Living in the Middle East, a region rife with strife, is akin to living on the edge of a knife. Events change so rapidly, before one finishes internalizing one report, another development ensues, rendering the previous reading obsolete.
Therefore, one is forced to develop heightened senses, the same feeling one gets when the hair on the back of the neck stands up. A sixth sense of sorts. Most especially, when one is immersed with the nitty gritty of geo-politics (as I am), plus associates with those who are deeply attuned to affairs of the state, ones antenna operates at a maximum plane, aside from having the privilege of gleaning insights that others aren’t regularly privy to.
As such, I offer the reports below as more than ‘food for thought’, thereby, pay particular attention to the frequency with which the IDF Northern Commander held his most recent international press briefings. Moreover, Haaretz, a left wing, pro Arabist media outlet rarely gets their facts straight, as they spike the news about as often as The New York Times does, the heretofore ‘paper of record’. In speaking with several of my trusted contacts, many who interface regularly with IDF officials, there is little doubt that Haaretz got it right. Oh well, even a broken clock tells the correct time every so often.
With the above in mind, it is important for all those who care about Israel to pay rapt attention to the contents of these links-http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/east-side-story/israel-issues-stark-warning-to-hezbollah-amid-political-instability-in-syria-iran.premium-1.449158. In conjunction, DEBKAFile, more often than not, hits its mark, therefore, I seriously urge you to read both links, and share with others -http://debka.com/article/22162/Clinton-Syria-on-brink-of-catastrophe-as-rebels-advance-The-region-in-danger.
Israeli parents, at least those with sons and daughters in the IDF (regular or reserves), would do well to pay particular heed to its implications, even if they usually tend to avert their gaze. Who can blame them. After all, how much bad news can a person tolerate without becoming immune and numb in the process.
As one of those mothers-with two reservists of my own-I don’t dismiss the hairs standing up on the back of my neck, even if it would be easier to do so. No one knows precisely when the mega firefight will begin (I am not referring to the incessant lobbing of missiles/rockets, for over a decade ! , into our southern cities), but those who are paying extremely close attention understand that war is knocking at our door, soon to explode with a ferocity not seen in decades.
Know this. It will be do or die. Kill or be killed. Forewarned is forearmed.
G-d have mercy on my beleaguered-and beloved-homeland!