2020: WHAT LIES AHEAD?
Israeli political and military analysts note that the Middle East is now closer to a regional, and potentially superpower, showdown not seen since 1973. Indeed, the region has experienced unbroken conflict (although it shifts around a bit) since the mis-named “Arab Spring” upheaval began in Tunisia in late 2010. The most heinous conflagration since the superpowers waged proxy war in Viet Nam in the 60s and early 70s is still being fought in Syria today. Like the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, the blood-soaked struggle over the savage Assad regime has drawn in fighters from many other countries, including Russia, the US, Turkey, France, the UK, the Gulf Arab states, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and to assist ISIS, from most European and Muslim countries around the globe. ...........PRESIDENT TRUMP's “Deal of the Century” peace plan is no more likely to bring a final, peaceful resolution to the Muslim-Israeli conflict than the many other American-backed agreements and plans that have come and gone since the 1960s. Many Jews will chafe at the four year building freeze in Judea and Samaria and the call for a nearby Palestinian state, even if demilitarized as the plan entails. Palestinians and their allies balk at continuing Jewish control over Jerusalem’s walled Old City and the call for no Jewish communities to be uprooted in the “occupied West Bank,” along with the proposed annexation of the strategic Jordan Valley, all of which would leave Israel in sovereign control over 35% of the contested area. ......THE PLAN to designate Abu Dis, located due east and south of the Mount of Olives, as the new Palestinian capital city is already raising howls of protest from Muslims aroung the world. While Hamas and other Muslim fundamentalist groups reject any Jewish state in any portion of the Promised Land, PA officials demand that any future Palestinian state, dominated by Sunni Muslims, must at least include the Old City’s Temple Mount. No Israeli leader could agree to this. So the fact is that the Trump plan, however well crafted and sincere, is probably more likely to increase violence and tension in the area, at least in the near term, than to deliver the peace and calm that the President and his team desire. .......SO WHAT should we expect to unfold for the rest of 2020, especially on the military stage? It seems clear that the escalating regional conflicts engineered by the rogue Iranian regime will not go away, but will most likely further intensify. We now know that the nefarious Shiite rulers were deadly serious about slaughtering American soldiers when they “replied” to the targeted killing of Qassem Soleimani in early January by attacking two American military bases in Iraq. While initial reports kept the information secluded, the Pentagon now says that a total of 50 soldiers suffered what doctors termed “traumatic head injuries” from the pinpoint accurate cruise missile strikes. Eight of the wounded received severe concussions, prompting them to be flown back to the US for ongoing treatment. It was truly a miracle that no one was killed. ......WITH BOTH
the United States and Israel engulfed at present in domestic political turmoil, the enemies of Washington and Jerusalem will be sorely tempted to strike at both countries this year. Iran is vowing further action in retribution for the Soleimani killing, which could easily spark a wider regional war, as it nearly did in early January. As many analysts noted, while the recent widespread anti-government protests in Iran are encouraging, they are also likely to spur the regime to increase its malign aggression in the turbulent region. Space does not allow me to examine ominous developments in Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey over the past few months, but suffice it to say none were signs of calmer waters ahead. .....CHINA,RUSSIA,Hong Kong, and most European countries and others are already suffering economic recession, with only the USA prospering. But America could easily join the club this year, especially if the Corona virus continues to spread and international travel continues to decline. Already stock markets are falling in many places as travel and energy stocks get hit hard. If a few natural disasters are added to the mix, such as major hurricanes and/or earthquakes, the slowdown could be substantial. This in turn would stir up further civil unrest in many places, including in many US and EU cities. When you add to this the growing prospect of significant cyber attacks this year from Iran, Russia, China, North Korea and other places, not to mention whatever terrorist attacks take place, the picture looks grim indeed. I will be posting an update on the prophetic implications of the current situation in the coming days.
DAVID DOLAN is an author and journalist who lived and worked in Israel for over three decades, beginning in 1980.
HOLY WAR FOR THE PROMISED LAND (Broadman & Holman), his latest book, is an overview of the history of the Israel and of the bitter Arab-Israeli conflict that rages there, plus some autobiographical details about the author’s experiences living in the land since 1980. It especially examines the important role that militant Islam plays in the conflict.
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