Moscow backs Hizballah ahead of Netanyahu visit, eyes Lebanon’s gas


Debkafile: The Russians have switched their focus to Lebanon and are hailing Hizballah as a “force for stability and security” ahead of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow on Feb. 21 for talks with President Vladimir Putin.

Russian diplomacy and media are for the first time coming out with high praise for Hizballah, giving Netanyahu to understand that Putin has no interest in hearing about the Shiite terrorist movement’s misdeeds or Israel’s operations against its tunnels.

DEBKAfile accounts for Moscow’s changed attitude towards Hizballah on two grounds:

  • Thursday, Feb. 14, Presidents Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Tayyip Erdogan meet at the Black Sea resort of Sochi for a thorough airing of the Syrian issue. This time, unlike previous summits, Putin realizes that his Iranian and Turkish guests will expect to hear him lay out a clear, substantive policy for the next chapter of Russian involvement in Syria. A decision to recognize Hizballah’s regional standing and forge ties with the pro-Iranian Lebanese group is one of its main ingredients.
  • Rosneft, the Russian energy giant, has planted a foot in Lebanon’s gas and oil industry, having recently signed a 20-year accord for the management of the oil and gas facilities in the northern town of Tripoli. Moscow may well swing its support behind Hizballah’s claim that Israel’s Leviathan gas field has commandeered some of the offshore Mediterranean gas that it says belongs to Lebanon. A dispute over control of this energy resource, with Beirut backed by Moscow, could become the pretext for an outbreak of hostilities, rather than the causes outlined by the Russian ambassador. more …

Opinion: Possible motives for two wars:

  1. Lebanon holds estimates of potential natural gas reserves of 25 trillion cubic feet (tcf) based on seismic studies, but these have not have been confirmed by drilling and may not amount to reserves that are commercially viable.
  2. Israel in 2009 discovered a natural gas reservoir of 311 billion cubic meters (BCM) off Israel’s coast.  In January 2014, the Oil & Gas Journal estimated Israel’s proved reserves of oil at 11.5 million barrels and its proved reserves of natural gas at 10.1 trillion cubic feet (tcf).

Vladimir Putin must be involved in both countries as natural gas and oil sales are responsible for more than 60% of Russia’s exports and provide more than 30% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Israel’s EastMed pipeline will offer natural gas to Europe by 2025:

Psalm 83:1-8 lists Tyre (southern Lebanon) and Gebal (northern Lebanon) as two of 10 the forces that will attack Israel in the last days. What is fascinating about Tyre is that the Psalmist says it will be inhabited by some unnamed force. The terror group Hezbollah which was founded in 1985 began in southern Lebanon and today is part of Lebanon’s government giving evidence that this war is still in the future.

The rest of the alliance: the tents of Edom (Palestinians of the West Bank), the Ishmaelites (Saudis), Moab and Ammon (Jordan), Philistia (Gaza), Assyria (Syria/northern Iraq) and Amalek (Arabs of the Sinai) will join in for a war of annihilation and be so totally defeated, that Israel will think her troubles are over and take down her walls (Ezekiel 38:11-12).

Hooks in the Jaw: 

With no options left, Russia’s leader (Ezekiel 38:1-2 NIV) will bring Iran and Turkey to devise an ‘evil plan’ (Ezekiel 38:11-12 NIV) to once and for all finish off the Jewish state and take Israel’s energy reserves. Turkey will bring its north African allies (Ezek. 38:5 NIV) into the plan, and to the world it will appear that Israel is finished.

God will intervene (Ezek. 38:18-21 NIV), and Israel’s victory will be so astounding as to bring the Jewish people back to covenant relationship, necessitating a temple (Daniel 9:27) for atonement. A new and up and coming world leader will provide for the temple (Rev. 6:1-2).

The true descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be called back to the land (Ezekiel 39:28), a peace plan will be confirmed (Daniel 9:27), as the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7) is about to begin.

See more on Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 here