Last month Israel made a preemptive strike against Damascus in order to keep Syrian missiles and chemical weapons out of the hands of two opposition groups: Hezbollah and al-Qaeda, both bent on the destruction of Israel.
Risking international censure, Israel took action because Syria
has the third largest chemical weapons stockpile in the world and 100,000
missiles. And if and when Assad falls, either Hezbollah or al
Qaeda will gain possession of them.
Even now, if Assad survives, he has vowed retaliation if Israel strikes
again. And since Tel Aviv is within reach, Israel’s response will need to be massive, if not total.
The prophet Isaiah predicted Damascus would be
laid waste and never again inhabited (Isaiah 17). Many biblical scholars of eschatology
believe that since Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the
world, and has never been destroyed, Isaiah's prophecy remains to be
fulfilled. And you and I may be witnesses to this event, another sign of the times.