mount but is already opening doors for the revived Ottoman Caliphate’s future control of Jerusalem in the Tribulation. And it’s happening under our watch!
In light of all this, some questions must be asked: Is it possible that Israel negotiated this peace agreement, in part to fend off the advances of Turkey at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem?
If so, one has to wonder if there is a plan in place to divide the Temple Mount between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity for the purpose of “fostering interfaith reconciliation just as the U.A.E. is attempting in their own country with the Abrahamic Family House project?
Is it possible that, with its wealth and growing influence in Israel, the U.A.E. may partner with the Jewish State to facilitate, or even fund the construction of a Third Temple in fulfillment of Bible prophecy?
Is it possible that this is part of God’s plan to set up the construction of Israel’s Third Temple and we are watching it unfold?
Time will tell as to what role the unique Abrahamic Family House in the U.A.E. will have on influencing the Middle East and also how the Abraham Accords continue to unfold in these last days.
The Obama-Biden Team are at it again. This time picking another Israel hater and Soros BDS Activist as Asst. Secretary for Human Rights! (She’s all for Palestinian rights!)
Her idea of human rights is cheering the destruction of Israel.
Like all their other anti-Israel appointments, Sarah Margon meets the one requirement necessary to be in the Obama-Biden third administration. She hates the State of Israel with a passion!
When Airbnb began boycotting the homes of Jews living in those parts of Israel claimed by Islamic terrorists, the Jewish communities of the United States rallied against the dot com.
Sarah Margon however stood against the Jewish communities and with the Airbnb boycott.
“Airbnb to remove listings in Israeli settlements of occupied West Bank. Thanks @Airbnb for showing some good leadership here. Other companies should follow suit,” she tweeted.
“Airbnb is playing a role by supporting the settlement real estate infrastructure — they’re perpetuating an illegal activity,” Margon ranted. “There is no way for a company…to do business in the settlements without violating the laws of occupation.”
Notice Margon’s anti-Semitic phrases above designed from the UN playbook to belittle the Jewish State. She talks about “supporting the settlement,” “illegal activity,” “violating the laws,” and the “occupation.”
That’s the woman Team Biden picked for Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
“Yesterday @Airbnb agreed to stop renting in the Israeli-occupied settlements,” Margon argued. “Other companies should follow @Airbnb’s lead.”
BDS now has a powerful ally within the Biden administration and the State Department.
Margon’s hatred for Israel was not surprising. The leftist extremist was heading up the Human Rights Watch office in Washington D.C. HRW has defended BDS and recently issued a report falsely accusing Israel of apartheid.
Sarah Margon may have achieved the Biden-Obama nod through her anti-Israel radical policies on social media “urging companies to pull out of the Israeli Settlements”, but her hatred for the Jewish State goes beyond her economic war.
When Peter Beinart put out his infamous, “I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State” op-ed, Margon highlighted an excerpt calling for one state and the destruction of Israel. “Peter Beinart on fire,” she cheered.
That’s Biden’s Assistant Secretary for Human Rights supporting the destruction of Israel.
Sarah Michelle Margon is one of a number of anti-Israel activists Biden picked including Maher Bitar, who was pictured dancing in a keffiyah in front of a banner reading, “Divest from Israel Apartheid” and is now Biden’s Senior Director for Intelligence on the National Security Council, and Hady Amr, who described being “inspired by the Palestinian intifada” and is now Biden’s point man on the conflict between Israel and the terrorists fighting to destroy the Jewish State.
Reema Dodin, Biden’s Deputy White House Legislative Director, had argued that, “suicide bombers were the last resort of a desperate people.”
When President Trump signed Executive Order 13899 on Combating Anti-Semitism at colleges, Margon
complained that it “ostensibly addresses anti-semitism. But in reality it’s a bogus initiative geared to stifle free speech & go after those who might criticize Israel.”
Margon’s hatred and hostility for the Jewish State is relentless. And it represents a sad day for America!
Filling the administration with ungodly, Israel haters is not good news for America!
When the Obama administration stood against Israel, she tweeted, “Vote affirms illegality of settlements, longstanding US policy. Thank you @POTUS.”
After HRW, Sarah Margon joined one of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations as its director of foreign policy advocacy.
The OSFs fund BDS groups and Soros, its backer, has blamed antisemitism on Jews and the “pro-Israel lobby”. “If we change that direction, then anti-Semitism also will diminish,” the extremist anti-Israel billionaire has argued.
When President Trump took out the head of ISIS and said, “he died like a dog”, Margon whined about his “aggressive language” which “can easily be used to recruit & radicalize.”
“US is illegally transferring foreign ISIS suspects from Syria to Iraq, leading to botched trials & torture,” another tweet complained.
All of this will have severe consequences for American soldiers who have come under fire from Sarah Margon before.
When Air Force pilots bombed an Afghan hospital that Taliban fighters had been using, Margon wrote a letter to Obama’s Secretary of Defense on behalf of HRW demanding a “criminal investigation” and the “possible criminal liability of US personnel.”
Our men and women in uniform who like the Israelis, had better watch out. The anti-Israel Biden administration is coming for them.
In the process, Obama 3.0 is leading America directly into the path of God’s judgment.
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PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAID TUESDAY THAT FOUR MORE MUSLIM NATIONS ARE IN LINE TO JOIN THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS PEACE DEAL.
THE TRUMP PEACE INITIATIVE AND MIDDLE EAST PEACE DEALS CONTINUE HAVING A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE EAST.
“I brought… four peace agreements, and there are another four on the way,” he said in an interview with the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.
“I talked to one of them yesterday.” According to the Israeli premier, he conversed with “one of the leaders in the region” on Monday night for 45 minutes about the possibility of a normalization deal.
Israel is set to make some more Abraham Accords peace deals with four more countries in the region.
Benjamin Netanyahu is very excited today, and from a human perspective you can see why that might be true. But from a biblical, prophetic perspective, if he only knew the long-term ramifications of where this will actually end up!
The Abraham Accords is great news for Israel today but these amazing peace agreements are rapidly moving the Jewish State into the danger zone of dividing Israel.
Sooner or later, the support from these pro-Israel Arab block countries will convince Israel their partnership will guarantee Israel’s safety in a peace deal with the smooth-talking Antichrist! This will result in a “Two-State” agreement with Antichrist. The peace agreement Israel will make according to Isaiah 28 is in reality a covenant with “death and hell.”
“Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.”
Unfortunately, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spiritual eyes, along with the eyes of the rest of this unsaved world, are closed and most likely will remain that way until the Tribulation Period. That will begin shortly after the Rapture takes place.
Pray for PM Netanyahu and his family and for the Jewish people to put their faith in Jesus their Messiah. Pray that a remnant may escape before the Day of the Lord begins.
TRUMP’S LAUNCH OF THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS CONTINUES TO HAVE A PROFOUND EFFECT WITH MORE AND MORE MUSLIMS ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST WARMING TO THE IDEA OF A THIRD JEWISH TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM
Muslim’s Supporting Israel’s Rights To Build the Temple
Tom Nissani, head of the Temple Heritage Foundation, told Arutz 7 this era is a golden opportunity. “It is becoming increasingly clear that the main obstacle – the Temple Mount – is in our hands,” he said.
“This is a historic opportunity to expel the hostile, Muslim Waqf control from the Temple Mount and transfer it to full Israeli management that will allow full freedom of access and religion to the mountain in cooperation with the Emirates, Saudis and Moroccans, Jews and non-Jews who will attain shared goals.”
Last week on Twitter, Saudis conducted a campaign promoting Islam’s true holy sites, Mecca and Medina, while downplaying the importance of Jerusalem in the religion of Islam. There is a growing excitement in the Middle East right now, thanks to the Abraham Accords, for a rebuilt Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. And the best part? Muslims are calling for it!
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.”
It is a fact of Bible prophecy that there will be a rebuilt Third Jewish Temple during the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” in Jerusalem after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church takes place.
We see this in multiple places in both the Old and New Testaments. The Jewish Temple will be rebuilt including the renewal of animal sacrifices for the purpose of symbolically showing that Jesus is the Lamb of God.
In the middle of the Tribulation, the armies of Antichrist, will take possession of the Temple as Jesus described in Matthew 24:15.
In departure from the Palestinian narrative, the Saudis have begun to recognize a Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.
This developing story of Muslim nations showing favor to Israel’s historic right to the Temple Mount is strong evidence for the fast approaching Tribulation. Buckle your seatbelts as the church’s flight to heaven may be getting ready to lift off!
FROM ISRAEL TODAY: One of the more viral tweets was posted by Saudi cartoonist Fahd al-Jabiri, who wrote that “the direction of the prayers of the Jews is not important to us, what is important to us is only our homeland.” By referencing the “direction of the prayers of the Jews,” al-Jabiri implicitly recognized the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, thus contradicting the Palestinian narrative on the matter.
An English-language tweet by a man from Morocco named Ibtassam really got people heated when he not only emphasized that the Temple Mount is of no particular importance to Muslims like himself, but then went on to express his hope that the Third Jewish Temple will soon be built there. See below.
Dear brothers and sisters, Join the Saudi hashtag “قبلة_اليهود_لاتعني_لنا#”. This recent Saudi twitter movement believes that there is no importance of the temple mount to Muslims, and the waiting for the [Jewish] third temple. A new era, one of peace is coming. #قبلة_اليهود_لاتعني_لنا
This timely article by Carolyn Glick outlines the disastrous new direction of the foreign policy of the Biden Administration as it relates to Israel, the Abraham Accords and peace in the Middle East. This eye opening read is helpful in preparation for our March 23 class.
Biden Ambushes the Abraham Accords Sets Back Peace in the Middle East
Edited from Carolyn Glick
The Trump administration was on the verge of securing a peace agreement between Israel and Indonesia in its final weeks in office, according to a former senior Trump administration official involved in the efforts. The official divulged that the negotiations between Israel and the world’s most populous Muslim state were run by then-President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner and Adam Boehler, then-head of the US’s International Development Finance Corporation.
Israel was represented by then-Ambassador Ron Dermer and Indonesia by Minister Mohamed Lutfi. To secure peace, Boehler told Bloomberg News last December, the US would be willing to provide Indonesia with an additional “one or two billion dollars” in aid.
Indonesia was interested in Israeli technology and even wanted the Technion to open a campus in Jakarta. It wanted visa-free travel to Israel and Arab and US investment in its sovereign wealth fund. Israel wanted Indonesia to end its economic boycott of the Jewish state. Direct flights from Tel Aviv to Bali were on the table.
The advantages of peace between Israel and Indonesia for both sides are self-evident. But such a peace would also pay a huge dividend to the US in its burgeoning cold war with China. An expanded strategic and economic partnership with the archipelago and ASEAN member would be a setback for China’s efforts to dominate the South China Sea, particularly with Indonesia playing a role in an Islamic-Israeli alliance led by the US.
“We got the ball on Indonesia and Israel to the first-yard line,” the official explained. Unfortunately, the Biden administration has dropped the ball on the ground and walked off the field.
On the surface, the Biden administration is interested in promoting peace. President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have praised the Abraham Accords, as well they should.
For 26 years, the Arab conflict with Israel was ignored and left to fester. Then suddenly, in Trump’s last year in office, the situation was reversed as four Arab states rapidly normalized their ties with Israel. Expanding the accords to Indonesia, with its massive population and strategic location outside the Middle East would transform a strategic regional shift into a game-changer throughout Asia.
But despite the strategic logic of expanding the Abraham Accords and the praise Biden and Blinken have given them, starting in its first week in office, the new administration’s actions have served to undermine the accords by removing their American foundations.
A week into the Biden administration, the State Department announced it was “placing a hold” on the $23 billion sale of F-35s to the United Arab Emirates. The move was presented as “a routine administrative action typical to most any transition.”
But suspending the sale was a strategic move, not an “administrative action.” The normalization deal between Israel and the UAE was a three-sided agreement. The Americans were full participants. The F-35 sale was America’s way to solidify the UAE’s membership in an American-led regional alliance of which the Abraham Accords were an expression. Suspending the deal indicated that unlike its predecessor, the Biden administration will not work to strengthen the US alliance with the Sunni Arabs and Israel, and will not fulfill the commitments that the Trump administration took on to develop and maintain that alliance through Arab-Israeli peace.
Biden’s abandonment of the Abraham Accords can be understood in the context of US politics. In keeping with the expectations of Democrat voters, Biden and his team are making efforts in domestic and foreign policy to erase the entirety of Trump’s record in office. Although remaining a party to the Abraham Accords and expanding them to Indonesia and beyond would probably win Biden the Nobel Peace Prize, it would put him in the partisan doghouse for the crime of failing to kill something Trump created.
But while political logic exists, not everything is political. For Biden and his administration, ideology trumps politics.
The Biden administration is the most ideologically rigid and radical administration in US history. Hyper-partisan politics are a function of the administration’s ideological radicalism. As far as the Middle East is concerned, its ideological commitments drive it to empower the PLO-controlled Palestinian Authority and Iran.
From their first days in office, senior Biden administration officials have pledged to restore US funding of the PA. There are significant legal roadblocks to implementing that pledge because so long as the PA continues to pay the salaries of terrorists and advances war crimes allegations against Israel before the International Criminal Court, the US is barred from funding it or reopening the PLO representative office in Washington. But all the same, the administration is intent on moving forward.
The administration’s intense desire to empower the PA despite the legal roadblocks indicates one aspect of its opposition to the Abraham Accords. The accords weaken the PA by removing its power to block Arab and Islamic states from making peace with Israel.
For decades, as Israel’s Palestinian “peace partner” spurned peace and waged terror and political war against Israel, the Arab states accepted that peace between themselves and Israel had to wait. By ignoring the US obligations to Abraham Accords partners and pushing to restore US support to the PA despite its illegality, the administration signals its desire to restore the Palestinian veto.
The Abraham Accords represent an even greater problem for the administration’s efforts to empower Iran. In a speech on Monday, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo said, “The Abraham Accords would not have happened … without the United States changing its policy with respect to Iran 180 degrees from how the previous administration had addressed the issue.”
Now that the Biden administration wishes to move US policy 180-degrees backward to reinstate the Obama administration’s Iran policies, the Abraham Accords are a nuisance.
Hours before Biden and his advisers accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) of approving Jamal Khashoggi’s murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018, i24News reported that Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain were forming a military alliance against Iran. While the events may or may not be related, both make clear why the Biden administration doesn’t want Arab-Israeli or Muslim-Israeli peace deals. The deals impede the administration’s efforts to empower Iran.
Biden’s declared goal vis-à-vis Iran is to restore Iranian compliance and US participation in the 2015 nuclear deal forged by the Obama administration. The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action places temporary limitations on Iranian nuclear activities in exchange for a massive inflow of capital. To convince Iranian leader Ali Khamenei to get on board, the new administration has provided a near-continuous stream of concessions to Iran and its Yemeni proxy, the Houthis.
It removed the Houthis from the State Department’s list of foreign terror organizations and suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The administration’s campaign against MBS is an obvious effort to unseat him and replace him with a less stridently anti-Iran leader. This week the administration’s green-lighted South Korea’s agreement to pay Iran some $7 billion in exchange for the release of a South Korean ship and its crew that Iran unlawfully seized and has held captive since early January.
Not only has Iran rejected America’s gestures it has escalated its rogue behavior. Iran is expanding its regional aggression and sprinting to the nuclear finish line. In recent weeks the Iranians attacked the Israeli embassy in New Delhi. They damaged an Israeli-owned ship in the Persian Gulf. And there is growing suspicion that the massive oil spill off Israel’s coast last month which caused massive ecological damage to marine life and to Israel’s coastline may have been an act of environmental terrorism carried out by a Libyan ship smuggling crude oil from Iran to Syria.
Iran’s Houthi proxies have expanded their missile strikes against Saudi Arabia since coming off the US. terror list. And while the US uses MBS’s alleged role in killing Khashoggi to justify downgrading its relations with Saudi Arabia, the Iranians are killing scores of democracy protesters in its Baluchistan province. Whereas Khashoggi was a former Saudi intelligence officer and ally of Osama bin Laden who was working with Qatar to undermine the Saudi regime at the time he was killed; the Baluchis are innocent civilians whose sole crime is opposing the repressive regime.
As far as Iran’s nuclear program is concerned, in recent days, the Iranians canceled snap inspections of their nuclear sites by UN nuclear inspectors. The International Atomic Energy Agency released a report accusing Iran of carrying out prohibited nuclear work at four undeclared nuclear sites. Khamenei has threatened to escalate Iran’s uranium enrichment levels to 60%. And rather than respond by escalating sanctions against Iran, the EU – presumably with US approval – has scrapped plans to condemn Iran for its illegal behavior at the IAEA’s Board of Governors’ meeting this week.
In a press briefing Monday, State Department Spokesman Ned Price said, “We seek to accomplish a great deal with the Saudis: To end the war in Yemen and ease Yemen’s humanitarian crisis; to use our leadership to forge ties across the region’s most bitter divide, whether that’s finding the way back from the brink of war with Iran into a meaningful regional dialogue or forging a historic peace with Israel.”
In other words, the administration holds the Saudis solely responsible for the war in Yemen. It also blames Saudi Arabia (and presumably, Israel, the UAE and Bahrain) for being at “the brink of war with Iran,” rather than blaming Iran for bringing the region to the “brink of war” through its terrorist aggression and illicit nuclear activities.
The order of Price’s “to-do” list made clear that reaching “a historic peace” between Israel and Saudi Arabia is the administration’s lowest priority.
Price served as National Security Council spokesman during the Obama administration. There he played a key role in marketing the JCPOA and developing what his colleague, then deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes referred to as the information “echo chamber” for selling the deal to ignorant reporters in Washington. Last year, in a speech before the National Iranian-American Council, (a group widely viewed as the Iranian regime’s unofficial lobby in Washington), Price said that a Biden administration would remove the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps from the State Department list of foreign terror groups.
Taken together, the administration’s moves make clear that beyond paying occasional lip service to the Abraham Accords, ending the Arab and Islamic world’s conflict with Israel and forging a wider peace between them is not a goal it wishes to pursue. Indeed, for Biden and his advisers, Arab-Israel peace is an impediment to their ideologically motivated efforts to empower the PLO and Iran.
Originally published in Israel Hayom.