Days of Awe—Days of Peril– Lonnie C. Mings – www.cfijerusalem.org
As I write, we are approaching a season on the calendar known to Israelis as the “High Holy Days.” This year they comprise Rosh Hashanah [New Year] beginning on the 17th of September, Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] on the 26th, and Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] beginning on October 1. If there is any season of the year that can bring Israelis together in a time of reflection and repentance, climaxed by a week of joyful celebration, it is the High Holy Days.
Yet this time of year has in the past been an occasion of extreme peril for Israel. On Yom Kippur, October 6, 1973, war broke out between Israel and an alliance of Arab nations as the Arabs launched a surprise attack on the tiny Jewish state. In this attack, the Egyptian army crossed the Suez Canal and advanced deep into the Sinai, while Syrian forces initially overwhelmed the badly outnumbered Israelis on the Golan Heights. It was a war that Chaim Herzog later called the War of Atonement in his book by that title. After suffering initial setbacks, Israeli forces recovered and thrust deep into both Syria and Egypt. After nineteen days of heavy fighting, the UN brokered a ceasefire. Israel did not end up badly, yet nevertheless came out of the fighting both shocked and dazed. The lesson they learned was that one must never let down one’s guard, no matter when fighting might erupt—even on the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
An Unbearable Price
Now, in September 2012, former head of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Tzachi Hanegbi, hints at danger ahead when he says, “We now stand, in my opinion, before the 50 most fateful days in Israel’s history, since perhaps the Yom Kippur War….” These words were spoken at a closed meeting of Likud activists in Jaffa. “The prime minister will have to make decisions that will bear a price tag,” he said. “Allowing Iranian nuclear weapons [will result in] a nuclear arms race in the entire Middle East.”
“Today, when we say that we understand the danger of the Iranian threat, and understand that a confrontation bears a price, it is because we want to prevent our sons and grandsons from paying unbearable prices,” he continued. Hanegbi called on the activists to support Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and to “allow him quiet” and “strengthen his legitimacy” so that he can make the necessary decisions calmly.
Why does Hanegbi think the next 50 days will be fateful? It is because he believes the decision whether or not to strike Iran will be made within the next fifty days. Although he is close to Netanyahu, he denies receiving such information from the Prime Minister. Later he explained: “The remarks I made were my interpretation of statements and analyses made by others…. They were not based on a conversation I had with the prime minister. Netanyahu does not consult with me on these issues and I am not, by definition of my position, privy to such information.”
Concluding, he says, “I do have my own interpretation though, and I have no doubt that these are fateful days. Even a decision not to do anything [about Iran] is a fateful decision. I have no doubt that there will be a price to pay for any decision or indecision.”
No doubt he is exactly right. Even if the decision is not to attack Iran, this will be dangerous and fateful in many ways. At this point, a decision to hold off attacking Iran would be tantamount to sending Ahmadinejad an invitation to launch an assault on Israel.
“If the Lord had not been on our side when men attacked us, when their anger flared against us, they would have swallowed us alive; the flood would have engulfed us…. Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth” (Psalm 124:2-6).
Categories: Bible Prophecy, Breaking News
I think this article is right on the money, and not only for Israel, but for us… I’d say the next 50 days are going to be extremely important for us, too. Thank you, Lyn.