Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Evening Update: More War Preparations

Fearing A Third Intifada, The IDF's Elite Undercover Unit Steps Up Its Training

Fearful that the current fragile calm in the West Bank could give way to a return to Palestinian violence, an elite Israeli undercover unit is carrying out nightly missions into Palestinian territory and training for the possible outbreak of a third intifada.

“We need to be alert and stay one step ahead,” the commander of the IDF’s Duvdevan unit told Israel’s Channel 10 news Tuesday night. “The potential for another uprising exists and we have to prepare ourselves for such an eventuality,” said the officer, a lieutenant-colonel who was identified only as S.

Israel was particularly concerned that the ongoing civil war in Syria, or the consequences of any upsurge in tension with Iran — Israel is widely reported to be contemplating carrying out a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities — might lead to an upsurge in Palestinian violence.

The unit goes into Palestinian population centers with aerial drones flying above and scanning the territory, on missions referred to as “lawn-mowing” operations — aimed at ensuring that nascent terror plans do not grow into full-fledged bombings and other operations, by arresting conspirators.

It is very easy to envision a scenario in which chemical weapons from Syria into Israel triggers the scenario described in Isaiah 17. We cannot forget Netanyahu's pledge that any chemical weapons from Syria would be treated the same as nuclear warheads, and Israel would respond the same. That is worth remembering when we see any news pertaining to Syria's chemical weapons:

While we can hope that the worst case scenario will not happen and that the WMDs will never be used, there is still an urgent need to develop a contingency plan, just in case. Israel is particularly nervous with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaring that Israel would have to act if there is a hint that these weapons may be used, talking about striking Syrian weapons arsenals. It would not be the first time Israel has carried out a military strike in Syria. In 2007, the Israeli Air Force attacked a nuclear reactor. However, an air strike on chemical weapons could have catastrophic consequences unless the chemical agents have been neutralized beforehand.

Clearly securing Syria’s WMDs is not going to be easy. The Pentagon has reported it could take up to 75,000 troops to do so, with intelligence reports suggesting there are an estimated 50 different WMD sites around the country, predominantly in rural areas. This would mean, according to a Washington-based think tank the RAND Corporation, that disposing them would require industrial-scale destruction operations, special facilities and a lot of time. However, the idea of sending US troops into Syria to carry out this job is a non-starter. It would be far too risky and would probably never get the relevant approval. Of course it could be possible to send in Special Forces from other nations, in particular other Muslim states, or it could be something which the European Union could take a lead in. Yet this would also only be able to happen after Assad falls and a new transitional leadership is in place. If Assad’s fall is messy, it will further complicate the situation.

Tehran has deployed one of its Russian-made submarines in the Persian Gulf, just days after the United States and more than two dozen allies began naval exercises nearby, Iranian state television reported Tuesday.

The Taregh-1 joined the Iranian fleet in the southern port of Bandar Abbas after it was overhauled earlier this year, according to the TV report. It’s one of three Russian Kilo class submarines that Iran obtained in the early 1990s.

In May, Iran redeployed another Russian-made submarine after repairs.

Tuesday’s announcement came two days after U.S.-led naval exercises got under way in the waters of the Persian Gulf. They are the largest such maneuvers aimed at countering sea mines ever to take place in the region.

But the U.S.-led drills are seen as a response to Iranian warnings earlier this year it could close the strategic oil route in the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for tighter Western sanctions.

Al-Qaida’s branch in North Africa on Tuesday called for attacks on U.S. diplomats and an escalation of protests against an anti-Islam video that was produced in the United States and triggered a wave of demonstrations and riots in the Middle East and beyond.

In a statement, Al-Qaida in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb praised the killing of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11. The group threatened attacks in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania, and condemned the United States for “lying to Muslims for more than 10 years, saying its war was against terrorism and not Islam.”

As anti-American sentiment boils in Islamic countries like Egypt, lawmakers are moving to permit billions of dollars in US foreign aid under a government-wide funding bill set to clear Congress this week.

I actually get a kick out of seeing Nigel Farage speak, and as entertaining as his presentation is, he is passionately opposed to the emerging totalitarian state which we are witnessing in the EU and his points are valid - points which reveal the emerging central control being imposed by the EU's leaders along with the loss of national sovereignty (and subsequent loss of freedom). If nothing else, it makes for a good laugh. There is some profanity in captions, so if this offends in any way, please don't view (or just listen).


Seek But Don't Hide said...

The mid East powder keg just get's closer and closer to blowing. If one watches the news and reads about this it can be scary. Fortunately, it's all in God's hands.

Also, if you guys could please pray for me it would be great. I have to take a TEAS entrance exam tomorrow to get into nursing school. Please pray that I get a high enough score to get into my program. Thank you!

Scott said...

JH - Done! Good luck as well, let us know how it works out - God Bless, Scott

Seek But Don't Hide said...

That you Scott!

All of these latest news stories are scary but not surprising. I've been posting similar stories on my facebook to let people know what's going on out there. I don't know what'll happen but I wouldn't be surprised if it happens before November.

Anonymous said...

Dear Scott,
I am always the last to post and wanted to post this on the last thread, so sorry for that. But with a prayer reaquest thought its best to put it here. You are such a blessing. Thanks so much for the work you do here. Coming here for the daily update is far better than a cup of coffee, and twice as better with one. I'm praying for you. I have wanted to say something so many times before, but being the kind of guy that I am, I just kept quite. I hate confrontation. Prayer is wonderful and accomplishes much more and where 2 or 3 are gathered in His names, we can move mountains. Thank you for the changes.

I am so glad there is a new clan member named 'Deb'. Thank you for removing the ball and chain from her ankle and letting her fly! (Lol, I'm only kidding...) Please say hi to her for me as I look forward to more interaction with her.

Pray request here.... on a lady please. Her name is Stevie. She boasts about her 'divination' classes she is taking for her certification. She is also trying to get certified in channeling, angels, and jump starting her psychic abilities. It is so sad. I have been sharing as much as I can( a cd) among other things. She beleives she is of the 'good kind' and not of the demonic that decieves. I'm trying to help her see differently. Pray she listenings to the CD I gave her, and looking into some of the other stuff I gave her. -Jec

Scott said...

Jec - so nice to hear from you - and excellent points all around....Don't know how much Deb will be posting, but thats a good question :) -- I tried to get her to read your comments but she didn't have her glasses on :) - (And I'll probably be in big trouble for this but we'll see:)

Scott said...

Oh, and of course, the prayers are certainly needed as you say, most definitely

Dylan said...

Wow, a huge sense of community today in the comment section of this blog. Thanks Scott.and Jec, I'll pray for Stevie.

Ally said...

Hi JEC-prayed for her. I will try to get some links for people who got involved with this and then realized later...mistake! The really bad part is she is actually "asking" demons to lead her and inhabit her and they generally do not like to leave. It will be a fight to the death almost to free her once they get ahold of her. And of course (as we all know) they will come back with 7 more after they are tossed and make her life a living hell. Poor thing has no clue who she is messing with :(
Please feel free to show her this if you want.
I will try to go to the library and use a computer in the next few days so I can try and pull up some people who have walked down that road and you can share that info if desired.
Much love!

ChristineInCleveland said...

Hi Jec,
Sent up a prayer for Stevie just now... That she will have eyes opened before its too late!

Alice said...

Welcome to all the newbies! Very exciting!

Yes, an awesome sense of community here today - as brother Dylan said. :) Thank you again, Scott!

J.H., I will pray that you have total recall of all you've studied for your exam AND that you score higher than you even imagined you could!

Jec, praying for Stevie, too!

Caver said...

Lifting up the community here also, and giving Thanks.

For Stevie, prayers here also but gotta wonder.....why turn to such devices when she has before her a book and Savior with a 100% record of accuracy of all subjects of importance.

JH, prayers for success here also.

Love you guys!

Anonymous said...

There is an excellent book titled BEAUTIFUL SIDE OF EVIL by Johanna Michaelson (think I spelled her name right). You can also listen to her on YouTube. She was involved in some pretty heavy stuff. Praise God for her deliverance! Praying you all have a most blessed day!


Seek But Don't Hide said...

Thanks for the prayers. Unfortunately I did not do well but I can retake the test again so no big deal. I am also praying for all of you.