IDF Releases More Info on 2007 Syria Nuclear Facility Attack

As you know, Israel has confirmed they destroyed a nuclear facility in Syria in 2007.  The IDF is now releasing additional information, including pictures of the aircraft and pilots who flew the mission:

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All photos credited to the IDF


The IDF has also posted an interesting article regarding the intelligence-gathering effort that took place prior to the attack.  Read The intel operation behind the attack on the Syrian nuclear facility in 2007.

Questions are flying:  After many years of neither confirming nor denying military action, why now?  Why over 10 years later?  What does it matter at this point?

I’m sure there is more depth to the answers than what I know, but my take on it is this: There is at least one other known nuclear facility in Syria, and Benjamin Netanyahu and other government officials have stated time and time again Israel will not allow their enemies to become nuclear-armed.  Thus, Israel seems to be sending a message to the world that, if necessary, they will take action against that nuclear facility as well.  Of course, despite the fact there are many nations and terrorist groups committing incredible atrocities in Syria, Israel will be castigated by nations around the world if they take action in Syria.  I believe they are sending a warning and laying down a level of resistance to those who will condemn them.

Pray for wisdom!  Israel faces big time challenges.  Do they attack and risk alienating their friends and allies, or do they sit tight, hoping the world community wakes up to the danger posed to Israel and comes to their aid?  I have a sickening feeling they believe the former rather than the later.  Regardless, these are trying times for those making critical decisions.  Please pray for Benjamin Netanyahu, his Defense and Intelligence teams, and those in decision-making positions.  Pray, also, that the US will continue to stand strongly with Israel.

Blessings, friends!

Yes, They Really Did It!

In one of the worst kept secrets in history, Israel confirmed yesterday that, indeed, it was the Israeli Air Force that took out the Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.  While Israel is  notorious for neither confirming nor denying military actions, there was really no doubt whose aircraft launched airstrikes on the nuclear facility over 10 years ago.

Want to see what the airstrike looked like?  Here you go:


Also, hear Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot (Chief of the General Staff on day of the attack) describe the mission:

Root of the Problem…and Embracing the Solution!

Welcome back friends!  I want to pick up where we left off this morning, then move toward a truth I believe is so critical to the world in which we live.  If you missed Why You Won’t Read this Article this morning, please review it in order to understand the context of this post.

So, do you agree?  Is our society becoming desensitized to atrocities in our world today?  Well, we shouldn’t be surprised.  Deuteronomy and Judges make reference to mankind doing what is right in his own eyes, resulting in foolishness, according to Proverbs.  (See this search.)  It seems we have become foolish enough to act as though our foolish ways either don’t matter or are somehow wise.  When society begins to devalue life, it is foolish.

That foolishness extends much further than simply devaluing life, however.  Society as a whole seems to have taken a collective eye off of morality, appropriate authority, Godly family structure, kindness and righteousness of all kinds.  But I recently heard a man with great wisdom, indicating these are “cultural issues” that must be addressed if we have any hope of changing society.

He then spoke of a “higher authority.”  This man, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky, is a strong evangelical, so the “higher authority” he refers to is undoubtedly God our Father.  While the point here is NOT about politics, I hope you glean the truth shared by Governor Bevin:

(Franklin Graham reports likewise in this March 2018 article in Decision magazine.  In it, Graham recounts Bevin’s initiative in Louisville to call Christians to walk the blocks of troubled neighborhoods praying.)

Here’s the point: our world is in desperate need of God, through His Son Jesus Christ.  If we heeded the guidance of our Highest Authority, would we constantly deal with murderous regimes killing and maiming?  Would we have school shootings, rampant abortion, gross immorality and other social ills?  Would we as Christians miss opportunities to show the love of Christ and to pray for those in need?

Indeed, all that ails people, nations and the world is a result of man’s rebellion against God.

The heart is deceitful above all things
    and beyond cure.
    Who can understand it?
~Jeremiah 17:9

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power.
~2 Timothy 3:1-4

The global society certainly seems to be characterized with what 2 Timothy describes as the last days.  More than ever, it’s time to heed our Highest Authority…God the Father!

Surviving the Holocaust

In 2015 when I studied at the Yad Vashem International School of Holocaust Studies, by far the most striking thing to me was the zest for life the Jewish people have, even in the midst of the most terrifying horrors imaginable.

For example, when herded off to ghettos, and ultimately concentration camps, Jews were allowed to take very little.  Perhaps only a small suitcase or two.  What would you take, if you faced such a crisis?  Your computer?  Your valuables?  Treasured heirlooms?

In many cases, the Jews  took school books, art supplies, musical instruments and things that would enable them to carry on with life as they knew it.  Why?  Because life carries more value than anything to the Jewish people.  Their zest for life was (and still is) insatiable, and they went to tremendous lengths to live life to the fullest possible .

Here is a story of how a small group of Jews survived another day in the concentration camps, under the watchful and demanding eyes of Nazi soldiers.  Take a look:

My friends, not only could we learn a thing or two about dealing with hardship, but as Christians, it is our responsibility to defend the innocent.  It is our calling to stand up for those in need.  It is a Biblical command to bless Israel.

But how do we know and understand the depth of God’s desire if we have no understanding of His beloved people, and the importance of standing with them?

This is where I urge you to take advantage of a FREE online course launching today! Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies is making “Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present” available online in a “study at your own pace” format.  (Just click on the link!)  Researchers and instructors at Yad Vashem are literally the world’s experts in Antisemitism and the Holocaust, and your understanding of those things and how they continue to this day will expand greatly.

It’s free, so you have nothing to lose.  Join me, as I join hundreds of others, in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity!  See you in the virtual classroom!  Enjoy!