1st Day Chol Hamoed
I wanted just to kick back and enjoy the holidays. I even put up my little sukkah sign to hold the fort til I came back to blog after the holiday was finished. However, unprecedented events make me believe it's necessary to publish this as an emergency post.
You see, I'm convinced that we've been in WW3 for 14 years and that it's very possible that it could culminate in the GoguMagog invasion of Eretz Yisrael as soon as this Hoshanah Rabbah - in six days' time.
My thanks to an anonymous commenter on Dov Bar-Leib's blog who posted this link of Rabbi Daniel Glatstein bringing all the GoguMagog sources together: Hoshana Raba: Gog U’Magog And World War Three
Contrary to what we have heard recently, but in keeping with what the Chofetz Chaim reportedly said about the three world wars being three wars of GoguMagog, I think there is ample evidence to suggest that we have already been in World War Three since Hoshanah Rabbah 5762!
"War on Terrorism"
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration declared a worldwide "war on terror," involving open and covert military operations, new security legislation, efforts to block the financing of terrorism, and more. Washington called on other states to join in the fight against terrorism asserting that "either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." Many governments joined this campaign, often adopting harsh new laws, lifting long-standing legal protections and stepping up domestic policing and intelligence work.See video: President Bush's Declaration of War (WW3!)
It began with Al Qaeda and is now culminating with ISIS. It began with Afghanistan and has now reached the northern border of Eretz Yisrael!
Putin warns Israel off targeting Iranian targets in Syria
Russia and Israel are on a collision course: While Israel views Gen. Azadi as a menacing adversary, Putin regards him as part of the Russian-Iranian axis in Syria and wants Israel to keep its hands off him. This point is of such paramount importance to the Russian leader’s plans for Syria that he made a big deal of it at the highest international forum - almost as a sequel to his first meeting with President Obama in more than a year.
He was signaling strongly that the arrangement for the Russian and Israeli armies to coordinate their operations in Syria is unworkable and he was losing patience with Israel’s “security concerns” in so far as they impeded his plans with Iran for Syria.
DEBKAfile’s military sources add: The Syrian rocket fire Friday and Saturday was not in fact “errant” as the IDF spokesman maintained. The rockets were fired on the orders of Iranian Brig. Azadi as a demonstration that Israel’s warning to Putin was a waste of time and he meant to go forward with his operation regardless. Netanyahu and Ya’alon conveyed their message of resistance to this operation by instructing the IDF to hit back with the Tamuz rocket, a system powerful enough to give the other side pause and present Putin with an unforeseen complication in his Syrian venture.See also: Putin 'worried' by Israeli strikes in Syria
The situation with the Temple Mount may very well become the spark that ignites the conflagration as Prophet Zechariah warns in the haftarah of Sukkot. Arab MKs are making provocative speeches and threats from the Temple Mount itself. Arab fury over 'Al Aqsa' has resulted in not only ongoing riots on the Mount, but unprecendented attacks upon Jews in the Old City making their way to the Western Wall. And demonstrations are spreading across the country with calls to "Save Al Aqsa!"
We still have six days to go and anything can happen.
If you come across anything that seems to add to this progression towards GoguMagog, please post it in the comments section below.