Islamic State chiefs gather near Israel border, set up training camp

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The Times of Israel: Several senior commanders from Islamic State who recently fled from Iraq and northern Syria are now based in southern Syria, just across the Golan Heights border with Israel, and are training hundreds of new recruits there, an Israeli television report said.

Israel’s Channel 2 said the commanders have made their way to an Islamic State-controlled enclave “close to the border” with Israel. They have set up a training camp to which they have recruited 300 local youths, said the report, which showed footage apparently of the camp and training sessions. more …

Opinion: I have often wondered if the Golan is the place from where the Gog Magog invasion will be launched,

Clues:

  • The enemy alliance will come from the far north Ez. 38:15
  • God said He will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains Ez. 38:21
  • Gog the enemy alliance will fall upon the mountains of Israel Ez. 39:4

From the 17 mountains of Golan, enemy forces would have a clear shot (181.8 km/112.9 miles) to fire missiles at Tel Aviv:

Map from Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel to Golan

After the 1967 war, in exchange for peace that never came, Israel gave back the West Bank, Sinai and Gaza opening it up for attack from the inside, the south and the west. The Golan, however, was miraculously preserved.

When secular governments talk about a return to the 1967 borders, the return of the Golan Heights is almost as important a part of the deal as East Jerusalem. Without the Golan Israel is defenseless from the north.

On October 8, 2016 a massive oil find in the Golan has been kept eerily quiet.