Daraa, a small city in southern Syria noted for being the powder keg that set off Syria's civil war seven years ago, is about to become the scene of what may be the final battle between Syrian government forces and the rebels. The city's identity as a battlefield has its roots in the Bible, and according to Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David's tomb on Mount Zion, it may be the surrogate that replaces Israel as the scene of the devastating War of Gog and Magog.
Civil unrest in Daraa is credited with sparking off the Syrian civil war in 2011. Daraa may soon play a role in the end of the conflict since the Syrian Arab Army's (SAA) shock troops from the 9th Brigade and Republican Guard fighting for President Bashar al-Assad are currently setting up around the city to fight the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their rebel allies who are firmly entrenched in different urban areas.
An Orthodox Geula (redemption) blogger who goes by the title Yeranen Yaakov noted the biblical roots of the city that establish it as a location with a particularly bellicose nature. In a recent post, he wrote that in the Bible, Daraa was known as Edrei, the city where the children of Israel fought the King Og.
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