With the Israeli elections just over and EU-elections around the corner, EU-Israel relations are facing a democracy-induced reshaping. While the Israeli side of things is likely to stay more or less unchanged and stable with Benjamin Netanyahu having won reelection for his fifth term in office, the outcome of the EU-elections is still an open question. Polls suggest though, that the two largest fractions in the current European Parliament (Christian Democrats and Social Democrats) are poised to lose some 40-50 seats each. With some new alliances forming especially on the right, the next European Parliament will be more diverse and the power and impact of the larger blocs is likely to lessen. What this means for EU-Israel relations remains yet to be seen, but many of the populist parties slated to gain more seats adhere to rather pro-Israel policies. Sebastian Kurz, Viktor Orbán and Matteo Salvini were the first to congratulate Benjamin Netanyahu after his reelection, they share and support many of his policy-approaches and view Israel under him as a natural ally. An the other hand it took German Chancellor Angela Merkel whose government proclaims support of Israel as Germany’s “Raison d’etat”, six days to congratulate Netanyahu and even then her congratulation contained the untimely spice of “advice” on how to solve the Middle East conflict.
If we want to feel the pulse of current EU-Israel relations, we ought to look at the greater picture and into some of the newer developments. There are three current trends, which show some antithetical processes inside EU-Israel relations and deserve a closer look, as they highlight the areas in which the current power struggle takes place ...
Report from East Africa
My trip to Kenya and Uganda was primarily a networking-trip. The main purpose was to build relationships with “Intercessors for Kenya”, “… Uganda” and “…Africa”. As we spent time together in worship, teaching and prayer, the Lord gave us “downloads” of revelation, intense times of prayer and intercession and growing relationships with a common sense of purpose and vision. As I have said a number of times before, from a global perspective, the prayer alliance between Africa and Europe on behalf of Israel and the nations of both of our continents is a key factor. To me this vision and approach has been strongly confirmed as key relationships where formed and deepened. May the Lord give all those involved wisdom and insight as to how to continue to build this strategic alliance.
San Remo conference (May 3-5): Spread the word! Come along!
We all realize, to one degree or the other, that Europe is in the midst of a huge spiritual battle. Are the Judeo-Christian roots of Europe being revived, is the fear and the presence of God being re-kindled, is revival breaking through – or is the anti-Christian and anti-semitic spirit of Babel completely sweeping Europe? The key bench mark for this is the attitude of the European nations regarding Israel. If Israel is blessed and honored in Europe, the blessing of the Lord will return to Europe. If not, Europe is going to be shaken and shattered – which is already starting to happen before our very eyes.
2019 – Pressure continues to mount for the nations to decide to align with God's purposes for Israel.
In recent months, a number of prophetic voices with a calling and discernment for the nations have shared their view that in 2019 there will be increasing pressure on nations to choose sides for or against God’s good purposes with the Jewish people and Jerusalem. That choice is expressed in a variety of ways by the leadership and the general public of a nation: In the area of anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism, by turning a blind eye to the Islamic anti-Semitic agenda, or by following a humanistic/syncretistic world-government-agenda in which Israel does not have any positive contribution or role. With the UN and the EU playing major roles, the world continues to spiral into the vortex of this agenda. But God…!
Spiritual battle for Europe – GPC San Remo conference May 3-5 - European elections and related topics
… but God! According to Psalm 2, the King of Israel, the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ is sitting on his holy throne with his scepter firmly in hand. He is drawing together and continually equipping His royal priesthood to stand with Israel as well as to stand in the gap for their respective nations regarding their relationships to Zion. He is doing this with wisdom, discernment and speed even as the spirit of Babel (which is the spirit of anti-Christ) continues to rise. As far as Europe is concerned, exactly this is happening with amazing acceleration even as we speak.
Revelation oath of the coalition talks
After a five-month standoff, during which politicians of the negotiating parties held bored voters at bay with empty rhetoric coming out of all-night negotiation marathons, the party leaders of the CDU/CSU (Christian Democratic and Christian Socialist Parties) and the SPD (German Socialist Party) wrestled their way through to the decision on February 7th that they were willing to enter into this forced marriage. Now, only the majority vote of the members of the SPD stands between the will of the political decision makers and the actual recreation of the "Grand Coalition".
Europe first – means Israel not last, but least
With its Coalition Contract i, this grand coalition positions itself as an opposite pole to Trump's America. While the slogans "America first" and "Make America great again" are defining the politics of national interest in the USA, the so-called GroKo is banking totally on "Europe first". In fact, the preamble of the contract reads like it was written for the next European Commission and not by the future government of a sovereign national state. The dream of the newly designated German Foreign Minister, Martin Schulz, of a United States of Europe found its way anonymously into the Coalition Contract. The absolute focus of Germany's (foreign) policy on Europe does not bode well for the relationship between Germany and Israel.
This has been a very eventful week here in Jerusalem as President Trump broke with 70 years of tradition to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Here are some ways we have felt led to pray afterwards:
1. REJOICE! Join in the celebration of the government and citizens of Jerusalem and Israel that at long last, the USA has recognized “the obvious” – that Jerusalem was already the capital of the Jewish people 3,000 years ago; and since the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948, has served as their chosen capital.
2. RESIST THE POWERS OF DARKNESS. Friday, we were praying in Succat Hallel, facing the Temple Mount, as thousands of Muslims were there for Friday prayers, and were expected to erupt into major violence afterward. The Lord reminded me of a vision I received in October and November of 2014 (to read the full vision, click here: https://www.succathallel.com/2014/11/a-vision-of-the-temple-mount-a-menacing-dragon-and-a-season-of-increasing-shakings/)
I felt the Lord wanted us to ask Him as the Supreme Judge of the courtroom of heaven to once again issue a “gag and restraining order” against this dragon spirit of incitement to violence in Jerusalem.
Dear praying Friends,
I would like to share this videoclip with Rick Ridings with you as the basis for our First Friday prayer this month. It was recorded directly in Jerusalem by Alpha & Omega TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMYhA4_Ctl4
Rick Ridings and I will be the main moderators for the upcoming GPC Conference in Jerusalem. I would like to formally invite you to this conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50JmtoEiTKE
In light of the upcoming European Union elections, please prayerfully consider my comments presented below regarding prayer for europe!
Prayer for Europe – before the upcoming European Union (EU) elections
Theodor Heuss, the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany, is credited with the following famous saying: “Europe is built on three hills: the Acropolis, Golgotha and the Capitol”, in other words, Greek humanistic philosophy, Biblical Christianity and the Roman legal system. Historically speaking, there is a lot of truth to that statement. Spiritually speaking, it points out Europe’s subtle but significant tectonic divide: Hellenism and humanism on the one hand and the Judeo-Christian view of God, man and the world on the other. These are ultimately in opposition to one another. As the prophet Zechariah clearly states in Chapter 9, verse 13b: “I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and make you like a warrior’s sword.“
The Warsaw Summit, hosted by the Polish government and the US government, just ended last week. Some 60 Nations had gathered together to discuss current issues concerning the Middle East.
The elephant in the room, which US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, spoke of as the “main” issue prior to the summit, was Iran. In the end, it turned out that the US wanted to talk Iran - Europe didn’t. We saw a rift between Western Europe and Eastern Europe. Eastern European countries were keen to follow the US lead and spoke out for a more pro-Israel approach in foreign policy. And we recognized that not only the Eastern European countries had that goal in mind, but also the Arab block. At the Warsaw summit, we saw Israel, the US, Eastern European countries and Arab countries officially aligning against Iran for the first time. And we saw that the Western European countries – mainly Great Britain, France and Germany, were the main obstacles to the international community addressing the Iranian issue today.
The first quarter of 2018 saw the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas (hard-pressed and increasingly isolated of late), seeking support and political backing in the European Union’s capital. His move comes at a time in which the Trump administration is following through with its new approach to the Middle East conflict, in particular regarding the issue of Jerusalem. Years of Abbas’ evasive tactics and threats undercutting direct peace talks, as well as his unilateral actions in the UN undermined not only the possibility for peace, but took their toll on Mahmoud Abbas’ credibility as a partner for peace – at least in the eyes of the Americans.
After the United States had proclaimed their recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and their intent to move their embassy accordingly, Abbas shifted gears. His fury led him to verbally assault various US-leaders including the President, going as far as calling US-Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman “Son of a dog”.
The culmination of his undiplomatic rant against the U.S. was the cancellation of his planned meeting with American Vice-President, Mike Pence, in Ramallah this January. And while Pence was visiting Israel undeterred, proclaiming the U.S. Embassy move this May already as a timely present for Israel’s 70th birthday, Abbas travelled to Brussels to counterbalance this move by seeking recognition of the State of Palestine by the European Union.
Sunday, January 21st
Monday, January 22nd
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Monday, 4 November 2017), made the following remarks at the start of his appearance before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee:
"I welcome this opportunity to discuss the foreign policy of the State of Israel – its goals, actions and results. I think that the results are plain to see even here at the Knesset, with the delegations that you describe.
We are, in effect, in the midst of a diplomatic flourishing that is unprecedented in the annals of the State of Israel. We are in continuous contact with a growing number of countries on six continents if one separates between North America and South America, which I visited this year, each one of them, replete with meetings, and agreements with the heads of major powers, especially the US, China, Russia, India, Japan and many G-20 countries. We are spreading out in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Islamic countries, including in the Middle East.