Ominous Moves in Lebanon
DDolan.com, Monday, December 17, 2018, Jerusalem
The usually reliable Debka news site is reporting sudden and ominous military movements of Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah forces away from Lebanon’s tense southern border with Israel, where I lived and worked in the early 1980s. The report says the widespread movement, including militia troops, spotters and other forces, probably signals that the heavily armed terrorist group expects military action in the coming hours or days with Israel, which announced the uncovering of a fourth Hezbollah infiltration tunnel running deep underneath the international border. Up to six others may also exist says Debka and other sources. Hezbollah’s military communications network has also been silenced, says the report. The prospect of a major military clash looming on the Mideast horizon is buttressed by a continuing IDF buildup along the northern border, including the Golan Heights where the Lebanese militia operates from inside adjacent Syrian territory. Meanwhile the clerical Saudi government strongly condemned the American Senate’s vote late last week to end all funding for the Saudi-backed Sunni Arab attempt to beat back Iranian-supported Shiite Houthi rebels who have been warring against Yemen’s Sunni government for several years now, while also firing missiles at the Saudi capital city and other targets in the oil rich kingdom….. I suspect the Senate vote has set the stage for a future break in US-Saudi relations that will throw the Muslim kingdom into Russia’s waiting hands while severing its quiet alliance in recent years with Israel. In Psalm 83, Saudi Arabia (Edom and the Ishmaelites) is listed prominently as a partner in a conspiracy to “wipe Israel out as a nation” along with other regional Sunni Arab partners from Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and “Philistia”--a probable reference to today’s Palestinians, who inherited that name from the ancient seafaring people who inhabited Caanan’s coastal areas. As I wrote in my 2001 book ISRAEL IN CRISIS (which I just re-read last week) I expect this conflict will follow a major war between Israel and Syria that leaves Damascus completely destroyed, as prophesied in Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49. Syria is not mentioned as being part of the Psalm 83 jihad axis, nor is Iran (Persia) which may also be left devastated in the wake of any pending military action in the trembling region. Israel is said to be greatly weakened as a result of its apparent conflict with Syria, but not destroyed.