Reuters News: “Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on Monday for the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, accelerating a normalization in ties nearly a year after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russia’s Vladimir Putin at an Ottoman-era villa in Istanbul for talks which touched on energy deals, trade and tourism ties, defense and the conflict in Syria, where the two leaders back opposing sides.
“Today has been a full day with President Putin of discussing Russia-Turkish relations … I have full confidence that the normalization of Turkish-Russian ties will continue at a fast pace,” Erdogan told a joint news conference.”
Opinion: Follow the energy.
- Trouble started between Israel and Turkey over the Mavi Marmara incident (Gaza flotilla) in 2010.
- Trouble started between Turkey and Russia over the November 2015 downing of a Russian jet forcing Erdogan to adjust his foreign policy and address its energy security issues by reestablishing ties with Israel.
- Turkey needs natural gas, Israel has it, so does Russia, and Mr. Putin is not about to let Israel take away Russia’s customers.
Here is the problem: Israel’s natural gas line has to go first through Cyprus and then Turkey, which is the bridge between east and west, and Mr. Putin is determined to stop that from happening.
Backdrop for war?
If Israel can get enough foreign investment to get a pipeline built, Netanyahu will find himself as a major competitor with Russia whose economy depends on the sale of natural gas and oil from its state-owned oil giant Gazprom.
We know that sometime in the future after Israel is victorious in a war over her surrounding neighbors (Psalm 83:1-8), and is living in a false peace, Russia will launch a surprise invasion (Ezekiel 38:1-6) along with Turkey, Iran and North African allies on the mountains of Israel.
This attack will look to the world as certain doom for the Jewish state until God intervenes, since for reasons still un-clear, the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia will be powerless to stop it (Ezekiel 38:13).
(For more details on the war of Gog and Magog see Bible Prophecy 101, chapter 6, tab on the home page of the website)