Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Iran
The USA, certain Arab states, and the President of France (Hollande) do not want Israel to attack Iran, at least not now and as it seems planned to them:
October 31, 2012
US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear programme by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies.
US naval, air and ground forces are dependent for bases, refuelling and supplies on Gulf Arab rulers who are deeply concerned about the progress Iran has made in its nuclear programme, but also about the rising challenge to their regimes posed by the Arab spring and the galvanising impact on popular unrest of an Israeli attack on Iran. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/31/us-warns-israel-strike-iran
October 31, 2012
“Given the history of the Jewish people, I would not sit by and write off a threat by those who say they are going to annihilate us,” Netanyahu told reporters. He said Arab nations, too, would be “relieved” if Iran were militarily prevented from obtaining nuclear arms.,,Hollande has supported a push for tougher European Union sanctions on Iran, but he also wants to keep the door open to dialogue, and has opposed Netanyahu’s talk of possible military action. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hDpetF49Hrd7Vk2bOZAAEmtuF04Q?docId=1f257d47cb484b4daaf85fa8540a891b
I suspect that if Israel has a fairly successful attack Iran and/or Syria that this will inflame much of the Arab world. Despite the fear that many Arab leaders have of Iran, they well know that there people can rise up and replace them, and may well do so if they are seen as too supportive of Israel. They also fear that groups related to the Muslim Brotherhood could fan those flames.
However, it is not only Arab leaders that could suffer. The reality is that the cost to the USA and/or Israel for a regional war involving Iran and/or Syria will be higher than many in the USA or Israel believe. Between terrorist acts, sustained resistance, chemical weapons, biological weapons, emp-type bombs, and/or even disruptions of the internet, Iran and/or Syria can inflict significant damage to their enemies. The possible cyber-attacks are just one more way Iran can cause consternation (it may be both on the receiving and sending end of that as well as emp attacks). Yet, the USA and the tiny of nation of Israel would not be eliminated by Iran or Syria–it will come later, by the King of the North (cf. Daniel 11:39).
But, since Israel (at least its current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu) is convinced that Iran is a threat that it will have to neutralize/eliminate, the reality is that it is likely that it will attack it later. Notice something related to Israel’s Defense Minister:
In London, defense minister signals J’lem will not rely on “even our closest, most trusted allies” to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, adds Israel lives in a tough region where there is “no mercy for the weak.”
Israel will not outsource its vital security interests to anyone, “not even to our closes and most trusted allies,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in London on Wednesday…
Barak also touch on changes in Egypt, noting that the country has “entered a new era. The Muslim Brotherhood regime provides a tailwind for Hamas in Gaza and extremists in Jordan.” http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=290012
He and others seem very willing to attack Iran. But there will be consequences. Consequences that the Muslim Brotherhood (and/or groups with similar objectives) will take advantage of.
Watch! (Mark 13:37)
Some items of possibly related interest may include:
The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What does Islam teach about the Imam Mahdi?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Is he the Imam Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?