Important Sale of Warplanes to Israel

Steven LeBlanc

Negotiations with Iran regarding its controversial nuclear program have failed. It could not be more clear; Iran has no interest in complying with the international community.

Tehran is progressing with the development and installation of new IR-2m centrifuges, which can enrich uranium up to five times faster than the current IR-1 centrifuges. Clearly America is not pleased.

The U.S. has decided to flex its muscle and show Iran that it is ready to support Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, chief rivals to Iran in the region. The New York Times reported: The Defense Department is expected to finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates this week that will provide missiles, warplanes and troop transports to help them counter any future threat from Iran.

The New York Times goes on to say: “The objective, one senior administration official said, was “not just to boost Israel’s capabilities, but also to boost the capabilities of our Persian Gulf partners so they, too, would be able to address the Iranian threat — and also provide a greater network of coordinated assets around the region to handle a range of contingencies.”

The U.S. arms deal provides an undesignated, number of KC-135 Stratotankers to Israel. These fueling planes will permit Israel to deploy more fighter aircraft in any strike against Iran. The KC-135 refueling planes would let Israel’s warplanes stay in the air longer, should a long-range mission — like a strike on Iran, take place later this fall. A single KC-135 could possibly support up to eight Israeli aircraft in a strike against Iranian targets. A mission into Iran by Israeli aircraft would mean traveling over 1400 miles to the targets—then the planes have to get back home.

We yearn for the day when Christ will finally establish the Kingdom of God on earth. He will come to wage war against the nations that hate him

“Behold, the day of the Lord is coming . . . For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem . . . Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations . . . And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east . . . ” (Zechariah 14:1-4). Only Jesus Christ can resolve the endless fighting and hatred that we see in the Middle East. But until that time of His return, that region of the world will only know suffering and war.

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