Category: Israel

DEFENSE MINISTER GANTZ TELLS US: THERE IS A DEADLINE TO ATTACK IRAN

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | DEC 13, 2021 | US-ISRAEL RELATIONS

 Blessed is Hashem, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for warfare; Psalms 144:1 (The Israel BibleTM)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently returned from Washington DC announced on Friday that he had presented US defense officials with a deadline for attacking Iran and received no objections.

On Thursday, Gantz met with  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken and informed them that he had instructed the IDF to prepare for an attack against Iranian nuclear facilities. 

“Along with ties with the United States, Israel must be strong in its own right. I told the Americans that I had instructed the IDF to prepare for a military option, I will not elaborate on the dates here,” the source added.

Gantz said that Iran is building up its forces in the country’s west “in order to attack countries and forces in the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. We are preparing for any such attempt, and will do everything necessary to protect our citizens and our assets.”

He said Israel was “preparing for any such attempt, and will do everything necessary to protect our citizens and our assets.”

Gantz told reporters that the US and European negotiators “are losing patience” at Iran and that no progress has been made at reinstating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

“Both the United States and the countries of Europe are well aware of what is happening and are losing patience. There has been no progress in the last round of negotiations in Vienna, and they understand that the Iranians are playing games,” Gantz emphasized. “I told them that Iran has a weak hand right now, and there is room to force them to fold. We can apply military, economic, and political pressure to ensure that Iran will stop its fantasies about the nuclear program.”

“There is no doubt that Iran is a problem for the world, and Israel is readying itself to act,” he added. “I found an attentive government in Washington, and told them that Iran is first and foremost a global and regional problem, and only then a challenge to Israel. I hear from world leaders how much Iran harms their security.

During my meetings in Washington, I showed them how Israel sees ‘Plan B.’ We agreed on a deep-rooted cooperative effort, and I can tell you that I am deeply confident that it will grow deeper, thanks to our common interests,” he noted.

“There is room for international pressure — political, economic and also military — in order to convince Iran to stop its fantasies about a nuclear program,” he said.

US President Joe Biden asked his National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan two months ago to review plans to attack Iran if diplomatic efforts fail, as well as the possibilities for increasing sanctions, according to the Times.

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THE IRANIAN WEAPONS TRIANGLE THAT DRIVES TEHRAN’S REGIONAL ENTRENCHMENT

BY YAAKOV LAPPIN | DEC 8, 2021 | OPINION

Three weapons systems form a triangle at the heart of the Islamic Republic’s program to entrench itself in the Middle East. Precision-guided missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and surface-to-air missiles are finding their way into increasing areas, and into radical hands.

Iran is present in several Arab states suffering from weak sovereignty, infiltrating with proxy forces, arms, and money. Now, Tehran hopes to be able to spread its fundamentalist Shi’ite agenda with greater force, by equipping its proxy forces with new levels of military systems.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s goal is to paint as much of the regional map in Iranian colors as it can, reaching eventual hegemony, and to bring down any state that stands in his way, whether Jewish or Sunni. Those investments are evident in Yemen, Gaza, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. As the ballistic missile attack on Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday illustrates, the firepower that Iran spreads around the region does not remain in storehouses.

Iran manufactures advanced weapons, and the Quds Force’s regional smuggling network then distributes them to the proxies. Iran thereby becomes more threatening to the security of America’s key allies in the region, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan.

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Whereas in the past, Iran would mostly smuggle simple mortars, rockets, and IEDs to its radical proxies, today, the Iranian smuggling networks funnel far more advanced technologies to the wrong hands.

This means that Iran’s proxies, such as an Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias in Iraq, can decide to fire sophisticated ballistic or cruise missiles at Riyadh or Tel Aviv, from the same Iraqi launchpads.

The fact that Iran’s proxies have some level of independence in their decision making, while still being obligated to take orders from the Iranian “mother ship,” merely adds to the instability.

The strike range of these weapons grows with time, the warheads become larger, and the activity further destabilizes regional security.

An explosive triangle

The precision-guided missiles that Iran makes for itself and its proxies provide long-range strike capabilities that were once reserved for the great powers. Some of Iran’s ballistic, cruise missiles, and UAVs can reach ranges of 2,000 kilometers. Iranian pledges to not go past that range are undermined by its space program, which many observers suspect doubles up as a testing program for future intercontinental missile systems.

Meanwhile, Iran’s surface-to-air missile batteries can challenge the activities of any air force seeking to monitor or strike Iranian-backed ground targets. And the Iranian UAVs portfolio form a long-range, accurate strike tool that, when used in swarms, can pose severe problems even for advanced air defenses, as recent incidents, such as the suicide drone strike on the U.S. military base in al-Tanf, southeast Syria, have illustrated.

Iran is also able to hide behind the excuse that its proxies fired the weapons – even when the attack originated from Iranian territory, such as the 2019 drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities at Abquaiq and Khuaris, which reduced Saudi oil exports by 50 percent.

It is harder to trace the origins of maneuvering, low flying weapons like cruise missiles and UAVs, meaning that the presence of multiple “immediate suspects” makes using those weapons more attractive in Iran’s increasingly bold grey zone operations. They can be used to terrorize civilians in cities, reduce oil production, target international maritime traffic, paralyze seaports and airports, and hit power plants. The list goes on.

The fact that Iran’s suicide drones are now able to hit moving targets, like a civilian oil tanker, was demonstrated in a lethal manner in the July attack on the Mercer Street ship in the Sea of Oman.

In an additional twist, Iran has placed a new emphasis on attempts to get its proxies set up with their own domestic weapons production capability, in order to evade disruptive actions, such Israel’s ongoing preventative strike campaign.

In Lebanon, Hizballah controls precision-guided missile factories, allowing it to assemble its own missiles on Lebanese territory and not rely on Iran for imports, representing one of the most dangerous scenarios for Israel. In fact, Israel has repeatedly warned that it cannot allow Hizballah to have its own domestic defense industry, due to the instability and threat this would pose to key strategic sites in Israel.

The ability to target multiple sensitive sites at the same time could, in theory, shut down a modern country’s very ability to function. This is due to the fact that some radars and interception missiles can struggle to deal with multiple attacking UAVs that come raining down in a swarm. This makes UAV swarm a strategic threat, since they can be used to shut down key sites.

In Yemen, too, Iran has been working to install a “locally made” industry of weapons so that the Houthis can arm themselves and threaten international shipping in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea. These same Yemen-based capabilities are routinely used to threaten Saudi Arabian sovereignty, and even the Israeli Red Sea city of Eilat, 2,000 kilometers away.

In dealing with these threats, cooperation appears to be on the rise among Israel and Sunni states, as well as with the United States. In April, the U.S. and Israel set up an inter-agency working group “on the growing threat of unmanned aerial vehicles and precision guided missiles produced by Iran and provided to its proxies in the Middle East region,” reflecting the high priority this is receiving in Washington and Jerusalem.

Israel has a multi-layered air defense system to deal with UAVs and precision-guided missiles, featuring some of the most advanced technology in this sphere in the world.

This structure includes a host of sophisticated radars, and the ability to intercept the threats – whether through ground-launched missiles or fighter jets – as they enter Israeli air space.

The UAV fired at Israel from Iraq in May is a case in point. In that incident, the UAV approached Israeli airspace near the northern city of Beit Shean. The IDF only stated that it was monitored by Israeli Air Force air control units, and that its fragments had been collected by security forces on the ground. It turns out that this UAV came not from Syria, but from Iraq.

No less remarkably, a UAV that infiltrated Israeli airspace in 2018 from Syria turned out to have been carrying TNT explosives, and was on a delivery mission for terrorists in the West Bank, Defense Minister Benny Gantz revealed last month.

Gant noted that it was launched from Syria’s T4 airbase, near Palmor, which has been under the control of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Israel continues to optimize its early detection and interception capabilities to defend against these threats, as well staying on top of the intelligence picture.

But Israel’s efforts don’t stop at defense. Since 2013, it has developed a large-scale offensive strike program designed to disrupt Iranian entrenchment activities, and to stop advanced weapons that change the regional balance of power from reaching their intended destinations along Iranian supply routes.

Those routes include the transfer of weapons on the ground, in the air, and at sea, meaning that a major monitoring program must be active 24-7 to be able to detect and respond in time.

Israel’s campaign has stopped many advanced Iranian weapons from reaching their destinations, forcing Iran to look for new tactics – such as getting its proxies to build their own weapons.

Israel’s recent shift into the U.S. military’s CENTCOM, which is responsible for the Middle East, can help facilitate the transfer of technology and capabilities for countering these threats from Israel to pragmatic Sunni countries, as well as create new joint training and intelligence-sharing opportunities.

As Iran prepares to smuggle yet more of its triangle of destruction, the anti-Iranian bloc in the Middle East will be looking for new ways to cooperate in order to defend itself.

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ABRAHAM ACCORDS MEMBER MOROCCO SIGNS HISTORIC MILITARY DEFENSE PACT ‘MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING’ WITH THE NATION OF ISRAEL WEDNESDAY

The memorandum of understanding was signed by Gantz and his Moroccan counterpart Abdellatif Loudiyi and sets a solid security cooperation framework that formalizes defense relations between the two countries, allowing for increased cooperation in the fields of intelligence, industrial collaboration, military training and more. “We have just signed a defense cooperation MOU with Morocco. It is a very significant development, which will enable us to work on joint projects and promote industrial cooperation,” Gantz said, adding that “relations between Israel and Morocco should be expanded and enhanced.”

by Geoffrey Grider November 24, 2021

Israel and Morocco signed an Abraham Accords military defense agreement Wednesday as Defense Minister Benny Gantz made the first official visit to the North African kingdom by an Israeli defense official.

With each passing day, the Abraham Accords bring the regathered nation of Israel closer and closer to covenant that will be confirmed by Antichrist. We see this laid out clearly in places like Daniel 9:27 and Isaiah 28:14-33 in your King James Bible. Now, this makes people mad when you point it out, and I get hate mail calling me a ‘racist’ because I say that the Jews are getting ready for judgement in the upcoming time of Jacob’s trouble. But don’t get mad at me, I’m just the messenger.

“Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” Isaiah 28:14-16 (KJB)

So don’t call me a racist, I love the Jewish people and I love the literal, visible and physical nation of regathered Israel, and because of that I do my best to warn them of the coming judgment. Ever read the Old Testament? God was constantly sending prophets to His chosen people with words of warning and impending judgment. Stephen in Acts 7 tells us what became of those prophets that God sent to the Jews.

In 2021, nothing’s changed, the Bible certainly has not changed, and it is ‘all systems go’ for what comes next.

Israel, Morocco sign historic defense agreement

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The memorandum of understanding was signed by Gantz and his Moroccan counterpart Abdellatif Loudiyi and sets a solid security cooperation framework that formalizes defense relations between the two countries, allowing for increased cooperation in the fields of intelligence, industrial collaboration, military training and more.

“WE HAVE JUST SIGNED A DEFENSE COOPERATION MOU WITH MOROCCO. IT IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT, WHICH WILL ENABLE US TO WORK ON JOINT PROJECTS AND PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION,” GANTZ SAID, ADDING THAT “RELATIONS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND MOROCCO SHOULD BE EXPANDED AND ENHANCED.”

During the meeting between the two defense ministers, Gantz also reiterated the importance of enhanced bilateral cooperation in light of developing threats in the Middle East and North Africa and expressed hope that there would be more countries that would sign normalization agreements with Israel. Israel’s defense ministry said that “the agreement is a significant step in the deepening relations of Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco, which already benefit from increased economic cooperation, bilateral tourism, and warm people-to-people relations.”

At the signing ceremony, Gantz thanked Morroco’s King Muhammad VI and Loudiyi “for their efforts to strengthen and expand relations between the two countries,” read a statement from the defense ministry. Ahead of meeting with Loudiyi, Gantz paid his respects at the tomb of Mohamed V, the grandfather of the reigning monarch along with members of the Israeli delegation and laid a ceremonial wreath. Gantz later met with Morroco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, H.E. Nasser Bourita and the Inspector General of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces, LT.-Gen. Belkhir El Farouk.

During the meetings, “the Ministers exchanged views on the regional security situation in the Middle East and North Africa, and highlighted the similar challenges that both countries face in the fight against fundamentalist terrorism, border and aerial threats,” the defense ministry said. Earlier on Wednesday morning, Gantz also visited the First Infantry Airborne Brigade, toured the base and met with senior military officials.

Israel and Morocco have had close economic, diplomatic, and military ties for years and according to a report in Haaretz, military ties between Israel and Morocco primarily involve intelligence cooperation and trade in arms. In June, a Moroccan C-130 landed in Israel, marking the first time that an airforce platform belonging to the north African country landed in the Jewish State to take part in an international drill.

Jerusalem and Rabat reestablished ties under the Abraham Accords along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan and normalized ties last December. Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visited Morocco in August and inaugurated the country’s mission in Rabat. During his two-day visit, Lapid met with his counterpart Nasser Bourita and handed him an invitation from President Isaac Herzog for King Mohammed VI to visit Israel.

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ONE OF THE THINGS YOU MIGHT VERY WELL EXPECT TO SEE AS THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST RISES IS THE DISCOVERY OF THE ‘BONES OF JESUS’ IN JERUSALEM

The Bible says that the Devil’s time is short, only has 7 years from start to finish, but when he sits down in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem at the halfway point he exposes himself to be the Devil, so he really has to do something quite impressive at the outset. Want to prove that Jesus Christ is a fake? Easy, just produce his bones and that will show Jesus didn’t really rise from the dead as the Bible says He did. You can show the bones of Buddha, and they have them, and still be a good Buddhist. You can show the bones of Mohammed, and they have them, and still be a good Muslim, but you cannot show the bones of Jesus Christ and still be a Christian. This is why I feel, quite strongly actually, that a ‘discovery’ is about to be made in Jerusalem and that discovery will produce the ‘bones of Jesus’. 

by Geoffrey Grider November 18, 2021

You can show the bones of Buddha, and they have them, and still be a good Buddhist. You can show the bones of Mohammed, and they have them, and still be a good Muslim, but you cannot show the bones of Jesus Christ and still be a Christian.

Today I want to write about something that is purely speculative, at this point just a feeling I have, but something that nonetheless the Holy Spirit seems to be pressing on me to talk about. Last year, I wrote an article about the rising spirit of Antichrist that palpably came on the scene last year, and that spirit has done nothing but increase over the past 21 months. If we are where it seems like we are on the end times timeline, and if the man of sin is about to step onto the world stage, then there should be something fairly big to take place that will take a shot at discrediting Jesus of Nazareth. So prepare yourself for the ‘greatest archaeological discovery of all time’, the bones of Jesus!

“And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:14-17 (KJB)

Think about it, in Isaiah 14 where Lucifer is shaking his dirty fist at God, telling Him that he will take His Throne and everything else that belongs to God, those aspirations come true for a very brief period of time when he puts the spirit of Judas in the body of an earthly human like Emmanuel Macron as Antichrist.

Remember, Antichrist does not come as himself, as Satan, but he comes pretending that he is the Messiah. So Antichrist comes as a fake Jesus claiming to be the actual Jesus, and it stands to reason that one of the first ‘shots across the bow’ will be to discredit Jesus of Nazareth. What better way to do that than by producing the ‘bones of Jesus’ to ‘prove’ He was not the real Messiah.

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:” 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 (KJB)

The Bible says that the Devil’s time is short, only has 7 years from start to finish, but when he sits down in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem at the halfway point he exposes himself to be the Devil, so he really has to do something quite impressive at the outset. Want to prove that Jesus Christ is a fake? Easy, just produce his bones and that will show Jesus didn’t really rise from the dead as the Bible says He did. You can show the bones of Buddha, and they have them, and still be a good Buddhist. You can show the bones of Mohammed, and they have them, and still be a good Muslim, but you cannot show the bones of Jesus Christ and still be a Christian. This is why I feel, quite strongly actually, that a ‘discovery’ is about to be made in Jerusalem and that discovery will produce the ‘bones of Jesus’.

“No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10:18 (KJB)

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Saudis, UAE suddenly abandon Red Sea coast to Iranian-Houthi control – a shocker for US and allies

 Nov 18, 2021 @ 11:01 Iranian controlRed SeaSAudi-UAE pullbackUS-led naval exercise

Washington was bowled over on Nov. 17 upon learning that Saudi and UAE forces had pulled back from Yemen’s Red Sea coast, handing control to Iran’s surrogates just a week after their the Gulf nations’ first joint Red Sea naval drill with the US, Israel and Bahrain. The DEBKAfile account of the unprecedented war game, launched on the 11th, disclosed that it was commanded from Egypt’s Berenice military base, which President Abdel-Fatteh Sisi had inaugurated on the Red Sea’s western coast only last year. The exercise was designed to highlight the resolve of the US-led coalition to prevent Iran from seizing control of this primary shipping and oil route to and from the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean.

That objective was derailed by none other than two of the exercise’s participants – Saudi Arabia and the UAE – which dropped a bombshell on the exercise by a sudden decision to pull their forces out of a 300km long stretch of Yemen’s Red Sea coast – from Aden in the south to Hodeida in the north.

Gen. Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-UAE coalition fighting pro-Iranian Houthi rebels in Yemen broke the news: “A redeployment was ordered to support other fronts and in line with the coalition’s future plans,” he said.

Far from being a tactical move, military experts au fait with the Yemen war call the “redeployment” a major defeat for the two Gulf nations and a strategic victory for their foes, the Houthi insurgents and their Iranian sponsors. Iran can now chalk up control of the eastern shore of the Red Sea, ranging from the important Al-Mandeb Straits gateway in the south up to the Saudi border in the north. Control of this shore enables the Iranians and their minions to set up coastal bases for missiles, armed drones and speed boats for harassing shipping passing through the Red Sea.

The whole point of the US-led naval drill has therefore been invalidated. The US, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have forfeited a high card in control of one of the world’s key waterways, while Israel’s strategic goal of distancing Iran from its southern outlet to the sea has been turned on its head.

Our Washington sources report that the Biden administration confronted the Saudis and Emiratis with a demand for clarifications for their double game, so far without receiving a response.

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JOINT MILITARY DRILLS WITH US, ISRAEL, BAHRAIN, UAE FOR WAR AGAINST IRAN COULD HAPPEN SOON, US GENERAL SAYS

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | NOV 16, 2021 | US-ISRAEL RELATIONS

O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel BibleTM)

A US general told media on Saturday that American aircrews currently in the region for the Dubai Airshow will be held over in the region.

Lt. Gen. Gregory Guillot, commander of the Ninth Air Force and the top US Air Force general in the Middle East, said that in light of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in August, the US military presence in other areas in the region “could adjust.”
“But I don’t see any scenario where the United States does not have an important role,” Guillot said. “The collaborative defense of multiple countries, you know, in the region is going to be our key to detecting those and staying one step ahead of the threat as it evolves.”

The US Air Force maintains a major airbase in Qatar for all its operations in the region.

Guillot noted the increased threat of drone attacks though he stopped short of attributing this to the influence of Iran. Drones have been used with devastating effect by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels against Saudi Arabia and by Iranian-backed militias against US troops in Iraq.

Guillot said joint air drills with Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates could be held soon.

This would mark a recent trend in which the US leads these countries in increasingly close military cooperation. The four countries recently held an unprecedented joint five-day naval exercise in the Red Sea. Last month, Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jets escorted an American B-1 bomber that flew over Israeli territory on its way to the Persian Gulf.

Under President Trump, the Pentagon rearranged its global command structure, including Israel under the US Central Command that overseas military relations and operations across the Middle East. Israel had previously been under the US European Command because of the hostile nature of its relations with many Arab countries.

Military cooperation between Israel and the two Persian Gulf Arab countries came after the common threat posed by Iran led to the signing of the Abraham Accords last year. Morocco and Sudan were also parties to the normalization treaties. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will pay an official visit to Morocco, also a participant in the Abraham Accords. Gantz is set to sign security cooperation agreements with Morocco.

The Biden administration has tried to reenter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and negotiations are slated to be held in Vienna at the end of the month. However a recent report claimed that despite the Biden administration’s efforts to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal at any cost, all involved parties are beginning to openly acknowledge that said deal will not materialize.
Israel has maintained the right to counter Iran’s nuclear threat with military action. Preparations toward this end have become a priority for the Israeli military.

The Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday with over 100 US companies in attendance to show off their military aviation wares. Thanks to the Abraham Accords, this was the first show to which Israeli companies were invited. The state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries company showed off a range of manned and unmanned naval and aerial drones.

Russia was also in attendance, showing off its Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate fighter jet, considered to be the competitor of the US-built F-35 stealth fighter. Guillot emphasized the importance of US allies relying on equipment that is “interoperable” with US hardware. Guillot said buying the Russia fighter “absolutely” would affect that.

This became an issue in 2019 when Turkey placed an order for the Russian S-400 Triumf air defense systems which were designed specifically to combat the F-35. The US government removed Turkey from the F-35 program in response.

Guillot’s first visit to Israel was in February with the stated purpose of being to promote operational interests, continue to develop channels of cooperation, and to maintain and deepen the relationship between the militaries.

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Massive Israel drills launched to simulate major war offensive by Iran and proxies

 

Oct 31, 2021 @ 11:32 chemical warfarecyberwarevacuationsIsrael drill for Iran-backed Hizballah warprecision rockets

Israeli’s military and civilian authorities launched a large-scale war drill on Sunday, Oct. 31 to prepare for a pro-Iranian precision rocket blitz from Lebanon targeting civilians and infrastructure. The drill ending on Thursday covers multiple threats requiring evacuations of complete frontline communities, dispersing local Arab disturbances in mixed cities, cyber war and disruptions of basic amenities – or even chemical warfare.

The Air Force is meanwhile practicing operations for hitting 3,000 Hizballah targets across Lebanon in a single day in response to direct Iranian or Iran-supported missile attacks by Hizballah and imported Iraqi-Shiite militias. Estimates cite a potential 4,000 rockets a day, some of them ballistic and outfitted with high precision kits.  Intelligence sources report that the 30,000-strong Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah has been assigned to send troops in Lebanon and they are in advanced training.

The missile strike Israeli conducted on Saturday morning on Al-Dimas, a key point west of Damascus on the Syrian-Lebanon highway, was a typical pre-emptive measure to disrupt the passage of an Iran-Syrian arms convoy and Iraqi Shiite troops across the border into Lebanon.

On Wednesday, sirens will be heard to test a new alert system of 15 seconds instead of 30-second rocket warnings in sensitive northern districts. Hizballah is expected to launch its offensive with a drive to capture a number of Israeli locations along the Lebanese border. Since millions of civilians lack shelters able to withstand intensive rocket attacks, the drill will also focus on large-scale evacuations of entire communities within a 5-km radius from the Lebanese border to provisional centers away from the front for the duration of the crisis.

The IDF is therefore practicing rapid evacuations to save lives and prevent prisoners and hostages from falling into enemy hands. This will be a complex operation in more ways than one with hundreds of vehicles moving fast under fire. The drill will draw on lessons from the May Operation Guardian of the Walls against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. A plan then to evacuate civilian communities in the line of fire failed to take off since the public bus service is largely manned by Israeli Arab drivers who refused to take the wheel at the time.

Drawing on another lesson from the Gaza operation, the police are an active partner in the war drill, making ready to quell a repeat of the local disturbances staged by Arab protesters in mixed towns and their possible resort to live arms fire. The police have set up a helicopter squadron for moving forces at speed between trouble spots.

No official estimates have ever been released on the potential for casualties in this scenario being simulated this week, but hundreds of dead are not being ruled out. The hospitals co-opted to the drill will be on standby for a large influx of civilian and military casualties.

The drill led by the IDF Home Front Command and National Emergency Authority is also preparing for outages of power and water and breakdowns of food supplies as a result of rocket hits or cyberattacks disrupting traffic and hacking their systems. They are not ruling out the danger of chemical warfare like that practiced by Iran’s ally, Bashar Assad against the Syrian population which rose up against his rule. Mention has been made of a Hizballah plan to disarm Israeli civilians and troops by spreading  a form of tranquillizer across large areas.

Launching the drill on Sunday, Home Front Command Chief of Staff Brig.-Gen. Itzik Bar said: “This exercise is also a great opportunity for all government ministries to understand the implications, starting with disruptions in the energy sector – we are talking about 24-hour power outages across the country, 72 hours in localized communities – and other such aspects in terms of continuous functioning.”

According to Bar, some of the issues of concern are “the precision-guided munitions and the effect that they will have on our ability to function…The second is the rate of fire and Hizballah’s ability to conduct truly massive rocket barrages at specific geographic areas — I’ll use the phrase ‘demolishing the front line’ — directed fire aimed at the communities near the border.”

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Israel’s $1.5bn shopping list for a potential offensive on Iran’s nuclear program

 Oct 21, 2021 @ 9:23 extra armamentsPotential IDF raid on Iran

Israel is said to have earmarked some 5 billion shekels ($1.5bn) towards the IDF’s price tag for a potential strike against Iran’s nuclear program. Military sources report that this sum would be spent on the acquisition of different types of aircraft, intelligence gathering, drones and dedicated armaments for enabling attacks on Iran’s fortified underground facilities.

IN other words, Israel is short at present of a full set of tools for going past a limited operation and conducting a comprehensive offensive for disabling Iran’s nuclear weapons program, say DEBKAfile’s military sources.

This shortfall is prominent in five main areas:

  1. Assuming that a single raid would not finish the job, to conduct multiple waves, the Israeli Air Force would require to supplement its current force with dozens of additional F-35 and F-15 aircraft. This would also call for the recruitment of more flight crews.
  2. Once the Israeli offensive is launched, Tehran may be counted on to activate allies from four fronts closer to Israel’s borders: Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. To forestall this potential proxy assault, the IAF has reorganized its assets by moving F-16 short range aircraft to the Ramat David base in the north. However, these aircraft are also in short supply and would have to be substantially augmented.
  3. An urgent request has been put in for the advanced Boeing-built KC-46 tankers (see photo) to refuel aircraft in flight across the 2,000km distance to Iran and back to base. The Re’em Boeing 707 in-flight fuel craft used hitherto are 60 years old and not up to the new task.
    Interim landings in Saudi Arabia or a US Gulf airbase would solve the refueling problem. But this option has to be counted out in light of the contacts the Saudis and Emiratis are developing with Iran. Washington has indeed promised Israel eight advanced in-flight refueling tankers, but it will take years before they are available.
  4. Israel is also asking for American MOAB GBU-43 bunker busters, that were designed specifically for targeting Iran’s fortified underground nuclear sites and tested once in the Afghanistan war. Israel has a small number of bunker busters. According to Western military observers, they were used against the Hamas’ underground “Metro” network last May in a mission dubbed “Lightning Bolt.” This was to have been a rehearsal for raids on Iran’s underground nuclear facilities. It turned out, however, that the Hamas bunker system had to be bombed multiple times to be effective and even then, sections of the Metro remained.
  5. In a war situation, Israel’s satellite coverage could not be stretched to cover Iran’s vastness (1.650 sq.km) and the additional areas commanded by its four main allies. American satellites would be called on for backup. Consent would have to be authorized by President Joe Biden as US commander on chief.

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Team of archaeologists say they’ve found major proof of Exodus account spread across the desert

By Jared Harris, The Western Journal
Published October 3, 2021 at 5:58pm

Nearly everyone, religious or not, knows the story of how the Ten Commandments came to be.

The biblical book of Exodus, in chapter 19, lays out the scene: Moses and the Israelites, months after being freed from captivity in Egypt, arrived in the Sinai Desert. Moses was eventually called to the top of a mountain towering over the group’s camp, where God descended with fire, smoke and lightning. After being instructed to do so, Moses then gave God’s covenants to the people of Israel.

While the Ten Commandments have survived in their entirety, the exact location of “Mount Sinai” has remained a mystery for thousands of years.

Speculation over the years has placed the biblical mountain in modern-day Egypt, Saudi Arabia and even Israel.

Now, a team of archaeologists says they have pieced together the clues to show not only where the famous pinnacle is, but also the sites of other biblical events surrounding the chronicle of the mountain.

According to Ryan Mauro, a Middle East expert with the Doubting Thomas Research Foundation, people may have simply been looking in the wrong spot.

“One of the main reasons certain scholars claim that the Exodus is a myth is because little to no evidence for what the Bible records has been found at the traditional Mount Sinai in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula,” Mauro told The U.S. Sun.

“Move over into the Arabian peninsula,” he continued, “and you find incredibly compelling evidence matching the Biblical account.”

One of the main clues discovered by the archaeologists is a mountain with a blackened ridge.

According to Mauro, the Jabal Maqla peak’s seemingly scorched top suggests this is the site where God descended as holy fire and smoke and handed down His commandments. A singed mountaintop is only the first clue, however.

The Bible records the Israelites making their way to the Sinai desert through the Red Sea, parted to allow safe passage as a vengeful Pharaoh descended upon the Hebrew host. The archeologists say they’ve found this path as well.

An Egyptian seaside site at Nuweiba and locations in the nearby Red Sea show signs of a land path, according to the team. On the other side, water sources similar to the 12 wells encountered by the fleeing Hebrews can still be found.

In the depths of the Red Sea, the team also says there is evidence of the Egyptian pursuers’ watery demise in the form of coral structures shaped like chariot axles and wheels. Chariots were a staple of bronze age warfare and would have allowed Pharaoh’s troops to rapidly approach a group traveling on foot.

Another clue is the existence of petroglyphs and carvings of people worshipping bulls in the area, which seem to match up with the biblical account of many impatient Hebrews turning back to an Egyptian god in the form of a golden calf.

Nearby, the apparent remains of an altar to God can be seen. Stones and objects identified as pillars appear to match up with the book of Exodus’ account of the holy site.

One final clue might be the biggest for the group — the split rock at Horeb.

The rock, boasting a noticeable split directly down the center, is claimed to be the stone that Moses struck with his staff to produce water.

Despite being stuck in the middle of a desert, the team says major evidence of water erosion can be found all around.

Footage from Base of The Split Rock at Horeb – With @ryanmauro pic.twitter.com/i9rWt4ZN2p

— Doubting Thomas Research Foundation (@SinaiInArabia) November 11, 2019

Since the wandering Hebrews didn’t bother to write down exact coordinates to these key biblical places, the world will likely never know exactly where these events took place.

While the team’s evidence is compelling, it seems this is another Bible mystery that will continue to entice archaeologists and the faithful around the world.

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER PHYSICAL PROOF FOR DESTRUCTION OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH BY GOD THEN TRY TO TURN IT INTO A POWERLESS ‘JEWISH FABLE’

Examination of the remains found at Tall el-Hammam revealed evidence of a destructive event that involved high temperatures, such as pottery pieces that were melted and boiled on the exterior, but normal on the inside. The buildings of Tell el-Hammam were made of mud bricks, some five stories tall. In the upper part of the city, the destructive force demolished the buildings to the height of their foundations in the walls, and little mud-brick remained. Of the palace that was in this part of the city, the first floor walls and the upper stories are missing, and most of the mud-brick was pulverized.

by Geoffrey Grider September 23, 2021

Archaeologists investigated the destruction of Tall el-Hammam and discovered an event similar to the description of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by God recorded in Genesis 19.

Faith is a funny thing, either you have it or you don’t, and even the discovery of overwhelming physical evidence will not sway the unbeliever to change their position. Today’s article on the discovery of proof-positive, physical evidence of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, modern-day Tall el-Hammam, as contained in the Genesis 19 account has just been found, and is it creating a flood of new believers in the accuracy and fidelity of God’s preserved word? Nope.

Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;…And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.” Genesis 19:24,27-29 (KJB)

Archaeologists have unearthed physical proof of what points to the destruction of Tell el-Hammam in the Jordan valley, the region of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament, and what they found was really wild. They found evidence of an incredible explosion that occurred in the skies above ancient Sodom, an explosion so intense that building down below were destroyed and things were literally vaporized. Yet these highly-educated scientists and archaeologists come away from this discovery no more a believer in the Bible than before they made it, because proof will not sway the stone-cold heart of man that is set against God. Only grace through faith in Jesus Christ can accomplish that.

I loved reading about this discovery, and seeing what the scientists found, but it didn’t increase my faith because I already believed in the Genesis 19 account, along with everything else contained in my King James Holy Bible. For those who believe in the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, no proof is required. For those who don’t believe, no amount of proof will ever be enough. Our article here today on the ‘cosmic destruction’ of Tall el-Hammam is “proof” of that.

The cause of the destruction of Tall el-Hammam, Sodom, was a cosmic airburst caused by a comet or meteorite.

 

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: Tell el-Hammam in the Jordan Valley might have inspired the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, according to a new study that has spanned 15 years. In the study, published in the journal Nature on Monday, archaeologists researched the remains of Tell el-Hammam in an attempt to discover what destroyed the ancient city during the Middle Bronze Age. During the period, there were roughly 50,000 people living in the area of the Jordan Valley in three cities: Tell el-Hammam, Jericho, and Tell Nimrin, with Tell el-Hammam the biggest of the three, implying that until its destruction, it would have been the political center of the area. Radiocarbon dating dates the destruction to within 50 years of 1650 BCE.

Examination of the remains revealed evidence of a destructive event that involved high temperatures, such as pottery pieces that were melted and boiled on the exterior, but normal on the inside. The buildings of Tell el-Hammam were made of mud bricks, some five stories tall. In the upper part of the city, the destructive force demolished the buildings to the height of their foundations in the walls, and little mud-brick remained. Of the palace that was in this part of the city, the first floor walls and the upper stories are missing, and most of the mud-brick was pulverized.

IN THE LOWER PART OF THE CITY, THE BUILDINGS SUFFERED MORE SEVERE DAMAGE, AND RESEARCHERS FOUND EVIDENCE OF HEAT-FRACTURING IN THE REMAINS.

The towers in the wall that surrounded the city were also destroyed, with mud-brick remains only existing at the height of the towers’ foundation. To try to discover what could have caused this destruction, the researchers compiled a list of possible events and tested their probability relative to the evidence found at the site.

They initially examined the possibility of a fire, warfare, volcanic eruption, earthquake or lightning, but concluded that these events were unlikely to cause the kind of destruction that they found at the site, because none could have produced the intense heat required to cause the melting that they found.

Having dismissed these events, the researchers turned to two other possibilities: cosmic impact or a cosmic airburst.

 

The consequences of a crater-forming cosmic impact matched all the evidence found by the archaeologists, but it was dismissed as unlikely because no crater was found in the area. The most likely cause of destruction was a cosmic airburst caused by a comet or meteorite. The consequences of such an event also match the evidence found by the researchers, and using an impact calculator, they were able to estimate the details of the event, which also involved the shock wave hitting Jericho that was burned to the ground.

It can be assumed that the event that destroyed Tell el-Hammam would have been witnessed and recounted through the generations until the time of the biblical Sodom, at which point the event would have been an inspiration for the story, which tells of stones and fire falling from the sky to destroy the city.

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