Netanyahu: “Don’t Test Us!”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a security cabinet tour of the IDF's installations on the Golan Heights, February 6, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Netanyahu on the Golan Heights (Photo credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Yesterday, Israel’s Prime Minister took his security cabinet to the Golan Heights, overlooking Lebanon and Syria, for a briefing outlining Israel’s readiness to deal with threats from Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies.

The tension along the Lebanese border has escalated recently.  Just days ago, Lebanon told Israeli military officials that the border wall being constructed on Israeli territory  “violates its sovereign territory.”

Meanwhile, it is believed that Hezbollah has purchased about 100 acres of Lebanese ground as a place to store weapons arriving from Iran via Syria.  Also at issue is Lebanon’s claim to gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea, currently being drilled and produced by Israel.

Adding to tensions in the region, Iran just announced production of drones capable of striking a variety of targets with warheads.  In 2017, Israel shot down a similar drone, being operated by Hezbollah over Israeli airspace on the Golan Heights.  It is believed the drones are capable of flying over 1,800 miles, putting Israel well within reach.

So, in the face of such threats, Netanyahu and his security cabinet surveyed the area from the Golan Heights, after which, the PM said:

“We want peace, but we are prepared for every scenario, and I suggest that no one test us….Israel’s reaction will be strong and painful.”

He also indicated that Israel will continue building the border wall (on Israeli territory), and that Hezbollah will “pay dearly” if it tries to inflame tensions.

I hope you are joining the multitude of Christians around the world today for the Isaiah 62 Prayer initiative.  What a perfect time to unite together in prayer for Israel’s safety and security, as well as wisdom and restraint for the Israeli government as they make very difficult decisions.  They will continue to be antagonized by enemies intent on wiping them out.  We must be diligent to stand with them in prayer.

“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side,”
Let Israel now say,
“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side
When men rose up against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive,
When their anger was kindled against us;
Then the waters would have engulfed us,
The stream would have swept over our soul;
Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul.”

Blessed be the Lord,
Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth.
Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper;
The snare is broken and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
~Psalm 124

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