Austria’s history is stained with anti-Semitism. For decades, Austrian leaders have despised many of the Jews’ policies. Europe as a whole has historically shared this viewpoint. But we are now witnessing what could be a historic turning point, a change hinging on one man: former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Kurz to Jerusalem on July 10 as a “tremendous friend of the State of Israel, a champion of fighting anti-Semitism, a great leader for Austria.” Throughout his years as Austria’s foreign minister and chancellor, Kurz has built a personal relationship with Netanyahu.
In their meeting, the two leaders discussed the challenges of the refugee crisis, terrorism and Iran’s pursuit for nuclear weapons. “I am very concerned about Iran’s statement to want to enrich more uranium,” Kurz told Austrian reporters after his meeting with Netanyahu. He also said that Austria would act with Europe, “united and determinedly,” against Iranian nuclear ambitions.
In 2018, Kurz impressed Netanyahu when he visited the Wailing Wall and gave a passionate speech about Austria’s commitment to stand with Israel. The security of Israel, Kurz said, is “a matter of state” and a moral obligation for Austria. “As Austrians, we will support Israel whenever it is endangered,” he promised. This was viewed as an enormous sign of friendship and reconciliation. Netanyahu responded that Kurz should encourage his European Union colleagues to do the same.
With the exception of United States President Donald Trump, few other Western leaders have shown solidarity with Israel. Most, in fact, have shown themselves quite hostile toward this sole democracy in the Middle East. In 2017, 78 percent of all country-specific resolutions of the United Nations were directed against Israel, according to the UN-Watch organization. That percentage was even higher in previous years.
In the midst of Arab and Western hostility, Kurz’s support for Israel seems to be a breath of fresh air.
After Iran publicly violated the 2016 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Netanyahu wrote on his social media accounts: “Apparently, there are some in Europe who won’t wake up until Iranian nuclear missiles land on European soil. Then it will be too late.”
Netanyahu greatly desires that more European countries follow Kurz’s example. And he is not the only one who wants this.
Germany’s influential former defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg believes Europe is not doing enough in the Middle East. He presents himself as a friend of Israel and is a cofounder of the Friends of Israel Initiative. The initiative’s website states that its founders are most concerned “about the onslaught of radical Islamism, as well as the specter of a nuclear Iran, both of which threaten the entire world.”
Kurz and Guttenberg both call for Europe to take a stronger stance against Iran and to ally with Israel. Bible prophecy foretells that this will happen. Right now, Kurz is leading the way in the fulfillment of these prophecies.
Watch Jerusalem editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains in his free booklet The King of the South that Iran will soon lead an Islamic power bloc that threatens Israel and pushes against Europe. Bible prophecy foretells that Europe will confront this radical Islamic power (Daniel 11:40). Although many in Israel will view Europe’s war against Iran with gratitude, Europe’s ambitions are not altruistic.
The Bible reveals that Catholic Europe wants to control the Holy Land. Posing as a peacekeeping force, the armies of German-led Europe are prophesied to surround Jerusalem (Daniel 11:41, 45). Israel will view the emerging European superpower as its ally (Ezekiel 16), despite the fact that Germany and Austria have committed some of the worst crimes against Jews in history. Surprisingly, the Bible reveals that Israel will invite this “peacekeeping” force into the region.
History and prophecy confirm that Catholic Europe has an unsated passion to control Jerusalem. While Kurtz overtures towards Israel look benign, Austria’s shameful history towards the Jews should stand as a warning.