Arab representatives will meet over the next month to study the creation of the force and present their findings to defence ministers within four months, according to the resolution adopted by the leaders.
“Assuming the great responsibility imposed by the great challenges facing our Arab nation and threatening its capabilities, the Arab leaders had decided to agree on the principle of a joint Arab military force,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the summit in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.”
Opinion: Let’s go back two months to January 20. The Houthis, a rebel group sponsored and directed by Iran, overthrew the pro-American Yemeni government. After they conquered the capital city of Sanaa, crowds of Houthis began chanting “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” The same battle cries that Iran uses, exactly.
In order to reach the Mediterranean Sea from the Indian Ocean, 3.8 million barrels of oil per day—passes through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait (bottom left of map), the southern gate of the Red Sea.
The strait measures 18 miles across. The channel is the closest point between the two landmasses of central Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The northeast edge of the strait is in Yemeni territory.
The strategic importance of controlling this passage is equal to controlling the Suez Canal, since both are part of the same thoroughfare.
Iran knows what Saddam Hussein knew, “control ME oil; control the world.”
President Al-Sisi understands the importance of oil all too well even though Egypt produces about 600,000 barrels a day, with a retail value of about $18 billion annually. Because of Egypt’s large population, this would translate to only about $220 per capita.
But al-Sisi also knows the major challenges ahead before any Arab leader will give up control of their armies to an Egypt-led coalition.
It will be interesting to watch al-Sisi, since one day, possibly soon, Egypt will take up its prophesied position in the final battle of Armageddon as King of the South, Daniel 11:40.