Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has ordered his military chiefs to launch ballistic missiles at Israel if he is killed by rebel forces, according to sources in Damascus cited by Israeli media this week.
The online newspaper Inyan Merkazi reported Assad met with his top generals recently to express concerns he could be taken out by advanced U.S. missiles recently provided to rebel forces, or by a mob similar to the one that violently murdered former Libyan dictator Muamar Gaddafi. Should either of those scenarios become reality, Assad reportedly told the generals to unleash Syria's considerable missile arsenal on Israel and Egypt.
Syria is officially in a state of war with Israel and hosts numerous terror groups dedicated to the Jewish state's demise. Assad is angry with Egypt due to the new Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government’s support for Syrian rebel groups, many of which are fellow Islamists.
Last year Assad warned if his rule were truly threatened, he would ignite the powder keg that is the Middle East. That threat remains a very real concern.
The dangers to Israel present in the ongoing Syrian crisis cannot be underestimated—especially in the light of scripture:
“The word of the Lord came to me again: ‘What do you see?’ ‘I see a pot that is boiling,’ I answered. ‘It is tilting toward us from the north.’ The Lord said to me, ‘From the north disaster will be poured out upon all who live in the land’” Jer 1: 13-14.