Israel's War Coalition

Steven LeBlanc

With the 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War of June 1967 coming on June 5th, the Israeli government is preparing for another war. War is not certain with Iran but it is likely considering the extreme threat Iran posses to Israel.

With its surprise attacks on June 5, 1967, Israel quickly defeated the armies of its Arab neighbors. It gained control of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria.
The Sinai was returned to Egypt in 1979 as a result of the Camp David peace accord, a land-for-peace exchange that U.S. President Jimmy Carter insisted upon and that then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin deeply regretted.

Israelis today face the greatest threat to their existence — apocalyptic mullahs publicly vowing to annihilate Israel. The world, including the administration in Washington, is again telling Israelis to do nothing as it looks to diplomacy for a magical answer to the impending crisis. But if such a way is not found — as in 1967 — Israelis know they will once again have to defend themselves, alone. Even America, Israel’s most faithful ally cannot be fully relied upon.

The decision to go to war demands a national consensus. By creating the largest coalition in nearly three decades, Prime Minister Netanyahu is establishing the political will for a pre-emptive strike, should it come to that. The new Israeli government commands an unheard of 94 Knesset seats out of 120, described by one Israeli columnist as a “hundred tons of solid concrete.”

America’s media machine has chosen to showcase domestic resistance to Netanyahu’s unbending will on Iran. Two notable retired intelligence figures were widely covered on American television for coming out against him. What the press ignored was that one had been passed over by Netanyahu to be the head of Mossad, while the other had been fired by Netanyahu as Mossad chief.

The centrist Kadima party in Israel is engaged in a Likud-led coalition with Netanyahu as the head. “Everyone is saying the same thing,” explained one Knesset member, “though there may be a difference of tone.” What they are saying is that war with Iran may be necessary. The solid wall coalition demonstrates Israel’s political readiness to attack, if necessary.

Those counseling Israeli submission, or just endless patience can no longer dismiss Israel’s electorate with a government now representing 78 percent of the country.

Today the state of Israel is surrounded by hostile nations that wish to bring its existence to an end. The Bible long ago foretold this would be the setting of end-time trouble (see Psalm 83:3-5). Should a fight commence the Arab street will back Iran.

Continue to keep an eye on the Middle East, and remember, Jesus Christ commanded all of us: “Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:34-35).

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