“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, [even] at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Mark 13:28-30
TEL AVIV — Israel plans to conduct its largest exercise ever to set contingencies for massive missile attacks by Iran and Syria. /SNIP/ The exercise, scheduled to begin on April 6, has been organized by National Emergency Authority, Middle East Newsline reported. The authority was established in 2007 as part of recommendations in the aftermath of the Hizbullah war a year earlier, in which 4,500 rockets landed in Israel. Full Report
While news of the planned exercise came out a couple of weeks ago, events leading up to this Sunday’s exercise commencement are worth exploration.
One: In February of this year, Hizbullah arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated in Damascus.
Two: Syria is about to announce their verdict into Mughniyeh’s death. It’s assumed that Israel will be blamed.
Three: Reports show a military build-up in southern Lebanon and along the Syrian/Israeli border.
Four: Wednesday Morning (April 3), Defense Minister Ehud Barak declares “Israel is the strongest country in the region” and he would therefore “not recommend that anyone provoke us.”
Six: Olmert announces that gas masks will be distributed. Old masks had been collected for inspection with promises to return new or reconditioned masks in 2009. Olmert has stepped up the timetable. Is this due to reports that Syria has transferred control of chemical weapons stockpiles to Hezbollah?
Seven: This year marks 60 years since Israel’s rebirth as a nation — a miraculous event foretold by scripture.
Eight: Passover begins on April 19th. Hitler’s birthday (remember Columbine?) is on April 20th.
Keep your eyes on Israel in the coming days and weeks. — PID