Germany Takes the Lead in Arab Peace Negotiations
Germany’s chancellor, defense minister and foreign minister have been busy in the Middle East following Hamas’s October 7 terrorist attack on Israel. “In Hamas’s terror war against Israel, it is the German government that is one of the most important negotiators behind the scenes,” Bild concluded on October 20. After years of good relations with Israel, Turkey and the Arab world, Germany is now the chief negotiator in the Middle East.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been communicating with the Israeli prime minister, the emir of Qatar, the president of Turkey, the king of Jordan and the president of Egypt. Germany’s defense minister and foreign minister have traveled to Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon.
“The whole region is at the brink of falling into the abyss that this new cycle of death and destruction is pushing us towards,” King Abdullah ii of Jordan said after an October 17 meeting with Scholz in Berlin. “The threat of this war expanding is real.”
To prevent the crisis from spiraling out of control, Jordan is trusting Germany.
Scholz visited Israel before the United States president did. Joe Biden’s meeting with Jordanian, Egyptian and Palestinian leaders was canceled: They doubted the parties could agree to end the “war and the massacres against Palestinians,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said, blaming Israel for bringing the region to “the brink of the abyss.”
These Arab nations distrust America and Israel but are letting Germany lead negotiations.
Germany is held in high esteem in Israel. We see ourselves as a country that feels very responsible for ensuring that Israel’s security remains guaranteed. That is understood in Israel. And yes, Germany is also very well respected by many other governments here. If that’s the case, then we should take advantage of that.
“Germany suddenly plays a leading role on the world stage!” Bild noted. “Israel knows that Germany stands by it. But our country also has good wires to the neighboring Arab countries.”
These relations with surrounding Arab nations have been years in the making.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Germany has looked to the Middle East for its energy needs. In September 2022, Germany and Qatar entered a more comprehensive energy partnership.
Prior to 2022, Germany’s relations with the Middle East often made headlines due to controversial arms exports.
A 2020 report by Germany’s economic ministry revealed that Turkey has been the largest recipient of German weapons, includes tanks, artillery, warships and combat aircraft. Egypt, Israel, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Qatar were in the top 10 recipients of German arms exports from 2011 to 2021, according to a 2022 report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
A close observation of these exports reveals that Germany is pursuing a specific strategy. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes in The King of the South:
In 2020, Germany approved massive arms exports to countries involved in the civil wars in Yemen and Libya. Export destinations included Egypt (roughly $914 million worth of exports), Qatar ($370 million), the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Turkey, Jordan and Bahrain. Germany’s foreign office states on its website that “the U.A.E. is Germany’s biggest trading partner in the region.” Egypt, the U.A.E., Kuwait, Jordan and Bahrain either are or previously were involved in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthi terrorists. This means Germany is literally sponsoring the anti-Iranian coalition in Yemen. [A]nother reason Germany is allying with the “moderate” Arabs is to counter Iran and its allies. In Yemen, Germany and Iran are already fighting a proxy war with each other.
In a 2019 Fox Business discussion about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg noted: “I had a chance to sit together with a couple Middle Eastern leaders …. They also said there is no chance to confront Iran, the way they’ve been pampered militarily, just with one country. And there has to be built an alliance.”
Germany has invested years in building such an alliance. As Mr. Flurry shows, German activities in the Middle East are preparations for a clash between European and radical Islam led by Iran (Daniel 11:40).
Germany’s mediating role between Israel and the Arab world also lays a critical foundation for a prophecy in Psalm 83 that speaks of an alliance between Germany, Turkey and various Arab countries in the Middle East. Mr. Flurry writes:
If you watch Germany closely, you can see that it is already positioning itself for its “whirlwind” attack on Iran. And some of these preparations are laying the groundwork for this future alliance with Arab states.
However, this prophecy reveals a crucial truth: This alliance is primarily and ultimately concerned not with countering Iran but with destroying Israel.
This shouldn’t be surprising. The nations Germany is allying with have one thing in common: hatred for Israel. Germany is negotiating with Arab nations in a supposed effort to bring peace to the Middle East. But these nations see Israel as the cause of violence in the region. While they call for a two-state solution, they really want to see Israel defeated. They are saying: “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance” (Psalm 83:4).
After Hamas terrorists falsely accused Israel of blowing up a hospital and the U.S. government sided with Israel’s account, political activist Rania al-Nimr said: “Today, the Jordanians declare that the Americans are an enemy, just as the Israeli enemy is.”
It’s not surprising that some Israeli newspapers see Jordan and other surrounding nations as more of a foe than a friend. Some people in these nations are willing to fight the U.S. to bring down Israel. Yet Israel’s leaders are accepting help from Germany, the nation that once attempted to extinguish all Jewish life. This should alarm the world.
The Psalm 83 prophecy reveals what we can expect from these negotiations in the short term. Mr. Flurry explains that Lebanon’s “alliance with Iran is about to be broken, and Germany will be the main cause. The Philistines—the Palestinians of Gaza and even those in the West Bank—will shift their alliance to Germany as well.”
Right now, Germany is pushing against Iran and sending humanitarian aid to Gaza. The German-run European Union tripled its aid for Gaza after the Hamas attack. Furthermore, German officials traveled to Lebanon to make their presence known. You can see why Lebanon and Gaza will look to Germany in the future.
Israel will get rid of one of its greatest enemies—Iran—only to replace it with another—Germany. Watch the Middle East closely and you will see this prophecy being fulfilled.