“LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us””
Isaiah 26:12 NIV
We are seeing some amazing developments coming out of the peace agreement between Israel and United Arab Emirates (UAE) that was reached mid-August. And our hope and prayer is for more countries to follow in the footsteps of the UAE in the weeks and months to come. What can seem impossible from our human perspective is certainly possible with God. As it says in Isaiah 26:12, the Lord establishes peace. He is accomplishing great things!
Historic flight from Israel to UAE lands safely, talks begin
Early this week, a flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi was the first direct non-cargo flight between Israel and the UAE and also marked the first time an Israeli plane was given permission by Saudi Arabia to use its airspace, The Times of Israel reported.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the flight a “historic blessing” and added, “I have worked on this for many, many years, believing that peace will bring about a big turnaround and that the Arab people would be able to accept the State of Israel.”
On the flight were senior officials from the U.S. and Israel who will take part in “working meetings” to lay the groundwork for the so-called Abraham Accord between Israel and the UAE.
The meetings will focus on ways to promote Israeli-UAE cooperation in sectors such as aviation and tourism, trade, finance, health, energy and security, Netanyahu said.
UAE delegation invited to Israel
Following the arrival of Israel and U.S. delegations in the UAE, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has invited the UAE delegation to Israel.
Israel will one day be recognized and make peace with the rest of the Middle East, Netanyahu said. “There are many things I cannot tell you, but I am sure you will find out in time,” he added, suggesting that Israel is currently in conversation with other Arab countries, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Talks under way for opening of embassies
Israel’s Foreign Ministry says talks are under way for Israel and the UAE to open embassies in each other’s countries.
“We are at the start of a historic process and we intend to advance as quickly as possible the establishment of full ties and opening embassies in both countries which will act to bolster cooperation between Israel and the UAE,” says Foreign Ministry Director Alon Ushpiz, who is leading the effort.
Law that had boycotted Israel abolished by UAE president
Last Saturday, the president of the UAE issued a decree abolishing a 48-year-old law that had boycotted Israel. This will allow trade and financial agreements between the two countries, according to The Times of Israel.
Iran agrees to allow UN inspections of nuclear sites
In response to the U.S. request for a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran due to violations of the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran has agreed to let United Nations inspectors into two previously blocked nuclear sites, according to The New York Times.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran issued a joint statement saying they had reached a good-faith agreement for the inspections to verify that Tehran’s nuclear program remained peaceful. Iran is “voluntarily providing” access to the sites, the statement said. The inspections have been scheduled.
The IAEA had accused Iran of hiding suspected nuclear activity after inspectors were refused access in the two unidentified locations just two months ago. The agency, which serves as the UN’s nuclear watchdog, said Iran had evaded inquiries about its possible undeclared nuclear material and activities for nearly a year.
But with all that occurred during the past two weeks, Iran’s leadership made the decision to allow the inspections. Of course, there are still roadblocks in the process with Iran.
China moves to block triggering of UN Security Council sanctions on Iran
In response to the U.S.’s formal request for a “snapback” of sanction on Iran by the UN Security Council, China has moved to block the triggering of this mechanism. This move would effectively put an end to the Iran deal to curb the country’s nuclear power, according to The Jerusalem Post.
China was among six member states of the UN Security Council that objected to the U.S. request.
The sanctions had been rescinded in 2015 when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed between Iran and six world powers, including the U.S. and China. The U.S. withdrew from the deal in 2018, arguing that it was flawed.
In addition, the U.S. and Israel have charged that Iran is not in compliance with the deal. This non-compliance is why the U.S. is asking for the sanctions to be reinstated against Iran.
Let us pray together
With conversations and meetings taking place this week that could have a significant impact on peace in the Middle East, please pray with me for:
Continued progress on the peace agreement negotiations between Israel and the UAE
- Future peace agreement between Israel and other Arab countries – possibly including Oman, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan
- The UN Security Council to make wise decisions regarding reimposing sanctions on Iran
- The new cooperation between Israel and the UAE in battling the coronavirus to lead to new, effective treatments, more accurate and rapid testing and a vaccine
- Jewish people to recognize it is their Messiah Jesus who is ultimately responsible for any peace in the Middle East and put their trust in Him
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