In that day, I will restore David’s fallen sukkah. I will repair it’s broken walls and restore it’s ruins. I will rebuild it as in the days of old.

– Amos 9:11

Enemy at the gates

The Jewish people were born for warfare, even as YHVH promised to Abraham: “Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand, which is on the seashore. And your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies! And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice” (Genesis 22:17-18). The prophetess Deborah agrees, describing her people’s history as one birthed in combat: “Then war was in the gates!” (Judges 5:8).

 

Israel’s arch-enemy – the seemingly invincible super-power Assyria – received a prophetic word about coming war – the gates of its capitol city Nineveh would be overrun by Babylonian hordes: “The gates of your land are opened wide to your enemies. Fire consumes your gate bars!” (Nahum 3:13).

 

The Bible sadly foresaw that the Jewish people would not be immune to enemy invasions: “The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the inhabitants of the world, that the adversary and the enemy would enter the gates of Jerusalem” (Lamentations 4:12). In addition, Ezekiel prophesied that Babylon would crash through the gates of Zion, and that many Jewish soldiers would die in its defense: “Many fall at all [Jerusalem’s] gates!” (Ezekiel 21:15).

 

The sons of Jacob have a history full of enemies assaulting the gates of Zion. Just recently, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that “we are in a multi-front war. We are being attacked from seven different arenas: Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, [ed., the West Bank], Iraq, Yemen, and Iran. We have already responded and acted in six of these areas, and I say here in the most clear way: anyone who acts against us is a potential target. There is no immunity for anyone.”

 

The entire nation of Israel is today on war footing. But the enemy is not only at the gates. There are enemies inside the gates as well. What happens when the cartoon character Pogo’s words come true: “We have met the enemy, and he is us!”?

 

 

The Persian snake’s teeth

 

The drums of war are beating today in Iran. One of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ top generals Mohammad Reza Zahedi (Deputy Chief of Operations and a virulent active enemy of Israel) was taken out in a pinpoint air attack on Monday April 1, 2024 along with six other top Iranian jihadi terror masterminds. These individuals “were all responsible, in different capacities, for relations with Iranian-affiliated groups, particularly Hamas and Hezbollah.” The April 1, 2024 attack is being attributed to Israel, though the Jewish state has remained silent.

 

A building next to the Iranian Consulate in Damascus was the target. In the past, Iran has openly targeted foreign consulates in Tehran, including the consular compounds of the USA (November 4, 1979), the UK (November 29, 2011) and Saudi Arabia (January 2, 2016). In this latest unattributed attack in Damascus, the Iranian consulate was actually not attacked, but rather an adjoining building was targeted which was hosting terrorists in the employ of the Iranian government.

 

Though Israel has not taken responsibility for the attack, Iran is nevertheless issuing harshly-worded threats to target Israel. This Persian response is known in the Middle East as brinksmanship – playing ‘chicken’ with loaded weapons. Zahedi was one of the main planners of jihadi attacks against Israel by Hamas (including October 7), by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, by Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iraq, by Syria and by Yemeni Houthis. He was particularly close to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, says Clive Jones, a specialist in Israel and the Middle East at Durham University in the UK. Zahedi was under US sanctions, accused of supplying Hezbollah with Iranian missiles.

 

  • Over the past few days, many Israelis have been descending in waves on supermarkets and ATMs, stocking up on provisions in case Iranian or Lebanese or Houthi or Iraqi or Syrian missiles and rockets begin to land on Israeli infrastructure in the next little while. This would be a good time to pray for protection for Israel, and for strategic and divine military and diplomatic wisdom for her leaders.

 

“For Iran, it’s a loss comparable to that of Qasem Soleimani, the former commander-in-chief of the Quds Force, killed by an American drone in 2020,” states Shahin Modarres, Iran specialist at the International Team for the Study of Security (ITSS) in Verona, Italy.

 

There is some measure of a déjà vu here. Modarres is recalling a similar but even more significant strike – the previous assassination of Zahedi’s boss, Qasem Soleimani on January 3, 2020, by a US MQ-9 Reaper drone strike near Baghdad International Airport at 00:47 am. Major-General Soleimani was the architect of all of Iran’s foreign policies in the Middle East. He was described by US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as “Iran’s master terrorist.” On 25 August 2019, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said, “Israel is acting to strike the head of the Iranian snake and uproot its teeth . . . Iran is the head of the snake and Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, is the snake’s teeth.”

 

 

Settling scores at the carpet bazaar

 

According to official Iranian sources, the January 2020 US strike on Qasem Soleimani took out a total of ten terrorists. These included four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officers (Brigadier General Hossein Pourjafari, Colonel Shahroud Mozafarinia, Major Hadi Taremi and Captain Vahid Zamanian) and five Iraqi members of the Iraqi jihadi Popular Mobilization Forces (including deputy chairman Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, chief of protocol and public relations Muhammed Reza al-Jaberi. Mohammad al-Shibani, Hassan Abdul Hadi and Heydar Ali).  At that time, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened “severe revenge for the criminals who bloodied their foul hands with [Soleimani’s] blood,” and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that “the US act of international terrorism, targeting and assassinating General Soleimani . . . is extremely dangerous and a foolish escalation.”

 

In January 2020, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft informed the UN Security Council that this American act was one of self-defense, while senior State Department officials compared this assassination to Operation Vengeance in World War II, when American pilots shot down the plane carrying Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

 

  • Iran is known as a country which can wait patiently as it seeks revenge and victory. This applies to its nuclear weapons program as well as to its settling scores with America or Israel.

 

On Wednesday December 27, 2023, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps spokesman Ramazan Sharif declared that Hamas’ October 7, 2023 jihadi rape, torture, murder and kidnapping of thousands of Israeli citizens was an Iranian-guided revenge attack for the 2020 assassination of IRGC Quds Force head Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike. According to the IRGC-affiliated Fars News Agency, Sharif said: “The Al-Aqsa Storm [Hamas’ Arabic name for the October 7 jihadi pogrom] was one of the retaliations of the Axis of Resistance [ed.: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas, Yemeni Houthis] against the Zionists for the martyrdom of Qasem Soleimani.”

 

 

Kidnapping the families of the kidnapped

 

A storm has been brewing in Israel. Two recent newsletters give helpful background: March 28, 2023 (‘In a wilderness of mirrors’) and July 4, 2023 (‘The wisdom of Ahithophel’). A concerted attempt at overthrowing the current Israeli government is in progress, led by former Israeli military and political figures. We regret to say that these efforts are being openly supported by the U.S. State Department (see recent newsletters of November 2, 2023 (‘You don’t have too many friends here, buddy’) and March 20, 2024 (‘Shaking a fist at the Daughter of Zion’).

 

The Kaplan street riots (named for the Tel Aviv intersection where their faithful demonstrators gather) became progressively more violent throughout the Summer of 2023. These demonstrations were strategically planned, organized and funded by some former Israeli Prime Ministers, former Generals, and families connected to both Israeli intelligence agencies and opposition parties. All this background is a matter of public record and open source (referenced in the above newsletters). The demonstration leaders first focused on supposed ‘popular opposition’ to judicial reform. But after October 7, they quickly morphed their emphases into two strident demands from the government:

 

  • Restore the Israelis kidnapped by Hamas at any price

 

  • Force the present Israeli government coalition to resign immediately, thus allowing left-wing parties to step into the political vacuum, setting up statecraft more in line with American demands. This would lead to a unilateral IDF withdrawal from Gaza, leaving Hamas intact to fight another day – another déjà vu recalling PM Ariel Sharon’s disastrous disengagement from Gaza in 2005, which led to the current 19 year long war with Hamas.

 

The Kaplan demonstrators and rioters have made their end game clear: “All problems can be immediately solved if we simply throw PM Bibi Netanyahu out of office, by fair means or foul.”

 

Over the past month the spokespersons for these violent demonstrations/riots have upped the ante, blaming the current government for Hamas’ terror pogroms. Over the past week they have physically attacked the Israeli security forces guarding the Prime Minister’s residence, and have also attempted a brutal attack on the PM himself – led by a violent torch-bearing mob (conjuring images of pogroms, the KKK and Nazi Berlin).

 

Many Israelis are horrified at the violent and anarchistic tactics of these anti-government spokesmen. They are appalled that the Kaplan protest leaders are claiming that its strategies represent the majority of Israelis and especially the families of the hostages. A significant amount of Israelis and hostage families are not blaming not the government for jihadi atrocities – they blame Hamas and its supporters. These grass-roots people have been organizing and making their own voices heard above the din of the anti-Bibi riots. They are declaring to the Kaplan demonstrators: “You will not burn down our country!”

 

Unfortunately there are powers in the American administration who are cultivating leaders of the Kaplan movement, offering advice and finances to them in their efforts to bring about a coup d’état in Israel. For those who are new to this aspect of super-power politics, here are three 20th century examples of similar American-guided coups:

 

  • June 27, 1995 – CIA-guided coup d’état overthrowing Emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani and setting Qatari Crown Prince Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani on the throne  

 

  • September 11, 1973 – CIA-guided coup d’état overthrowing Chilean President Salvador Allende and replacing him with a military junta led by General Augusto Pinochet

 

 

 

 

Burning down the storehouses

 

Events from 2,000 years ago shine ancient light on some modern Jewish events. The Babylonian Talmud TB Gittin 56a, describes Jerusalem of 68-70 A.D. just before its destruction, when the Romans were besieging the city and various Jewish political-religious parties were fighting amongst each other:

 

  • Rome sent Vespasian Caesar against the Jews. He came and laid siege to Jerusalem for three years. There were at that time in Jerusalem these three wealthy people: Nakdimon [i.e., Nicodemus] ben Gurion, ben Kalba Savua, and ben Tzitzit HaKesat . . .  These three wealthy men had between them enough commodities to sustain the besieged [populace] for twenty-one years. There were certain Zealots among the people of Jerusalem . . .  In order to force the residents of the city to engage in battle, the Zealots arose and burned down these storehouses of wheat and barley, and there was a general famine. 

 

Josephus Flavius, an eyewitness of these events, notes:

 

  • And this Yehohanan of Gush Halav [John of Giscala] . . . set on fire those houses that were full of grain, and of all other provisions. The same thing was done by Shimon bar Giora – as if they had on purpose done it to serve the Romans, by destroying what the city had laid up against the siege, and by thus cutting off the nerves of their own power. Accordingly it so came to pass . . . that almost all that grain was burnt, which would have been sufficient for a siege of many years.

 

As the crushing power of Rome bulldozed its way to the gates of Zion, the warriors of Jerusalem were in the throes of civil war. Judea was divided; all the Romans needed to do was conquer.

 

Modern Israelis make use of a phrase from that day – lisrof et ha’asamim [‘to burn down the warehouses’] – to describe how hatred and the desire for vengeance can bring great damage to any people. This ancient term is being used by many today to draw a sober parallel between modern social unrest in Israel and the events which led to the Destruction of the Second Temple on Tisha b’Av in 70 A.D. – while Hamas is waging jihad on the Jewish state, strengthened by its terrorist comrades in Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, Iraq, Iran and Yemen.

 

To add fuel to the fire, on Thursday April 4, 2024  the US State Department and POTUS Biden threatened an arms embargo on Israel unless the IDF immediately retreats from Gaza – something which would defeat the whole strategic aim of this war – for it would allow Hamas to both survive and thrive. And all the while, Qatar’s Muslim Brotherhood TV network Al Jazeera crows with delight, continually broadcasting video clips of Israeli Kaplan demonstrators blocking freeways or attacking Israeli police and security defending the Knesset and the Prime Minister’s residence.

 

 

How should we then pray?

 

  • Pray for the God of Jacob to grant breakthrough revelation and repentance to His Jewish people regarding Satan’s plans for division, civil war and destruction

 

  • Pray for the plots of coup d’état to be exposed and neutralized, whatever the sources

 

  • Pray for the physical rescue of the approximately 134 Israeli hostages (including babies) kidnapped by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and PFLP/PLO.  At this moment some hostages are being tortured, raped and starved (this based on testimonies of recently released hostages). Some of these 134 that Hamas is also holding include at least 35 corpses of Israeli citizens, being held in cold storage as bargaining chips

 

  • Pray for Hamas’ cruel terror dictatorship in Gaza to be decisively shattered and for all chains broken off the Palestinians living there, and for Iran’s role in jihadi deception, dissimulation and anti-Semitism to be exposed and opposed by world leaders

 

  • Pray that Israel’s leadership be granted justice, clarity, moral courage, discernment and divine strategies in utterly destroying the jihadi threat in all of its aspects, and for minimal loss of life for Israel’s defense forces and for those Gazans who are truly innocent

 

  • Pray for the raising up of Ezekiel’s prophetic Jewish army throughout the earth

 

Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.

In Messiah Yeshua,

Avner Boskey

 

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