Iran sent a message to Israel via the UN stressing that it does not want further escalation in the Hamas-Israel war, but that it will have to intervene if the Israeli operation in Gaza continues.
Will Israel choose this moment to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and assassinate its leaders?
10/24/23 – Tim Buck
“Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways.”
Everyone in Israel is waiting for the ground invasion of northern Gaza to begin.
Why hasn’t it started already?
Some in the media are speculating that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just “blinked,” and isn’t serious about eradicating the Hamas terrorist organization.
That’s not it.
One obvious reason for the delay: Israel’s wants all Palestinian civilians in the northern half of Gaza to move south, out of the way of the coming IDF invasion.
Another: Netanyahu has been welcoming major world leaders in recent days, including U.S. President Joe Biden, the German Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister. Time is needed to brief these and other leaders on the atrocities Hamas has committed, and Iran’s involvement in the attacks.
Another: The IDF is presently mobilizing more than 360,000 reservists, positioning them on the Gaza and Lebanon borders, and in the West Bank. It takes time to get all of the troops, tanks, and other materiel into position and get everyone ready to fight.
But I believe there may very well be yet another reason.
The most important of all.
On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said something to which more people should pay attention.
“We are preparing for the next stages of war,” Lt. Colonel Richard Hecht told reporters. “We haven’t said what they will be. Everybody’s talking about the ground offensive. It might be something different.”
To what might he be referring?
I believe the most likely scenario is that Netanyahu and his war cabinet are actively considering launching a massive preemptive strike on Iran.
For almost half a century, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been launching one terrorist attack after another against the United States, against Israel, against our Arab allies in the region, and against Jews and Christians all over the world.
Yet how often has the Iranian regime every paid a serious military price?
Now, the mullahs are feverishly racing to build fully operational nuclear weapons.
They’re already at 84% enrichment of uranium.
That is almost at 90% to 95% military grade enrichment.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed the emergency war cabinet and unity government with Benny Gantz, head of the National Unity party. “The nation of Israel is united, and now the leadership is united. We’ve put aside all other considerations because the fate of our country hangs in the balance,” Netanyahu said.
War Cabinet in Place
For 15 years or more, Netanyahu has been warning that the world must find a way to neutralize the Iran nuclear threat or Israel might have to launch a preemptive military strike.
Now, suddenly – tragically – Israel has a pretext.
We all know that Iran funds, trains, and arms Hamas.
That means that Iran is just as guilty of the slaughter of more than 1,400 Israelis as Hamas is.
That means the Supreme Leader is just as culpable for killing more Jews in 14 days that any other time since the Holocaust.
We also know that Hezbollah – Iran’s proxy terror army in Lebanon, with its 200,000 missiles all aimed at Israel – is itching to join the fight.
The Iranian leadership has publicly threatened that when Israel launches its ground invasion of Gaza, Tehran will escalate this war.
“If the Zionist aggressions do not stop, the hands of all parties in the region are on the trigger,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian declared this week.
That’s why I feel that Netanyahu and his war cabinet – including current Defense Minister Yoav Gallant; Benny Gantz, Israel’s former defense minister and former IDF chief of staff; Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer; and Gadi Eisenkot, another former IDF chief of staff – are actively discussing the possibility of launching a preemptive and massive strike against Iran, and assassinating Iran’s leaders.
Possibly before the IDF goes into Gaza.
Why not cut off the head of the snake first, especially if Israel is already going to be in a two-front war with Hamas and Hezbollah in the coming days?
Put another way: What’s the point of leaving the Iranian regime and nuclear program alone when we’re already going to war with two of Iran’s terror proxies?
The guided missile destroyer USS Carney, U.S. Navy
U.S. Military Build-up
U.S. Bases in Middle East coming under attack
It’s reasonable to believe Netanyahu and his team are actively discussing the prospect of hitting Iran and have already conferred with President Biden and his team, including the Secretaries of State and Defense, and our allies along with the CENTCOM commander who was in Israel last week.
That may be why the U.S. moved its aircraft carriers and other assets into the eastern Mediterranean last week and has increased its military presence in the Middle East since the beginning of the war between Israel and Hamas.
The USS Carney on Thursday intercepted three cruise missiles fired from Yemen and headed for southern Israel, according to Israeli media reports.
In addition, the USS Carney, which was operating in the northern Red Sea at the time, was swarmed by about two dozen drones.
This week alone, The Wall Street Journal reported that the American al-Tanf base near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders and the al-Asad Airbase in western Iraq were both attacked by drones.
In addition, U.S. and coalition forces at al-Harir base in northern Iraq were attacked and a pro-Palestinian militant group claimed to have attacked U.S. bases in Syria, as well.
The U.S. transferred the USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier strike group to the Eastern Mediterranean and the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and its strike group left the U.S. and are currently on the way to the Mediterranean, as well.
The USS Bataan amphibious ready group, which consists of three ships carrying thousands of U.S. Marines, the USS Mesa Verde, an amphibious transport dock, and the USS Carter Hall, a dock landing ship, were heading closer to Israel, according to the Associated Press.
A small team of special operations forces is also working with Israel to help with intelligence and planning, as well as advising on hostage recovery efforts.
Five deliveries of military equipment and ammunition arriving from the U.S. have reached Israel so far, and more will follow, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
U.S. Air Force squadrons stationed around the Middle East have also been reinforced.
There are roughly 2,500 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and another 900 in Syria. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered about 2,000 soldiers to prepare for deployment if needed.
A Pentagon spokeswoman confirmed that those soldiers were not being deployed for combat but will assist with intelligence and surveillance, transportation and medical efforts.
Time Is Running Out
True, Biden and his inner circle do not want a regional war.
But they know that time is short.
They know that if Iran isn’t stopped soon, they will get The Bomb, and then all hell will break loose.
But let me just add this.
I share the fears of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who said this week the region is moving “to the verge of the abyss.”
We have friends living in Israel and they are fearful of what’s coming.
But what choice does Israel have?
Israel’s is currently in the darkest hour since the prophetic re-birth of the country.
But the slaughter they are now experiencing is nothing compared to the nuclear holocaust they’ll experience if the terror masters in Tehran build and use The Bomb.
They may have finally reached the point of no return.
God have mercy on us all.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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