Heart For Lebanon to Open New Facility in Bekaa Valley on October 1

Smoke rises from Israeli army shells that landed in the southern Lebanese border village of Maroun Al-Ras, Lebanon, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. The Lebanese army says Israeli forces have fired some 40 shells on the outskirts of several border villages following an attack by the militant Hezbollah group on Israeli troops. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Things are heating up in Lebanon.

After a drone attack in Hezbollah territory in Beirut, the United Nations urges ‘maximum restraint’ in the region. Heart For Lebanon co-founder Tom Atema explains the situation like this: “Israel feels very strongly that Hezbollah and Syria are working together– that Hezbollah and Syria are proxy organizations for the country of Iran.”

He went on to say, “Hezbollah has missiles and guns and ammunition all pointed at Israel like never before and growing in numbers, and the UN (United Nations) is not doing anything. It got to a point where,  Israel felt, ‘Okay. We’ve got to do something’.”

Although highly politically charged, the scenario he laid out is pretty much what everyone agrees on. “That’s what they’re both sides have stated.  Everybody’s calling for calm and for peace. But we all know what the Bible says (and the day and age in which we live) about peace: a lot of people will be calling for it, but it really won’t happen.”

Layers of crisis

This situation exacerbates concern that’s already growing over the economic crisis in Lebanon. It also threatens an escalation between Israel and Iran. For example, Israel launched strikes last week aimed at Hezbollah and Palestinian areas of Beirut. Not since 2006 has there been such open hostile action between Israel and Lebanon.

This week, Hezbollah returned fire on Israeli military positions in the first cross-border clash in years. The tit-for-tat threatens fragile stability in the region, which is why Atema says, “Pray for the peace of the Middle East. Pray for our workers as they maneuver through the different personalities and the different political situations on the ground.”

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SOURCE: Mission News Network, R.B. Klama