On that day I will make the clans of
Judah like a
firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume
all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place. Zechariah
Jacob will be a fire and Joseph a flame; Esau will be stubble, and they will set him on fire and destroy him. There will be no survivors from Esau." The LORD has spoken. Obadiah 1:18 NIV
are of great worry for Israel
because they have far reaching ramifications well beyond the two countries’
relationship, and also affect relationships with Iran,
the Palestinians and the spread of fundamentalism closer to Israeli borders.
For a country which used to believe, rightly or wrongly, that it could play a
major role in shaping its international surroundings through direct or indirect
intervention this is a rude awakening. Suddenly she is left on the side-lines,
with nearly no input or influence, regarding a major change which is taking
place on her doorstep.
The dilemma for
is whether to risk a rapid
escalation or potentially facie a better equipped and experienced Hezbollah in
a future theater of war. Neither of these options is appealing to Israeli
leadership, and for now it would probably prefer to avoid confrontation. The
situation is extremely volatile and any localised incident might lead to full
blown hostilities reminiscent of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. Israel
'IDF More Advanced And Accurate Than Ever'
A senior IDF source discussed the encouraging advancements as well as the budget constraints of the army on Tuesday, exactly a week after an IAF air strike hit Syrian army posts in response to an explosive placed on
border. "All of the national infrastructure is in the IDF's scopes,"
reported the source. "The army is preparing for the threats of the enemy,
and for all scenarios demanding an immediate attack without time to
prepare." Speaking about the IDF's capabilities, the source noted "we
are armed today with the most effective, advanced and, most importantly,
precise weapons, that are much faster than in the past."