Saudi Arabia denies Israeli chess players visas for intl competition in Riyadh

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JOL: Israeli chess players were denied visas to take part in a speed chess competition in Saudi Arabia this week, according to Reuters. The news agency reported on Sunday that World Chess Federation Vice President Israel Gelfer wrote in an email that visas for the Israelis players “have not been issued and will not be issued.”

The four-day tournament is set to begin in the kingdom on Tuesday. Seven Israeli chess players reportedly requested visas to participate in the event.

In a statement released on Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s Center for International Communication said that over 180 chess players from around the world are expected to take part in the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2017. more …

Opinion: Checkmate.

So much for the ultimate peace deal that was supposed to bring the Gulf States led by the future king of Saudi Arabia to make peace with Israel.

What happened to the Mohammed Bin Salman/Jared Kushner relationship? That a Jew cannot even enter Saudi Arabia to play chess is a clear slap in the face to both the US and Israel.

What we have in the Middle East are two distinct perpetual conflicts:

The family line of Abraham and Ishmael and the family line of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau are in constant enmity with the family line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – who is Israel (Genesis 35:10).

The conflict has always been about the ownership of the land.

That the Ishmaelite line today appears to have a small (self-serving) desire to end the conflict can perhaps be explained in Genesis 17:25:

 “And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.”

Scripture is silent, however, about the circumcision of Esau. In the ancient non-biblical texts of the Talmud/Midrash an account is given that Esau spurned his circumcision, just as he spurned his birthright. Genesis 17:14 gives us a possible explanation as to why the hatred is deeper.

And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.” Genesis 17:14

And that Ishmael cannot even allow a Jew into the country to play chess can be be seen in Genesis 16:12:

“He shall be a wild man;
His hand shall be against every man,
And every man’s hand against him.
And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Genesis 16:12

Whereas the line of Esau is prophesied to be an eternal enemy: Genesis 27:41; Exodus 17:16; Hebrews 12:16.

God had promised a blessing to Ishmael’s mother Hagar in the desert after the two had been banished (Genesis 21:14-21). Ishmael would be blessed with 12 sons and be made a great nation, but away from the covenant land.

Ishmael settled in the Arabian desert, east of the promised land, in what is today Saudi Arabia.

Genesis 25:18 is a chilling reminder that the prophecy the Angel of the Lord gave to Hagar about her son’s wild temperament, was passed to Ishmael’s descendants.

“And they dwelled from Havilah to Shur that upon the face of the Egypt as one goes toward Assyria in defiance against all his brothers he settled.”

(Excerpt chapter 1 Blood Feud here)