Light for the Last Days

From our Israel Desk – April 2023

War with Iran coming?

War with Iran is increasingly probable, and therefore Jerusalem needs to prepare to attack the Islamic Republic even without U.S. support, Yaakov Amidror the former head of Israel’s National Security Council warned on 13 April.

“We must prepare for war, and it is possible that Israel will arrive at a juncture whereby it will have to attack Iran without America’s help,” he added.

Yaakov Amidror

Escalating terrorist and rocket attacks against Israel during Passover are only the first stages in the war of attrition being waged by the “Axis of Resistance” led by Iran. The current round of fighting is the first stage in Iran’s phased plan to destroy Israel.

The Axis of Resistance estimates that Israel’s judicial reform debate and its recent crises in relation with the United States have weakened the Jewish state. They believe that the Israel Defence Forces cannot fight simultaneously on several fronts while dealing with tens of thousands of rockets, precision missiles and drones launched across several borders, accompanied by a wave of terror in the West Bank.  (Jewish News Syndicate 13/04/23)

The Ayatollahs have struck a long term defence pact with China and are readily providing Russia with attack drones. This development essentially means that Iran is protected by these powers.




Iran has also made an agreement with Saudi Arabia, mediated by China, breaking the hope of Israel’s PM Netanyahu that he could bring the Saudis into the Abraham Accords agreement with Israel.   

An email has been circulating based on information supplied by Dr Mordechai Kedar, a well known commentator on Israel’s security situation.  I quote from some extracts of this.

Iran plans to launch a combined attack on Israel very soon now, that will include all the forces at its disposal in the Arab Countries = in Lebanon with Hamas and Hezbollah. With many thousands of missiles and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle i.e. drone) some of them precision missiles. In Syria 17 combat units (militias ) are armed and ready.

Iran has transferred a very large number of missiles and UAVs to Syria and these are ready to be launched. In Iraq- dozens of militias armed with missiles and UAVs in Yemen – The Houthis who have Iranian long range missiles and UAVs that reach Israel.   In Gaza, Hamas has missiles capable of disabling the Israel Defence Forces and Air Force Bases. It is likely Iran will not launch anything from their territory to Israel in order not to expose itself to retaliation.
Under the pretext of the duty of the Moslem World to save the Al – Aqsa Mosques from the ” Israeli Occupation ” and oppression, Iran will conduct a staged comprehensive, integrated and co-ordinated attack on Israel.   The first phase will be a shower of missiles and UAVs from all the aforementioned arenas together and the Iranian estimate of that is that the stock of interceptors of the Israeli Iron Dome will run out within 2-3 hours, from the start of the air attack. After which the Israeli skies will be open. This air missile attack will then be accompanied by a cyber attack on Israeli infrastructure systems. After a full day of cyber attack and a rain of missiles and UAV’s that will hit Air Force bases, Navy and Army bases, electricity, computing, communications, road and water infrastructures. 
The second phase will begin, this will be a co-ordinated ground attack from Lebanon, Syria and Gaza by infantry, mounted forces on dirt bikes and ATVs which can traverse uneven terrain, equipped with anti tank weapons and attack the Israeli ground forces in order to reach Jewish settlements as quickly as possible.
The calculation of the Iranians is that the mobilization of the reserves will take several days and at the most will be partial because of the mess created throughout the Country. IDF reinforcements will not arrive in time to the various fronts and therefore, the regular forces will collapse within hours in the face of the ground attack.
The invasion of ground forces from Syria, Lebanon and Gaza will focus on Israeli settlements with the aim of demoralising the Israeli public and forcing the Government to surrender, in order to save the lives of many Israeli civilians who will be captured by the Arab and Iranian militias.
It is likely that Hamas, the Palestinian Jihad and the Palestinian Authority will do everything in their power to harm Israelis, the police and army on the roads, in addition to attacks on the settlements and Military bases. In addition, the Iranians expect Arabs in the Galilee and Negev to carry out actions against the IDF such as blocking roads, damaging bridges, spilling oil on the roads, blocking intersections, damaging high voltage lines and attacking Jewish settlements.
In the International Arena Russia and China, Iran’s allies will ” call on both sides to cease violence ” but will support Iran almost openly and provide it with information about what is happening in Israel.   The American and European Governments will not intervene militarily, but will content themselves with words because no one in the West is looking for another war-zone in addition to the Ukraine one which is emptying NATO’s ammunition depots and dries up its leaders to desire to intervene in wars that are not their own.  Some will see the Iranian attack as an opportunity to get rid of ” a headache ” that Israel has caused them for years.  The Middle East has already moved away from the West when Saudi Arabia and its Gulf partners decided to abandon the weak western coalition and join a strong and growing Eastern Alliance that includes Russia, Iran, China, North Korea, Venezuela and more.

Dr Mordechai Kedar

We pray that God will prevent this scenario from coming into being. With the threat of war increasing in other fields – China – Taiwan, North Korea, and the ongoing and increasingly dangerous situation in Ukraine, it is clear that the world and Israel are in a perilous state, which only the coming of the Lord can save us from. 

Readers of this column will no doubt be familiar with the prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39, when God will intervene to save Israel in a time of conflict involving an enemy coming down from the north.

Recently Syrian President Assad called Vladimir Putin with a request to send more Russian troops into Syria. Turkish President Erdogan spoke to Iran’s President Raisi calling for unity against Israel following the incident at the Al Aqsa mosque that sparked the current state of unrest and terror attacks against Israel. 

Jeremiah’s prayer for Israel is very relevant:

O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do it for Your name’s sake; For our backslidings are many, we have sinned against You. O the Hope of Israel, his Saviour in time of trouble, why should You be like a stranger in the land, and like a traveller who turns aside to tarry for a night? Why should You be like a man astonished, like a mighty one who cannot save? Yet You, O Lord, are in our midst, and we are called by Your name; Do not leave us!’

Jeremiah 14.8-9

Judicial reforms and divided Israel

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog in an interview published on 12th April expressed optimism that a compromise on judicial reform was possible. Since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 27 announced a pause in the legislative process until the Knesset’s summer session starts on April 30, Herzog has been holding a series of meetings at his Jerusalem residence with the ruling coalition and the opposition in an attempt to hammer out an agreement.

Netanyahu: ‘I’m delaying judicial reform to give real dialogue a chance’ –

The first meeting convened on March 28, with coalition, Yesh Atid and National Unity representatives also present at the opening discussion, which lasted 90 minutes and was closed to the press, as are all of the meetings. Even if a compromise is not reached, coalition members appear determined to see the proposed legislation through when the parliamentary summer session starts.

The Times of Israël (

Opposition to the reforms continues to divide Israel, with demonstrations taking place against the Netanyahu government. Supporters of the reforms accuse the opposition of undermining the security of the nation and dividing Israel from Jewish communities in the diaspora, at a time when Israel is under attack from outside.

Am Echad, a U.S. group associated with the Orthodox Agudath Israel of America, sent an open letter to Israeli opposition leader and Yesh Atid Party chairman Yair Lapid on April 11 expressing their “grave concern” over comments he made at a recent Jewish Federation meeting in New York. They saw the

“comments as sowing discord and delegitimizing not just the current Israeli government, but Israel itself in the eyes of the world, both Jewish and not.”

Am Echad
Am Echad | Israel-Diaspora Relations

“Rhetoric characterizing the government as ‘extremist’ and ‘undemocratic’ jeopardizes the relationship between Israel and world Jews,” they said.

Am Echad

“More importantly, when such statements move into mainstream media, they delegitimize Israel itself, and by extension pose real danger to the safety of Israel and Diaspora communities.  In your role as the Head of the Opposition, you are both entitled and required to critique the government. However, that does not extend to undermining the government outside the borders of Israel, calling on Diaspora Jews to counter the government, and driving a wedge between Israel and Jews around the world,” they added.

Am Echad

Tony Pearce

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