Jerusalem Post September 25, 2019
“STATE MEDIA IN IRAN, RUSSIA INDICATE GROWING RUSSIA-IRAN-TURKEY ALLIANCE” 🤔< Note: Ezekiel 38-39 speaks of the War of Gog and Magog. Most Bible Prophecy Scholars believe this war, aka the Ezekiel 38-39 War, will take place at the time of the Rapture, or near the beginning of the Tribulation. The main players in this war are Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, and Sudan. A leader “Gog” from Russia will create an alliance with these other nations that will attack Israel. The current geopolitical situation is amazingly in line with this Bible Prophecy…
[ The War of Gog and Magog should not be confused with Armageddon]
“It’s in media coverage in these countries, particularly the narratives of Press TV, RT and Sputnik that we can see the alliance emerge.
On Wednesday Iran’s Press TV put out a tweet in English with a quote from Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Nuclear power should be forbidden for all or permissible for all,” the tweet said. Press TV added an image of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appearing to be sweating. The message of Iran wasn’t a secret, it tagged Erdogan and hashtagged it “Israelisexempt”. What is more secret is the growing Iran-Turkey-Russia alliance that is emerging and illustrated via state controlled media.
RT in Russia similarly highlights the greatness of Turkey and Iran as part of a campaign that clearly indicates Moscow’s support for the two. On Wednesday it tweeted about Iran showcasing its drone expertise amid tensions in the Gulf. It also tweeted images from Erdogan’s speech in which he slammed Israel. Sputnik in Russia similarly highlighted comments by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday morning. “Turkey will probably never buy American aircraft again,” Sputnik noted as well.
A quick check of TRT and Al-Jazeera, which reflect the views of governments in Ankara and Doha, did not reveal as strong praise for Russia and Iran. This means that in general Tehran and Moscow appear to be using their media arms to curry favor with Turkey as part of a regional strategy aimed at a Turkey-Russia-Iran triumvirate or alliance. This alliance is positioned to upset the regional balance of power and has already been cemented through the Astana process to discuss Syria and the post-Syrian civil war era.
Initially Russia and Iran were on one side of the Syrian civil war and Turkey on the other side, to the extent that back in 2015 there were theories that posited they might come into conflict over Syria. But over time things changed. Turkey became closer to Russia, seeing in Russia a potential dealmaker that could be trusted and finding a warm ear in Moscow when Turkey broached the subject of taking over parts of northern Syria, including Afrin. Moscow gave the green light over time, allowing Turkey to use Syria’s airspace and making sure the Syrian regime, a key ally of Russia, did not intervene. Turkey is now poised to seek to control a swath of Syria that could result in Turkish control of more than thirty percent of the country if Ankara gets everything it wants in eastern and northern Syria.
Meanwhile Turkey and Iran grew closer economically, with Turkey seeking ways around US sanctions and seeking to boost trade to $30 billion from $10 billion in 2017. Turkey, Russia and Iran bond over Syria because they all oppose the US role. Turkey accuses the US of training terrorists in eastern Syria. Turkey, once opposed to Iran’s growing role in Iraq, has found accommodations with Tehran after an Iranian-backed Iraqi offensive into Kirkuk in the wake of the Kurdistan Regional Government referendum. Biggest of all, Turkey is getting Russia’s S-400, a deal that originated in 2017 and resulted in delivery of the system in the summer of 2019. It may go online in April of 2020. Turkey and Russia also work closely on TurkStream, the pipeline under the Black Sea and this is linked to more muscular Turkish policies in the Mediterranean.
It’s in media coverage in these countries, particularly the narratives of Press TV, RT and Sputnik that we can see the alliance emerge. These media share some basic features. Criticism of the US and Israel is one aspect. Another is a clear editorial line towards praising Turkey and also highlighting, with some glee, the growing divergence between Washington and Ankara.”