Although unacknowedged by Jersualem, everyone knows that Israel has recently engaged in an air raid campaign against targets in Syria. So far, it includes two bombing runs last week, and one yesterday morning. Why is Israel doing this, and why now? On Wednesday, without confirming the Israeli sorties, the nation's Defense Minister explained why they are taking place.
A high ranking Iranian official states that his country's missiles are being manufactured in several Middle East countries. Why? To address "the Israeli threat."
Genuine warmth between Israel's leaders and visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev did not provoke Jerusalem to compromise the nation's mandate to defend itself. Just the opposite. "We are determined to do two things," Netanyahu told Mevedev.
Islamic State, or ISIS, like Iran, is driven by a visceral conviction that end times are imminent. According to Islamic prophecies, those times include the return of Jesus who will "break the cross" and herald the Muslim Mahdi as the world's true messiah.
A coalition of Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces has assembled only 5 miles (8 km) from Israel's northern border. Israel is not its immediate objective, but it is very much on the minds of Assad and his military partners.