Under a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, right, kisses his Lebanese counterpart Fawzi Salloukh, left, after they signed a joint document announcing the start of diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon, in Damascus.
This may seem like an development that isn't newsworthy, but it actually is an important step in consolidating the Psalm 83 coalition. I call it the "Inner Ring," as it represents the nations that directly surround Israel.
Something few have failed to realize is that the governments of Syria and Lebanon have not had a direct diplomatic relationship since the 1982 war. If you recall, Syria invaded Lebanon, shortly followed by Israel's blocking move that prevented Syria from overwhelming its neighbor. The United States attempted to intervene with a peace-keeping mission headed by Marines that ended when a truck bomber blew up the Marine barracks. Since then, Lebanon has gone through numerous governments because of political turmoil instigated by Syria-Iranian-backed Hezbollah.
The fact that an agreement has been made to restart a diplomatic relationship is another in a line of dominoes that have fallen. It began with Saudi Arabia normalizing relationships with Syria. The second step involved the "Outer Ring" country of Turkey. The alliance with Israel took a sour turn and Syria became the recipient of Turkish amore. Now, Syria and Lebanon are playing nice after nearly three decades of enmity.
As I said in an earlier blog, watch for the last piece of the puzzle to find a fit. Who? Psalm 83 lists the Hagrites (Hagarenes), and Amalek as being part of the coalition. Both these people groups dwelt in the region between the southern Negev and the Nile River of Egypt. Egypt will be the next, and last to join the "Inner Ring" coalition. Keep your eyes open. Events are happening rapidly, even if they are behind the scenes.
Jimmy Root Jr
Author: Distant Thunder Book One of the Lightning Chronicles
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