Thursday, September 27, 2012

Is War Imminent In The Middle East?

I have received some disturbing news from an anonymous source within Israel that should led anyone who reads this to ask the question "Is war imminent in the Middle East"?

I'm not present in Israel at the moment so am unable to verify all that was related but knowing the region as well as I do I would be surprised if the news coming out of Jerusalem is false information.

A number of Americans living and working in Israel have been sending their families home unexpectedly for fear of what they are reading as a preamble to war with Iran. The unnamed source in Jerusalem has been told by his contacts in the Israeli and U.S. military on site that a massive redeployment of troops is underway. The why for these military tactics has not been released. This source, an ex-Navy Seal, states that he hasn't seen this type of movement from the IDF in over 20 years.

Over the past week he has seen anti-aircraft missile deployments throughout the Jerusalem area including three mobile units that he can see from his own office window. In addition, he has seen very large Israeli armored columns moving fast toward the Sinai where Egypt has now moved in Armor.

He has heard reports that top military leaders have been meeting with Israel's senior Rabbi, a ritual that generally occurs before every major military campaign, not during war games or drills.

This source states he believes these preparatory actions are being taken by Israel as a result of the U.S. president's poor leadership in the world and his obvious lack of resolve to draw a red line on Iran's development of nuclear weapons. He says that it is the opinion of the majority in the State of Israel that President Obama is not a friend but supports the Arab agenda over that of Israeli democracy, and therefore, they are alone for the first time in the last sixty years.

One other observation by this source was what he saw happening at the Western Wall, a.k.a., The Wailing Wall, in Jerusalem. He personally witnessed hundreds of IDF soldiers praying at the wall, soon followed by twenty full military buses with troops filing out to pray there as well. What impressed him the most by this was the fact that in all his time in Jerusalem he had never witnessed this kind of event before at the wall.

This source's final assessment is the sense that Israel is getting ready to attack Iran's uranium enrichment plants and is preparing for any follow-up retaliation from all the Arab nations surrounding them, particularly Egypt, and for this reason he too has sent his family home back to the United States.

If even one percent of the information provided by this source is correct one has to ask why has the United States president been ignoring the Israeli prime minister's request for a face to face meeting? Why, when Netanyahu came to the United States this week for a speech before the UN General Assembly couldn't President Obama find 30 minutes in his busy campaign schedule to meet with him and talk over such an important subject as the future safety of the Middle East region?

As always, we will have to wait and see if any of this source's observations pan out as he is expecting or if there is a more benign reason for what he has witnessed. But until such time, as always we need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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