Syria, Iran Issue Joint Threat To Israel
Vol: 101 Issue: 25 Thursday, February 25, 2010
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid another visit to Damascus this week to fan the embers of the war fires he’s been lighting all over the Middle East.
In his latest provocation, Amadinejad held a joint press conference with Bashar al Assad in Damascus. Last year, we stood on the Golan Heights, looking off toward Damascus from just below one of Israel’s border observation posts.
From that observation post along the Israeli border, as we looked out over the abandoned villages of the Golan, I was struck by the fact I was standing some forty miles from Damascus at that moment.
Forty miles-odd from that Israeli OP to the place from which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was threatening Israel’s destruction.
Ahmadinejad said Arab nations will usher in a “new” Middle East “without Zionists and without colonialists.” By “colonialists” Ahamdinejad means, Americans.
“(The Americans) want to dominate the region but they feel Iran and Syria are preventing that . . . We tell them that instead of interfering in the region’s affairs, to pack their things and leave.”
He said that “if the Zionist regime wants to repeat its past mistakes, this will constitute its demise and annihilation.”
Ahmadinejad said Iran, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon will stand against Israel.
Assad piped in with typically mindless Arab sloganeering, saying America’s stance on Iran “is a new situation of colonialism in the region.”
If so, Assad has discovered a new definition for colonialism.”Colonialism” is when a country sends out settlers to start a colony.
Demanding that lunatics not play with weapons that could eliminate entire nations is not.
The Obama administration seems determined to ‘engage’ with Syria as part of its Middle East peace strategy, but it is a ‘strategy’ in name only.
The Arab world has been gearing up for war ever since what they view as Israel’s tactical defeat during the 2006 Hezbollah War.
In recent weeks, the Arabs have started to rachet up the war of words against Israel.
A couple of weeks ago, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem sent this message via a press conference from Damascus:
“Don’t test the determination of Syria, you Israelis. You know that war this time would move to your cities.”
The threat was so overt as to prompt ABCNews to comment:
“The threatening language implied Syria would be willing and able to target Israeli population centers with long-range missiles in a conflict. It was the first time such a threat had been made.”
Actually, it is only ‘the first time’ if you only get your news from ABCNews. If they boldly go where no ABC reporter has evidently dared to go before (the internet) they’ll discover such threats have been regular fare from Damascus for several years.
This is only a surprise to the liberal media. We wrote about the escalating war of words back on February 3rd .UN Resolution 1701 was a joke. Israel went into Lebanon in 2006 to recover two kidnapped Israeli soldiers. Resolution 1701 made returning them part of the cease-fire agreement.
Israel was to withdraw, and Hezbollah was to return Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Lebanon was to disarm Hezbollah. Syria was to withraw its forces, cut its supply lines and get out of the Bekaa Valley.
Israel withdrew. Goldwasser and Regev weren’t returned for another two years. That’s when their families learned they were dead.
Hezbollah refused to disarm. Lebanon surrendered to Hezbollah. UN peacekeepers ignored Hezbollah and focused their attention on Israeli compliance.
Apparently, Hezbollah feels it has been sufficiently rearmed by Iran and Syria despite the presence of UN ‘peacekeepers’ who were stationed in Lebanon to enforce UN Resolution 1701 that forbade it.
Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah raised the stakes even further last week.
“If you hit Dahiyeh, we will hit Tel Aviv. If you strike Martyr Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, we’ll strike your Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. . . If you hit our ports, we will hit your ports. If you attack our refineries, we’ll attack your refineries. If you bomb our factories, we’ll bomb your factories.”
Earlier this week, in an address broadcast live Tuesday on Iranian state television, Ahmadinejad again vowed to destroy Israel, saying that,
“If these criminals make the mistake again, the regional countries need to eradicate them once and for all.”
US National Security Advisor James Jones recently addressed the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the prospects for the Middle East in the immediate future.
His comments tended to confirm our earlier assessment that Iran plans whip things up and use Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria as surrogates.
“When regimes are feeling pressure, as Iran is internally and will externally in the near future, it often lashes out through its surrogates, including, in Iran’s case, Hizbullah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. As pressure on the regime in Teheran builds over its nuclear program,” he said, “there is a heightened risk of further attacks against Israel.”
We’ve already flogged the Psalms 83 scenario in previous Omega Letter briefs and we’ve discussed Ezekiel’s Gog-Magog scenario so many times that you can probably recite it from memory.
Instead, look at the way events are unfolding for the first time. Remember the sense of awe you that felt the first time you realized you were witnessing the unfolding of Bible prophecy before your eyes.
For many of us, it was that realization that led us to the altar of salvation.
This is one of those times when all the signs point in one direction and the Bible points in the other. There are two separate conflicts that take place in the last days.
Psalms 83 describes a war between Israel and the surrounding Arab states, including Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Egypt and Jordan. The Psalms 83 war comes to a decisive end. That is the same conflict foreseen by Isaiah 17’s ‘burden of Damascus.”
The second great conflict of the last days is the Gog-Magog War. That conflict involves Iran (Persia) and is equally decisive. But the two are clearly not the same.
In Gog Magog, Israel is dwelling at peace and safety. Israel is currently on its highest state of alert.
In Gog-Magog, Israel is a land of unwalled villages. Currently, Israel is walling up villages with its security barrier.
In Gog-Magog, the attack against Israel catches everyone by surprise. I doubt that anybody will be very surprised to hear of a Syrian-Hezbollah-Hamas attack against Israel. Shocked, maybe. But hardly surprised.
The Iranians and Syrians and Hamas and Hezbollah spokespersons have left little doubt of their intentions.
Since this is NOT Gog-Magog, then Persia (Iran) must somehow survive to meet its appointment with destiny against the mountains of Israel together with its patron (Russia), Turkey and and a number of other states equally unlikely to get involved here.
None of the Gog-Magog nations are numbered among the Psalms 83/Isaiah 17 nations and vice-versa.
I don’t know if this IS the Psalms 83/Isaiah 17 conflict or just another dress rehearsal.
But we need to pray for our OL brothers and sisters trapped behind enemy lines in Damascus, Beirut, and elsewhere. We need to pray for the Israelis who have already seen far too much war and destruction.
And we need to pray for each other. There are scary times ahead.