Days of Dire Straits

I always pay attention when Av Bosner has something posted on the Elijah List. He was calling for prayer for Israel especially as we enter the season of “dire straits”, from the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av (July 13 through August 3).

In his bulletin, published on the site July 12, he had some important things to say about the present situation:

This kidnapping comes in the wake of the kidnapping of Corporal Gilad Shalit two weeks ago, also within Israel’s internationally recognized borders beside the Gaza Strip. That kidnapping prompted a re-entry of IDF forces into Gaza, as well as the shelling of Kassam rocket launchers, and targeted assassinations of Hamas terrorists and their commanders.

Hezbollah receives its military equipment and encouragement from Iran, and all weapons flow to Hezbollah through Syria. Both countries are involved in strategic advice, influence, and support for Hezbollah. Hamas is headquartered in Damascus and receives much military help from Iran, smuggled in through Egypt.

The IDF will probably respond by striking in three areas:

1. There are 13,000 long-range Hezbollah rockets on the border with Israel. These can reach Haifa, Tiberias, and Hadera with fair accuracy. Chances are that the upset of the military status quo will force Israel to at least weaken, and at most destroy, Hezbollah’s missile ability to hurt Israel. It is probable that a military incursion into Lebanon to destroy Hezbollah’s infrastructure, is in the offing.

2. It is highly likely that Lebanon will pay a price for not controlling its own sovereign territory and for allowing it to be used to attack Israel–a country which has pulled back to the internationally recognized border years ago. This might involve bombing of Lebanese infrastructure, power stations, etc.

3. It is pretty likely that Syria’s support for Hezbollah and Hamas, means that there may be IDF strikes into Syria generally, and on Damascus specifically.

PLEASE PRAY URGENTLY FOR THESE SOLDIERS AND FOR ISRAEL’S LEADERS

Pass along the prayer request and let’s lift Israel in prayer and remember to support this bastion of freedom in the Middle East.

If history is any indication this is a precarious time for Israel.

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