Israeli strike against Iran imminent?

Israel entering “most fateful 50 days” since Yom Kippur War in ’73, says senior Israeli official

by Joel C. Rosenberg

(Washington, D.C., September 7, 2012) — Evidence continues to mount that an Israeli preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear program is increasingly likely before the U.S. elections in November. In just five days, the 2012 Epicenter Conference will begin. There, I will deliver the opening address on “The State of the Epicenter,” review what we know about the Iranian nuclear threat and the prospect of war. . . and discuss what Christians can and should do to stand with Israel at this critical time. Please make plans to attend the Epicenter Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, next week — or watch the conference live (or on demand) at

Until then, here are some of the latest developments I’m watching closely:

1. Iran has doubled its uranium enrichment capacity at its most secure, hardened, underground nuclear facility at Fordow, near the religious city of Qom, despite all of the economic sanctions, according to a new IAEA report.

2. Israel’s 14-member Security Cabinet met on Tuesday for a 10-hour meeting to discuss the latest intelligence on the Iran nuclear threat and consider Israel’s military options.

3. Former Likud and Kadima member Tzachi Hanegbi said this week that he believed the fate of Israel’s conflict with Iran will be decided within the next 50 days,” reports the Israel Hayom news service. . .  ‘We are entering the most fateful 50 days Israel has faced since, perhaps, the similarly fateful days prior to the Yom Kippur War,’ Hanegbi said at a Likud conference this week.

4. Rep. Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is confirming a report of an angry meeting between Israeli PM Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro in which Netanyahu made it clear the Israeli government does not trust the Obama administration to stop Iran’s nuclear program in time.

5. Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to be in New York City to address the opening session of the U.N. General Assembly from September 27 to September 30. If Israel has not launched an attack before then, and he does in fact make the trip, it would be expected that Netanyahu may give a final ultimatum to the regime in Tehran.

6. Canada has just shut down its embassy in Iran and will expel all Iranian diplomats from Canada in the next five days. With this move, Prime Minister Stephen Harper remains the most pro-Israel leader on the world stage. He also may be signaling he believes war is imminent.

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Just added:

And against Syria?


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9 Responses to Israeli strike against Iran imminent?

  1. Mrs. N says:

    I’ve been following this for years. My friends in Israel who run a special sort of ministry (one that I can not divulge in public) are preparing evacuation procedures in many ways. They have a lot of years, finances and gut-wrenching prayer invested in their operation and would not risk making a premature move….but they are now taking action they have not taken before. Canada is also closing it’s Iranian embassies and “asking” the staff to leave the country….

    The Valley of Jehoshaphat is being readied. This year….these days leading up to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot are somber for me and many that I know. The storm clouds gathering on the horizon are too obvious to ignore.

    May our Lord Yeshua have mercy on our people Israel.

  2. I have never read any of Rosernberg’s novels, have you? Fellow workers at the bookstore raved about them, but I never did pick one up. Should I? We sold lots of them. I miss working at the bookstore; miss the discounts!

  3. Jessica says:

    They’re riveting–especially as his novels predicting how world events will unfold are no longer fiction by the time you read about them. Rosenberg bases his books on knowledge of real events and public figures gained while and since working at the White House. He is friends with high-ranking Arab and Israeli leaders; they all seem to respect him. As Rosenberg himself says, he “just” projects into the near future what seems likely to happen based on 1) what’s happening now, 2) what informed speculation makes likely to follow, 3) what Arab leaders say they are going to do and what the Bible says will happen next. OFTEN, by the time his latest book hits the stands, those events (like 9/11) are headlines.

  4. I do sincerely thank you for that mini book review. I am one book away from finishing a series. Have to look into these. One more question: is the intrigue cut at all with a bit of humor or — romance? I just can’t take intrigue without break! BTW, you should write book reviews! Well, maybe you do, and I just don’t know. Jessica, I am enjoying YOU.

  5. Jessica says:

    Yes–and sort of. His romance consists of a few very chaste scenes. (And yes, I do write book reviews. Just wrote one last night.) I just finished Bodie Thoene’s Zion Covenant series (9 books). It was as if the Lord drew me to read Rosenberg and then Thoene (which we’ve had on our shelves for years and which I’ve never before had the slightest interest in. I never liked history or cared about Eastern Europe). Reading these books at this juncture in history is very sobering. I think we need to learn from them to prepare for what we may find ourselves facing in the not-so- distant future.

    Here’s are hugs for you, Karyl! ((((((((((((((())))))))))))))))

  6. I’ll take every single one of those hugs! And thanks for the reviews. My mom read all of the Bodie Thoene books I do believe. The only ones I’ve read are the series of three (or 4?) that feature her mother and father during the Depression years. I do think I have read every Brock Thoene book of Westerns! I’m on the last book now of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series. That is an overdose of fiction, but I’ve been cheating by listening on audio. Have a great week, Jessica.

  7. Jessica says:

    Dee Henderson is great, too. Her O’Malley series, featuring paramedics, homicide detectives, trauma psychologists and forensic pathologists are every bit as accurate, exciting and fun as the best of the secular action stuff. And like Rosenberg and Thoene, she does it all without resorting to sleeze or porn. Her steamy scenes are all between husband and wife. Same with Karen Kingsbury. I like that in a book. :o)

  8. We like similar authors! 🙂 Add Gilbert Morris, and Lynn Austin.

  9. Jessica says:

    I will (since I haven’t read either of them)! How about C.S. Lewis–and the rest of the Inklings? Anne Lamott? Annie Dillard? Radix magazine? Poetry, maybe–Lucy Shaw?

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