PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST? HISTORIC MIDEAST DEAL
On Tuesday, Trump presided over the signing of two historic deals that formalized the normalization of Israel’s already thawing relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in line with their common opposition to Iran. This ceremony displayed the burnishing of Trump’s foreign policy credentials as he seeks reelection. At the ceremony held at the White House, President Donald Trump declared that the historic signing will mark the “dawn of a new Middle East,” casting himself as an international peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign.
But the agreements do not address the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, who view the pacts as a stab in the back from their fellow Arabs and a betrayal of their cause for a Palestinian state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the day “is a pivot of history. It heralds a new dawn of peace.” Yet in their remarks, neither Netanyahu nor Trump mentioned the Palestinians, but both Bahraini foreign ministers and the UAE spoke of the importance of creating a Palestinian state.
Bahrani Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani said Bahrain would stand with the Palestinians. “Today is a truly historic occasion,” he said. “A moment for hope and opportunity.” But in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian militants fired two rockets into Israel, apparently intended to coincide with the ceremony.
Israel and the U.S. hope the agreements can usher in a major shift in the region should other Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, follow suit. That could have implications for Syria, Iran and Lebanon. Until now, Israel has had peace deals only with Jordan and Egypt. The deals see normalization of relations on everything from air travel to the establishment of embassies and security, and it’s hoped that it will usher in further such deals – possibly with Morocco, Oman and Sudan and others. In addition to the bilateral agreements signed by Israel, the UAE and Bahrain, all three signed a document dubbed the “Abraham Accords” after the patriarch of the world’s three major monotheistic religions.
In a call with reporters on Friday, White House adviser Jared Kushner said that it took Israel 72 years to form its first two peace agreements, and there have been two more in the last 29 days – describing it as a sign that the region is changing. Iran, meanwhile, has fumed at both deals, calling them “shameful” and “dangerous.”
My Message for You
This is wonderful progress in regards to peace in Israel. The Bible even tells us to pray for Israel. Ps. 122:6-8 reads, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, peace be within thee.” As Christians, now is not the time to be hiding under rocks, begging for the rapture as a means of escaping the realities of this world, but we must continue to have faith, and of course, faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:20). Likewise, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17), therefore we must continuously dwell in the Holy scriptures and have his Word living on the inside of us. After all, men do not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4).
Please, my brothers and sisters in Christ, do not use quarantine as a means for doing nothing, because no matter how stagnant you perceive society to currently be, the Devil is always at work and the realm of the spirit is very busy at all times. But fear not and be of good cheer, for we know that Christ, the hope of glory, has already overcome the world (John 16:33). Therefore, let us continue to be his hands and feet and shine our lights bright in this world, activating the mighty power of the Holy Spirit in every area of life: politically, financially, maritally, educationally, vocationally, etc.
Shalom, my dear and beloved siblings of the faith. Remain blessed, and remember to keep the fire burning!
- Pray for Israel, not just your own country!
- Remain in the Word, day and night, meditating on His precepts
- Continue to remain up to date with current events
- Clean your room, house and car! A clean space attracts the presence of God, energizing the environment for meditation, prayer, bible studies, and even normal life activities