The Iranian army is supposed to be on high alert, and no doubt the Bushehr citizens are feeling the tension. There has been speculation that if Israel is going to strike, it’s going to be before the Bushehr plant has the fuel rods loaded into it. And if Israel doesn’t, it is widely believed that Iran will become a nation with nuclear weapons in about 2 years. Either way, the potential is also there to lead into the prophetic Gog-Magog event in chapters 38 and 39 of the Old Testament book of Ezekiel.
Israel has pretty much been in the position of having to defend itself since it became a nation in 1948, so it’s not a new thing for a Prime Minister such as Benjamin Netanyahu to have to make tough decisions. According to a www.washingtonpost.com article on Sunday, Netanyahu is a man who believes that it is imperative to prevent Iran’s nuclear ambitions from coming to fruition in order to prevent what seems to be an international campaign to reverse Israel’s 1948 blessing. If such a campaign were followed to its ultimate end, Netanyahu says it would, “put the Jew back to the status of a being that couldn’t defend himself – a perfect victim.”
Netanyahu goes on to point out that the Middle East of today is the result of two developments: an empowered Iran that harbors the success of a militant Islam since the 1979 revolution, and the ever-increasing threat of missile warfare.
The 1979 Islamic Revolution eventually birthed Al-Quada, Hamas and Hezbollah, and was an amazing campaign of determination and patient growth. It was led by Ayatollah Khomeini. He was living in exile in Iraq (and later in France) and his message was recorded on music cassettes which were then smuggled into the country a few at a time, duplicated, and distributed.
The Washington Post article notes that today’s Israel faces the threat of a “campaign to delegitimize it in order to extinguish its capacity for self-defense.” It is Netanyahu’s belief that when Israel gained its independence in 1948, only a few years after the horrors of Hitler, the Holocaust, and World War II, that it also gained, “the capacity for self-defense restored to the Jewish people.” However, it is also pointed out in the article that there is a “reflexive worldwide chorus of condemnation when Israel responded with force to rocket barrages from Gaza and from southern Lebanon. There is, he believes, a crystallizing consensus that ‘Israel is not allowed to exercise self-defense.’” And so it is with that reality that Israel watches Iran with a wary eye.
Meanwhile, a www.debka.com article on Tuesday reported that Iranian citizens in Bushehr “were sure they heard three mighty explosions” near the nuclear reactor. However, Mohammad Hossein Shenidi, an official who is responsible for the safety of Bushehr and the reactors against military attacks, insisted that it was only a drone and that it wasn’t even carrying any explosives because “its only purpose was to simulate a loud bang to check the level of local alertness.”
Debka sources, however, insist that the townspeople were correct and that “three drones hit the reactor killing at least five of its staff members.”
In what seems to be an interesting follow-up to all of this, www.israelnationalnews.com reported on Wednesday that Iranian officials are insisting that the Bushehr reactor isn’t going to be capable of producing weapons grade uranium once it is activated on Friday. Nevertheless, Iranian Army Brigadier-General Ali Shadermani has “vowed to close the Straits of Hormuz if it appears that the United States might attack the country.” (emphasis added). What a convenient crisis that would make for a US cap and trade bill to be forced through Congress.