Scott’s Blog – 8/25/08
Another Piece of the Puzzle?
New York Times best selling author Joel Rosenberg has famously called Israel the “Epicenter”. http://joelrosenberg.blogspot.com/
Virtually every significant event that takes place in this world either concerns this seemingly small nation, or inevitably drags Israel into the middle of the dust up.
It looks like Russia’s recent foray into Georgia is no exception.
Russia threatens retaliation against Israel for involvement in Georgia
Russian security officials threatened retaliation against Israel for its weapons exports to Georgia including eight different aerial drones.
Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn said Israel supplied at least eight different models of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Georgia. Nogovitsyn said Israel has also sold a range of weapons and sought to export main battle tanks to Georgia.
Russian diplomatic sources said the government of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was furious over Israel’s refusal to impose a military embargo on Georgia. The sources said Putin’s aides had urged Israel several times to halt weapons exports.
“We asked Israel not to sell offensive weapons to a hostile neighboring state, but they said they’re a sovereign state,” a diplomatic source said.
“Well, Israel shouldn’t be surprised if we sell offensive weapons to Israel’s neighbors.”
Already, Russia, in wake of its military victory over Georgia, has scheduled a summit with Syria to discuss offensive weapons sales, the sources said. Syrian President Bashar Assad was scheduled to meet Putin in Moscow on Aug. 20.
Tbilisi has asserted that Israel continued to ship weapons and platforms to Georgia throughout the Russian war. But Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili reported delays in the supply of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles to his country.
“The Israeli weapons have proved very effective,” Saakashvili told a news conference on Aug. 13.
So far, the diplomatic sources said, Putin has been careful to limit Russian military sales to Iran and Syria to defensive systems. In 2007, they said, Putin, who remains in charge of defense export policy, vetoed efforts by the Defense Ministry and the state-owned arms agency Rosoboronexport to sell the Iskander-E long-range rocket to Syria.
“Putin will now offer Iskander to Syria,” another Russian source said. “Whether this will be a serious offer or something just to scare the Israelis we’ll know in another few months.”
The prospect of another war between Israel and the Iranian backed terrorists of Hezbollah is considered a question not of “if” but “when” in Jerusalem.
But a conflict with Syria, emboldened by an influx of Russian ballistic missile technology, may also be prophetically significant.
The burden against Damascus.
“ Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.
The cities of Aroer are forsaken;
They will be for flocks
Which lie down, and no one will make them afraid.
The fortress also will cease from Ephraim,
The kingdom from Damascus,
And the remnant of Syria;
They will be as the glory of the children of Israel,”
Says the LORD of hosts.
“ In that day it shall come to pass
That the glory of Jacob will wane,
And the fatness of his flesh grow lean.
It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain,
And reaps the heads with his arm;
It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain
In the Valley of Rephaim.
Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it,
Like the shaking of an olive tree,
Two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough,
Four or five in its most fruitful branches,”
Says the LORD God of Israel. (Isaiah 17:1-6)
This prediction indicates that Israel and Syria will go to war.
The Syrian capitol, Damascus will “cease from being a city”.
Israel, in turn, will experience a time of physical decay and a serious time of famine.
These predictions could indicate an exchange initiated by a chemical or biological attack from Syria. This would not only affect the health of the general population, but also render unprotected food supplies unusuable.
The reception of cutting edge Russian missile technology by a card carrying member of the original “Axis of Evil” could make the bombardment of Northern Israel by Hezbollah look like a walk in the park.
Israel would not hesitate to respond with its nuclear arsenal under these circumstances.
It is interesting to note that Syria will not be a part of the invading coalition of nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39. Are we seeing the pieces of the puzzle coming together for this predicted conflict?
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