Foreign ministers from 22 Arab countries agreed to form a unified military force on Thursday, approving a draft resolution designed to counter growing security threats in the region. Fulfilling a partial prophecy in Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17. The war against Israel is culminating. See Prophecy Section below.
“The Arab … ministers agreed on adopting an important principle, which is forming the unified Arab military force. The task of the force will be rapid military intervention to deal with security threats to Arab nations,” Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby told reporters after the meeting, Reuters reported.
The agreement, which Elaraby described as “historic,” came shortly after airstrikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies, in an effort to check what is seen as Iran’s growing influence in the region. Iran has demanded that all military actions in Yemen be immediately halted, and said it would take necessary measures to control the crisis there. The United States has said it provided “logistical and intelligence support” to the Saudi-led coalition attacking the Houthi positions. The decision to launch the airstrikes was made without significant involvement from Washington, according to the Daily Beast.
Egyptian TV reportedly said that the Arab League will coordinate with the chiefs of staff of the various Arab nations’ armies to organize the new force within one month. Egyptian officials also announced that a ground invasion of Yemen will follow the airstrikes.
A naval blockade has been imposed by the Saudi ship Firmness Storm on a strait that connects the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, and provides passage to the Mediterranean Sea. The strait is used by Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Yemen, Djibouti and Saudi Arabia, among other nations. Four Egyptian vessels were spotted en route to secure the Gulf of Aden, off the city where President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was based out of after leaving the capital city of Sanaa, and before being forced to flee the country.
The ministers “agreed on an important principle, to establish the force,” Arab League secretary-general Nabil al-Arabi told a news conference.
“The Arab ministers agreed on adopting an important principle, which is forming the unified Arab military force,” Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby told reporters after the meeting in the resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.
“The task of the force will be rapid military intervention to deal with security threats to Arab nations,” Elaraby added.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the agreement was unanimous.
The draft, seen by AFP, said the force would be carry out “rapid response operations” against threats to Arab states.
The draft resolution will be referred to the Arab leaders. The plan forms part of a draft resolution to be submitted to Arab leaders during their March 28-29 summit in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Other Gulf Arab states, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco have said they are participating in the campaign.
Al Arabiya reported that at least 150,000 Saudi ground troops have been mobilized along with fighter jets and naval units, as part of the move codenamed, “Operation Decisive Storm.”
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, another regional body of Islamic states, affirmed its support for the deal and said it is monitoring the situation in Yemen closely. The Syrian National Coalition, an alliance of Syrian fighters allied with the West, also said it supported the operation and reasserted its recognition of Hadi as Yemen’s “legitimate” leader.
The Arab world is currently facing unprecedented threats on multiple fronts. In Yemen, Houthi militants believed to have Iranian backing have taken over large swathes of the country including its official capital. In Libya, a civil war is raging between a government that controls the capital of Tripoli, and the internationally recognized government — aided by Arab and Egyptian airstrikes — based out of the city of Tobruk.
In Syria, a civil war has raged on for four years between President Bashar Assad’s government, which is backed by Iran, and loose coalitions of militants, as well as the Islamic State group. ISIS has taken over significant portions of Iraq and Syria, has expanded into Libya, and has been drawing membership from across the Islamic world, recently gaining the loyalty of Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram and claiming responsibility for a deadly terror attack in Tunisia.
“This is the first time that a force will be created and work under the name of Arab states,” Nabil al-Arabi said, describing the move as “historic”.
The idea was first floated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The 22 Arab states often have different views on how to tackle crises and calls for a unified force in the past have failed to produce tangible results.
The dangers facing the region have perhaps never seemed starker. Conflicts are intensifying in Yemen and Libya and the civil war in Syria is entering its fifth year.
Islamic State militants have taken over swathes of Iraq and Syria and spawned splinter groups across the Arab world. The United States and other major powers are seeking a final nuclear deal with Iran, in a process that worries many Sunni Arab leaders wary of Shi’ite Iran’s growing influence in the region.
Arabi will be tasked with meeting Arab military representatives to work out the details of the force, the draft said.
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They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:- Psalm 83:3-5 (KJV).
Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean – Isaiah 17:1-4 (KJV).
PSALM 83 AND ISAIAH 17
As Isaiah 17 tells us, there is a future conflict between Damascus and Israel. With the current scene today, an Israeli-Arab war is already culminating, and it is easy to see how it will manifest. It is worth mentioning that both the Syrians and Palestinians want Golan Heights.The Arab peace agreement (See “Crafty Counsel” graph below) had demanded that Israel recognize Palestine as an “Independent state” – which to date has not happened, and tensions are boiling over. The entire middle east is steeped in war and conflict as we just read, ISIS and other extremist muslim groups are waging jihad attacks, not to mention the formation of the Islamic caliphate, and civil unrest is everywhere. The world is in a state of “Nation against nation.” There are a number of things that could trigger Isaiah 17, only God knows for sure. The main point is to state the future prophecy and point out the correlations between Isaiah 17 and the Psalm 83 war, noting that once Isaiah 17 is triggered, so is Psalm 83, which you will see in the graphic displayed below.
As Isaiah prophesied, Damascus will be destroyed in one day (Isaiah 17:14), will be made a “ruinous heap” and “uninhabitable.” According to these verses, the cities of Aroer, which is located on the northern bank of the Arnon River just east of the Dead Sea,(which is drying up along with Euphrates, another prophecy being fulfilled) will also be barren, the cities in northern Israel will also be destroyed, and the few who remain in Aram, a few miles southeast of Damascus, will meet the same destruction and end as those of these northern Israeli cities. We also see where this will be the pre-cursor event into Psalms 83. Israel will then be invaded by armies from Jordan, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza. all members of the Arab League, and all the same ones that invade and rise against Israel in both Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17.
Isaiah 17:12 are the same nations that sign a treaty against the Lord in Psalms 83:5-8: Look at these verses:
Isaiah further tells us that in one day, the city will cease to exist, and there will be a historical absence of the “crafty counsel” or confederate nations prophesied to attack Israel. The only way that could happen is through a war. This treaty is preparation for war and they are against Israel, they are the enemies these verses are talking about.