Israel Angry With Washington

Steven LeBlanc

Israel is angry, Saudi Arabia is furious! Both Israel and the Saudis believe they were betrayed by the President of the United States. Saudi Arabia allegedly informed Israel about the secret American-Iran negotiations. One Israeli lawmaker from Netanyahu’s party said that Israel’s leadership was “furious … we felt like we were being stabbed in the back.”

The stopgap accord between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States, France, Germany, China, Russia and Britain is seen as a first step towards resolving a decade-old quarrel that has moved Israel and Iran to the brink of war.

Israel’s popular prime minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, tongue-lashed the deal with Iran as “dangerous”—an “historic mistake”. He made his televised remarks in English purposely aiming his comments at ordinary Americans and their representatives in Congress. Netanyahu has lost all confidence in President Obama but is hoping Congress will support him in denouncing Washington’s agreement with Iran.

Now the international community waits to see if over the next months Israel will make a unilateral strike against Iran? Prophecy describes Judah of the end time as striking out against its enemies. This has been the pattern of the nation state of Israel ever since 1948. The question remains will Israel attack Iran sometime in 2014?

Genesis 49 details Jacob’s last words to his sons shortly before he died. Jacob, under God’s inspiration, describes the state of his descendants in the end time—each of the 12 sons of Israel is mentioned. Remember the context of the prophecy is in the end time—“I will tell you what befalls you in the last days”—Genesis 49:1

Of Judah, God said through Jacob: “Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; and as a lion, who shall rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah . . .” (Genesis 49:8-9).

This prophecy details Judah’s “prey” and Judah having his “hand on the neck of his enemies” this describes so clearly the state of Israel (Judah) today. This is seen in the series of wars won by the Israelis against the Arab nations since 1948. Many in America and around the world have “praised” Judah for its finesse displayed in daring military actions and frequent assassinations of its enemy’s leaders. To name but a few astonishing military feats: there was the Israeli stunning victory over the Arab nations in the 6-Day War of 1967, its rescue of Jewish hostages in Entebbe, Uganda (July of 1976) and the surprise Israeli bombing of the Osirik nuclear plant in Iraq (June 1981).

America’s Creeping Weakness in the Middle East
America’s creeping weakness in the Middle East has caused a regional realignment in which Israel and France are replacing America as the protectors of the Sunni Arab states of the Persian Gulf. France has strong financial interests in the Persian Gulf; also keep in mind that France has 6 million Muslim citizens who attend mosques that are heavily supported by Saudi Arabia. France is not a friend of Iran. Iran has attacked French targets repeatedly over the past 30 years. Iran does not trust France. France built Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor while Saddam was at war with Iran.

Voicing his anger, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said that it is time for Israel to seek out new allies. In his words, “The ties with the US are deteriorating. They have problems in North Korea, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Egypt, China, and their own financial and immigration troubles. Thus I ask — what is our place in the international arena? Israel must seek more allies with common interests.”

Saudi Arabia is increasingly angry with Washington over Syria—“a do nothing approach”. That anger has escalated to fury over Washington’s recent agreement with Iran—a long-time enemy of Saudi Arabia. You must remember that Iran is a Shiite nation, while Saudi Arabia is mostly populated by Sunnis. Sunni/Shiite tension in the Middle East often erupts into war such as we have seen in Iraq and what we are now seeing in Syria (essentially a Sunni/Shiite civil war). In 2011, two men were accused here in the United States of plotting to kill the Saudi Ambassador—an Iranian assassination plot.

Saudi Arabia believes that Iran will eventually wiggle free of sanctions and enter a zone of nuclear ambiguity that will create confusion and discord in Europe and America. If Iran appears to be on the verge of getting a nuclear weapon, then the Saudis will move swiftly to acquire one of their own. Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal made this clear to the Wall Street Journal… of a potential Saudi “arrangement with Pakistan.” If this were to take place Egypt would seek out its own nuclear weapon most likely drawing closer to Russia. The last thing the Middle East needs is a nuclear arms race.

We continue to watch this developing story regarding Iran and Israel. Clearly America is a declining superpower—our will, determination, and pride is in retreat (see Leviticus 26:19).

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