ISRAEL - Preparations for Extended War

Arno Froese

Israeli utilities have deployed backup generators, filled water reservoirs to the brim and stepped-up cyber defenses in case the Gaza conflict triggers war against Israel on multiple fronts.

While Israel has not suffered anything like the damage to power supplies and infrastructure that its Gaza offensive has wrought on the enclave, it was forced to shut its offshore Tamar gas rig for a few weeks as a precaution when the war began.

A full conflict with Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group, which has tens of thousands of rockets and missiles, would raise concerns about the security of Israel’s Leviathan field farther north.

But state-owned utilities are now on a war footing, stockpiling inventory and fixing equipment damaged along the Gaza and Lebanon fronts, sometimes under fire. Four electricity workers have been killed while at work since October.

“There is no guarantee here. If tomorrow, heaven forbid, hundreds of missiles are intercepted and cause harm to dozens of substations, we will apparently be in a different situation,” said Tamar Fekler, vice president of operations and logistics at Israel Electric Corporation (IEC).

Depending on the extent of the damage, this could mean two to three days of no electricity in large parts of Israel, officials say. In extreme cases, the period without electricity could be even longer.

“There is no real reason to panic,” Energy Minister Eli Cohen said at the time of Iran’s attack. “Israel has the ability to generate electricity from a big variety of sources spread out across the country—above ground, deep underground, and at sea.”, 2 May 2024

Arno's Commentary

Besides Israel, there is probably no country on earth, except maybe Switzerland, that is so independently strong and prepared. One must realize the monumental task Israel had and accomplished during its short 76 years of the existence of the State. We are not surprised that Israel looks to the future and prepares accordingly.

But above and beyond all, there is a non-human, invisible guarantee; namely, God’s unconditional covenant with the people of Israel. Let’s just mention one Scripture: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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