Israel's US missile shield
By: Galal Nassar of Al-Ahram
[The following is an article by Galal Nassar
published in Egypt's Al-Ahram newspaper. American
Christians would be well advised not to dismiss the
content of this article because of its connection to
the Arab world. It depicts the growing "intersection"
of defense systems between the U.S. and Israel that
will someday soon blossom into a FULL defense
pact between the two nations – a defense pact that the
Scriptures refer to as Israel's "AGREEMENT WITH HELL."
(Isaiah 28:18 - please see Part
2 of Chapter XV in the New Antipas Papers;
During his visit to the US last month, Israeli Defense
Minister Ehud Barak announced that Washington would soon link Israel to two
advanced missile detection systems that would strengthen Israel's preparedness
against any Iranian threat … He told reporters that Washington would also
increase Israel's access to its Defense Support Programme (DPS) satellites
that can detect missile launches, adding that the US and Israeli governments
"see eye to eye on the need to keep all options on the table ...
Israeli Arrow missile using American detection systems
The Pentagon has also agreed to install a powerful
radar system in Israel in the coming months. Israeli officials described the
system as capable of tracking an object the size of a baseball from about
4,700 kilometers away; it would enable Arrow to engage an Iranian Shehab-3
ballistic missile about halfway through what would be its 11 minute flight
According to Al-Ahram, after heavy pressure
on the part of the Israeli defense minister, Washington agreed to include
Israel in the US global satellite defense system, capable of spotting missile
launches on a constant rather than per-request basis. They also said that
Israel has been seeking assurances of logistical support from Washington
in the event that the Israeli army is forced to launch an assault [on Iran].
In addition, Washington will help finance and upgrade the Iron Dome antiballistic
shield, which will strengthen Israel's protection against Qassam missiles,
and it will also finance a new phase in the Arrow project. The new Arrow III
antiballistic system would be capable of shooting down missiles at greater
atmospheric heights. Informed sources told Al-Ahram that all these
secret talks, arrangements and agreements ultimately aim to include Israel
in the American missile shield ...
THAAD missile system
When Israel obtained the US-made Theatre High Altitude
Area Defense System (THAAD) recently, people began to wonder whether this
was a prelude to assimilating Israel into the US antiballistic defense umbrella
One of the major focuses of the joint US-Israeli
military maneuvers in March 2007 was how to protect Israeli air space from
a potential missile assault carrying unconventional (nuclear, chemical or
biological) warheads fired by Iran ... The maneuvers took place at a time
of heightened speculation over an immanent US or Israeli strike against Iranian
nuclear installations which would probably trigger an Iranian retaliatory
missile strike against Israel ...
The joint US-Israeli maneuvers, codenamed Juniper
Cobra, brought together Israel's air defense artillery brigade and the US
army corps' 69th air defense artillery brigade. The exercises were conducted
using computer simulated missile attack scenarios ... The focus of the exercise
was to integrate the use of the US army's Patriot missiles and the Israeli
army's Arrow missile defense system, each of which is designed to intercept
missiles at different altitudes. Also, for the first time, the exercise included
the THAAD system. The purpose of the maneuvers was to test how Israeli antiballistic
systems would respond in the event of a missile attack, as well as the interoperable
capacities of the communications, command and control systems of the two
countries in the event of a missile threat from a hostile country [meaning,
of course, Iran] in the Middle Eastern region.
Major Peggy Kageleiry, US army public affairs officer
for Juniper Cobra 2007, said that despite the limitations of ... [the] exercise,
the computer simulation proved valuable in advancing the primary purpose
of Juniper Cobra, which is to improve the allies' ability to cooperate against
common threats. "The more we train together and exchange ideas, the readier
we'll be in any future scenario that may require joint or coalition operations,"
she said. She explained that these maneuvers are part of an American emergency
plan to defend Israel from missile attacks that involves combining the medium-
and long-range antiballistic defense systems of both countries.
and the United States have recently been simulating
a missile attack on Israel [from Iran]. The name of
these exercises has been Juniper Cobra. Israeli public
radio said U.S. personnel were set to mesh ground and
ship-based missile interceptors like the Aegis, THAAD
and Patriot systems with Israel's Arrow II ballistic
shield. Picture to the right shows an American Aegis
cruiser used in the exercise.
THAAD is now a key component in America's global
Theatre Missile Defense (TMD) system aimed to provide area-wide protection
for American forces, fleets and bases. The THAAD system
now envelopes Israel, which underlines the conviction that the American military
now considers the IDF as an integral part of its "defense system."
THAAD was introduced to furnish more extensive coverage
for American military locations, population centers and strategic targets
and was designed to intercept missiles with ranges from 100 to 2,000 kilometers
and at altitudes of 150 kilometers. One of the advantages of this system
is its ability to down enemy missiles in the final phases of its flight before
they can reach their targets ...
A THAAD battery
The THAAD system consists of a mobile missile launcher
that fires interceptor missiles equipped with computerized sensors capable
of differentiating between real and hostile targets. It also depends on ground/air
transportable radar linked with a command and control centre, which gives
the entire system unprecedented maneuverability. A THAAD battery could consist
of three to six missiles each capable of carrying six to eight interceptors
The system has been put
through more than 30 test trials, in light of which refinements have been
made to the small explosive warhead fitted onto THAAD missiles. The Ballistic
Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) believes that THAAD is the only system
capable of forming the heart of a theatre of operations missile defense system.
When it is fully deployed, it says, it will be able to contend with all ballistic
missile threats both within and outside of the earth's atmosphere. This will
apply in particular if deployed within the framework of a comprehensive plan
that brings onboard the advanced Patriot (Pac-3) missile, which Israel also
has its eye on. With the American THAAD and Patriot missile systems, and its
own Arrow system [enhanced by American detection systems], Israel ... will
have the most sophisticated antiballistic defense system in the world ...
- Israeli base in the Negev harboring THAAD, Aegis and
Arrow missile systems.
The last round in the Juniper Cobra joint training
program was intended as a first field test of the integrated counter-missile
units. Its success in the Negev was confirmed in US Congressional approval
of appropriations for continuing the program.
Very obviously, Israel's position as an integral
part of the American missile shield [makes Israel a FULL partner
in America's plans for the Middle East] ... To this end, Israel has been linked
to America's overall defense command in Colorado Springs; it is also linked
to America's theater missile defense command in Qatar. Israel believes that
the defense umbrella provided by the American antiballistic shield, in both
its TMD and NMD components, will supply it with all the protection it needs
[in case of war with Iran].
VERY OBVIOUSLY, AMERICA AND ISRAEL ARE PREPARING FOR A FINAL SHOWDOWN
WITH IRAN IN THE MIDDLE EAST. [Please see our article, "The
Tribulation, Part 3: A
Catalyst for War - an Israeli Air Strike against Iran."]
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