JPost: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Wednesday, the Prime Minister’s Office announced on Saturday, amid increasing concerns that Iran is establishing a permanent military presence in Syria.
This will be Netanyahu’s fourth visit to Russia in some 16 months, a testament to Moscow’s influence in the region as a result of its intense engagement in Syria. In addition to the visits, Netanyahu and Putin speak regularly on the phone. more …
Opinion: Israel’s prime Minister is an Old Testament Bible student who is said to have weekly Bible studies at his home.
It was once said by Eyal Arad, a top Israeli political strategist who was an adviser to Benjamin Netanyahu in the 1980’s, “The prime minister has a messianic notion of himself — as a person called to save the Jewish people from this new Holocaust.”
We can therefore assume that Netanyahu is not a messianic believer, but as an OT Bible student, it is likely that the war of Gog and Magog is on his radar, and if so, meeting with Putin could be characterized as keeping one’s enemies closer than friends.
Netanyahu’s regular meetings have a three-fold purpose:
- If Vladimir Putin is the prophesied Gog of Ezekiel 38:1-2, Netanyahu will need to keep an eye on both Russia and Iranian troop movements as well as Russia’s relationship with Iran, called Persia by Ezekiel, Ez. 38:5)
2 Oil is the life blood of Russia’s economy.
In April 2016 Gazprom, Russia’s energy company which is majority-owned by the Government of Russia, though technically private. Gazprom’s interest in Israeli gas reservoir Leviathan is a strategic issue for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In 2014, Israel’s known gas reserves were 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf), and the US Geological Survey says there’s at least twice that amount still to be discovered in Israeli waters. That exceeds Israel’s energy needs for the next 30 to 50 years. Moreover, the USGS predicts there are 1.7 billion barrels of oil gas basins as well.
3. The Russian press openly admitted in April 2016 (here), that Gazprom is seeking to enter the Israeli natural gas industry. It is believed that Putin wants to take part in the development of the Leviathan gas reservoir, which is not the first time that Russia has tried to strengthen its foothold in the Middle East through control of gas reservoirs.
Since that time massive new energy reserves have been found in the Dead Sea and the Golan Heights, making Israel a potential major competitor to Gazprom’s customers in the EU and Baltic states.
And that, by any standard, could be defined as plunder, Ezekiel 38:13.
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