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Netanyahu with IDF soldiers

by Michael Bachner

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel conducted dozens of strikes in order to prevent weapons from being transferred to the Hezbollah terror organization. His remarks came during a Monday tour of a military drill near the Syrian border.

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Netanyahu’s statement officially confirmed previous reports attributing to Israel multiple airstrikes against targets in Syria and Sudan. The airstrikes, in which the Israeli government has officially declined to confirm or deny its involvement, reportedly hit military convoys in Syria carrying advanced surface-to-air missiles intended for Hezbollah.

“We act when needed, including here across the border, with dozens of strikes in order to deny Hezbollah game-changing weapon,” Netanyahu said, adding, “We also act in other fronts, both near and far, but we do this sensibly.”

The Prime Minister was visiting the Golan Heights just across from the Syrian border, where reservists of the IDF Paratroopers Brigade are currently undergoing a military drill. Netanyahu spoke about the military challenges and threats faced by Israel.

“We have the Islamic State (ISIS) and Hezbollah across the borders, we have Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and we have global jihad and Islamic State members in the Sinai,” he said. “We are proud that in the midst of all this turmoil in the Middle East, we have succeeded in preserving relative calm and security in Israel.”

“We can see nations and states being eradicated in the surrounding chaos, and we cannot expect anyone to come and help us,” Netanyahu said. “If we have learned something, it is that we have to be able to defend ourselves on our own. This is our country, we need to defend it and nobody will defend it except us.”

An airstrike in Damascus killed multiple Hezbollah militants last December, including Samir Kuntar, a terrorist who brutally murdered a 4-year-old Israeli child and her father in 1979 but was eventually freed from an Israeli prison in a prisoner swap deal. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the assassination, a charge the Israeli government neither confirmed nor denied.

While serving as opposition leader in 2007, Netanyahu told an Israeli journalist that he had “personally” congratulated then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for having bombed a Syrian nuclear reactor, a strike which the government refused to confirm. The remarks stirred controversy as sources close to Olmert criticized Netanyahu’s “slip of the tongue.”

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  1. As time has progressed we have arguably seen most pre-tribulation prophecy play out right in front of our eyes. I believe the Bible makes it plain that toward the end of the Church age and just before the start of the tribulation period we would see an obvious increase in mans knowledge. In the ancient past man would plod along making a bit of progress every hundred or so years in any given field, but in the last 100 years or so it’s sky rocketed! It also tells us of wars and rumors of wars and BOY have we had that from WWI up until now! The Bible tells us of weird weather and economic problems as well. Diseases are making a come back that we thought were eliminated, and aren’t we seeing a lot of earth quake activity this year? At home in the US we have an up coming Presidential race that see’s one candidate as someone that is believed to have supported communistic beliefs during our past cold war! Another candidate who has never seen a government program they don’t like and may be fast and loose with government secrets. We have two other serious candidates that have issues with knowledge and an apparent lack of self control and lying seems to be an issue. I can’t remember having candidates this bad. It’s so bad I saw a political bumper sticker that instead of saying “2016 – Candidate name” it said “2016 were screwed”. I laughed at the sticker but felt that it was more truth than just a mere joke! I wrote a small book about the end times, Biblical prophecy, and the tribulation period. It’s just for your information and consideration and it’s free. I don’t even accept donations on my or anyone else’s behalf. It’s a short read of about 7 pages. I encourage you to take a look. http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

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