Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was well known for his articulate promotion of Tehran's vision for a global caliphate under the leadership of a prophesied messiah figure called the Mahdi. Three years ago it appeared that Ahmadinejad was gone from power for life. Today, however, he is a strong candidate to recapture the role of President.
Last Friday, just before Shabbat, there was a meeting in Beirut. Sitting down about 150 miles from Jerusalem, a representative for Hamas sipped Turkish coffee and ate figs with Iran's ambassador to Lebanon. What has reunited Hamas with Tehran?
Iran has a new military HQ. Called the 'Glasshouse' in downtown Damascus, it is directing Tehran's effort to defeat ISIS in Syria. Is it also a command post to establish a new Persian empire as a kind of 'womb' to deliver Islam's messianic Mahdi?
Like World Vision's Mohammad Halabi, a UN aid worker stands accused of funneling aid to the terrorist organization, Hamas. Apparently, even more nonprofit workers in Gaza are working with Hamas.
Without fanfare, Israeli officials are quietly concerned about the nation's ability to protect its citizens from an imminent war with Hezbollah, the "Party of Allah" in Lebanon. Very concerned.