FINAL UPDATE 30/31 January 2015: Here's what may well be the final update to this SITREP and which I hope will provide the final level of clarity to understand what happened this week.
It is my assessment that the government of the State of Israel stood down from engaging in full-scale warfare this week in order to allow the Western gambit of negotiations with Iran to run their course by May 2015. The government of Israel fully anticipates that a nuclear accord between the P5+1 and Iran will be reached by the current deadline, and that it will not be worth the paper it is written on; as meaningless as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of August 1939.
The government of Israel is acting within the parameters and recommendations of a report published two weeks ago by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies which was written by Maj.Gen. (Res.) Yaacov Amidror which states that Israel must be prepared to act alone to stop the Iranian nuclear program during the coming year, as well as engage in conventional ground warfare against the likes of non-state or quasi-state entities such as Hezbollah/IRGC-QF, HAMAS and Islamic State operating from bases in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Judea and Samaria and the Sinai. This also represents the most up to date assurance that Israel will launch military strikes to halt the Iranian nuclear program irregardless of any agreement reached between the United States, its European allies and Iran because the agreement will enable Iran to "pursue nuclear military capabilities."
Students of Bible prophecy should readily recognize the above vignette as ongoing Israeli military planning and preparedness for a very near-term and literal combined fulfillment of Jeremiah 49, Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83. Clearly, on the whole this presents itself as the imminent prophetic "flood" of fulfillments I have been writing about of late.
Israel's planning and preparation for the coming conflagration is matched by both Hezbollah's and Iran's insistence that their new warfighting front on the Golan will be maintained and expanded according to pronouncements from Hassan Nasrallah and the IRGC Commander, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari. The pair of Shi'a terrorists made clear that neither the ongoing war in Syria nor the P5+1 nuclear negotiations would have any effect upon future actions they will take at the time and place of their choosing.
According to the Lebanese media outlet Al-Mayadeen, the twin pronouncements were also made shortly after the reclusive IRGC Qods Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, had arrived in Beirut and met with Hassan Nasrallah. It is important to note here that Soleimani delivered direct orders to Nasrallah from Tehran for Hezbollah to launch the attack which commenced on Tuesday of this past week. This confirms PM Netanyahu's announcement on Thursday that Iran was directly responsible for the deadly ambush in the Golan.
29 January 2015: It didn't take long for many in the Israeli media's analysis business to focus upon the nonsensical nature of what happened on Wednesday: the bellicose but patriotic rhetoric in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem clashed head-on with the reality of what was occurring on the front lines in the Golan. As if Hezbollah's Kornet-E anti-tank missiles blowing up IDF troops in unarmored vehicles was acceptable behavior.
1 AM Jerusalem 29 January - 6 PM New York 28 January: It appears that Israel's government has decided that the deadly Hezbollah ambush of an IDF convoy inside Israeli territory today that utilized six Russian-made 9M133 Kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) and road-side IEDs has been avenged through the retaliatory strikes that occurred earlier today in Lebanon.
A critical consideration that Hezbollah's offensive military capabilities must be rendered insignificant before Israel is forced to tackle the Iranian nuclear weapons program appears to have been the loosing argument during emergency deliberations in Tel Aviv today between PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya'alon.
Accordingly, it appears this evening as though Israel's leadership has opted to wage full-scale war in the near future with a nuclear-armed Iran supported by heavily-armed Hezbollah and IRGC forces arrayed in an arc extending across all of Lebanon and western Syria to the Golan rather than neutralize this close proximity threat at the present time when Israel is fully prepared and Iran does not appear ready, willing or able to apply its nascent nuclear capability in the event of the 3rd Lebanon War that was nearly triggered today.
So, what we're left with is the mind-numbing conclusion that the jihadist Shi'a enemy launched a sophisticated retaliatory ambush and attack against the IDF on Israeli soil that could have caused a third Lebanon war this same jihadist enemy was unprepared to fight? And the government of Israel accepts this premise as a valid argument?
More questions than answers means this is not finished by any means. A major election in Israel is just a few weeks away. Let's see what tomorrow brings.