Record arms deal cements France-UAE cooperation
FFrance concluded its largest foreign sale of fighter jets on December 3 under an agreement with the United Arab Emirates. It continues a long tradition of selling arms to the Gulf States. The importance of the agreement lies less in the technological and military impact it will have than in what it reveals about the future of geopolitics in the Middle East.
French President Emmanuel Macron visited Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from December 2-4. During his visit, the United Arab Emirates announced that it would purchase 80 of France’s most advanced fighter jets, the Rafale. He also announced an order for 12 Airbus military helicopters capable of anti-ship, ground attack and transport roles.
In total, the deal, worth $ 19.2 billion, comes just in time to help Airbus and Dassault weather the current financial crisis. The United Arab Emirates have worked with France for decades, having operated the Mirage 2000 since the 1980s.
Why is France bracing the flames of animosity in this sensitive region? It has everything to do with the rise of Iran and the retreat of America.
“Macron’s visit comes at a time when the Arab Gulf states have expressed uncertainty over the US focus on the region,” reported Reuters, noting that although these nations are still looking for American weapons, their relations with France are strengthening while their willingness to rely on the United States is waning.
“This French commitment in the region, this active cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the clear positions we have taken mean that we have increased our proximity to the United Arab Emirates,” Macron said. “And at a time when they were probably asking more questions about other historical partners … I think that this strengthens France’s position.”
Macron’s allusion is clear: The UAE doubts the reliability of the United States.
An analyst from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime told Reuters that this was “the first time that a close American partner in the Arab world has relied more on French technology than on American technology.”
Iran is the primary security concern for the Gulf states. France, which obtains most of its refined oil from Saudi Arabia, as well as a significant share from the United Arab Emirates, is monitoring the security situation closely. For several years, the European Union has deployed warships and aerial surveillance in an effort to secure the Strait of Hormuz and other vital choke points. France has a permanent military base in Abu Dhabi.
Arab states must now decide where to turn for help in containing Iran. The 2015 nuclear deal and the ongoing negotiations have done nothing to make the region safer. Instead, Iran has progressed towards the bomb almost unhindered, save for Israel’s secret strikes. Iranian-funded Houthi fighters continue to seize ships in the Red Sea, and Iranian attacks on Saudi Arabia doubled in 2021. Meanwhile, the United States has lost credibility in the Arab world after its hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan.
France and other EU countries are now ready to fill the void.
For many years, Look at Jerusalem expected this change to happen. Look at Jerusalem Editor-in-Chief Gerald Flurry’s article “A Mysterious Prophecy” explains the prophecy of Psalm 83 and shows how it relates specifically to trends sweeping the Middle East today: the deepening of cooperation between Arab nations and Europe, while the United States withdraws.
What will this alliance accomplish?
Psalm 83 shows that “Assyria” (modern Germany) will be “confederated”, or allied with, certain Arab nations, including the “Ishmaelites” (verse 6). This ancient name of the people descending from Ishmael refers to modern Saudi Arabia and the nations around it. Germany and a united Europe will confront radical Islam and conquer Iran, known as “the king of the south” in Bible prophecy (Daniel 11:40; see our free brochure The king of the south). Psalm 83 shows that the Gulf States will be aligned with Germany and Europe at the time of the conquest of Iran.
Iran will not be the last victim of this war. After conquering radical Islam, Europe will conspire to annihilate Israel (verse 4) – the United States, Britain and the Jewish state. The same Bible prophecies that predicted Europe’s growing involvement in the UAE and Saudi Arabia also warn that this alliance is the forerunner of the worst period of suffering ever known to man, a time of such deadly nuclear war. that only God’s intervention will save mankind.
This alliance is reshaping the Middle East, but its true significance is a mystery to most people. God wants you to understand it. Start by reading “The King of the South” by Gerald Flurry.