Israel Fires Ballistic Missiles into the Mediterranean

I’ve long considered myself a ‘friend’ of Israel, but I have to ask: What are they thinking firing ballistic missiles at a time like this?

Reuters reports:

Israel tested a U.S.-backed missile system in the Mediterranean on Tuesday but did not announce the launch in advance, prompting a disclosure by Russia that kept the world on edge as the United States weighed an attack on Syria.

The morning launch was first reported by Moscow media that quoted Russian defense officials as saying two ballistic “objects” had been fired eastward from the center of the sea – roughly in the direction of Syria.

The news ruffled financial markets until Israel’s Defence Ministry said that it, along with a Pentagon team, had carried out a test-launch of a Sparrow missile. The Sparrow, which simulates the long-range missiles of Syria and Iran, is used for target practice by Israel’s U.S.-backed ballistic shield Arrow.

“Israel routinely fires missiles or drones off its shores to test its own ballistic defense capabilities,” a U.S. official said in Washington.

Western naval forces have been gathering in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea since President Bashar al-Assad was accused of carrying out an August 21 gas attack in his more than two-year-old conflict with rebels trying to topple him.

Damascus denies responsibility for the incident. U.S. President Barack Obama had been widely expected to order reprisal strikes on Syria last week but put them off to seek support from Washington lawmakers first.

With U.S. action on Syria delayed as Obama confers with Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to play up the Jewish state’s ability to deal with its foes alone. On Tuesday, the rightist premier spoke of anti-missile systems as a national “wall of iron”.

“These things give us the power to protect ourselves, and anyone who considers harming us would do best not to,” he said in a speech.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon shrugged off a question from reporters on whether the launch might have been ill-timed. He said Israel had to work to maintain its military edge and “this necessitates field trials and, accordingly, a successful trial was conducted to test our systems. And we will continue to develop and to research and to equip the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) with the best systems in the world.”

Arrow designer Uzi Rabin said tests of the anti-missile system are planned “long, long in advance” and generally go unnoticed. “What apparently made the difference today is the high state of tension over Syria and Russia’s unusual vigilance,” he told Reuters.

A Russian Defence Ministry spokesman quoted by the Interfax news agency said the launch was picked up by an early warning radar station at Armavir, near the Black Sea, which is designed to detect missiles from Europe and Iran.

RIA, another Russian news agency, later quoted a source in Syria’s “state structures” as saying the objects had fallen harmlessly into the sea.

The Russian Defence Ministry declined comment to Reuters…

‘Ill-timed’ indeed. But perhaps a show of force?

 

One thought on “Israel Fires Ballistic Missiles into the Mediterranean

  1. Indeed “Israel” is saying were ready! Note, just how much Russia is central here too, they are surely going to be right in the middle of any End Times scenario! “Meshech and Tubal” (Ezek. 38: 2-3, is Russia!). Surely with Russia and the whole northern powers, which will be Muslim (Turkey, Iran, northern Sudan, Libya, Ukraine, Syria, etc.), note too Ezek. 38: 13 (Arab peoples)… The Islamic Empire!

    We can note too, that Victorinus, bishop of Pettau (c. 280), who was martyred for his faith in Christ, in what is the most ancient complete commentary on the Book of Revelation in our possession, stated that “the Assyrian” mentioned in Micah 5: 5 is the Antichrist: “There shall be peace for our land . . . and they shall encircle Assyria – that is antichrist.”

    And too, Lactantius (c.307), yet another early church writer from the third century, stated that Antichrist would come from precisely the same region” “A king shall arise out of Syria, born from an evil spirit, the over-thrower and destroyer of the human race, who shall destroy that which is left by the former evil, together with himself . . . But that king will not only be most disgraceful in himself, but he will also be a prophet of lies . . .and power will be given to him to do signs and wonders, by the sight of which he may entice to adore him . . . Then he will attempt to destroy the temple of God and persecute the righteous people.”

    And btw, many now think the Antichrist will be a Muslim! Are we at the doors, of both our Lord’s Second Coming, and “the Tribulations”, and “the great Tribulation”, that just precede it? Only God and time will tell! (Matt. 24: 29-31) Indeed no Preterist for me! 😉

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