Iran, bolstered by the Iranian Nuclear Deal, continues to press the envelop when it comes to violating agreements, both within that deal and within other UN resolutions regarding their development and use of missiles.
On Sunday, Iran fire 7 missiles aimed at Syria (three of which fell in Iraq), supposedly targeting ISIS positions. Though none hit their mark, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claimed success and reported that 300 terrorists were killed. Israeli surveillance indicated otherwise. Only one rocket landed close to an ISIS base, and there are no known casualties.
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Hussein al-Islam, boldly proclaimed that Saudis and Americans are “the main recipients of this message.” Those actions and comments drew a response from Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. During a visit to Kazakhstan, he was asked by President Nursultan Nazarbayev if he had a message for the Iranian president who is to visit Kazakhstan next week. Netanyahu stated that if Iran would change their policies, Israel will change theirs. He went on to say:
“This activity is also about Iranian attempts to settle in Syria and, of course, transfer advanced weaponry to the Lebanese Hezbollah. I have a message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel.”
According to the Jerusalem Post, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei repeated on Wednesday a statement made previously: “Israel will not exist 25 years from now.”
The actions and rhetoric coming out of radical Islamic regions is once again simmering to a boil. As watchmen, we must be diligent in prayer for Israel (Isaiah 62). As followers of Jesus Christ, we must be ready for the return of our Lord (Matthew 25:1-13). The two go hand-in-hand, so let’s be found faithful (Matthew 25:21).