Israel 'preparing massive

 strike on Iran'



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This will fulfill Daniel 8 concerning the He-goat and the Ram. Ellen White said that all of the events of Daniel's visions by the Ulai and the Hiddekel will soon come to pass (FUTURE).  Soon after Iran (Persia) is attacked and tromped, the little horn arises. The Lord has clearly shown me that there was a historic fulfillment and there will be a future fulfillment of this prophecy.—rwb

Israel 'preparing massive strike on Iran'
Defense officials say country holding drills to be ready within hours of OK to act

Posted: April 18, 2009
5:55 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

TEL AVIV, Israel–The Israel Defense Forces is carrying out drills to practice for a possible massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days - or even hours - of being given the go-ahead by its new government, according to a report today in the Times of London.

"Israel wants to know that if its forces were given the green light they could strike at Iran in a matter of days, even hours. They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality. The message to Iran is that the threat is not just words," one unnamed senior defense official was quoted telling The Times.

The British newspaper quoted other unidentified defense sources explaining any Israeli attack on Iran would entail flying over Jordanian and Iraqi airspace, where U.S. forces have a strong presence.

Previous drills have included the use of F15 and F16 fighter jets, helicopters and refueling tankers, practicing bombing raids at long distances, according to the Times. Those drills took place last year, according to IDF sources speaking to WND.

The Times said defense officials believe Israel could be required to hit more than a dozen targets, including moving convoys similar to trucks carrying weapons that were reportedly targeted by Israel in Sudan earlier this year.

Targets for the Israel Air Force include Iran's Natanz reactor, where thousands of centrifuges produce enriched uranium; Esfahan, where 250 tons of gas is stored in tunnels; and Arak, where a heavy water reactor produces plutonium.

"We would not make the threat [against Iran] without the force to back it. There has been a recent move, a number of on-the-ground preparations, that indicate Israel's willingness to act," another official from Israel's intelligence community was quoted telling the Times.

That official added it was unlikely that Israel would carry out any attack without receiving at least tacit approval from the Obama administration, which has been pushing for dialogue with Tehran.

Ephraim Kam, the deputy director of the Institute for National Security Studies, commented that it was unlikely the U.S. would approve an attack.

"The American defense establishment is unsure that the operation will be successful. And the results of the operation would only delay Iran's program by two to four years," he said.

Israel recently announced upcoming nationwide civil defense exercises, to prepare the country for the possibility of missile attacks on the home front.

Also, the Jerusalem Post reported earlier this week the U.S. and Israel will conduct their most complex military exercise ever, jointly testing three ballistic missile defense systems, according to defense officials.

The exercise, called Juniper Cobra, will be conducted in Israel later this year, and will include the Arrow 2 missile interceptor system, the U.S.'s terminal high altitude area defense and the ship-based Aegis ballistic missile defense system.

Obama policy giving Iran nukes?

In a recent interview, Shabtai Shavit, a former Israeli Mossad chief, told WND Obama's policy of direct diplomacy with Iran may buy Tehran enough time to produce nuclear weapons.

"I don't believe there is a political solution which can be achieved through negotiations with Iran," he said.

"My concern is that until Obama finishes his learning curve of the subject, the Iranians are going to have maybe the first or even more nuclear bombs."

Shavit served as director of the Mossad from 1989 through 1996. He clarified that although diplomacy cannot be ruled out, from his experience he doesn't believe there can be a political solution with Iran.

He said there is a military option but that at this point in time, an Israeli or U.S. strike against Tehran's nuclear facilities would not completely halt the country's suspected illicit program.

"According to the best of my assessment, I'm afraid [using a strike to] completely disrupt the whole Iranian (nuclear) project and the whole system is not possible. But there still could be a military option. It depends what are the aims you define for [any such attack]."



Addendum by rwb:


“There is need of a much closer study of the Word of God; especially should Daniel and the Revelation have attention as never before in the history of our work.  We may have less to say in some lines, in regard to the Roman power and the Papacy; but we should call attention to what the prophets and apostles have written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God.  The Holy Spirit has so shaped matters, both in the giving of the prophecy and in the events portrayed, as to teach that the human agent is to be kept out of sight, hid in Christ, and that the Lord God of heaven and His law are to be exalted.  Read the book of Daniel.  Call up, point by point, the history of the kingdoms there represented....

The light that Daniel received from God was given especially for these last days.  The visions he saw by the banks of the Ulai and Hiddekel, the great rivers of Shinar, are now in process of fulfillment, and all the events foretold will soon come to pass.

Consider the circumstances of the Jewish nation when the prophecies of Daniel were given.

Let us give more time to the study of the Bible.  We do not understand the Word as we should.  The book of Revelation opens with an injunction to us to understand the instruction that it contains.  "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy," God declares, "and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." Revelation 1:3.  When we as a people understand what this book means to us, there will be seen among us a great revival.  We do not understand fully the lessons that it teaches, notwithstanding the injunction given us to search and study it. Testimonies to Ministers, 1 12-113.