THIRD LEBANON WAR: NOT A MATTER OF ‘IF,’ BUT ‘WHEN’

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Front Page Mag: In the weeks preceding the Six-Day War, Israel was faced with ever increasing existential challenges which warranted resolute action. Israel’s generals correctly argued to the political echelon that with each passing day, Israel’s strategic position became more compromised. The situation was particularly acute on Israel’s southern border with Egypt where the Egyptian army deployed seven divisions including three armored divisions. Official Arab government pronouncements, with ever increasing shrill and belligerence, made clear that the intention was to wipe Israel off the map.

On June 5th 1967, Israel launched a preemptive strike aimed at destroying the Arab armies before they could launch their own attack (some historians have argued that the Arabs fired the first salvo by closing the Tiran Straits). Codenamed Operation Focus, the Israeli Air Force implemented its well-rehearsed plan of action and struck first, catching most of the Arab air forces on the ground and destroying the bulk of them.

Contemporaneous with the air assault, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sprang into action, quickly routing the Arab armies in a matter of days.

It was a complete and decisive Israeli victory with few parallels in military history. more

Opinion: Here’s what inspired that victory:

Esther 9:1-3: Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, the time came for the king’s command and his decree to be executed. On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them. The Jews gathered together in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm. And no one could withstand them, because fear of them fell upon all people. And all the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and all those doing the king’s work, helped the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them.”

The Jews learned in 485 BC that when threatened with annihilation by a much larger foe, a tiny nation with limited resources must preempt war and attack first. The Israelites won an overwhelming victory in Persia.

In 1967, the world was stunned as Israel defeated the mighty Egyptian/Syrian and Jordanian armies in 6 days by striking first. The progressive Israel-hating left has not, and can not, get over it. They want Israel to give back all land conquered despite the fact that land has never been given back which was taken in a defensive war, except for Israel. And every time Israel has done so, it backfires.

In 2005 Israel uprooted 8000 Jewish families in the Gaza strip in exchange for a peace that never came. Palestinian rockets flew the same night.

The next Hezbollah war is really a proxy war with Iran, Hezbollah’s benefactor, calling the shots. Hezbollah is thought to have up to 150,000 rockets aimed at Israel. If other Iranian factions and Sunni nations join in the fight, the Psalm 83 prophecy could be on deck.

I have often wondered if Psalm 83 might be our last chance to warn a prophecy starved world that time is short.

(more on Psalm 83 here and here)