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Turkey has already attacked Israel

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Aug 14, 2014 at 03:43

The following link:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101916826#.

details Turkey's deep and long-standing connection with the Islamic State terrorists. (I say "terrorists', to remind the readers of the abject cruelty of their methods, despite the fact that they have actually grown into a "state" as powerful as Iraq, Tunisia, the UAE and Qatar). The article is good, because it mentions the IHH link. IHH is the Turkish terrorist group, connected to President Erdogan's son, which instigated the incident a few years ago where nine of its members were killed trying to break the arms embargo against Gaza. Not only does IHH connect Turkey to ISIS, it also thus connects both to HAMAS.

I have said many times, that Turkey lies exactly on a part of the world that in Ezekiel's time comprised the regional power Lydia (ruled by the house of Gog, or Gyges), the ancient geographical location of Magog, and the tribes of Gomer, Meshech, Tubal and Beth Togarmah. These, in turn, are mentioned in a prophecy in Ezekiel 38-39 that speaks of an attack by this country upon the restored, modern State of Israel. In that Ezek. 38, there is a curious verse:

Ezek 38

[13] Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

Sheba and Dedan are associated with modern Saudi Arabia and Yemen; and the merchants of Tarshish were the mercantile nations of the Mediterranean and beyond. In Ezekiel's day, they were Carthage, the Etruscans, the Greek states and the Latin League. Today, of course, they are the countries of NATO and the EU. During the attack upon Israel, they are described as mere onlookers -- which is what they have become, to a large degree, since the end of 2012.

Considering Turkey's close ties with HAMAS, and Mr. Erdogan's rabidly anti-Semitic remarks over the years, it is reasonable to describe the current conflict between Israel and HAMAS as a proxy war with Turkey. In the recent blockade-running incident, Turkish blood was actually spilled in combat with the IDF; Erdogan himself described the incident as a "casus belli", a "cause of war". In this sense, Turkey has already attacked Israel; though I expect a much larger attack in the future. One event that will probably immediately precede such an attack, is the disintegration of Syria -- in which case Turkey will probably occupy Syria and become Israel's northern next-door neighbor.

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Prime Minister and possible loss of land [71 words]
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