Hezbollah has raised its military readiness on the whole Lebanese territory in the last few days and put its forces on high alert in the light of the threats it has received from a number of countries, and especially from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Hezbollah forces have been mobilized in the event of any hostile activity on the borders or in the country, notwithstanding the ongoing conviction of its leadership that Israel will not wage a direct war in the near or distant future.
According to well informed sources, Hezbollah fears the possible assassination of a well-known Lebanese figure, Sunni or Christian, similar to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The aim would be to re-mix the cards on the Lebanese scene, accuse Hezbollah and to embarrass President Michel Aoun.
Aoun has raised the challenge against Riyadh during the recent events related to the televised resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and he has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri as a hostage (for more than two weeks), defining the Prime Minister’s submission to this act as “unconstitutional and illegitimate.”
Moreover, Hezbollah, in coordination with Iran, has issued orders not to transfer weapons sent to it from Iran via Syria to Lebanon for the following clearly defined reasons:
- There is no longer a reason to store weapons in Lebanon because the Lebanese-Syrian front has become united.
- Hezbollah needs to maintain accurate and long-range missiles in Syria (not Lebanon), confirming what Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar Assad have said, that “Syria is one front against Israel in the next war.”
- Hezbollah’s weapons stores in Lebanon are full, and its warehouses are overflowing. Hezbollah therefore could maintain a long war if Israel did decide to attack Lebanon, and has the capability of launching hundreds of rockets and missiles daily.
It is clear that President Bashar al-Assad has emerged stronger from the war that has been going on for more than six years. His thinking is now orientated towards the Israeli threat, to tune in with Hezbollah and to assure Saudi Arabia and Israel that Hezbollah will not be left alone in any future battle because the front from Naqoura (in southern Lebanon) to the Golan is now united.
Assad is determined and able to respond to any Israeli violation following the total defeat of the “Islamic State” in all the Syrian cities.
Thus, Assad has lived with and survived the war and has learned to accept losses: during the hard days of the war, the number of soldiers killed reached hundreds in some battles. The Syrian leadership is in a better position to accept the consequences of any future war with Israel as long as the goals are reached despite the sacrifices required.
But Assad will not be alone facing any future attack on Hezbollah. There are thousands of fighters in Syria from neighboring countries, available at the request of the Syrian government. These shall certainly not be neutral in the next war with Israel if it should happen.
Damascus will be careful not to provoke the United States directly in the next war with Israel, but it will give a free hand to the Syrian resistance if the US decides to occupy north-east Syria.
The presence of Russian troops in the Levant may not allow all belligerents to be dragged into a large war with multiple frontiers and certainly not a third world war. Israel is so far giving signs that its forces are aware of the future danger and won’t be dragged into a war in the region despite Saudi Arabia’s financial offers and support. The Saudis were responsible for kidnapping the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (who was "released" this weekend), aiming to present Lebanon as more vulnerable, inviting Israel, in vain, to attack what the Kingdom defines as the “arms of Iran” in the Middle East.
Russia has no agreement with Israel on anything related to the presence of the Iranian forces and its loyalists in Syria and particularly on the borders with Israel. The Kremlin is not negotiating and disposing of Syrian soil because these matters concern the Syrian government, which intends to recover the occupied Golan after the end of the ISIS threat and al-Qaeda, the Takfiri extremists, in Syria.
Saudi Arabia's renewed power ploy in the Middle East is likely to more than meet its match because it seriously underestimates Hezbollah as an effective military arm of Iran
Saudi Arabia warned Sunday that it would not stand idly by in the face of Iranian “aggression,” as Bahrain said the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah was “in total control” of Lebanon.
The foreign ministers of both Gulf states spoke at an extraordinary general meeting of the Arab League at its Cairo headquarters, called by Riyadh.
The Arab League meeting comes as tensions soar between regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, including over League member Lebanon.
Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Iran, the predominant Shiite power, have for decades stood on opposing sides of conflicts in the Middle East including in Syria and Yemen.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir warned Iran that Riyadh will not stand idle in the face of Iranian “aggression.”
Saudi Arabia “will not hesitate to defend its national security to keep its people safe,” Jubeir said in opening remarks at the meeting.
“I trust the League’s council will take on its responsibility and take a decision regarding Iranian violations of Arab security,” he said ahead of Sunday’s talks.
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa said the Shiite Hezbollah movement in Lebanon was “in total control” of the country.
“Iran’s biggest arm in the region at the moment is the terrorist Hezbollah arm,” he said.
He added that Hezbollah “does not just carry out operations inside the borders of (Lebanon), it also crosses its borders to all of our nations,” making it “a threat to Arab national security.”
He called on countries “where Hezbollah is a partner in government to carry their responsibility.”
“The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation… is under the total control of this terrorist party,” Sheikh Khalid said.
Riyadh called the ministerial meeting to discuss “violations” by Iran after a missile was intercepted near Riyadh in a November 4 attack claimed by Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen.
Saudi-Iranian tensions have escalated over Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s shock resignation, also on November 4, in a statement from Riyadh in which he cited Iran’s “grip” on his country and threats to his life.
This has been AMAZING to watch Gods Word unfold before us, especially with Lebanon. WOW! This is exactly what God said he would do, and astounding to witness. What is coming for Lebanon, will shock the world! We are working through Gods Proclamation against the Tyre, and here is just a portion of it. Hezbollah, Iran, are certainly evil "strangers" that have taken root in Lebanon.
7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
BOTH Tyre & Sidon Lebanon, are going to end up in the depths of the water, NEVER to be found again! WHEW! Ezekiel Chapters 25-32, are Gods final Judgements against the nations surrounding Israel. While in part, they have been fulfilled, they have yet to be FULLY fulfilled. FASCINATING just on Gods Proclamation against Tyre! God devotes 3 Chapters, to His Proclamation against Tyre, Ezekiel 26-28.
In history, so called "Bible Scholars" will insist that Ezekiel Chapters 25-32 have already taken place, the same way they claim that Isaiah 17 has, which is untrue. Tyre Lebanon, is just incredibly amazing to me in studying Gods Word of His Proclamation against them. Historically, every thing that occurred, with Alexander the Great attacking them, Gods Word describes it in Ezekiel. Gods Word says that when Tyre is conquered, they will be left for nothing but fishermen casting their nets. Zola Levitt did an on location program once from Tyre, ancient Tyre, and going through the Scriptures in Ezekiel, showed the island was now just used by fishermen. He showed all of the fishermens nets drying in the sun on the beaches, just as Gods Word said it would be! That is only in part, the Judgement spoken by God, towards Tyre.This is where the "scholars" end, and ignore what Gods Word says has yet to come for Tyre.
There were, in fact two Tyre's in the same basic location. One on shore, one just off shore on a little island. Today, Tyre exists in the same place, on the shore of Lebanon, and so does Sidon. God tells us in His Judgement against them, that BOTH Tyre & Sidon, on the coast of Lebanon, He will cause to be at the bottom of the water, so deep, they will NEVER be found again! That Judgement, is so profound in so many levels. This final portion of Gods Judgement against them, will occur at the end of the Isaiah 17 war, when God Himself steps forward, after thousands of years, to save Israel. While other nations surrounding Israel will be feeling the Judgements of God, as He says in Ezekiel Chapters 25-32, His Judgement against Lebanon in particular,is very significant.
When God turns loose of His Judgment, and the coast of Lebanon sinks into the waters SO deep, that entire cities (Tyre & Sidon) are never found again,that even alone, will change the entire topography in that region. For this reason, I believe in part, is why Israel & the invading Gog & remnant followers,are reduced to horse back.A primitive condition.
Having a highly educated family member along the lines of Geology, we heard about "rocks" a lot lol, but also the science behind land formations etc. The first time I read Gods Final Judgement for Tyre & Sidon, being conditioned lol, my first thought for such a cataclysmic event was "that must be the result of a thrust fault". A while back, there was a discussion on here about the Lebanon Judgement to come. I thought about the "thrust fault" again, and checked it out. There are some major faults running through Lebanon, even continuing down into Israel. But my interest was off the coast,and it turns out there is a huge thrust fault along the Lebanon coast.Even more impressive, is that only 5 miles off the coast of Lebanon, there is an continental shelf that drops over 4900 feet! This will be the soon future Judgement of God for Lebanon...the cities of Tyre & Sidon will be underwater and never found again....
19 “For thus says the Lord God: ‘When I make you a desolate city, like cities that are not inhabited, when I bring the deep upon you, and great waters cover you, 20 then I will bring you down with those who descend into the Pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lowest part of the earth, in places desolate from antiquity, with those who go down to the Pit, so that you may never be inhabited; and I shall establish glory in the land of the living. 21 I will make you a terror, and you shall be no more; though you are sought for, you will never be found again,’ says the Lord God.”
Yes - very interesting indeed. Ive always had one eye on Tyre and Sidon for those very reasons, but its been a while since I've been into those earlier chapters in Ezekiel ('we' also often forget about all of the scattered prophecies about the restoration of Israel's land throughout parts of Ezekiel FWIW) - but as you say, it always falls out exactly as prophecy scriptures dictate...always always always :)
Thank you Mrs C for such a good study.
Your very welcome Sandra :)
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