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The entire equation in the Middle East will change, Walid Sakariya tells al-Manar TV
“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5
Hezbollah MP Walid Sakariya told Lebanese television this week that the nuclear weapon Iran is allegedly developing is intended to annihilate Israel.
In a segment recorded and translated by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute), Sakariya, also a retired general, told his interviewer on Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV Tuesday that should Iran acquire a nuclear weapon it would serve Syrian as well as Iranian interests, namely the eradication of the Jewish state.
“This nuclear weapon is intended to create a balance of terror with Israel, to finish off the Zionist enterprise, and to end all Israeli aggression against the Arab nation,” Sakariya said.
“The entire equation in the Middle East will change,” he asserted.
Iranian officials typically assert that their controversial nuclear program is meant solely for peaceful purposes.
A ‘severe’ incident
Rockets fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel early Tuesday for the first time in more than two years, drawing a burst of Israeli artillery fire across the tense border, the Israeli military said.
Two buildings in Israel’s western Galilee area were damaged, Israeli media said, but there were no reports of casualties. Residents said they heard two explosions and that houses shook.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack. The military said at least two of the rockets landed on Israeli soil, and that Israeli guns shelled the area where the fire had originated.
A Lebanese security official told The Associated Press that one rocket was fired from Lebanon and that Israel hit back with six rockets, which landed in an empty area. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The flare-up comes at a time when the entire region is engulfed in violence and upheaval, with thousands killed in the regime’s crackdown on protesters in Syria and after popular uprisings ousted longtime rulers in Libya , Egypt , Tunisia and Yemen .
Israel said it was trying to establish who fired the rockets from Lebanon, but that it held the Lebanese government responsible and would deliver a complaint. The Israeli military said it did not expect Tuesday’s incident to touch off a wider conflict with Lebanon. In a statement, however, it said it regarded the attack as “severe.” source – MSNBC
The land is indeed occupied
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Psalm 122:6
The Palestinians are constantly talking about the “occupied land” in which Israel exists. And this is one time when I will side with them and agree that the land is indeed occupied by an invading force that has no right to be there. Because when I read my King James Bible, it tells me that God gave the land to Abraham and to his seed, his descendants. Abraham’s seed are the Jews, and according to God, all of the land of Israel, especially the West Bank, belongs to the Jews for eternity. So that would make the “palestinians” the occupiers.
Northern Command sources say there are expectations that Palestinians in Lebanon will travel to the border to participate in protests.
“IDF troops will be deployed in large numbers throughout the West Bank and along the border with Lebanon on Friday, amid expectations that massive demonstrations will break out on both fronts ahead of Nakba Day (“the day of the catastrophe”).
The IDF began reinforcing troops in the West Bank earlier this week, and sources in the Northern Command said on Thursday that there were expectations that Palestinians in Lebanon will also travel to the border to participate in the protests. Several Palestinian groups have called for large demonstrations along Israel’s various borders ahead of Nakba Day, which is the Palestinian commemoration of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Expectations are that the demonstrations will start on Friday, and last until Sunday.
Expected hotspots in the West Bank include the Kalandiya Checkpoint outside of Jerusalem, near the Ofer Prison off Road 443, as well as Nablus, Tulkarm and Ramallah. The demonstrations are expected to include stone-throwing, but not live weapons. Officers from the IDF’s Northern Command spoke with UNIFIL this week, and warned of severe consequences if Palestinian demonstrators try to damage the border fence between Israel and Lebanon during the demonstrations. “We respect people’s right to protest, but we will not tolerate damage caused to infrastructure, like the border fence,” an IDF officer said.” source – JPost
Continued Turmoil in the Middle East
TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Hundreds of angry protesters burned tires and blocked roads across Lebanon on Tuesday after Iranian-backed Hezbollah secured the appointment of its candidate to lead the next government.
The nomination of Najib Mikati as prime minister, endorsed by President Michel Suleiman, is seen a victory for Hezbollah, which secured the parliamentary votes needed to wrest control of the Lebanese government. source: MSNBC.
Considering that the United States deems Hezbollah a terrorist organization and has imposed sanctions upon the group, this new leadership will prove problematic in U.S.-Lebanon relations. “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned that formation of a Hezbollah-dominated government will mean changes in the U.S. political and economic relations with the country. She said cuts or realignment of military aid to Lebanon are likely if Hezbollah controls key parts of the government.” source: Yahoo! News
The appointment of Najib Mikati is igniting sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims within Lebanon as Mikati comes from a Sunni background and is viewed as a traitor for joining forces with Shiite Iran. The long term effect of the Prime Minister’s nomination on Lebanon as a whole is yet to unfold, but for certain, the further gain of power by Hezbollah gives a boost to the influence that Syria and Iran already maintain in the region. The power structure is shifting in the Middle East, and much of this is seen as the direct result of manipulation and destabilization directed by Iran. Just days ago, a UN tribunal announced its intent to indict Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in ordering the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri back in 2005.
Israel and the West must remain on high alert and quickly learn how to deal with this dynamic and ever more radical atmosphere moving forward in the Middle East.
As events continue to heat up all around the Middle East, a new report comes on the scene to shake things up a bit more. The turmoil in this part of the world makes perfect sense to those who understand Bible Prophecy and how it ties into the Middle East, but it can still be a shock to see such incredible news come out in the open.
A United Nations tribunal is to indict Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with ordering the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, U.S. news website Newsmax reported on Saturday, adding that the hit itself was planned executed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in collaboration with Hezbollah.
The report comes just days into Lebanon’s latest political crisis, as minister affiliated with Hezbollah and its allies withdrew from the unity cabinet led by Saad Hariri earlier this week, citing Hariri’s cooperation with the UN-led probe of his father’s killing.
Saturday’s Newsmax report, also cited by Lebanese news website Naharnet, quotes source close to the UN investigation of the Hariri killing who claimed that the order to assassinate the former Lebanon premier was given by Khamenei.
The order was then reportedly passed on to Hezbollah military leader Imad Mughniyeh by the head of the IRG’s Quds foece, Qassem Suleymani. Upon receiving the order, Mughniyeh and brother in law Mustapha Badr al-Dine allegedly put together an assassination squad.
The report of Iran’s alleged involvement in the planning and execution of the Hariri assassination comes in an already volatile period in Lebanese politics, as many fear that indictments against Hezbollah officials could spark a new round of factional violence, if not full-on civil war. source Haaretz.com
Lebanon’s government is already collapsing and this may further the drive Syria to move in and take over. Iran has been working to influence and make certain governments unstable in the whole region. One thing is for sure; the more control Syria gains in Lebanon, the greater positioning for Iran as a Middle East power. For Israel, the situation becomes all the more dangerous.