Israel Hayom: Israel’s northern frontier will be the source of greatest concern in 2018, according to the Institute for National Strategic Studies’ strategic assessment for the year, submitted to President Reuven Rivlin on Monday.
The institute’s report warns that Israel could find itself fighting the “first northern war” simultaneously against three adversaries: Iran, Hezbollah, and the Syrian regime.
It warns that Iran is continuing to build and arm its proxies near Israel’s borders and that the deepening of Iran’s involvement in Syria – along with the Israeli determination to counter that activity – could lead to an escalation “which would not be limited to one actor and would lead to simultaneous fighting in both Syria and Lebanon.”
Israel’s southern front poses a lesser threat, but it too could erupt into a military confrontation, according to the institute. more …
Opinion: Without Bible prophecy, the Institute is looking at the trees and missing the forest. Both the northern and southern fronts are prophesied to attack Israel together.
The northern front tension is over the Golan Heights, one of the few strategic buffers that Israel did not give back for peace (that never came) since the 1967 war.
In that war Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula:
It does not take a military strategist to see the danger to Israel’s citizens if all that land were given back to people who want to drive the Jewish people in to the sea. Gaza alone has fired over 15,000 rockets into southern Israel since 2005, and Hezbollah who has over 150,000 rockets aimed at Israel, has had two destructive wars with the Jewish state, the last in 2006.
The Golan Heights are a constant irritant to secular progressive liberals who have been demanding Israel return the land to one of it’s deadliest enemies, Bashar Assad, an Iranian puppet. That the Golan Heights (See satellite view of area) is an elevated plain to the east and north of the Sea of Galilee, giving an an enemy army a clear shot into Tel Aviv, and is the source of Israel’s primary source of fresh water, is of no concern to a Jew-hating world.
On October 6, 2016, a major oil source was found in the Golan that could make Israel a primary oil exporter in addition to its natural gas exports that are scheduled to begin in late 2018, making Russia’s Vladimir Putin very nervous.
The road to the fulfillment of three prophecies of the last days could begin in the Golan:
- Isaiah 17:1,14 – The destruction of Damascus
- Psalm 83:1-8 – A 10 nation Arab attack on Israel
- Ezekiel 38:1-6 A Russian-led invasion (Gog and Magog) to take Israel’s great wealth
(For more on all three prophecies see Bible Prophecy 101 chapter 6 here)