Germany Deepens Its Relationship With Jordan
Jordan and Germany strengthened their political and military cooperation on January 28 when German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier traveled to Amman, Jordan, to meet with King Abdullah ii. The two heads of state agreed that ties between their nations are currently “at their closest.” King Abdullah spoke of “historic German support.”
The proxy war in Yemen has complicated the relationship between Germany and Jordan. The war is very unpopular in Germany, and the government has toughened its stance toward the nations involved in the conflict, including Jordan. Despite the controversy, the German government delivered $22 million in military equipment to Jordan last month, including two training aircraft, 70 trucks and 56 vans for use in border control.
“Jordan is a voice of conciliation and reason in a conflict- and terror-stricken region,” said German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the handover ceremony on January 14, adding that “Germany and Europe … have an interest in Jordan’s stability.”
Von der Leyen also visited the 280 German troops at the al-Azraq air base, where they are stationed to aid in the fight against the Islamic State. She said that the Islamic State is “mostly defeated” and that Germany’s role in the conflict will change, but she also warned against underestimating the remaining Islamic State fighters and promised Berlin’s continued help to prevent the jihadist group from “lodg[ing] itself into safe havens.”
During Steinmeier’s visit, King Abdullah praised Germany’s strong role in the region. Abdullah said that the main point of discussion was “Jerusalem and the fate of the peace process.” “The king reiterated Jordan’s position on these issues,” the Jordan Times reported, “stressing that the kingdom believes in a two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.”
As with many other issues, Germany and Jordan couldn’t agree more, although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that such a solution would harm Israel.
Bible prophecy states that Jordan and Germany will become heavily involved in the Israeli peace process, and not in Israel’s favor. A prophecy in Psalm 83 discusses Assyria, which is modern-day Germany, and some Arabic nations, including “Moab” and “Ammon” (the ancestors of modern-day Jordan), in an alliance that will turn against Israel. The alliance will form for two reasons: to oppose Iran and radical Islam (Daniel 11:40) and to lead an attack on Israel.
Continue to watch Germany’s growing partnership with Jordan. Bible prophecy says this relationship will play an important role in future events in the Middle East. To learn more, read the chapter “A Mystery Alliance” in The King of the South booklet, by Gerald Flurry.