The Jerusalem Post reported last October that Hezbollah and other enemies of Israel collectively had more than 200,000 rockets aimed at the Holy Land. Some reports have that number at more than 250,000 now.
Homeland Defense Minister Gilad Erdan told a university conference last fall that 30 percent of Israel was vulnerable to rocket attacks, and that a plan was under way to protect those areas.
Some Middle East observers say Israel’s existence hasn’t been so threatened since Egypt and Syria led other Arab states in the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
In recent weeks there have been “a barrage of rockets that came in from Gaza, Lebanon, Syria. There were assassination attempts during Ramadan by Israeli Arabs who killed three Israeli Jewish women, but we also know this is at the behest of Iran. Iran has been empowered by the Biden Administration,” Bachmann said on Olive Tree Ministries radio last week.
Bachmann, currently the dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, was heavily involved with the U.S. intelligence community when Speaker John Boehner appointed her to the House Intelligence Committee in 2011.
U.S. funding civil unrest
She says the U.S. was working behind the scenes when more than 100,000 Israelis took to the streets in protest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s effort to reshape their country’s Supreme Court earlier this year.
“The Biden Administration has completely backed off, and we know now that our US State Department has actually funded in part some of these protests on the streets in Israel,” Bachmann said.
Bachmann sees Iran’s proxy war against Israel becoming more intense. Rockets pointed at the country are not there to intimidate, she said, but ultimately to overwhelm Israel’s very successful Iron Dome air defense system.
“(Iran is) working through proxies to bring about a war. We’ve already heard that part of the goal is to have so many rockets come in that the Iron Dome is completely depleted, and the Biden Administration is not Israel’s friend, which is a very unusual thing,” Bachmann said.
“From every quarter Israel is under attack," she continued. "We are on the cusp of an Iranian-led war, so the worst enemy that Israel has been telling the world is after them, and remember the Ayatollah of Iran said some eight years ago that ‘Within 25 years we will annihilate Israel. We will completely wipe that nation and the Jewish people off the map.’ They’re serious. When they say, ‘Death to America, Death to Israel,’ don’t think that the Ayatollahs aren’t serious."
Bachmann sees Israel’s current state as fulfillment of Bible prophecy that nations will gather against it.
Faith not fear
“Who would have ever thought the United States would flee in defense of Israel? What that says is God will be there. His right arm will watch over Israel. Each of us as individuals, we hold on to faith and not fear,” Bachmann said.
Bachmann encouraged people to think about the children of Israel standing at the edge of the Red Sea with Pharoah’s army closing in to illustrate the deliverance she believes will come.
“The chariots and the horses of Pharaoh’s army come bearing down upon them," Bachmann told the radio program. "At that moment they did not know, but God spoke to their leader Moses, and he held up his arms. They watched as the Lord their God literally made a way, dry land in the middle of the sea, and He not only preserved and protected His people, He conquered their enemy by bringing the sea to collapse on the heads of Pharoah’s soldiers.”
Bachmann said her contact with young people at Regent University gives her encouragement for the future.
She points to Regent University’s new online PHD program to teach national security and world politics from a Biblical perspective.
“Our students are very hopeful. They see where America is at today, and where the world is at, and they want to be a part of the solution,” Bachmann said. “We don’t know when He’ll come, but shouldn’t the Lord find us planting trees and getting PHDs and bringing the positive solutions of the Gospel to our world? That’s what we’re doing at Regent University.”