World Bank Director: Turkey to become Global Energy Hub

From the Daily Sabah

It is for this reason that I have been saying for years that Turkey’s geostrategic placement is one of its greatest assists and one of the primary reasons why it promises to become one of the most powerful nations in the region in the years ahead. The old adage, “just follow the money” is becoming, “follow the energy pipelines.”

The World Bank is currenty working with Turkey’s energy ministry to reform the legislation of the natural gas market, which might allow Turkey to attract competing sources of supply for its domestic market and ultimately make it better positioned to supply for European markets. Turkey is in a strategic geographical location “between major markets in Europe and major supply sources in further east,” said Raiser.

He said this geostrategic advantage increases Turkey’s chances to become a global energy hub, adding that Turkey’s geopolitical context require resolving some of the political issues around energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean basin and Iraq.

As a part of its bid to become an energy hub, Turkey invested in TANAP, Trans Anatolia Natural Gas Pipeline, to carry Azerbaijani gas to Europe. The recent discoveries of natural gas fields in Eastern Mediterranean off the coast of Israel introduced an opportunity for Ankara as Turkey is the best feasible route for Israeli gas to reach European and Asian markets.

The strained relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv over Mavi Marmara incident in 2009 are expected to thaw as both sides signal possible reconciliation. Turkey also tries to meditate a resolution in Iraq between federal government and Kurdish Administration of Northern Iraq, which will allow Kurdish oil to reach Turkey for re-export.

As Turkey continues to emerge as a regional and global player, is it any wonder that the prophet Ezekiel placed such an overwhelming emphasis on Turkey in his prophecy concerning Turkye leading the coming Antichristic assault on the region?

  • Christopher
    Posted at 15:40h, 27 April

    I had a question regarding your latter days timeline. Do you see the two witnesses coming before, during, or after the appearance of the Anti-Christ?

  • Joel
    Posted at 17:43h, 27 April

    The last 3.5 years of the final shabuah. Why do you ask?

  • Christopher
    Posted at 18:01h, 27 April

    I never presume to know the bible in its entirety and always am open to others understanding. I am trying to understand Mystery Babylon. I do know the witnesses are in Jerusalem when they are killed.
    This may not agree with your understanding, but I think the anti-Christ rules from Jerusalem after they are slain, thus claiming as Isaiah 14:13, “I will sit in the assembly of the congregation of the north”.
    I think at some point Jerusalem is perverted from a holy place to an unholy one by his abomination.
    Thanks for sharing your understanding. I will continue try and grasp your viewpoints.

  • Joel
    Posted at 18:18h, 27 April

    The timing of the Book of Revelation is not my strong suit. I tend to go with the Pre-Wrath timeline, which seems to make the most sense to me.

    Yes, Jerusalem will not simply be perverted, but fully abominated and desolated (religiously speaking) by the AC beginning at the mid-point when he sits in the Temple and sets up the Image of the Beast there.

  • Gabe
    Posted at 23:09h, 27 April

    Hello All:

    Regarding Turkey, there are multiple, large May Day (May 1st) marches being planned on social media by different opposition groups in the major cities, and it appears that the regime is also preparing to confront them in force. It could be a big day. The marches may not necessarily be covered in the mainstream media, but you can follow @OccupiedTaksim on Twitter. They retweet a lot of stories, pics and videos as they’re happening on the ground in different places, and so far they’ve escaped Erdogan’s Twitter blacklist. (Disclaimer: If you follow them, be forewarned, a lot of the opposition groups are socialistic or outright communistic, hence the May Day emphasis, so you will see that in some of their references, but there are some Christians among the liberal democratic opposition as well, so pray for them).

    Praying for peace and the spread of the gospel in Turkey,

  • David W. Lincoln
    Posted at 18:03h, 28 April

    Joel, will you and Walid Shoebat be updating “God’s war on terror”? Because I see some things need to be addressed.

    As for Turkey, it isn’t the only country with more than a little bit of energy as natural resources.

    Canada is ready to export, and frankly the mess that Obama has made of Canada/US relations, the sooner we will see energy from Canada making its way to Europe, and the greater Middle East.

  • Joel
    Posted at 19:46h, 28 April


    Walid may update the book. You would have to check with them. Unfortunately, I am no longer involved with the book in any way, per their choice as of last year.

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