Iran Threatens the United States

Tensions are rising between Iran and the United States. Iran is threatening to close the world’s most strategic choke point—the Strait of Hormuz. 20 percent of the world’s total crude oil is shipped through the Strait. Iran’s first vice-president warned that the shipment of crude oil which flows through the crucial Strait, will be halted if foreign sanctions are imposed on its oil exports. Iranian Vice President Mohammd-Reza Rahimi said that, “if Western countries sanctioned Iranian oil, then Iran would not allow one drop of oil to cross the Strait of Hormuz”.

Much of the oil exported from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait and Iraq – including nearly all the liquefied natural gas from lead exporter Qatar – must advance through a 4-mile (6.4 km) wide shipping channel within the Strait.

The U.S. Navy said it would not accept any Iranian disruption of the free flow of goods through Hormuz. Iran condemned the statement by the U.S. Revolutionary Guard deputy chief Hossein Salami said that the U.S. “was in no position to tell Iran what to do”.

America is sending a message to Iran that a price is to be paid for Iran’s provocative war games on display in the Strait. The Obama administration announced a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying it has agreed to sell f-15 fighter jets to the Saudis valued at $30 billion dollars. Saudi Arabia is a longtime rival of Iran, with relations deteriorating further last fall after the US halted, what it said was an Iranian-backed plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington.

A recent Jerusalem Post article says Israel is preparing for an impending conflict in the Middle East. “Israel is moving forward with plans to hold the largest-ever missile defense exercise in its history this spring amid Iranian efforts to obtain nuclear weapons,” Yaakov Katz wrote in the Post. Lieutenant General Frank Gorenc, commander of the US’s Third Air Force based in Germany, visited Israel to finalize plans for the upcoming drill, there is talk of deploying several thousand American soldiers in Israel.

Bible prophecy reveals that Europe is becoming more powerful. Eventually a charismatic leader will emerge in Europe, he will take particular interest in Israel and the Middle East. Cunning and appealing, he will also be empowered by evil, an evil that can persuade world leaders and Rome (see Revelation 13; Daniel 8:23-25; 2 Corinthians 4:4). Satan will inspire increasing hostility aimed at Israel and the United States.

Steven LeBlanc

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