Did Israel Walk Into A Trap?

 

I don’t know, call me cynical but something smells fishy. From one perspective an onlooker might view Israel’s heavy handed response to 20 years of Hezbollah stick poking justified, the abduction of the two Israelii soldiers from within Israel's own border the straw that broke the camel's back, and the ongoing shelling, Israel's desire to finally rid themselves of these ideologically demented thugs so they can finally live in peace.

 

One might also reasonably conclude that America's apparent silence to Israel's bombardment of Lebanon is so that Israel can complete what it began many years before. But could it also be the case that in this instance Israel has unwittingly walked into a long plotted trap?

 

Robert Fisk, a London journalist wrote the following regarding the American response to the September 11 travesty. .

 

 . . .  The U.S. looked the other way in 1982 when the Israeli Army, led by Ariel Sharon, invaded Lebanon at the cost of nearly 18,000 lives. The U.S. didn't flinch when Israel's Phalangist militia allies massacred 1,800 people in a three-day orgy of rape and murder in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. That massacre, which was carried out with Sharon's blessings, began on Sept. 16, 1982, almost 19 years to the day of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.

 

Randolph T. Holhut of the Albion Monitor commented further . . .

 

But our backing of Israel during these horrific atrocities was only the start of the Lebanon tragedy. The battleship New Jersey shelled Lebanon in 1983 and we were shocked when suicide bombers retaliated by first blowing up our embassy and later the Marine barracks in Beirut. After the death of 241 Marines, the U.S. to quietly withdraw from Lebanon and let Israel do the rest of the dirty work.

 

In the 1980s, the U.S. spent more than $2 billion to train and arm the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan, including bin Laden, to kill the Russians. We armed Iraq so they could kill Iranians, and secretly armed Iran so they could kill Iraqis. We propped up corrupt dictatorships and monarchies in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, and fought the Persian Gulf War on their behalf when Iraq became our enemy. And the U.S. is the world's top arms dealer, with the Middle East countries we support among our best customers.

 

None of these facts excuses the attacks of Sept. 11, but this nation cannot ignore them in the conduct of this new war. Our conduct in the Middle East has indeed been less than honorable and has been more motivated by a desire to keep oil flowing to the industrialized world than a desire to help establish and maintain true freedom and democracy in any of the nations in the region save for Israel.

 

From another perspective of this multifaceted dilemma however, it is not at all illogical to suspect that Israel has in fact walked right into a trap.

 

As I was listening to news reports coming out of Lebanon on Friday (July 21, 2006), comments from Hezbollah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah jumped out at me and sent chills down my spine. He boasted that Israel had no idea how many weapons they had, he spoke of the surprises in store for them in what he said would be, "the next stage". That sounds quite strategic to me how about you?  Could this provocation have had a long-term outcome in mind?  With the killing of so many civilians born out of the cowardly tactics employed by Hezbollah in launching their rockets from behind women and children and then running away, the world's outrage is beginning to escalate.

 

The Bible speaks of a time when the whole world will be against Israel.  . .

 

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.  (Zechariah 12:2-3)

 

The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary says this of Zechariah 12:3 . . .

 

 (Zec_14:4, Zec_14:6-9, Zec_14:13). Jerome states it was a custom in Palestine to test the strength of youths by their lifting up a massive stone; the phrase, “burden themselves with it,” refers to this custom. Compare Mat_21:44 : The Jews “fell” on the rock of offense, Messiah, and were “broken”; but the rock shall fall on Antichrist, who “burdens himself with it” by his assault on the restored Jews, and “grind him to powder.”

all ... people of ... earth — The Antichristian confederacy against the Jews shall be almost universal.

 

Could the escalating civilian death toll in Lebanon cause all the people of the earth to be gathered against the Jewish nation? Could this escalation of hostilities bring the Middle East to the precipice of world War 3? And the rise of Antichrist and his seven-year peace treaty?

 

The Heavenly Father's timetable has always been clearly understood when one watches the Jew.

 

 

Tony Dean

Moriah Ministries Australia

© 2006

 

 

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