IDF: Syria May Attack Israel

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (Source: Agência Brasil, Wikipedia)
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Reuters AlertNet – JERUSALEM, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Thousands of Israeli Arabs demonstrated against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, calling for him to step down and end his violent suppression of a nationwide revolt.
Concern is mounting within the IDF over the possibility that Syria will attack Israel as pressure mounts on President Bashar Assad to step down. The move is seen as part of a potential effort by Damascus to deter Arab countries from dispatching military support to opposition forces… Israel fears that Assad, under pressure, could turn the military force – that he has been using in an attempt to quell the ongoing uprising against his regime – against Israel.

So, even Arabs in Israel are protesting against Syria’s Assad and the Israel Defense Force (IDF) believes that Assad may decide he needs to attack Israel to stop Arabs and others from bringing his administration down.

The Syrian government is getting more desperate and increasingly isolated on the world scene.  The sanctions against it, combined with internal dissent must be providing a lot of pressure against its President Assad and his supporters.  And one of his closest international supporters is Iran.

Something will have to change in the region.  And while Iran acts like it wants to cooperate to get out of sanctions against it, some believe this is simply a delay tactic by Iran (e.g. US, EU welcome Iran nuclear letter, suggest talks)–Iran has stated that the elimination of the nation of Israel is one of its goals.  Notice a somewhat related item:

US officials believe Iran sanctions will fail, making military action likely
  • Growing view that strike, by Israel or US, will happen
  • ‘Sweet spot’ for Israeli action identified as September-October
  • White House remains determined to give sanctions time

A war with Iran and Israel will most likely involve Syria.

I have been warning for some time that Syria’s President Assad might decide his personal best option is to more closely support Iran and perhaps be involved in an invasion of Jerusalem and Israel. If so, this might be how certain scriptures involving Syria/Damascus is fulfilled.

Notice what the Bible shows will happen to to Syria’s capital Damascus:

1 An oracle concerning Damascus:
“See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. 2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down,with no one to make them afraid. 3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,and royal power from Damascus;the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites,” declares the LORD Almighty. (Isaiah 17:1-3)

3 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment…5 I will also break the gate bar of Damascus,
And cut off the inhabitant from the Valley of Aven,
And the one who holds the scepter from Beth Eden.
The people of Syria shall go captive to Kir,”
Says the Lord. (Amos 1:3, 5)

Of course technically, Syria is still at war with Israel as it never did sign a peace deal with Israel. So an actual war involving Syria and Israel is quite feasible. If so, Israel may hit back so hard that it might eliminate Damascus as Isaiah 17:1 says will happen.  Iran may also get “neutralized” in such a regional conflict (either militarily and/or politically) as it is not shown to have an important direct role in scripture until after the King of the South is eliminated (Daniel 11:40-43), and that King has not risen yet (nor will he be Iranian).

Much is going on in the Middle East.

As Jesus said in Mark 13:37, we all should watch.

Some articles 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?

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