Middle East Leaders Call for International Peacekeeping Force
For almost seven weeks, Hamas has orchestrated relentless rioting at the Israeli-Gaza border during its March of Return. The violence culminated on Monday, May 14, the deadliest day Gaza has seen since the 2014 Gaza War. Arab leaders are now calling on the United Nations Security Council to install an international peacekeeping force on the border—not to defend Israel from Hamas, but to protect Hamas from Israel.
On the last day of the March of Return, an estimated 50,000 Palestinians gathered at the Gazan border. Many tried breaching the border fence using bolt-cutters. Others brought Molotov cocktails, grenades, pipe bombs and guns. To protect the border, the Israel Defense Force (idf) killed 62 Palestinians, 50 of whom Hamas openly admits were Hamas members.
Despite the violence perpetrated by Hamas, the Western media continues to condemn the idf for killing and wounding Palestinians.
Kuwait currently holds the office of the rotating Arab representative to the United Nations Security Council. In response to the violence, Kuwait presented a draft resolution to the council on May 17 to provide “international protection to the Palestinian people.”
Danny Danon, Israel’s permanent representative to the UN, called the resolution “shameful.” He also said:
Kuwait’s dangerous draft resolution only reinforces Hamas’s terror regime that oppresses and threatens the residents of Gaza and the security of Israeli citizens. If the council seeks to protect the residents of Gaza, it must take steps against Hamas’s war crimes and not reward the organization’s cycle of bloodshed.
During a special summit in Istanbul on Friday, May 18, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that the UN must send “an international peace force to the people of Palestine, who are losing their young children to Israeli terror every day.”
He then took the opportunity to equate the idf to Nazis (who methodically slaughtered millions of Jews). Erdoğan also condemned the United States for moving its embassy to Jerusalem on May 14, saying it emboldened Israel to use excessive force when dealing with Palestinian protesters.
But as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the council last Tuesday, “No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has. In fact the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained.”
In order to pass, Kuwait’s resolution will need nine votes in its favor, with no vetoes from any of the permanent members of the Security Council: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia or China. If it proceeds to a vote, the draft will likely be vetoed by the United States.
Though the resolution is unlikely to pass, the call for an international peacekeeping force to monitor the borders between Israelis and Palestinians does have prophetic significance. Your Bible prophesies that in the future, Israelis will actually welcome a European peacekeeping force to maintain peace between themselves and the Palestinians.
Daniel 11:40 states, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south [radical Islam, led by Iran] push at him: and the king of the north [a German-led European army] shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”
After conquering the king of the south, this German-led European army “shall enter also into the glorious land” (verse 41).
Notice what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in his article “America’s Declining Support for Israel,” published in the August 1995 Trumpet magazine:
After a great victory, the king of the north shall enter into Israel. There is nothing to indicate this is a forceful entry. One definition of the word enter is “to cause to come in, to lead in, to bring in” (Gesenius). There are other Bible prophecies that indicate this power is invited in as a peacekeeping force. The king of the north is a European army. This army is going to surround Jerusalem (Luke 21:20-21, 24) after they have apparently been invited to enter into Israel. When they get to and surround Jerusalem, it is the sign for God’s people to flee.
The world will look upon this army as a peacekeeping force. God’s people will know the terrible truth about this world-shaking betrayal!
History and prophecy reveal that the outcome of this temporary alliance will not be good for the little nation of Israel. In fact, Ezekiel 23 reveals it will lead to one of the biggest double crosses in history. To learn more about this future peacekeeping mission, read “The Counterfeit Peacemaker.”