While world leaders have descended on Jerusalem in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a delegation of 24 Muslim leaders are touring Auschwitz, the death camp where over 1 million Jews were exterminated during the Holocaust. The delegation is alongside American Jewish Committee (AJC) officials.
Mohammed al-Issa, former Saudi Arabian foreign minister, now secretary-general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League (MWL), heads up the delegation. They also plan to visit both the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Nozyk Synagogue, where they will meet Holocaust survivors, while in Poland.
“Muslims around the world have a responsibility to learn about the lessons of the Holocaust….I urge all Muslims to learn the history of the Holocaust, to visit memorials and museums of this horrific event and to teach its lesson to their children.”~Mohammed al-Issa, quoted in The Times of Israel, January 22, 2020
In response, Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said:
“The fact that the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, which once represented the worst face of Muslim leadership on issues related to the Jews and Jewish history, is going to Auschwitz — normalizing discussion of the Holocaust and marginalizing deniers — is something remarkable.”
Remarkable indeed. As we continue to see the moderate Muslim world, including Saudi Arabia, grow more favorable toward Israel and the Jewish people, it is wise to look into Scripture to discern the significance.
The world stage seems to be almost completely set for the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38. Is it surprising to find Saudi Arabia showing acceptance of the Jewish nation when verse 13 tells us Sheba and Dedan (the Arabian peninsula) will not join in efforts of Russia, Iran, Turkey and others when they invade Israel? (That is described in verses 1-12.)
Until very recently it was unthinkable that Saudi Arabia would interact with any degree of favor toward Israel. Yet, we’re seeing it very clearly today.
So, how significant is this event? From a Biblical perspective, very significant! God’s story, as foretold in Bible prophecy is coming to life! Pray for increased cooperation between Israel and the Saudis.