|The news headlines previous weeks have been dominated by the widely expected decision by US President Donald Trump to end the Iran nuclear deal, which he described as “defective at its core”. He has declared that the US will reimpose harsh sanctions against Tehran, adding,
“Any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States”.
The announcement was greeted with delight by Israel – which had been pressing for this decision – and also by parts of the Arab world which feel threatened by Iran’s growing dominance in the Middle East. European leaders, on the other hand, expressed their dismay and are currently looking at their options – particularly the possibility of continuing the agreement in some form without US participation. However, this could result in European companies facing sanctions by the US. Many commentators have expressed a sense of foreboding, fearing that Tehran will now accelerate its progress towards developing a bomb and that serious conflict between Israel and Iran has become far more likely.
This week’s events have surely taken us one step closer to the time of the end, when the Bible unequivocally places Iran on the side of Israel’s enemies (Ezekiel 38:5).