Category: Israel

Does Israel feel compelled to launch a strike at Iran’s nuclear sites? And if so, when?

Feb 2, 2021 @ 21:28 Aviv KochaviIran nuclearKenneth McKenzieTzachi Hanegbi

Israel may have to go it alone against a nuclear-armed Iran, said senior minister Tzachi Hanegbi on Tuesday, Feb. 2, because, je said, he can’t see the US taking such a military initiative. The minister spoke the day before an Israel foreign affairs and security cabinet session to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue for the first time since the Biden administration took office. For now, said Hanegbi, it is vital to keep up the pressure of sanctions.

On Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken added his voice to the warnings issued by US national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Israel’s top military chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, who both estimated that Tehran may be just weeks away from enough fissile material for making a nuke.

That distance is getting shorter. The UN nuclear watchdog disclosed on Tuesday that a second cascade of advanced IR-2m centrifuges for enriching uranium has begun working at Iran’s Natanz underground plant and a third cluster was ready to go. Last week, Tehran announced that it had upgraded uranium enrichment to 20pc at the Fordow plant. That level is still well below 90pc weapons grade, but it is a large jump towards that goal. Tehran is making no secret of all these flagrant violations of the nuclear accord it signed with six world powers in 2015 – ever since the US quit the accord.

DEBKAfile’s military sources point out that key elements of Iran’s nuclear program remain hidden – even from veteran experts who faithfully follow its progress. They all agree on some points, especially that the Islamic Republic wont risk going into production for a single nuke, but only when it has the capacity to roll out 3-5 weapons. The calculus is simple: the US or Israel may target a single bomb but would think twice if Iran was capable of responding in kind and launching a nuclear attack on its attackers. Tehran therefore deems a nuclear arsenal to be a deterrent against an enemy offensive.

The Iran pundits find it hard to pin down the exact point Iran has reached in developing a weapon. Is it only as far as a primitive device, or are they now able to build a nuke sophisticated and compact enough to mount on a missile? And what about, other sensitive components, such as the envelope for the fusion fuel canister, for instance? Is Iran getting help from North Korea or Pakistan on these essential details?

It may be assumed that these questions and more were covered in the quiet conversations US CENTCOM chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie held in Israel last week, first with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and then in a two-hour sit-down with Yossi Cohen, director of Israel’s Mossad agency. Cohen no doubt filled the American general in on the intelligence data behind Kochavi’s landmark speech last Monday, in which he ruled out renewed nuclear talks as “wrong” and disclosed that he had instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare a number of operational plans, in addition to those already in place.”.

“It will be up to the political leadership, of course, to decide on implementation,” the general noted. “But these plans need to be on the table.”

It stands to reason that the CENTCOM chief will be drawing up military plans of his own ready to show to the new US president in the event of a decision to strike Iran.

Parallel to the military track, Washington and Tehran have been talking on the quiet for some weeks. Most recently, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Gulf emirates have jumped in to test Iran’s waters for any signs of readiness to engage in talks on an improved nuclear deal. A notable figure in all these moves is the newly CIA chief, Wiliam Burns, who was the key figure in the Obama administration’s backdoor talks in Oman in 2013-1014, which ripened into the 2015 accord.

The most notable development now is that the IDF is preparing for action against Iran’s nuclear program – even if it has to do it on its own.

Meanwhile, Washington and Tehran are moving along a predicable track, each waiting the other to make the first move.

On Saturday, Tehran stressed that the nuclear deal was “non-negotiable” and its participation “unchangeable” and repeated its demand for the lifting of US sanctions before its consent to return to the table. President Joe Biden insisted that Iran must first come into full compliance with its terms.

Then, on Monday, FM Mohammed Javad Zarif suggested that a European Union official could help “synchronize” or “coordinate” efforts by Iran and the US to return to a 2015 nuclear accord “as a standstill persists over which country will take the first step.”

The conflict is therefore taking on a wider dimension. Biden’s diplomatic stance towards Tehran is obviously being watchfully eyed by Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping as well as the North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un and may go far towards determining his administration’s standing on the international scene.

Israel faces a perilous quandary. Gen. Kochavi’s comments on the Iranian threat woke up the Israeli lobby of former security chiefs that thwarted the plans prepared by then PM Binyamin Netanyahu and his defense minister, Ehud Barak, to nip Iran’s nuclear weapons program in the bud with a military attack.

But these days, following the new relations and understandings Israel reached during the Trump administration with Gulf nations and Morocco, the Jewish state has an overriding need to preserve those highly strategic ties. At the same time, its government is bound to preserve its freedom of action against Iran obtaining a nuclear capability for aggression, while also remaining in sync with the United States, Europe and the Gulf.

Netanyahu is meanwhile preparing the ground for action. On Monday, he was closeted with the finance minster Yisrael Katz and Gen. Kochavi to put together a three-billion-shekel package (roughly $910 million) to fund a possible military attack on. On Wednesday, the security cabinet was to be convened to air the options. But time is short. If the incumbent government decides on action, it will have strike before the general election takes place on March 23.

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RARE: RAINBOW OVER TEMPLE MOUNT, A ‘REMINDER OF GOD’S COVENANT’

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | JAN 31, 2021 | BIBLICAL NEWS

Of Binyamin he said: Beloved of Hashem, He rests securely beside Him; Ever does He protect him, As he rests between His shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12 (The Israel BibleTM)

At first glance, the photo of the rainbow over the Temple Mount is aesthetically pleasing, but a quick look at the story behind the photo brings out the deeper beauty.

Yonadav Horowitz took the photo from the balcony of his house in Kidmat Tzion, about four kilometers from the Temple Mount, on the holiday of Tu B’Shvat last week. That particular image from that particular perspective on that particular day was shared by very few people since only ten families live in Kidmat Tzion. And it is a modern-day miracle that those families live there.

The land for Kidmat Tzion was purchased about a century ago by Jewish residents of Jerusalem who wanted a more pastoral and less urban existence, nearby but outside the walls of the Old City. About 150 acres was purchased but the illegal Jordanian occupation of the area in 1948 prevented the Jews from settling on their land. During the Jordanian occupation, massive Arab construction resulted in the creation of the neighborhood of Abu Dis on what used to be empty land. Israel annexed all of Jerusalem but only about 15 acres of the land purchased by the Jews fell within this area, the rest now being considered Judea. Ateret Kohanim, an NGO workign to strengthen the Jewish nature of all of Jerusalem, worked to reestablish the existing Jewish claim to the land and ten families now live in Kidmat Tzion. 

“Seeing the rainbow, a sign of God’s covenant with all of mankind, reminded me that God does, of course, keep all of his promises,” Horowitz told Israel365 News. “That is especially true when it comes to his promises to the Jewish people, and even more so when it pertains to Jerusalem.”

Horowitz loves that he lives within walking distance of Judaism’s holiest site, though the hostile nature of Abu Dis prevents this. But the view is inspiring in a Biblical context. The view of Jerusalem nestled between two high points reminded Horowitz the verse from Deuteronomy that describes God’s special love for the domain of the tribe of Benjamin:

Of Binyamin he said: Beloved of Hashem, He rests securely beside Him; Ever does He protect him, As he rests between His shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12

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IRAN MAY BE “WEEKS” AWAY FROM DEVELOPING NUCLEAR BOMB’, SEC OF STATE BLINKEN ADMITS

BY JNS | FEB 2, 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)

Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security advisor, suggested an expedited timeline for rejoining the Iranian nuclear deal, which the Trump administration exited in May 2018. The comments come as the Biden administration announced its decision to select veteran diplomat Robert Malley as its special envoy on Iran talks.

In remarks to the U.S. Institute of Peace on Jan. 29, Sullivan said that it was key for the United States to put the nuclear program “in a box” as the first order of business.

“We are going to have to address Iran’s other bad behavior, malign behavior, across the region, but from our perspective, a critical early priority has to be to deal with what is an escalating nuclear crisis as they move closer and closer to having enough fissile material for a weapon,” said Sullivan, according to The Washington Post. “And we would like to make sure that we re-establish some of the parameters and constraints around the program that have fallen away over the course of the past two years.”

In recent weeks, Iran has begun to accelerate its nuclear program. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said last week that Tehran will not reverse the acceleration of its nuclear program until the United States lifts sanctions against the country. Iran recently announced that it had begun enriching uranium to 20 percent, in violation of the nuclear accord.

The comments by Sullivan may indicate a disagreement among Biden administration officials on how to approach the Iranian nuclear program.

While Biden has indicated support for rejoining the deal, the administration has stated that a precondition would be full compliance by Iran with the original agreement.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken has been more skeptical of swiftly returning to the nuclear deal, saying that a U.S. return is still far off.

“Iran is out of compliance on a number of fronts. And it would take some time, should it make the decision to do so, for it to come back into compliance and time for us then to assess whether it was meeting its obligations,” he said during a news conference at the State Department on Jan. 27. “We’re not there yet, to say the least.”

In an interview with NBC News on Sunday, also warned that Iran could be months or even only “a matter of weeks” from developing a nuclear bomb if it further violates restrictions stemming from the 2015 accord.

‘Negotiating constraints on Iran’s nuclear program’

At the same time, the Biden administration has also announced that former Obama administration Mideast adviser Robert Malley will serve as a special envoy on Iran.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Blinken “is building a dedicated team, drawing from clear-eyed experts with a diversity of views. Leading that team as our special envoy for Iran will be Rob Malley, who brings to the position a track record of success negotiating constraints on Iran’s nuclear program.”

However, Malley’s appointment has been met with criticism by conservatives and pro-Israel groups, who contend that he may be too soft on Iran and critical of Israel.

“It’s deeply troubling that President Biden would consider appointing Rob Malley to direct Iran policy. Malley has a long track record of sympathy for the Iranian regime & animus towards Israel. The ayatollahs wouldn’t believe their luck if he is selected,” tweeted U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandra Parker, who urged the Biden administration not to repeat the mistakes of 2015, also was critical of the choice.

“Robert Malley is the wrong man for the job. He has a well-documented track record of appeasing America’s adversaries and condemning one of our closest allies. Whoever sits across the table from Iran’s tyrannical regime should be more interested in a good deal than a deal at any price—Robert Malley is not that person.”

“We continue to urge the Biden administration to not repeat the errors of 2015 and instead engage Iran in a manner that maximizes the likelihood of securing a strong, comprehensive agreement with bipartisan support,” added Parker. “Unfortunately, Malley’s appointment signals that this outcome is less likely.”

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IDF DRAWS UP PLANS TO WAGE WAR AGAINST IRAN

BY JNS | JAN 27, 2021 | IDF

When you take the field against your enemies, and see horses and chariots—forces larger than yours—have no fear of them, for Hashem your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, is with you. Deuteronomy 20:1 (The Israel BibleTM)

Fremale tank commander at helm (Photo courtesy IDF)

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said he has ordered the preparation of plans to attack Iran’s nuclear sites in order to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“Iran can decide that it wants to advance to a bomb, either covertly or in a provocative way. In light of this basic analysis, I have ordered the IDF to prepare a number of operational plans, in addition to the existing ones. We are studying these plans, and we will develop them over the next year,” he said in a speech to the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

 “The government will, of course, be the one to decide if they should be used. But these plans need to be on the table, in existence and trained for,” stressed Kochavi.

Earlier this month, Minister of Settlement Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi of the Likud Party said Israel could attack Iran’s nuclear program if the United States decides to go ahead and re-enter the deal. On Jan. 13, Israel launched unusually forceful strikes at Iranian targets in Syria.

Kochavi also urged the new Biden administration not to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal.

“With the changing of the administration in the United States, the Iranians have said they want to return to the previous agreement. I want to state my position—the position that I give to all my colleagues when I meet them around the world: Returning to the 2015 nuclear agreement or even to an agreement that is similar but with a few improvements is a bad thing, and it is not the right thing to do,” he said.

During his confirmation hearings last week, U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken said that America would not be joining the Iranian nuclear deal “anytime soon.”

On Monday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat that the U.S. would “closely consult” with Israel on all matters of regional security.

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In first Gulf trips, Netanyahu will bolster shared Iran line for Biden

 Jan 25, 2021 @ 12:23 BahrainBiden administrtionBinyanin Netanyahu Gulf visitIran nuclearUAE

PM Binyamin Netanyahu will reportedly make his first official trips to the UAE and Bahrain in the first week of February to meet their rulers face to face. His main purpose, DEBKAfile reports, will be to activate the Gulf-Israel axis against Iran shaped by former US president Donald Trump last September and anchored on normalized relations under the “Abraham accords.”  His successor, Joe Biden, has yet to set out his Iran policy in practical form, but his national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised a signpost after meeting his Israel counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat on Sunday, Jan. 24,


Sullivan in the readout spoke of a discussion on  “opportunities to enhance the partnership over the coming months, including by building on the success of Israel’s normalization arrangements with UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco.” Biden’s adviser extended an invitation to begin a strategic dialogue “in the near term.”

This early groundwork preceded Netanyahu’s landmark three-day Gulf trip. His first interview will be with Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MbZ) in Abu Dhabi, followed by a visit to Dubai for talks with its ruler Prime Minister and UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and some businessmen. On the third day, Netanyahu will travel to Manama to meet King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, will be present in spirit though not in person with an ear on the event, although Riyadh has not joined the Abraham Accords.

This week, the UAE approved the establishment of its first embassy in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu will be able to call on Israel’s new embassies in Abu Dhabi and Manama. The prime minister has an obvious political interest in showcasing the historic ties he forged while fighting to win the coming Israeli election on March 23, At the same time, timely interaction with Washington cannot be delayed so long as the new US president has not set his Iran policy in stone. Biden indicated he intended to re-engage the Islamic Republic on the 2015 nuclear accord, but so far in general terms.

 The coming weeks will therefore see frequent trips between Jerusalem, the Gulf capitals and Washington as their rulers push for an active role in shaping that policy and subsequent negotiations.

Israel and the UAE have advanced their ties to joint air force exercises over the Gulf and Greece.

The White House is evidently open to advice, at least, from concerned regional players. Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, assured senators at his confirmation hearing last week that the State Department will hold consultations with Israel and other allies before returning to the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Israel has a long list of fundamental repairs for the original “flawed” document, with high relevance to its national security interests.  Most will be seconded by its Gulf neighbors over shared concerns: They are believed to include an Iranian commitment to immediately halt uranium enrichment and advanced centrifuge production, as well as giving up its ballistic and precision missile program.

Tehran must stop supporting its proxy terror groups in the region, starting with the Lebanese Hizballah, and end terror attacks on Israeli or Jewish targets around the world. Iran must be compelled by any revised accord to grant full access to inspectors from the UN watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The Gulf rulers will undoubtedly join Israel in pressing hard on these issues and also for the ouster of Iran’s military footholds in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

Although covert US-Iran talks have been taking place since before President Biden was sworn in, the Iranians are publicly playing hard ball with the new administration. They are flaunting the shedding of the restraints they undertook under the nuclear accord, especially on uranium enrichment, and are strengthening give-and-take ties with North Korea and China.

The European signatories of the nuclear accord, the UK, France and Germany, will be pushing Biden to get his Iran act together sooner rather than later so as to bring Iran back to a sustainable track.

The Israel-Gulf axis facing Iran will therefore be called on to moderate its demands.  Biden may also have a domestic issue to resolve: His Democratic party has opposed the huge arms transactions his predecessor concluded with the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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AS AMERICA DESCENDS INTO TURMOIL, SUDAN BECOMES THE LATEST NATION TO SIGN THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS AND NORMALIZE RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL

A statement from the office of Sudan’s prime minister on Wednesday said Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari signed the Abraham Accords with visiting US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Sudan’s Acting Minister of Finance Hiba Ahmed and Mnuchin also “signed a memorandum of understanding in Khartoum to provide a same-day bridge financing facility to clear Sudan’s arrears to the World Bank”, her office said in a statement.

by Geoffrey Grider January 6, 2021

Sudan has signed the Abraham Accords with the United States and Israel despite the move being rejected by its political parties when it was first announced in October last year.

 

Normally, a story like this would be headline news for a cycle or two but not today, the day in which the battle for America began out in the open. Sudan became the latest Muslim nation to join the Abraham Accords, and nobody even notice. Maybe that’s a good thing, because flying under the radar will only increase the number of Muslim nations who will sign on, and at some point on that journey you will wind up at the Isaiah 28 and Daniel 9 covenant with death and hell confirmed by Antichrist.

“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:” Isaiah 28:15 (KJB)

The next few weeks here in America are going to go by in a fuzzy, hazy blur where Democrats will attempt to unseat President Trump, and squash all free speech and dissent as they complete their stranglehold on power in Washington. What will the next 4 years be like for us in America? Think Germany in 1933, and that’s how it’s going to go, with maybe a few new things Hitler never thought of. The America you once knew drew its last breath today, what happens next is the judgment of the God of Abraham.

Sudan signs Abraham Accords peace treaty deal to normalize relations with Israel

FROM AL JAZEERA: A statement from the office of Sudan’s prime minister on Wednesday said Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari signed the Abraham Accords with visiting US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Sudan’s Acting Minister of Finance Hiba Ahmed and Mnuchin also “signed a memorandum of understanding in Khartoum to provide a same-day bridge financing facility to clear Sudan’s arrears to the World Bank”, her office said in a statement.

“THIS MOVE WILL ENABLE SUDAN TO REGAIN ACCESS TO OVER $1 BILLION IN ANNUAL FINANCING FROM THE WORLD BANK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 27 YEARS,” THE STATEMENT ADDED.

The US embassy in Khartoum said the agreement will “help further Sudan on its transformative path to stability, security, and economic opportunity”. The signing came just over two months after US President Donald Trump announced that Sudan would start to normalize ties with Israel. Sudanese political parties rejected the government’s decision to normalize relations with Israel at the time it was announced, with officials saying they will form an opposition front against the agreement.

In a statement, Sudan’s Popular Congress Party, the second most prominent component of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) political coalition, said in October that Sudanese people were not obligated to accept the normalization deal.

Sudan’s former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi also slammed the announcement, adding that he withdrew from a government-organized conference at the time in protest.

Last year, the Trump administration engineered diplomatic pacts between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — the first since Jordan recognized Israel in the 1990s and Egypt in the 1970s. Morocco also established diplomatic ties with Israel. The agreements are all with countries that are geographically distant from Israel and have played a minor role, if any, in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The Abraham Accords have also contributed to the severe isolation and weakening of the Palestinians by eroding a long-standing Arab consensus that recognition of Israel should only be given in return for concessions in the peace process

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HISTORIC FIRST FOR THE ISRAEL MISSILE DEFENSE ORGANIZATION AS IRON DOME SYSTEM SUCCESSFULLY INTERCEPTS A CRUISE MISSILE IN LIVE-FIRE TESTS

Both David’s Sling and Iron Dome are built by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel’s traditional research and development defense behemoth. Together with ELTA radar from IAI and other systems from Elbit, this exercise over recent weeks showcased Israel’s world-class defense companies and cooperation with allies such as the United States. It is important to understand that the defense systems were used in this manner in the context of the emerging threats and Israel’s new ties in the Gulf and as the current US administration is leaving office. Israel rolled out the Momentum plan between late 2019 and early 2020.

by Geoffrey Grider December 16, 2020

The Israel Missile Defense Organization has successfully completed a series of live-fire intercept tests of the Iron Dome and David’s Sling weapon systems against threat-representative cruise and ballistic missiles, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It is the first time the the Iron Dome system intercepted a cruse missile.

 

You can try as hard as you can, but you will never get past that King James Bible, and let me tell you why. The Bible says that King Jesus during His Millennial Reign will sit on the throne of His father, David, and in 2020 what is the fancy, high-tech name of Israel’s missile defense system? David’s Sling.

“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:32,33 (KJB)

David’s Sling can do amazing feats of modern technological power, like now being able to intercept a cruise missile in a live-fire drill, something that has never been done before. Israel has the most-powerful air force in the Middle East, and thanks to President Trump over the past 4 years, Israel is a pretty good shape right at the moment. But when you pick up that Book, what do you see? You see Israel making peace with the Palestinians, dividing their own land to create a Palestinian state and rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem.

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” Matthew 24:15,16 (KJB)

Everything will be going great right up to the moment when Antichrist sits down on the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies. Like I said, have all the modern-day inventions you want, you will never manage to get ahead of that dusty, old and archaic King James Bible, more up-to-date than tomorrow’s headlines.

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” Luke 21:20-22 (KJB)

Israel’s historic Iron Dome missile test: A message to Iran, Hezbollah, allies

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The test comes in the wake of Iran using cruise missiles and drones to attack Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil facilities a year ago. That drone-swarm attack was a chance for Iran to show off its capabilities. Reports also indicated Iran sent ballistic missiles to militias in Iraq in 2018 and 2019 and that it sends precision-guided munitions to Syria and to Hezbollah in Lebanon. It also has drones that it has used from the T-4 base in Syria against Israel in 2018.

The threat matrix is changing, and among today’s enemies, Iran is Israel’s main regional adversary with multiple complex missiles and drones. To confront these myriad threats, Israel needs its own complex multitiered system. Iron Dome has worked for 10 years to confront close-range threats and is the workhorse of Israel’s air defenders. David’s Sling, which is supposed to face higher-level threats and is similar to the US’s Patriot batteries, uses an impressive interceptor to stop enemy missiles.

BOTH DAVID’S SLING AND IRON DOME ARE BUILT BY RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ISRAEL’S TRADITIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DEFENSE BEHEMOTH. TOGETHER WITH ELTA RADAR FROM IAI AND OTHER SYSTEMS FROM ELBIT, THIS EXERCISE OVER RECENT WEEKS SHOWCASED ISRAEL’S WORLD-CLASS DEFENSE COMPANIES AND COOPERATION WITH ALLIES SUCH AS THE UNITED STATES.

It is important to understand that the defense systems were used in this manner in the context of the emerging threats and Israel’s new ties in the Gulf and as the current US administration is leaving office. Israel rolled out the Momentum plan between late 2019 and early 2020. It calls for a dedicated IDF general to focus on “third circle” threats. Third circle is the term Israel uses to describe Iran or countries that lie beyond the direct area of engagement from Gaza to the Golan Heights.

Israel’s historic mode of warfare has mainly been on land against enemies along the borders, from the tank battles of the 1950s and ’60s to the Palestinian insurgency of 2000, the Second Intifada. However, today’s warfare is not about hunting down terrorists in buildings or using tanks; it is also about confronting hi-tech missiles and drones. These modern threats have been on display as Hezbollah stockpiled 150,000 missiles and rockets. The recent war in the Caucasus also showcased how drones can transform war. That is why everyone in the region now wants missiles and missile-defense systems.

The United Arab Emirates is seeking to upgrade its systems through its purchase of F-35s from the US and many more drones and missiles. This illustrates that Israel’s missile-defense test has major ramifications for its new relations with Gulf states. But not only Israel needs missile defense. Saudi Arabia has used Patriots supplied by the US in recent years, and the US in Iraq also needed to deploy a system called C-RAM to confront rocket threats from Iranian-backed militias.

ADD ALL THIS TOGETHER AND YOU CAN SEE A RAPIDLY CHANGING REGION IN NEED OF THE KIND OF DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY THAT ISRAEL HAS DEVELOPED WITH US BACKING.

The US is a partner in the Arrow and David’s Sling programs and has supported Iron Dome. But the latter is a unique Israeli solution, and together with David’s Sling, Israel is able to cover almost 100% of potential incoming threats. This means that when an enemy launches missiles or drones, the multitiered system will kick in with sensors, such as radar tracking the threats and displaying them on a map, forming an integrated picture of the threat and of the systems capable of stopping them. Arrow and David’s Sling combine to cover long-range threats, whereas Iron Dome batteries are a point defense that can defend a certain area. By deploying Iron Dome batteries at the right locations with radar on land and at sea, such as aboard the Sa’ar 5 and new Sa’ar 6 ships, Israel bolsters its massive multilayered defense umbrella.

This drill in the lead-up to Hanukkah showcased what Israel has accomplished in the last decade. Israeli missile defense has its origins in the 1990s, and close cooperation with the US led us here. However, it is important to note that the real revolution took place in the last decade through a unique partnership with companies such as Rafael and Israel’s decision to correctly anticipate emerging threats and invest in staying at least one step ahead of the enemy.

IRAN CAN’T BLACKMAIL THE REGION AS LONG AS ISRAEL CAN INCREASINGLY BUILD AND DEPLOY THESE SYSTEMS.

That is important because as the end of the Trump administration nears, the Iranian octopus of threats in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen appears to be growing, and it is chomping at the bit to begin a new reign of terror if it feels it is being appeased by the West.

Israel has the most hi-tech array of defense systems ever fielded in world history. But the question, as always, will be how these systems perform in real scenarios. That means also using Arrow as part of these drills, rather than conducting tests at sea or with the Arrow system’s sensors being used but without the actual missile. This is a struggle because real-world threats come in over mountainous areas, like the Golan, with drones or missiles trying to hide by being close to the ground. The recent test was a game changer, but the threats will continue until these systems are put to the test on the battlefield.

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The Israel-Iran shadow war locks in on southeastern Syria

 

Dec 13, 2020 @ 12:39 GolanHizballahIran vs IsraelSouth Syria

In the last weeks of the Trump administration, Israel is fast-tracking the military drive to push Iran and its helpers back from their advance on southern Syria and the Golan border. The IDF is urged to hurry up in case the Biden administration decides that Iran’s presence in Syria need not be addressed by the US in a potential renegotiated nuclear deal with Tehran.

Iran is using the uncertain transition period to advance on the Syrian-Israel Golan border by infiltrating and hiding behind Syrian army positions in the southern Syrian provinces of Deraa, Quneitra and Sweida. The Iranians are also practicing clandestine tactics on the Syrian Golan with the help of a special Hizballah unit and dozens of local armed groups and soldiers, taking advantage of the overall chaos prevailing in the region. The IDF is hitting back by expanding the targets of its air strikes to include the Syrian regime army positions hosting or covering Iranian Revolutionary Guards or Shiite militia forces in the south and the east.

The success of the IDF’s ramped-up operations to counter Iran’s strategy was indicated by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi in an end-of-year summary last Thursday, Dec. 10. “Iran has begun cutting back on its military presence in Syria as a result of our operations,’ he said, “but there is still a long way to go before the job is done.” The tempo and quality of Israeli strikes against Iranian assets in Syria, including kinetic operations, the general said, have been enhanced this year, along with more numerous covert and clandestine missions.”

Iran had also significantly stalled its cargo airlift for smuggling weapons into Syria, Gen. Kochavi revealed. This came as a result of the destruction by aerial bombardments in recent months of vast quantities of advanced weaponry, that were to have been handed over to Iran’s proxy, Hizballah, for using in Lebanon as a convenient forward base for attacking Israel.

To escape Israel’s air strikes, Iran has moved its bases, camps and headquarters out of the line of Israeli fire around Damascus towards the northern and eastern parts of Syria. Iranian forces have also been drawn down. Hizballah and Syrian armed units have been left to anchor Iran’s presence in the south. Moreover, reported IDF air strikes on IRGC positions at Abu Kamal in eastern Syria on the sensitive border with Iraq showed Israel to be undeterred by the proximity of US bases.

Tehran is acting on the assumption that Israel is intent on provoking a major clash to provide Donald Trump with justification for clobbering Iran or its interests in the waning days of his presidency. Tehran is therefore at pains to avoid overt or extreme response to the intensified IDF campaign. Its presence in South Syria is denied except for “a few advisers.” Reported casualties are dismissed as “Zionist propaganda.”

The IDF is using Tehran’s caution to seriously bludgeon its assets and collaborators in Syria for the purpose of driving home Israel’s determination to drive them out.   

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MOROCCO JOINS THE UAE, BAHRAIN, AND SUDAN AS THE FOURTH MIDDLE EAST MUSLIM NATION TO SIGN UP WITH ISRAEL IN THE PRE-DANIEL 9:27 ABRAHAM ACCORDS

President Donald Trump congratulated the two parties in a tweet: “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!” Less than a year ago, President Trump launched his Abraham Accords Middle East peace plan, which departed from previous efforts in that it sought agreements between Israel and Arab states without giving a veto to the Palestinians.

by Geoffrey Grider December 11, 2020

Morocco became the fourth Muslim nation to reach a peace deal with Israel this year, as news broke Thursday that the Kingdom would sign an agreement establishing diplomatic relations with the Jewish state and join Abraham Accords.

 

For those of you, like myself, who are patiently scanning the eastern skies in anticipation of taking off on Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines, I have good news for you. We are not only getting giant steps closer to departing, things are heating up so much that Spring 2021 is starting to look like the time when that might be taking place. Not setting a date, not predicting anything, just looking out my window and talking. Just ask King Solomon how he felt about it, the answer might surprise you.

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Song Of Solomon 2:10-13 (KJB)

Putting the wonderful thought of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church aside for just a moment, let’s focus on the rapidly-expanding Abraham Accords Middle East Peace Treaty, the necessary precursor to the Daniel 9:27 Covenant with Death and Hell the Jews will agree to sooner rather than later. As we have been telling you, every major Muslim nation that rings around the Palestinians are going to sign the Abraham Accords, thus putting overwhelming pressure on the Palies to sign it as well. What will Israel receive in exchange for such open-minded, forward thinking? Not much, just the rebuilt Jewish Temple that Antichrist will inhabit, that’s all.

Another Abraham Accords Middle East Peace Deal: Morocco Latest to Establish Ties with the Jews and Israel

 

FROM BREITBART NEWS: President Donald Trump congratulated the two parties in a tweet: “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!”

Less than a year ago, President Trump launched his Middle East peace plan, which departed from previous efforts in that it sought agreements between Israel and Arab states without giving a veto to the Palestinians.

Earlier U.S. administrations had believed, incorrectly, that such an approach was impossible. Then-Secretary of State John Kerry said in 2016 that no separate peace between Israel and Arab states was possible:

Morocco has quietly enjoyed unofficial ties with Israel for many years. The country has a large Jewish community, many of whose members moved to Israel after the Jewish state declared independence in 1948. The Trump administration has been reaching out to Morocco for years. Ivanka Trump visited the kingdom last November. Morocco also granted an exclusive interview with Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita to Breitbart News in 2018.

On Thursday, Trump announced that the U.S. would be recognizing Morocco’s claims to the disputed Western Sahara:

The kingdom is the fourth state to make peace and forge diplomatic relations with Israel this year. The other three include the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which signed the Abraham Accords on the White House lawn in September; and Sudan, which announced it had reached an agreement with Israel several weeks later.

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HIGHLY-RESPECTED ISRAELI GENERAL HIAM ESHED SAYS UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL IN TOUCH WITH ALIENS AND IS CONNECTED TO CREATION OF TRUMP’S US SPACE FORCE

If true, this would coincide with US President Donald Trump’s creation of the Space Force as the fifth branch of the US armed forces, though it is unclear how long this sort of relationship, if any, has been going on between the US and its reported extraterrestrial allies. Speaking in an interview to Yediot Aharonot, Eshed – who served as the head of Israel’s space security program for nearly 30 years and is a three-time recipient of the Israel Security Award – explained that Israel and the US have both been dealing with aliens for years. And this by no means refers to immigrants, with Eshed clarifying the existence of a “Galactic Federation.”

by Geoffrey Grider December 7, 2020

Former Israeli space security chief Hiam Eshed says aliens exist, has been in contact with Israel and the US for years, humanity not ready for what’s coming

 

Before you make up your mind as to whether or not you believe this incredible story coming from a highly-respected and decorated retired general in the Israel military, allow me to remind you of a couple of things. First, on April 28th of this year, the United States Pentagon admitted that videos of UFOs taken by Air Force pilots are indeed legit, and that the encounters they had with aliens actually took place. In July, the Pentagon went a step further and said that they have recovered ‘objects and vehicles not made on this earth’ and that there is so much activity they had to create the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force inside the Office of Naval Intelligence on August 4th, 2020. These are the facts, let’s proceed.

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:37-39 (KJB)

It was in May of 2020 that President Trump announce the creation of the US Space Force, complete with the all-seeing eye built into the logo, and everyone laughed at the perceived silliness of Trump in creating an intergalactic Space Force. Suddenly, as I am recalling the Pentagon admitting to UFOs, Trump’s Space Force is not quite so humorous anymore, is it? Ret. Israeli Gen. Haim Eshed is laughing, and he isn’t crazy, either. He is telling you the truth, and your King James Bible backs him up. You should believe what he’s saying, I do.

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” Jude 1:14,15 (KJB)

Jesus says clearly that when the time of Jacob’s trouble begins, it will be just like it was in the ‘days of Noah’, and event that was kicked-off with the one-man pretribulation rapture of Enoch. If we are where we think we are in this crazy year of 2020, then what Haim Eshed is saying makes perfect, rightly divided and dispensationally correct sense. We are living in the overlap between the end of the Church Age and the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble, with the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church on the launch pad.

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Former Israeli space security chief Haim Eshed says aliens exist, humanity not ready

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: Has the State of Israel made contact with aliens? According to retired Israeli general and current professor Haim Eshed, the answer is yes, but this has been kept a secret because “humanity isn’t ready.”

Speaking in an interview to Yediot Aharonot, Eshed – who served as the head of Israel’s space security program for nearly 30 years and is a three-time recipient of the Israel Security Award – explained that Israel and the US have both been dealing with aliens for years.

AND THIS BY NO MEANS REFERS TO IMMIGRANTS, WITH ESHED CLARIFYING THE EXISTENCE OF A “GALACTIC FEDERATION.”

The 87-year-old former space security chief gave further descriptions about exactly what sort of agreements have been made between the aliens and the US, which ostensibly have been made because they wish to research and understand “the fabric of the universe.” This cooperation includes a secret underground base on Mars, where there are American and alien representatives.

IF TRUE, THIS WOULD COINCIDE WITH US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S CREATION OF THE SPACE FORCE AS THE FIFTH BRANCH OF THE US ARMED FORCES, THOUGH IT IS UNCLEAR HOW LONG THIS SORT OF RELATIONSHIP, IF ANY, HAS BEEN GOING ON BETWEEN THE US AND ITS REPORTED EXTRATERRESTRIAL ALLIES.

But Eshed insists that Trump is aware of them, and that he was “on the verge” of disclosing their existence. However, the Galactic Federation reportedly stopped him from doing so, saying they wished to prevent mass hysteria since they felt humanity needed to “evolve and reach a stage where we will… understand what space and spaceships are,” Yediot Aharonot reported. As for why he’s chosen to reveal this information now, Eshed explained that the timing was simply due to how much the academic landscape has changed, and how respected he is in academia.

“IF I HAD COME UP WITH WHAT I’M SAYING TODAY FIVE YEARS AGO, I WOULD HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED,” HE EXPLAINED TO YEDIOT.

He added that “today, they’re already talking differently. I have nothing to lose. I’ve received my degrees and awards; I am respected in universities abroad, where the trend is also changing. Eshed provided more information in his newest book, The Universe Beyond the Horizon – conversations with Professor Haim Eshed, along with other details such as how aliens have prevented nuclear apocalypses and “when we can jump in and visit the Men in Black.” The book is available now for NIS 98.

While it is unclear if any evidence exists that could support Eshed’s claims, they did come just ahead of a recent announcement by SpaceIL, the group behind Israel’s failed attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon in 2019.

Uploaded to social media with the text “Ready to get excited again?,” the announcement contained a 15-second video of the moon with text saying “Back to the Moon,” followed by the date of December 9, 2020. It is likely that this is a follow up to the Beresheet spacecraft, which crashed after engineers lost contact with it just minutes before it was due to land. However, the follow up project, titled Beresheet 2, is expected to take three years to be ready.

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