Russian Warships and CIA Spies
I thought this would be a cool post title even though the 2 stories are (seemingly) unrelated.
- Tomer Devorah and Soul Mazal both point out the irony and Mida Keneged Mida that CIA spies were confirmed to be compromised in Lebanon and Iran on the anniversary of the start of Jonathan Pollard's incarceration. It shows that to successfully fight evil, one must be clean of evil. (Think מי האיש הירא ורך הלבב) May Pollard be released and may the CIA be successful in their next attempt.
- Debka and Haaretz report that according to the Syrian news agency, 3 Russian naval vessels on the Mediterranean were heading toward Syria to protect it from foreign interference. As I mentioned previously, the Talmidei HaGr"a said in the name of the Gr"a that when Russian ships enter the Bosporus Strait, we need to wear our Shabbat clothes because Mashiah is coming soon. While it seems from this report that these Russian ships were already in the Mediterranean, they are getting even closer to Israel by entering Syrian territorial waters. (On the other hand, the Brisker Rav reportedly said that this sign of Russian ships coming via the Bosporus as a Geula sign only applied if this would have occurred in the Gr"a's time, and should not be considered a sign forever. Nevertheless, the buildup of warships of one of the world's most powerful navies that close to Israel cannot be ignored.)