Iran Joins Russia on Israel’s Border
By Todd Strandberg
The world is normally its safest from Muslim terror when the Muslims are busy attacking each other. The Iran-Iraq war was the greatest example of this truism. For nearly a decade the Iranian and Iraqi military slaughtered each other on the battlefield. After the war ended, Iraq triggered the Gulf War by invading Kuwait, and Iran spread mischief around the around by sponsoring terrorism with its oil money.
The civil war in Iraq and Syria has been another period of quiet. Iraq has been so ravaged by internal conflict, it no longer matters on the world stage. Iran has been heavily involved in combating ISIS forces. Now that the groups allied with Iran have achieved victory, we are back to Iran becoming a global threat.
The nation facing the greatest danger from Iran is Israel. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards will play an active role in establishing a lasting “ceasefire” in crisis-hit Syria, so says its chief commander, Mohammad Ali Jafari. He also said that there will be no disarming of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which is financed by Iran.
“Hezbollah must be armed to fight against the enemy of the Lebanese nation, which is Israel. Naturally, they should have the best weapons to protect Lebanon’s security. This issue is non-negotiable,” said Jafari.
Top Israeli officials are very alarmed about forces under the control of Iran being so close to the Israeli border. A recent deal establishes a de-escalation zone in Syria’s southwestern region bordering Israel and Jordan, allowing Iranian-backed forces to operate as close as 3.5 miles from the Israeli-held Golan Heights. Israel has demanded the buffer zone with Iran be at least 25 miles wide, but the agreed-upon distances range from as little as 3.5 miles to 13 miles.
The Israelis have a good reason to be concerned about having Iranian troops near its border. Iran is the only nation that has a yearly Death-to-Israel day. It is only a matter of time before Tehran gains access to atomic bombs. When that day comes, the danger will not only be about nuclear-tipped rockets being fired from Iranian soil. Iran is now so close to its target, a nuke could be lobbed into Western Israel by means of a medieval cannon.
The more immediate danger is the inflow of weapons from Iran. As 2017 comes to a close, the Syria-Hezbollah-Iran alliance has made it possible for the first time in recent history for vehicles to drive from Tehran all the way to the Lebanese coast. Iran has already smuggled huge amounts of weapons into Lebanon through sea and air transports. Now armaments will certainly pour into the region like never before.
The U.S. has been totally ineffective in preventing what will likely turn into the third Lebanese war. Russian President Vladimir Putin has shut out Western diplomats on the so-called Syrian peace process. Putin is pretending to broker a deal that Iran and Turkey have already agreed to.
We are clearly drawing very close to the Gog war. The latest evidence of this fact came when Putin recently called on all “large-scale enterprise” to be ready to “increase military production” on a moment’s notice should the need arise. The Russian president said the following at a conference of military leaders in Sochi:
“The ability of our economy to increase military production and services at a given time is one of the most important aspects of military security. To this end, all strategic and simply large-scale enterprise should be ready, regardless of ownership.”
“Our army and navy need to have the very best equipment — better than foreign equivalents,” he said. “If we want to win, we have to be better.”
It is truly amazing to have reached the point where most of the key players in the Ezek. 38 & 39 invasion are camped out right at the point where they will attack Israel. When Russia set up permanent bases in Syria, there was no logical explanation for Putin’s deeper involvement in Syria. He gambled and won, but it could have easily turned into a quagmire. Now that Iran has announced it will establish its own military bases in Syria, it is clear that, just as Bible prophecy predicted, Satan is gathering the nations against God’s chosen people.
“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel 3: 1-2).