At the G-20 economic summit in China, Obama and Putin met to discuss Syria. One President grimaced, the other smiled. Diplomatically, Russia continues to win; tragically, Syria continues to lose; and warily, Israel continues to adapt to a new superpower in the Middle East.
WHY is Turkey moving "full speed ahead" to reconcile with Israel? Today's Middle East is crazy slalom of events. Every few hours, new conflicts spring up and new deals are forged – only to end in tatters a couple of days later.
The US decision to remove its nuclear arsenal from Turkey is apparent confirmation that, almost overnight, Erdoğan has abandoned his alliance with the West and shifted to the East, vis-a-vis Moscow. His anticipated welcome to Tehran's superpower teammates, Russia and China, has sobering implications for Israel.
Around 536 BC, a Persian government advisor with the Hebrew name, Daniel, penned a number of predictions including a somewhat confusing description of Middle East dynamics at “the end of time.” The confusion was deliberate, he said. It would not be understood until an unmistakable shift happened on a global scale, a time when “travel and knowledge vastly increased” (Dan. 12:4).