Monday, October 8, 2012

Escalation In Southern Israel: Barrage Of Rocket Fire

Things are heating up in the southern part of Israel. The question becomes "why?" and "why now"? 

The Air Force struck targets in Gaza Monday in response to a barrage of more than 30 rockets and mortar shells fired into farming districts in southern Israel by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.An army source said that that one of terror targets struck included a Hamas position hidden inside a mosque in Gaza. The source added that Hamas often uses "religious sites as cover for its terrorist activities against Israelis."
Earlier Monday, the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel was bombarded with dozens of Palestinian rockets and mortars. Local residents reported awaking to the sounds of explosions, and rushing for cover in safe rooms designed to protect them from the projectiles.

Ronit Minaker, of the Eshkol Regional Council, said that residents received SMS messages and heard alarms beginning at around 6am Monday morning, and heard dozens of strikes on the area over the course of around an hour and a half. The strikes began at the same hour of the morning when the local children usually wake up, and on Monday were required to spend the first few hours of their last day of the holidays waiting in bomb shelters, Minaker said.

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired more than 55 rockets and mortars into southern Israel early Monday morning, causing damage to a residential building. Most of the shells landed in open areas and there were no injuries reported.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s military branches claimed joint responsibility for the attacks on Israel. Hamas’s Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades and Islamic Jihad’s al-Quds Brigades stated that the mortars and rockets were fired “in response to the Zionist crimes last night that caused the wounding of 11 civilians, among them two children.”

Palestinian Maan News reported that Israel fired more than 10 tank shells at the southern Gaza Strip Monday morning, striking near the Ammar bin Yasir Mosque in Khan Younis. The Hamas Health Ministry reported that 3 Gaza residents were injured, one seriously. Al Arabiya cited Palestinians saying that four children were lightly injured, and minarets and a water tower were damaged.
Obeida added that the joint Hamas-Islamic Jihad rocket fire “emphasizes a high-level of coordination between the resistance factions in the management of the confrontation with the Zionist occupation.”

Israel’s response was major because for the first time the two dominant organizations in Gaza, the radical Hamas and Iran-sponsored Jihad Islami, assumed responsibility for avenging an an Israeli attack on radical Salafist terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda. This attests to the comprehensive ties of operational collaboration forged between the diverse terrorist organizations fighting Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Israel also suspects that the pilotless helicopter sent by Iran to breach Israeli air space Saturday, Oct. 6, which flew in from the Mediterranean over the Gaza Strip, was jointly orchestrated by Tehran, Hizballah and Hamas as part of a war exercise Hamas conducted in the Gaza Strip on that day.
Abu Obeida, commander of the Hamas military arm Ezz e-din al-Qassam responded to the Israeli assault with a warning:  “The resistance” would not permit “Israeli aggression” continue, he said, and went on to laud  Hamas’ partnership with Jihad Islami and the high level of operational cooperation between the various parts of the movement.  Any more Israeli attacks, he warned, would bring forth an even more powerful and extensive Palestinian reprisal.

DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that Hamas draws its bravado from the military protocols its leaders secretly signed with Hizballah Sept. 13 under the Iranian aegis, which obliges signatory to come to the aid of the other when it is attacked. Jihad Islami, Iran’s Palestinian surrogate in the Gaza Strip comes under this umbrella too. The signing was first disclosed on this page on Sept. 23. Confirming this, JIhad Islami spokesmen have just threatened that the next round of attacks on Israel will come from Lebanon.

Also see:

This is yet another interesting and complex article from Canada Free Press and represents a worthwhile read. Just a few highlights below:

If the script proceeds as written, the entire geopolitical world and balance of power could, and most likely will, change with this next curtain call. No one will be left untouched by the coming events.

So it is here that I pause and with a sense of urgency, suggest that we all move back a few rows and open our gaze to the bigger screen before us. My well placed source walked me there recently and showed me where to look for the hidden images in the big picture. It’s difficult at first, but once you know what you’re looking for, it suddenly it pops out and bam!.. it seems obvious! There is no way that one cannot “not see it!” At his request I cannot give him his proper and well-deserved attribution, but without his insight I might have completely missed my ah-ha moment and the instant, urgent and extreme importance of the events taking place before us right now.

It is important to understand that Russia has upwards of 100,000 troops and “advisors” on the ground in Syria and a significant contingent of their navy is parked in the Mediterranean from yard. Consider that against the historical backdrop of Vietnam. It’s too long a conversation for now, but we need to have it soon. Current events have put Russia’s back against the wall, and they intend to come out fighting. Consider what Mr. Obama has done, at the behest of his Sunni Muslim handlers, facilitating “change” in the complexion of North Africa and all of the Middle East. Now visualize what the geopolitical landscape will look like should President Obama’s handlers continue to push their Pan-Arab, United States of Muslim’s agenda. We can’t fight what we refuse to see, or understand what we accept even exists.


R.G. said...

Israel tried to appease the world (and their own left wing )and withdrew their forces from Gaza in 2005. They forced their own citizens to leave everything they had built and poured their lives into, only to have it torn apart and used as a stage to launch rockets into Israel. You cannot appease evil,you cannot run from evil,you must confront evil. My Dad taught me that as a youth and it holds true for nations.

waterer said...

WV, I am praying for you today in the aftermath of teaching. This is a place in my own life I have found vulnerable. I can see that Holy SPirit is in charge when I teach bit I always only remember later very little but especailly the things I should have said differently. So trust good brother that HE is still doing His work now. Hope you have joy and peace abiding today.

Caver said...

The above article Lemmings... At The Precipice Of WWIII should be a must read for everyone here. We have never known betrayal like this.

Caver said...

OK, maybe my imagination is working overtime...but lets try this on.

Scott's above link on the... "Lemmings... At The Precipice Of WWIII", seems to make a pretty good argument that whats going on in Syria is far more than we're being told. In fact it appears that Obama and NATO are working to overthrow Syria and Russia has over 100,000 troops there and have drawn a line in the sand.

They know what's going on and that this is a NATO and specifically USA power pay. They are willing to go to war over this.

Turkey is caught in the middle....but, these are the little dots my mind is connecting.

There are back channel news reports that the major east coast military installations are emptying out the expensive equipment at night by back roads and railroads. If this is true, why?

Next, what about the just passed HR 6566, the so called FEMA Mass Fatality bill.

Ok, call the little boys in the padded bus for me....but my mind is just wondering if these dots are 1) Real and 2) Connected.

And if they are the obvious connection the real connection?

Interesting times folk?

GG said...

Hi Mr. C-

I don't think it's working overtime from what I am seeing. That is an amazing perspective and seems to fit the lovely behavior of this once blessed nation. Many seem to have stopped adding God into their lives and day to day decisions, especially with prayers, so now they will start seeing the fruits of their labor. We Christians are slowly getting squeezed out hour by hour. Let us pray and rejoice for through all this hardship is the eternal reward on the other side of these situations :)

Looking forward to going home soon!

God Bless!!


WVBORN56 said...

Thanks KR (waterer) for the prayers. I usually always end up wishing I had said more or things differently. I am kind of slow thinking in the moment. lol But God was good and I think the sermon was what the Lord wanted. With a little critiquing from my wife I can see areas for improvement. If nothing else this has been great for me to study and hone my speaking skills. It was all good. It was cool to see with very little promotion (bulletin announcement) the turnout was better than normal for a Sunday evening. People in our congregation are very interested in end times prophecy. Thanks again to you and everyone one else who prayed!

Caver I really liked the Canada Free press article on the lemmings as well. It was a bit hard for my pea brain to follow but the research that went into it was pretty amazing.

SY said...

Not sure how accurate this information may be.

GG said...

Tonight while walking through a few passages to study and reflect on, I came across this:

Isaiah 43:10-13
New International Version (NIV)
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord,
    and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?”

Things can get so crazy it is easy to remember he has all this handled calmly. Hope this brings some peace to all :)