Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Russia a few days ago, to meet with the Bear, Vladimir Putin, whose forays into territorial expansion remind one of Uncle Joe Stalin in his heyday.
Netanyahu, of course, is rightly concerned about the Russians/Soviets meddling in the Middle East, helping prop-up client states like Syria. It seems some things never change, as the Russians have long coveted a warm-weather seaport in the Middle East.
Publicly, it sounded like Netanyahu and Putin would meet as pseudo-allies, in an attempt to sort-out the mess and carnage that erupted in Syria in 2011. Since then, in order to remain in power, Bashar Assad has shoved his own people into the meat-grinder, as he grapples with “rebels” attempting to overthrow him.
What we are now all dealing with (and the influx of a gigantic number of refugees will ensure that ISIS has sleeper cells in the U.S.) is the product of Barack Obama’s dreadful capitulation/helping hand to the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo in June 2009. That address gave a green light to jihadist groups to send the Middle East up in flames, as dictators toppled like dominoes.
Syria is a byproduct of Obama’s disastrous policies.
According to the AP:
“A senior Israel military official says the country has set up a joint mechanism with the Russian military to coordinate their operations in Syria.
“The official says Thursday that teams headed by each of the militaries’ deputy chiefs will hold their first meeting in two weeks. The teams will discuss coordination of aerial, naval and electromagnetic operations around Syria.”
I imagine that while Netanyahu would of course not be purposely belligerent with the Russian Bear, I also cannot imagine him being subservient like Obama. The U.S. President, who is chummy with Marxists everywhere, let Putin know from the beginning that he was no Reagan. This gave Putin enormous latitude in gobbling up former Soviet provinces. It also gave Putin new energy to assert Russian interests in the Middle East. Remember, this has been a decades-long game between the East and West.
When Jimmy Carter pried Egypt away from the Soviets, it registered as a major turning point away from Russian strength in the region. Similarly, whenever Muslim dictators in the Middle East wanted to jerk America’s chain, they would remind the West that they could easily flip “loyalty” back to the Marxists overnight.
Netanyahu is a man’s man, as is KGB operative Putin, and the two of them surely had a very frank discussion. In other words, Netanyahu isn’t going to roll over with the Russians asserting themselves in Syria.
There’s another element to this, a prophetic one.
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, ‘I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.’” (Ezekiel 38:10-12)
Remember and take note: IF Gog is in fact Putin, he hasn’t been sitting around for years planning to attack Israel. It is the Lord Himself who puts the thought into his head rather late in the game. There is a trigger for the aggression; at present, we can’t be precisely sure what that trigger is, but it is specific and causes Gog to look at tiny Israel.
No doubt, in his own way, Netanyahu told Putin to keep his mitts off Israeli interests. No one believes Putin would pay much attention to the gathering dangers against the Jewish state, but perhaps for pragmatic reasons at the moment, he will not make a move.
We know though that at some point, a Russian leader will do just that.
At that moment, there is no amount of talking and visiting from an Israeli premier that will deter Gog.
Reprinted with author’s permission from Rapture Ready: Israel Watch