Articles of the Day 2/15/16: Playing Chicken With Russia

Current Major Trends To Watch

(=increasing, =decreasing =no change)

Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– Will Saudi Arabia and Turkey invade Syria? ⇑⇑⇑
Temple Mount tensions–
Palestinian terror across Jerusalem– Palestinian attacks continue, increase in number and sophistication. 
US retreat from Middle East- 
Pope Francis active in politics–
Hezbollah\Iran military buildup in north–
Northern border tension–
Southern border tension– 
One world government advancement–
One world religion advancement-

 

Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Palestinian gunfire directed at Bethel near Ramallah

Damascus Gate terrorist identified as Palestinian policeman

Teen terror girl foiled in Jerusalem knifing

Forces thwart 4th terror attempt in Jerusalem’s Old City, 2 Palestinians shot dead

Shooting attack at light rail station at the Damascus Gate; 2 terrorists neutralized

Palestinians ramp up terror to gunfire. Israel Intelligence still at a loss

“Sunday, Feb. 14, will go down as a landmark day in the terror campaign the Palestinians have been waging against Israel for five months. It marked the latest, deliberately ramped up phase. After advancing from rocks, stabbings, car rammings and teen attacks, through the stage of loners to gangs of two and three, it moved up this week to shooting and explosive devices. Four Palestinian shooting attacks took place in 12 hours, most using knock-off Carl Gustav submachine guns turned out by illegal foundries in Nablus.”

 

Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)

Very interesting events are taking place right now in Syria. Saudi Arabia and Turkey appear to have made a decision regarding their involvement in Syria. Russian involvement and Assad’s apparent battlefield success of late has forced the hand of the Saudi’s.  Turkey and Saudi Arabia appear to be ready to get more involved on the ground in Syria.

The question is to what extent? I’m not buying they just want to more involved against ISIS or the Kurds. Assad is the target. I think there is a real chance the Saudi’s (with other gulf allies) may invade Syria. Turkey will also participate in a limited way to establish a buffer in Syria. 

This would be a risky move as it would entail confronting Russia directly. However, the Russian forces in theater are limited and they would have to up the ante by sending even more forces. If this happens we are talking full scale regional war between the Saudi Arabia\Turkey and Russia. However, Russia and Saudi Arabia might be playing a game of chicken. How bad does Russia want to save Assad versus how bad the Saudi’s want to remove him. One of them could blink before a major confrontation.

If the Saudi’s invade in a big way look for them to drive towards Damascus and Turkey to drive towards Aleppo. IF both cities are taken what does Assad do? What does Russia do? Could we be seeing the beginning of how Isaiah 17 will be fulfilled? Would Russia nuke Damascus to save Assad? Saudi air forces would have to deal with Russian air defenses. If the Saudis can neutralize Russian air power and take control of the air then that changes everything.

Syrian troops capture village near northern city of Aleppo

“Under cover of Russian airstrikes, regime forces close in on Syria’s largest city, and eye their biggest victory yet.”

Turkey shelled Syrian military targets

“The Turkish army continues shelling in Syria: After bombing Kurdish rebel targets, it has attacked other military targets in northern Syria. Turkish officials: “This is a reprisal shelling in response for Syrian army firing on Turkish military outposts on the border”

Hezbollah vows to ‘slaughter Saudi forces’ if they try to invade Iraq

“On Thursday, after initial reports about Saudi military movement on the border began to emerge, Hezbollah brigades started mobilizing their forces to the border.”

Are Saudi warplanes deployed in Turkey?

“Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri said Sunday that Saudi Air Force plans had arrived in Turkey for deployment at the Incirlik Air Base near the Syrian border. This was confirmed by the Turkish Foreign Minister. However, Turkish military sources refused to confirm their arrival and insisted that it had been postponed for two to three weeks.”

Saudi Arabia and allies gather for major military exercises

“RIYADH – Saudi Arabia says troops from 20 countries are gathering in the oil-rich nation for large-scale military exercises.

The kingdom announced the exercises Sunday on the official Saudi Press Agency, describing them as “the largest and most important” military maneuvers in the region’s history.

It says the exercises in the country’s north will include air, sea and land forces. They are expected to last 18 days, with participating forces arriving in “the next few hours.” Most of the participants are Arab and African countries, and do not include the United States and other Western powers.”

Saudi troop deployment in Syria up to U.S.-led coalition: foreign minister

“The Kingdom’s readiness to provide special forces to any ground operations in Syria is linked to a decision to have a ground component to this coalition against Daesh (Islamic State) in Syria – this U.S.-led coalition – so the timing is not up to us,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference with his Swiss counterpart in Riyadh.”

Damascus says believes some Turkish forces entered Syria

“BEIRUT – The Syrian government says Turkish forces were believed to be among 100 gunmen it said entered Syria on Saturday accompanied by 12 pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, in an ongoing supply operation to insurgents fighting Damascus.”

Turkey threatens ‘harshest’ response if Kurds try to capture Syrian border city

“Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday that the Syrian Kurds and their YPG milita would face the “harshest reaction” from Turkey if they attempt to capture the city of Azaz on the Turkish border. He claimed that if not for Turkey’s artillery bombardment on Sunday, the Kurds would have already captured Azaz and Tal Rifaat, another small Syrian city.”

Russia ‘no plans to stay in Syria long-term’

“Prime Minister makes statements three days after warning of possible World War.”

Russian PM: Ground operation in Syria will lead to ‘a full-fledged, long war’

“MOSCOW – Any ground operation in Syria will lead to “a full-fledged, long war”, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told Euronews TV station in an interview.”

Bible Prophecy

The Purpose Of The Church

“Q. The question I have is this ; “What is the Purpose of the Church Age when Gentiles will also be saved in the Tribulation ?”

A. 1 Peter 1:10-12 tells us neither the prophets of old nor even the angels in heaven really understood what God was going to accomplish through the Church. But Paul revealed it to us.

He said God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His Grace (Ephes 2:6-7). Then in Ephesians 3:10-11 he said God’s intent in doing this was that now, through the Church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms (angels) according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Put these two statements together and you can see that God’s purpose was to demonstrate the full extent of His capacity for love, and He chose to do so through the Church. When we were dead in our sins He made us alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins and canceled the list of our violations of His law (Colossians 2:13-14) and now regards us as a new creation, as righteous as He is (2 Cor. 5:17, 21). He gave us the authority to become His own children (John 1:12-13) and made us His heirs as well (Galatians 4:4-7). He raised his Son from the dead to a place at His right hand with authority that far exceeded any heavenly power (Ephesians 1:20-21), and then He raised us up and seated us there with Him (Ephesians 2:6-7).

At the appointed time He will send His Son to collect us and take us to a place of unimaginable beauty that He has been preparing for us for almost 2,000 years (John 14:2-3). In doing so He will rescue us from the time and place of the coming wrath (1 Thes. 1:10, Romans 5:9) and we will dwell with Him forever (1 Thes. 4:16-17). We won’t have done anything to deserve this, except to believe that He did it for us.

I think that qualifies as an unparalleled demonstration of the incomparable riches of His grace.”

 

 

Meanwhile…

The US record on prosecuting Palestinian killers in one word: Lousy

“Sixty-four American citizens have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Israel since the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords, including my daughter Alisa — yet the United States has not prosecuted even one of the killers. How is that possible?”

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