Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, stood before the European Parliament on March 12 and begged for Europe’s help in dealing with terrorism in the Middle East.
It was the first time an Israeli leader has addressed the body in almost 30 years. President Peres focused on two specific issues: the importance of the European Union branding Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, and taking action against Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Hezbollah has been blacklisted by the United States for over 17 years, but Europe has not taken the same initiative up to this point. Some European nations, including Britain, are willing to label Hezbollah as a terrorist group, but others remain reluctant, despite abundant evidence—from confessions of captured Lebanese terrorists to bloodstained cobblestones in Bulgaria.
A dangerous mindset is being highlighted in the European Parliament. Some say the lack of action stems from a fear of reprisal attacks from the Lebanese-based terrorists. It is willing to sit back as Hezbollah grows in power and threatens Israel’s northern border.
In speaking about Iran’s nuclear capabilities, the Israeli president suggested that the EU condemn the Islamic Republic. He referred to the U.S. condemnation of Russia in 1975, which he said was “surprising and effective.” “A moral voice will encourage the Iranian people in their fight for freedom, in their struggle against misery,” Mr. Peres said.
The most intriguing aspect of the president’s speech revolved around his view of Europe itself, and its relations with the Jews.
President Peres started his speech recalling his childhood as his family fled Europe in 1934. Then he recalled how, “in 1942, most of the inhabitants of my town were burned alive.” He pointed out that more Jews have been butchered in Europe in the past 100 years than in the previous 2,000.
Despite this history, the Israeli president stood in the heart of Europe asking for help. He went on to praise Europe for having “divorced its past” and having “converted the divided Europe of the last thousand years, to the unified Europe of today.”
These statements—and the fact that they are being made by an Israeli president before the European Parliament—resonate with prophetic significance.
As longtime Trumpet readers are aware, the Bible prophesies that the challenges facing the Jewish state of Israel are going to continue to grow in the time ahead. It tells us that the alliance between America and Israel will continue to deteriorate, and there will come a point that the Jews seek saving aid from another source—Europe. All of these prophecies are explained in detail in our free booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy.
Biblical prophecies go even further, providing several details that make President Peres’s speech all the more filled with unintended irony. Europe will step in and deal with Iran. The president may get what he wished for. However, the European powerhouse will not stop there. God says it will enter into the “glorious land” and turn on those who, at first, it appears to be helping (Daniel 11:41). That will be one of the greatest double crosses in history.
When Israel goes to Europe for help, alarms should be sounding worldwide. Study Germany and the Holy Roman Empire to see how this world-shaping calamity will develop. ▪