An interesting but alarming article appeared and then quickly disappeared from the front page of the online Jerusalem Post yesterday. Short and to the point, it said simply that Syria would back Hezbollah in Lebanon if attacked by Israel adding that ‘Damascus considered any threat to Lebanon’s security as a threat to Syria’s security’. The report also noted, quoting the Qatari newspaper Al Watan, that Damascus was concerned about ‘Israeli deployment and manoeuvres along the northern border’. The report then went on to further quote Al Watan saying that a US official had told the Lebanese government that Israel planned to invade Lebanon up to Beirut if the Lebanese government did not disarm Hezbollah, something the Lebanese government is definitely not going to be doing.
Yesterday on this blog, I pondered the notion that the US and/or Israel may be frustrated enough at China’s refusal to consider further sanctions against Iran to think about launching an attack. In the event of doing so, Israel is well aware of the consequences of such an attack. Both Hezbollah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip are both likely to launch rocket attacks against Israel in retaliation. Israel, therefore, is likely to pre-empt such a retaliatory strike by simply launching a massive assault simultaneously against Hezbollah and Hamas at the same time as launching an air attack against Iran with possibly the help of the US.
In the Gaza, the Palestinian people being held captive there are becoming frustrated at the continuing stranglehold put on them by both the Israelis and the Egyptians. The Israelis are still refusing to allow anywhere near enough aid into the besieged Strip while the Egyptian government, at the beckoning of the Israelis and the US, are tightening their grip on control of the Gaza/Egyptian border by blocking the tunnels that are the lifeline of supply to the Gaza. The Gazan’s frustration boiled over yesterday when a demonstration turned violent and Egyptian border guards opened fire on Palestinians after Palestinian police fired shots into the air in an attempt to control the crowds. Several Palestinians were shot and wounded while one Egyptian guard was killed.
As yet, there is absolutely no endgame in sight for the Gaza crisis. Israeli Zionist intentions, however, have always been clear as far as the Gaza is concerned; nothing less than transfer of the Palestinians that are there and then settlement again by Israelis, and ultimately annexation into Israel. Clearly, Israel is allowing the situation in the Gaza to deteriorate to such a point that it will reach a flashpoint – and that flashpoint will be coordinated with a provoked flashpoint with Hezbollah at which time the Israelis will take the punt and attack Iran knowing that the US will not be able to stand by and watch Israel put itself at such risk without helping it.
The situation in the entire region is deteriorating rapidly and, while Israel is trying desperately to make it seem that it is all the fault of Hezbollah, Hamas, the Syrians and, most of all, Iran, the reality is; it is Israel that is manipulating and orchestrating the entire state of affairs in a bid to induce a final confrontation with Iran.
When America and its Western allies confronted Iraq the world could see it coming and protested vigorously even though it made no difference. But now, for some reason, an even greater explosion is about to blow up in the world’s face, yet we seem totally uninterested.
Everything is in place. All it needs is one spark.