Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Approaching Tipping Point

We've followed many tipping points recently: Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey/Cyprus, etc...But it is beginning to appear that the ultimate tipping point, the Iranian-Israeli conflict is approaching the most rapidly and this is also the most significant tipping point of all. It isn't much of a stretch to see this conflict as the beginning of the end, and it is for this reason that we are following this story so closely:

After the usual rhetoric we see this, and it represents the bottom line on the so-called "talks":

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday that any efforts by Western powers to put pressure on Iran at talks in Baghdad over its nuclear program would be futile.

Salehi told a news conference in Tehran: "Their (Western powers') policies of pressure and intimidation are futile. They have to adopt policies to show goodwill to solve this issue.

And what really matters is seen below:

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday expressed doubt over the value of an agreement reached between IAEA and Iran.

"It appears that the Iranians are trying to reach a 'technical agreement' which will create the impression of progress in the talks, in order to remove some of the pressure before the [P5+1] talks tomorrow in Baghdad; as well as to put off the intensification of sanctions," Barak said.

"It is forbidden to make concessions to Iran," Barak said, echoing Prime MinisterBinyamin Netanyahu's tough line on Iran. "The requirements of the world powers must be clear and unequivocal."

Israeli officials on Tuesday dismissed excited announcements by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of yet another "breakthrough" in diplomatic efforts to halt Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

Following talks in Tehran, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano declared that he had reached a tentative agreement with the Iranians that would hopefully lead to open inspections of facilities where Iran is believed to have recently conducted tests that are part of the nuclear bomb-building process.

The supposed breakthrough came just one day before members of the UN Security Council were to meet in Baghdad to discuss Iran's continued defiance and the possibility of increasing sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak seemed flabbergasted that the IAEA would once again fall for what he and other Israeli leaders see as obvious delaying tactics by Iran.

"The Iranians are trying to reach a technical deal that will create the appearance of progress in the talks in order to alleviate [international] pressure...and postpone an escalation in sanctions," Barak said, as he urged the West to stop playing the willful idiot in this scenario.

Addressing the Knesset, Israeli military intelligence officer Brig. Gen. Itay Brun said Iran is pushing full steam ahead to develop a nuclear weapon, and that the international community does not have time to continue playing diplomatic games.

Brun said that at this point, it must now be obvious that diplomacy has no chance of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Brun believes Iran will be able to test its first nuclear bomb by the end of this year, which would put it into what Barak previously referred to as the "zone of immunity."

A senior Israeli official cited by The Jerusalem Post noted that North Korea had played a similar ruse on the international community by constantly agreeing to talks, before ultimately conducting two nuclear detonations. He joined Barak in wondering why the West was again allowing itself to be duped.

Israel has faced very real existential threats before, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is adamant his nation will not allow a threat of this magnitude to arise unopposed. The Israeli belief that Iran would actually use nuclear weapons against the Jewish state was validated last week when former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar revealed details of a conversation he had in 2000 with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"In a private discussion we held in Tehran in October of 2000, Ali Khamenei told me that Israel must be burned to the ground and made to disappear from the face of the Earth," Aznar told a briefing at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. "He meant physical termination through military force."

Aznar shared is concerns with Netanyahu, but by all indications, Israel's leadership is already preparing for an inevitable military showdown with Iran.

In a very vague pronouncement on the situation of Israel's readiness, outgoing Israel Air Force chief Ido Nehushtan told Channel 2 News that the air force "understands the missions it may be carrying out. It is devising operational plans. It is building its strength. It is innovating."

When asked if he was referring to an attack on Iran, Nehushtan smiled and responded, "I think I've said enough."

Don't kid yourself. War is looming and when it happens, we will be launched into the terminal events which lead directly into the Tribulation...And in this process the "gathering up" will take place. All of these events appear to be quite imminent.

There is a growing collaboration between the Syrian opposition and al-Qaida as well as evidence the opposition is sending weapons to jihadists in Iraq, according to an Egyptian security official speaking to WND.

An Egyptian military attaché detailed the alleged collaboration between al-Qaida and the U.S.-aided opposition in Syria that operates under the banner of the National Free Army.

The military official told WND that Egypt has reports of collaboration between the Syrian opposition and three al-Qaida arms:

  • Jund al-Sham, which is made up of al-Qaida militants who are Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese;
  • Jund al-Islam, which in recent years merged with Ansar al-Islam, an extremist group of Suuni Iraqis operating under the al-Qaida banner;
  • Jund Ansar al-Allah, an al-Qaida group based in Gaza linked to Palestinian camps in Lebanon and Syria.
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Alice said...

Scott and all, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on Gary Stearman's analysis of the same article (I believe) from Debkafile that Scott posted yesterday.

Here's the link:

Love to all and Maranatha!

WVBORN56 said...

"Barak said, as he urged the West to stop playing the willful idiot in this scenario"

It is pretty disturbing that the US is siding with Iran in this fight over the very life of Israel.

I think the US is most likely positioning themselves to castigate Israel once Israel does attack Iran. They now know it is now a certainty and this gives them a way of pointing the finger back at Israel as the bad guys and syaing, "why did you attack the sanctions were working."

For us (USA) is all political and for Israel it is all about their very survival.

It will not bode well for America in playing games with the apple of God's eye as we all know what the Bible says in Genesis 12:3 "Those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed"

I also like Scott's concluding statement alot! It shows us where we are on the timeline of the church life. How exciting! Maranatha!

"Don't kid yourself. War is looming and when it happens, we will be launched into the terminal events which lead directly into the Tribulation...And in this process the "gathering up" will take place. All of these events appear to be quite imminent."

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U.S. Stocks crashing! CNN

WVBORN56 said...

I pulled this from Drudge and the headline is most interesting!

More big brother stuff. It looks like we are marching lock step toward the tribulation which means are departure is even sooner!

Looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing Jesus face to face! Amazing Times!

Mrs.C said...

As Scott has stated a cazillion times, his blog IS NOT about Apostasy. That includes contemplative Prayer, and Im sure soon to follow,“anon” posts about the emergent church etc. But then again…just a guess…you most likely already know that…funny how these posts always try to slip in when Scott is not in very telling…

Mrs.C said...

Hi Brother WV, :)
Hope you are doing well Brother!
Yes indeed, we are so very close! It will be so wonderful to meet everyone! A very Joyous day is soon coming, when we meet our Lord and Savoir face to face! Im reminded of the song “I Can Only Imagine”. OH HAPPY DAYS! Glory and Praise be to God our Father Forever! We are so close to the finish line! Look up! Look up! For our redemption draweth nigh!

God Bless You Brother!


"I Can Only Imagine"

Let It Rain! Michael W Smith(click the enter tab on the home page, then below click "continue" :)

Scott said...

WV - I totally agree with your comments....especially the ones that agree with me :) (Sorry, I couldn't reist :)

But I really agree with the position that the US Administration is putting themselves in, as far as pointing at Israel and stating that the sanctions are working or whatever..Absolutely. I was thinkin the exact same thing as I read those articles.

WVBORN56 said...

Good one Scott. We agree to agree. lol

Any thoughts on when Bibi might launch the attack? I suppose that would be like speculating on the day of the rapture. I guess we should be satisfied to know it will be soon.

Does anyone post rapture news material on facebook? I do occasionally and seldom get any responses. Now if I put a picture of my grandson on there I get multiple comments. :) Such is the life of a watchman. I guess that's a possible reason we get a crown for longing for the the return of our Savior. If that make me a strange bird by even the standards of a peculiar people, so be it!

Jesus we long to see you!

James N Nashville said...

Good evening everyone. Le me just say I am right the with you all that our timeline for departure seems to be moving forward full steam ahead.

Gonna go out on a limb here and say I am feeling that we can see a late June or mid July strike on Iran. I definitely think the decision to attack has been made. I have to wonder if Israel waits to see how Obama fares during the election press this summer. I honestly think the only way he gets re-elected is if the rapture happens before the vote.

Anyway it goes I'm ready to go home.

James N Nashville

Scott said...

Thats a tough one....Conventioanl wisdom has been telling us that it would come in Sept/Oct when Obama is preoccupied with the elections - but the very fact that such an idea is public makes me doubt that timing to some degree....Earlier would make more sense, so maybe James is correct (oh, btw, nice to see you James :)....