In this context, I remain very alert to news during this period that suggests any possibility of the "apocalyptic vision" I had in February 1991 which began with a chemical SCUD missile attack on Haifa, Israel. This morning I came across a news story that specifically indicates such a possibility:
Patriot Anti-Missile Battery Deployed Near Haifa on Mt. Carmel
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 10/8/2012, 11:18 PM
A Patriot anti-missile battery has been installed in the north, atop Mt. Carmel near Haifa. However, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, deployment of a Patriot battery “is not an unusual thing.”
The system, operated by the IDF Air Defense Command, is capable of intercepting flying objects (balllistic missiles, aircraft and other threats) at ranges between 60 to 160 kilometers ( 37 to 99 miles). The Patriot system was used during the Gulf War to intercept missiles fired at Israel from Iraq.
Installation of the battery in the north came after the IDF shot down a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) that flew nearly the entire length of the country, albeit most of the way via the Mediterranean.
The small drone was shot down Saturday morning over an uninhabited area in the northern Negev Desert. Two Israeli F-16 fighter jets “escorted” the aircraft on its journey down the coast before destroying the aircraft.
It is widely assumed that the drone was transmitting photographs, and if it had continued on its easterly course from Gaza, it would have flown near, or directly over the Dimona nuclear reactor. Israeli officials have been concerned for some time that the facility could be vulnerable to an attack from Iran.
According to a report on the Beirut-based pan-Arab television station Al-Mayadeen, with links to the Hizbullah terrorist organization, Hizbullah was responsible for the drone's flagrant violation of Israeli air space. In a brief statement, the station said the drone managed “to penetrate 100 kilometers and raise tension in Israel.” However, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah has not made an official comment on the incident.
The obvious question is this: What would lead Israeli Defense Forces to deploy a Patriot anti-missile battery atop Mount Carmel at this time unless there's anticipation of a missile attack on Haifa? Is Israel planning retaliation against Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon for the drone flown over the Jewish state Saturday? If so, will this provoke a military response from Hezbollah including a missile barrage against Israel including the northern city of Haifa? Will those missiles contain chemical weapons as I foresaw 20 years ago?
I certainly hope and pray not, but this is the period I've long considered most likely for the world to share my apocalyptic vision. God I hope I'm deluded...