Future Prospects for Europe and Israel

Israel’s new nation-state law has angered many across the globe and especially the Arab community. The new law clearly states that Israel is “the nation-state of the Jewish people” (New York Times, July 19, 2018). Opponents have claimed that the new law discriminates against Palestinians and other ethnic groups living in Israel and limits the concept of democracy in the country.

In a recent op-ed in The National (a United Arab Emirates publication), a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset called for European intervention in Israel in order to ensure democracy and equality for all citizens (August 7, 2018). In his essay, Mr. Tibi offered the following plea: “The European Union and its member states have the choice of either continuing to encourage such systematic policies by ignoring reality, or they can take action in order to save the prospects of a just and lasting peace that safeguards the rights of all, Israelis and Palestinians, Christians, Druze Muslims and Jews. Being Israel’s first trade partner, Europe has enough tools to stop the madness encouraged and enabled by the Trump administration.”

The EU and Germany have made efforts in recent years to support Israel and build a trusting relationship with it. The EU has also worked to support and encourage the Palestinian cause. The future of Israel and Europe is actually prophesied in the pages of the Bible. End-time Bible prophecy reveals that the armies of the European “king of the North” will invade the Holy Land in the future and occupy it for a time (Daniel 11:40–44). With support from the Roman church, this invading force will even stop the daily sacrifices there (see Revelation 17; Daniel 11:31; 12:11; Matthew 24:15–16). For more details about Europe’s coming involvement in Israel, read or listen to The Middle East in Prophecy.