Monday, July 6, 2009

Is Israel About to go to War?

6 July 2009: Of course the banner for this Eschatology Today entry is a rhetorical question, one that prophecy students know is but a matter of time. That time now appears to be upon us.

As I see it, the burning question for the moment is whether squadrons of IAF F-16I 'Sufa' strike aircraft, as seen above, will go "wheels up" enroute to Iran, or will some form of military pre-emption occur where Iranian allies (Syria, Hezbollah, HAMAS) strike Israel first?

Either scenario could lead to the next war, a war most cutting-edge Bible prophecy students understand will lead to a literal fulfillment of Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83. As most of you know I have viewed both of these prophetic chapters as imminent real-world events for the past 3 years, and for the rest of this summer, especially as we approach the third anniversary of the Israel-Hezbollah War, this subject will have my full and undivided attention once again.

Let's review some recent developments:

A little over a month ago Egypt rejected a gradual normalization of Israeli-Arab relations, leading to conditions that would permit normal commercial air corridor traffic in the region.

Israel completed a military exercise which tested different vignettes that could very conceivably develop during a multi-front war with its Arab neighbors and terrorist proxy forces in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza. This exercise will likely have its 'lessons learned' applied to a real-world Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83 scenario. The next war of this multi-front type will send the Arabs reeling in a defeat to the extent that the War of Independence of 1947-48, the Six Day War of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973 will pale in comparison. There can be no doubt that Israel is fully prepared for any eventuality, even WMD, even going all the way to Tehran, even turning Damascus into a radioactive pile of cinders. Sampson won't bluff in matters such as these.

In mid-June both Egypt and Syria rejected Israeli PM Netanyahu's demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel's right to exist as a state for Jews. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said such statements were "ruining the chance for peace." If Hosni knew what was really good for his nation and the rest of the Arab world he'd reconsider such tomfoolery immediately. There will be "hell to pay" for such bellicosity in the not-to-distant future. Not surprisingly, the EU essentially agreed with the Arabs. So did the Obama Administration. Stupid is as stupid does.

Now, most recently, the Assad regime in Damascus once again threatens war with Israel over the Golan. Hint to Bashar: you'll be sorry.

To make its sovereign position clear to the whole world the Israeli cabinet has published what I would say are its own non-negotiable conditions for peace with its Arab neighbors. Those conditions are as follows:

  1. “The need for explicit Palestinian recognition of the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people.

  2. “The demilitarization of a Palestinian state in such a manner that all of Israel's security needs will be met.

  3. “International backing of these security arrangements in the form of explicit international guarantees.

  4. “The problem of refugees must be resolved outside the borders of Israel.

  5. “The agreement be an end to the conflict. This is to say that the Palestinians will not be able to raise additional claims following the signing of a peace agreement.”

Any guesses as to what what happens next?

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