Target: Israel

Target: Israel
Vol: 4 Issue: 25 Friday, January 25, 2002

Target: Israel

Israeli generals continue to warn of an Egyptian military resurgence and believe they present a threat to Israel. The Israelis take the threat so seriously they have gone so far to block delivery of American weapons to the Cairo government.

The reason given is that Israeli military intelligence discovered that in all recent Egyptian army exercises, the targeted enemy was Israel!

The Israelis acted quickly and asked the Americans not to supply Egypt with new, state-of-the-art F-15s. The US refused until Israel provided the evidence. According to Jane’s Defense Weekly, Washington quietly blocked the sale.

Iraq Hit Third Time This Week

U.S. warplanes bombed anti- aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missile sites in Iraq for the third time in four days. The attacks are focusing on disabling Iraq’s increasingly active defenses. The latest attack took place at 7:20 a.m. Washington time, in an unidentified area of the “no-fly zone” in southern Iraq. “In the last few days, coalition aircraft have reported being fired upon while flying in the southern no-fly zone over Iraq,” Air Force General Richard Myers, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon.

Since December 1998, coalition aircraft have been targeted by Iraqi air defenses more than 1,060 times, including more than 420 incidents this year.

Iran To Overfly Iraq

Complicating the US enforcement of Iraq’s no fly zone is the fact direct flights between Iran and Damascus will soon pass through Iraqi airspace, according to Iran’s state news agency IRNA.

“Direct regular flights between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Syrian Arab Republic will soon be using Iraqi airspace,” Behzad Mazaheri told a meeting on transport on the Iranian Island of Kish, IRNA said.

The over flights are being allowed by Iraq because the Tehran-Damascus pipeline is funneling weapons to Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority for use against Israel. Iran Upgrades US Weapons Arsenal

In the event the United States does go after Iran, US troops will be facing weapons stamped “made in the USA”. Iranian officials said the military industry has obtained the expertise and spare parts necessary to revive many U.S. systems that had fallen in disuse in the early 1990s. They said these include ground, air and naval systems. Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shakhani proudly announced that “all the armaments, purchased before the revolution, which foreign countries thought would be ditched with the pull-out of foreign military advisers, are operational.”

Teheran invested heavily in its defense industries in the aftermath of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. Ten years later, Iran has completed prototypes of fighter-jets, tanks and other military equipment.

Western intelligence sources said Russia has played a large role in the development of Iran’s defense industry. The sources said virtually all of Iran’s weapons contracts with Russia include the transfer of technology to Teheran.

Mounting Unrest in Jordan

At least one person was killed and 15 people were injured when rioting broke out last week in the southern Jordan city of Maan. Maan is one of the poorest cities in the country and has been the site of a number of riots in recent years, including one protesting the U.S. bombing of Iraq. It is also a hotbed for political dissent and home to a leading opposition Islamist. The riots suggest the precariousness of social stability in Jordan’s poorer regions and point to an area that will likely be a growing social problem for the government.

Mounting unrest in Jordan’s provincial areas could create a host of difficulties for the government of King Abdullah II. Jordan’s Hashemite Kingdom is unpopular among many Arabs, who view it as an artificial British construction. Abdullah is a moderate leading a nation largely composed of anti-Israeli Islamic fundamentalists who support Arafat’s Palestinian Authority. Prior to 1967, the West Bank was Jordan and its “Palestinian” inhabitants were Jordanian.

US-Russian Tensions Quietly Building

The Russians believe the recent thaw in relations between Washington and Moscow was a marriage of convenience while America prosecuted its war in Afghanistan. According to Russia Weekly, “when the US has gained all it could from Russia, American “hawks” have decided that any closer relations between our countries would only impede the realization of long-term plans for expansion of US influence around the world.”

The Russians are rethinking allowing the US to set up bases in Central Asia, believing the US is settling into bases in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan ‘seriously and for the long term’.

Analysis:

Moscow is adamantly opposed to any US strike against either Iran or Iraq — both likely future targets in the war on terror. Although there are burps and temporary shifts in policy, the fundamental alignment of nations foretold by Ezekiel for the last days continues to develop exactly as predicted across the span two and a half millenia.

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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