Maâ€™aleh Levona, Israel
11 Heshvan 5767; 1 November, 2006
In the Hebrew Bible, in the book BaMidbĂˇr, known in English as Numbers, Bilaâ€™am, the seer hired by King Balak of Moav to curse the Children of Israel, tells his employer, â€śI shall advise your people what this people will do to your people in the End of Daysâ€ť (BaMidbĂˇr/Numbers 24:14, in part). He continues, â€śI shall see him, but not now, I shall look at him, but it is not near. A star has issued from Jacob and a scepter bearer from Israel; and he shall pierce the nobles of Moav and all the children of Sethâ€ť (BaMidbĂˇr/Numbers 24:17).
What for Bilaâ€™am was â€śnot nowâ€ť or â€śnot nearâ€ť is for us near and now. War is imminent in the Middle East. Its general pattern can be discerned by reading Bilaâ€™amâ€™s prophecy (BaMidbĂˇr/Numbers 24:24-17) backwards, a procedure advised in the Book of Yishâ€™ayĂˇ/Isaiah. There is much information in the Hebrew Bible that is encoded, and in the case of Bilaâ€™amâ€™s prophecies, the key to the code is that one needs to read them in reverse order.
On 6 September, I wrote part I of this article, not ever realizing that there might be a part II or part III. In that article, I cited a DEBKAfiles report of a naval buildup off south Lebanon, DEBKAfileâ€™s analysis of the reasons it was there and my own, which differed considerably. In short, DEBKAfiles smelled a rat, and said so, but it smelled the wrong rat. That was the article in a nutshell.
Nine days later, I wrote an article crowing abut the change in DEBKAfileâ€™s tune in reporting about the fleet off Lebanon. This article also analyzed the seriousness of Iranâ€™s intent to go to war, and the possible consequences, and examined the possibility of major power shifts here. I raised the possibility of President Katzav being railroaded out of office less than a year before his term ends. Katzav is a figurehead. Why spend money and time on a media circus and press lynch, even if he is guilty of rape? We see why now. For some compelling reason, Shimon Peres wants to be state president. To yours truly, a suspicious fellow, that means that Peres has some plan which requires an empty presidential office. That was the second article in a nutshell.