Prophecy Unfolding? Turkey's New Role in Mideast

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- When Israel's defense of its Gaza naval blockade in May turned deadly, it set off a worldwide firestorm of criticism.

While Israel may seem more isolated than ever, some Jews see the pages of Scripture coming alive in this latest Middle East crisis.

Turkey's New Alliance?

The Jewish state has contended that the Israel Defense Forces' interception the pro-Palestinian flotilla was part of an effort to keep weapons out of Hamas-controlled Gaza.

However, that argument didn't stop an international rush to judgment. The U.N. Security Council issued a statement condemning Israel and called for an investigation, while Sweden, Ireland and other nations planned boycotts against the Israel.

The flotilla incident also revealed Turkey as a major new player in the Middle East. Turkey's Prime Minister Erdowan vehemently attacked Israel over the incident, shifting his allegiance toward Iran, Syria and their axis of power.

The move represented a major realignment in the Middle East, with Turkey - once a close ally of Israel and the West - now openly courting the likes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and ultimately Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

The Winds of War

So, what does this shift of power and increasing isolation of Israel mean? Some in the Jewish state and around the world believe it reflects biblical prophecy.

Following the flotilla incident, the Rabbinical Council of Judea and Samaria issued a statement saying the aftermath seemed to "place us at the beginning of the Gog and Magog process where the world is against us, but which ends with the third and final redemption."

Gog and Magog is a biblical reference found in chapters 38 and 39 of the book of Ezekiel when a coalition of nations attacks the land of Israel.

Whether or not the prophecy is fulfilled soon, many believe war in the Middle East is looming.

Just last week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned Iran could launch an attack against Europe with "scores or hundreds of missiles."

Meanwhile, Israel's problems with its naval blockade are not over yet. A flotilla from Iran will be heading to the region to test Israel's resolve once again.

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Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell

CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief

In a time where the world's attention is riveted on events in the Middle East, CBN viewers have come to appreciate Chris Mitchell's timely reports from this explosive region of the world. Mitchell brings a Biblical and prophetic perspective to these daily news events that shape our world.