Hariri: We'll stand with Hizbullah
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
In a sign that the next war on the northern border with Israel and Lebanon will turn out to be a very serious one, it is being announced that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has declared that Lebanon will stand with Hezbollah in the next conflict. This is a serious development as the Operation Cast Lead conflict a year ago was basically a conflict between Israel and the terrorist organization Hezbollah. But with the latest comments coming out Beirut from Hariri, we can see that the next round of conflict is one that threatens to pull in more players than just Israel and Hezbollah. The Jerusalem Post is reporting:
Following a series of bellicose Syria-Israel exchanges in the past week, Lebanon entered the fray Wednesday, with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri saying his government would support Hizbullah if a new confrontation breaks out with Israel. “We hear a lot of Israeli threats day in and day out,” Hariri said in an interview posted on the BBC’s Web site Wednesday. “Every day we have Israeli warplanes entering Lebanese airspace. This is something that is escalating, and this is something that is really dangerous.” Hariri said Lebanon would unite if there was a fresh conflict with Israel.
“I think they’re [Israel] betting that there might be some division in Lebanon, if there is a war against us,” Hariri said. “There won’t be a division in Lebanon. We will stand against Israel. We will stand with our own people.”
As we can see from these comments the Lebanese government has decided to stand against Israel should a conflict arise in the future between the Jewish state and the Hezbollah terrorist organization. With the mounting weapons and arms caches on the northern border of Israel, the situation on the ground has a very strong likelihood of escalating should one side make a fatal move. Israel for it's part has declared that they will hold Lebanon responsible for any attacks coming from Lebanese territory. The Israelis have reasoned that because Hezbollah is sitting in the current Lebanese government then in the next round of conflict Israel will have the justification for striking Lebanese infrastructure as a result of incorporating the terrorist group into Lebanese government. The Israelis feel that if the terrorist organization is playing a direct role in the government and allowing the buildup up of Hezbollah weapons to threaten Israel, then no longer can the Lebanese government claim that they deserve immunity from Israeli retaliatory strikes. In my opinion, the Lebanese are now playing with fire by incorporating the Hezbollah terrorists into the official government system.
Looking at things from a prophetic standpoint, it would seem that this sort of situation in Lebanon could be setting the stage for Israel to be able to finally take off the gloves in the next conflict with Hezbollah and do to them what they did to the PLO. The Lebanese could be helping to make the situation on the ground conductive to a fulfillment of the Psalm 83 prophecy that speaks of Israel destroying her enemies on her borders. These enemies are the ones who plot to destroy Israel so that he name is remembered no more. These enemies are in particular the terrorist organizations in northern Lebanon, in the West Bank, and to the south in Gaza. In recent articles from the news also report that Syria has also threatened to get directly involved in the next conflict should Israel go after the Hezbollah and Lebanese. This is an interesting development given the strong tone of verbal exchanges lately between Israel and Syria. This from a prophetic standpoint could possibly lead to a fulfillment of the Isaiah 17 prophecy about the destruction of Damascus. Many of you might recall that Syria has removed the state archives from Damascus as they anticipate an Israeli nuclear strike on the city. As we can see from these developments, the tension on the ground in the Middle East is very explosive to say the least.
The Jerusalem Post article summed up these points with the following comments:
Israel, meanwhile, has been saying for months that as long as Hizbullah is in the Lebanese government, Jerusalem would hold Lebanon responsible for any Hizbullah attacks. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokesman Mark Regev echoed these comments on Wednesday, saying Netanyahu has said “more than once that now that Hizbullah is part of the Lebanesegovernment , and they have been given official backing as if it were the official army of the Lebanese state, in such a situation any attack via Hizbullah against Israel or Israelis will be seen as an attack as well by Lebanon.”
The significance of comments such as these is that Israel would view Lebanese infrastructure as fair game in the event of another war with Hizbullah, something that was not the case during the Second Lebanon War, when Israel did not attack strategic Lebanese infrastructure targets. Regev added that the Lebanese government has “unfortunately abrogated its responsibility regarding UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which clearly calls for the disarmament of Hizbullah and the preventing of arms transfers to Hizbullah. This is a black and white violation. I think this is crystal clear to members of the international community.”
Another interesting article that popped up on my radar was one that warned that a devastating war was on the horizon between Israel and Hezbollah. The article basically warned that Israel was putting the final touches on war plans for striking Hezbollah in Lebanon. The article quoted several military analysts and painted a grim picture over the current situation in the Middle East. The International Analyst Network went on to say:
While the war of words is escalating around the clock between Israel on the one side and Hezbollah and Syria on the other, analysts in the Middle East and Europe strongly believe that war is inevitable and will break out within a few months. In this scary context, senior Lebanese sources told the Saudi daily Al-Okaz that Hezbollah has announced emergency readiness in all areas of the country where it operates. Senior figures of the organization were asked to exercise greater caution in their movements amid fears they would be targeted by Israel. Hezbollah’s leaders are bragging that they are capable of defeating, humiliating and destroying Israel’s war machine.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem last week threatened that an Israeli attack against Syria would be total war. His Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, warned that Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family would not remain in power as a result of the next war. In a report written by Hamid Ghoriafi, Middle East analyst and journalist, that was published today by the Kuwaiti Daily Al-Seyassah, Ghoriafi drew a very dim picture for the whole situation and predicted a very devastating imminent war that will be according to the Israelis the last one with on their northern borders.
The article went to give several excerpts from a report written on the escalating situation in the Middle East. These excerpts included reliable European reports that Israel has started evacuating hundreds of families from the Galilee settlements adjacent of the border area between Israel and Lebanon. A German report noted that the Israelis had planned to occupy the "security zone" inside of Lebanon as far as 5-6 kilometers. The same German report noted that Israel was planning on setting up two airports within the Lebanese territory and that the equipment needed for this is already on the border area now. The estimates were that the Israelis would occupy again the area up to the Litani River. The airport equipment was seen as a hint of a long-term plan by the Israelis to hold on to the area south of the Litani River. The article went on to give even more details of a future conflict that we will not cover here. The bottom line is that when, not if, war breaks out again the Israelis have an objective of making enough of a dent in the Islamic armor that this will be the last war they have to fight on their northern border. To me, this sounds just like a pre-Psalm 83 description of things before the play out.
The article ended with this assessment of Israeli actions in the coming war:
The same French report added that Israel is determined to make this war the last one on her northern borders. The Jewish military command will not spare any advanced and destructive kind of weaponry that is stored in its caches. Hezbollah will not be the only target within the Shiite regions that are under its control, but also the Lebanese army, all Lebanese institutions and infrastructure. Israel is well convinced that Hezbollah is in full control of the Lebanese government and accordingly its army will not spare the country's infrastructure as was the situation in the 2006 war. Israel is planning to end Hezbollah the same way it ended the PLO in the 1982-1983 war.
In one final look we see an recent article where Israeli Foriegn Minister Avigdor Lieberman has declared the "land for peace" plan as being dead. I think Lieberman is correct when he says this in that with the result of the Gaza disengagement, anyone with an ounce of common sense will see that giving land to the enemies of Israel will not result in genuine peace. The Israel National News reports:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Israel Our Home party, says, "It's time to forget our obsession of "territory in exchange for peace; all future agreements must be based on 'peace in exchange for peace.'" Speaking at a party faction meeting on Monday, Lieberman said, "Peace is in fact our heart's desire, but it is not more important than Israel's existence as the state of the Jewish people or than lasting security for its citizens. We extend our hand in peace to enemies, but as long as they choose the path of war, we must be firm, return battle, and defeat the enemy. We must strive for victory instead of talking about possible compromise, interpreted as weakness by our enemies.
"Our party, Yisrael Beiteinu, believes that we must free ourselves of the obsession of peace in exchange for land. Any future agreement will be based on peace for peace, and on the conception of maximum separation of the Jewish and Arab populaces, and on a regional solution, with the participation of Egyptian and Jordan. "Peace talks can happen only after certain basic conditions are fulfilled: Terrorism must be defeated, a partner/leader must be found who wants peace and who is able to fulfill his promises; and there must be a basic change in the educational system of the Palestinian Authority, so that instead of educating towards the destruction of Israel, it will teach peace and acceptance."
I don't know about everyone else but every time Avigdor Lieberman speaks, the more I like the guy. Lieberman is not liked because of his stands on the issues, but his stands on the issue are ones that are the in the best interests of Israel. Lieberman knows that giving land to the enemies of Israel is foolish and should be stopped. Lieberman's policy that peace should be exchanged for peace is a real concept that should be applied to future talks with Israel's enemies. Giving up land, giving up Jerusalem, etc. is a mistake that will encourage the enemies of Israel to continue with their evil and destructive ways. Only by taking a strong and united approach to the Middle East peace process will Israel stand to gain the most. Taking a stand from a position of weakness and submission only encourages the Islamics and makes Israel vulnerable to more terrorism. While the situation may appear to be one where Israel is "darned if they do, darned if they don't", we know that the only true solution to the Middle East peace process will come when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to settle this matter. Until that time, it is my opinion that Israel needs to move away from the land for peace process, and dig in to protect that which is hers. Because we know that if Israel won't stand up for herself, it appears no one else will.
With these developments in the Middle East, it is imperative that we continue to watch events as they unfold as we could see a serious change in the region soon as Israel and her enemies seem headed for a showdown. And with that we should continue to look up, as the Lord warned us to, for our redemption is drawing nigh!!