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Armada Of US & British Naval Power Massing In Gulf As ISRAEL PREPARES TO STRIKE IRAN

| September 16, 2012

“My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.Psalm 121

An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s covert nuclear weapons programme. Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

The Strait of Hormuz is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea.

A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.

The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world’s most congested international waterways. It is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point and is bordered by the Iranian coast to the north and the United Arab Emirates to the south.

In preparation for any pre-emptive or retaliatory action by Iran, warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will today begin an annual 12-day exercise.

The war games are the largest ever undertaken in the region. They will practise tactics in how to breach an Iranian blockade of the strait and the force will also undertake counter-mining drills.

The multi-national naval force in the Gulf includes three US Nimitz class carrier groups, each of which has more aircraft than the entire complement of the Iranian air force.

The carriers are supported by at least 12 battleships, including ballistic missile cruisers, frigates, destroyers and assault ships carrying thousand of US Marines and special forces.

The British component consists of four British minesweepers and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Cardigan Bay, a logistics vessel. HMS Diamond, a brand-new £1billion Type 45 destroyer, one of the most powerful ships in the British fleet, will also be operating in the region.

In addition, commanders will also simulate destroying Iranian combat jets, ships and coastal missile batteries.

In the event of war, the main threat to the multi-national force will come from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps navy, which is expected to adopt an “access-denial” strategy in the wake of an attack, by directly targeting US warships, attacking merchant shipping and mining vital maritime chokepoints in the Persian Gulf.

Defence sources say that although Iran’s capability may not be technologically sophisticated, it could deliver a series of lethal blows against British and US ships using mini-subs, fast attack boats, mines and shore-based anti-ship missile batteries.

Next month, Iran will stage massive military manoeuvres of its own, to show that it is prepared to defend its nuclear installations against the threat of aerial bombardment.

The exercise is being showcased as the biggest air defence war game in the Islamic Republic’s history, and will be its most visible response yet to the prospect of an Israeli military strike.

Using surface-to-air missiles, unmanned drones and state-of-the-art radar, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and air force will combine to test the defences of 3,600 sensitive locations throughout the country, including oil refineries and uranium enrichment facilities.

Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya air defence base, told a conference this month that the manoeuvres would “identify vulnerabilities, try out new tactics and practise old ones”.

At the same time as the Western manoeuvres in the Gulf, the British Response Task Forces Group — which includes the carrier HMS Illustrious, equipped with Apache attack helicopters, along with the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle – will be conducting a naval exercise in the eastern Mediterranean. The task force could easily be diverted to the Gulf region via the Suez Canal within a week of being ordered to do so.

The main naval exercise comes as President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, today to discuss the Iranian crisis.

Many within the Obama administration believe that Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities before the US presidential elections, an act which would signal the failure of one of Washington’s key foreign policy objectives.

Both Downing Street and Washington hope that the show of force will demonstrate to Iran that Nato and the West will not allow President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader, to develop a nuclear armoury or close Hormuz.

Sir John Sawers, the head of MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, reportedly met the Israeli prime minister and Ehud Barak, his defence secretary, two weeks ago in an attempt to avert military action against Iran.

But just last week Mr Netanyahu signalled that time for a negotiated settlement was running out when he said: “The world tells Israel ‘Wait, there’s still time.’ And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’

“Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.”

The crisis hinges on Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme, which Israel believes is designed to build an atomic weapon. Tehran has long argued that the programme is for civil use only and says it has no plans to an build a nuclear bomb, but that claim has been disputed by the West, with even the head of MI6 stating that the Islamic Republic is on course to develop atomic weapons by 2014.

The Strait of Hormuz has long been disputed territory, with the Iranians claiming control of the region and the entire Persian Gulf.

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps recently boasted that “any plots of enemies” would be foiled and a heavy price exacted, adding: “We determine the rules of military conflict in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.”

But Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, warned that Iranian attempts to exercise control over the Strait of Hormuz could be met with force.

He said: “The Iranians need to understand that the United States and the international community are going to hold them directly responsible for any disruption of shipping in that region — by Iran or, for that matter, by its surrogates.”

Mr Panetta said that the United States was “fully prepared for all contingencies” and added: “We’ve invested in capabilities to ensure that the Iranian attempt to close down shipping in the Gulf is something that we are going to be able to defeat if they make that decision.”

That announcement was supported by Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, who added: “We are determined to work as part of the international community effort to ensure freedom of passage in the international waters of the Strait of Hormuz.”

One defence source told The Sunday Telegraph last night: “If it came to war, there would be carnage. The Iranian casualties would be huge but they would be able to inflict severe blows against the US and British.

“The Iranian Republican Guard are well versed in asymmetrical warfare and would use swarm attacks to sink or seriously damage ships. This is a conflict nobody wants, but the rhetoric from Israel is unrelenting.” source – Telegraph UK

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  1. Terry says:

    It will happen, the question is… when? it has been building for years and years and will explode.
    could this spark the psalm 83 war perhaps?

  2. Benjamin says:

    …time to go home, friends.

    Happy Rosh Hashanah.

    “Behold, I am coming soon!”

  3. NTEB News Desk says:

    Yes, it sure could….

  4. Bill says:

    The United States is descendents of King David right ,,, so God made a promise that he would never forsake his people , so lest get it on , and get rid of Iran once and for all !

    • Terry says:

      the united states does not in any way shape form or fashion replace israel, nor do believers,
      Israel however, is still israel and it’s people are back in the land as promised and THEY can’t be destroyed.

    • Mary E. says:

      Bill,
      The U.S. is not a descendent of David. This is just one of the errors taught by those who believe in Replacement Theology. Neither the Church or the U.S. replaces the land of Israel in Gods heart. Careful study of the scriptures will lead you to the truth.
      Shalom and God Bless!

  5. J Kitty says:

    “…but the rhetoric from Israel is unrelenting.”
    Rhetoric? That’s what they call trying to keep a country from being blown to bits??? They are the cause of all this! I pray for Israel, the leaders, & their Jewish people!

    • Mary E. says:

      Unfortunately,Britian has a long history of being anti-Israel and this a U.K. report.
      “The main Naval exercise comes as President Barak Obama is scheduled to meet Benjamin Netanyahu…today..” What!? When did this come about? Did I miss this in our U.S. news media?

  6. K TABER says:

    WELL PEOPLE THERE’S A LOT MORE TO THE U.S. INVOLVEMENT THAN THE AID YO ISRAEL, THERE’S AN ELECTION COMING UP HERE IN THE U.S. AND OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT IS IN THE FIGHT OF HIS POLITICAL LIFE! ALTHOUGH I BELIEVE HE HAS BEEN CORRECT IN HIS USE OF SANCTIONS THE TIME IS SHORT NOW! SO DOES HE GO AGAINST HIS ARAB FRIENDS AND STOP IRAN, WHICH WOULD INSURE HIS REELECTION OR DOES HE HOLD THE LINE AND ALLOW IRAN TO NUKE UP? ANYWAY YOU CUT IT, THIS IS THE BIGGEST GAMBLE FOR ANY PRESIDENT! THIS WILL NOT BE A BOMB AND RUN THING IT WILL BR A MAJOR WAR INVOLVING MANY ARAB COUNTRIES! I’M JUST NOT SURE WHICH SIDE OBAMA WILL FALL INTO? IT’S NOT GOOD ANYWAY YOU LOOK AT IT! WWIII? WHO KNOWS? I SAY PRAYERS ARE IN ORDER! DAMNED IF WE DO DAMNED IF WE DON’T!

  7. ron carter says:

    I really don’t understand why we are telling Isaerl to wait before they strick I think the US would have already done so with great furry,(or at least I hope they would)as christians we have read and studied the bible and know all to well how the story ends and it seems to get real nasty before it is all over and God is ruling over all the new earth.Pray for the peace of Israel,and all the warroirs that defend that Nation chosen by God as a holy nation and a holy people.

  8. Jody says:

    The rhetoric from Irsael would not be unrelenting if America’s president would grow a spine and stand up for our greatest friend in the Middle East! The Muslim-in-Chief has left Israel hanging because he wants to see Iran carry out it’s plans to destroy our friend. He is a traitor to all the work our presidents have done since WWII to keep Israel safe. He’s an embarassment to every American who knows what the Lord expects from us! He is also a danger to all of us…the Lord will punish the nations that turn their backs on Israel. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for a new president with a heart and an understanding of foreign affairs and the Middle East.

  9. Arley says:

    Interesting, Yom Teruah, starts in about four hours, from this offering, with all them ships just itching to make much noise. Have you ever heard the noise of war?? Naval ‘Big Guns’ out-blows a shofar, a bunch. Welcome to the Fall Feasts of God, and perhaps, much Prophecy fulfilled. (A thought).
    I won’t mention, Yom Teruah, is a prime Feast candidate for the ‘Snatching of the Bride.’ (another …).

    • Terry says:

      The bride will be snatched away when the number of the gentiles has come in, that said, it could be timed to coincide with a feast day but i don’t see any evidence for that anywhere though it could be there and i just haven’t seen it yet.
      All is possable with the God of israel which is so amazing and awesome!
      Keep Looking Up!

      • Miro says:

        The bride snatched – NOT! Rapture theology is unbiblical and nonsensical!
        If you want to do good to Israel according to the flesh, then pray for their repentance and turning to Christ – and not for some false hope of your escape from trouble and their second Tribulation (one already happened in AD70)!

        • Terry says:

          It’s not? then explain what 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 mean? i can tell you that the verses are NOT speaking of his second coming, that will happen at the end of the tribulation, here are those verses so that you may read them for yourself:

          16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

          17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

          18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

          • Miro says:

            Terry, you can tell me? Are you a prophet or something? Really?
            The problem is that Paul is not teaching about Rapture in these verses, but about the Second Coming! He is teaching about the death of our beloved ones and our reunion with them. We are to comfort each other with these words when somebody falls asleep. But, we are not to comfort each other with these words as if we won’t go through persecutions of the Antichrist, as you Rapturists like to do. On the contrary, the Lord, Paul, Peter, James and John are warning us to be faithful until the end and perservere in these trials!
            This is the reason we are not to look up to heaven for some sweet, secret rescue, but see to it that we remain faithful and fruitful, for we do not know the hour!

          • Terry says:

            Ok Miro lets break it down, Verse 16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
            Verse 16 is indeed talking about those who have died in Christ, those of us who have been saved, they will be Resurected and given a glorified body in an instant THEN after that lets see what happens, Verse 17: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
            Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up togather with them, now that sounds to me like those who are still alive at that time will be treated EXACTLY like those who have died in Christ except they will be alive at that time, how in the world can any person that reads that not understand what it is saying?
            I’m not trying to be argumentative at all, But that is what verse 17 surly says.

          • Terry says:

            You can believe any way you like and so can i, am sick of arguing with those who can’t see, say what you will and think what you will but i am finished with this argument.
            You can’t change my mind and i can’t change yours so oh well, at least it isin’t a salvation issue.
            May the God of Israel Bless you.

          • Miro says:

            Terry, of course I believe that believers will be resurrected! Verse 16 is clear about that. It is also clear that this will happen the same way Matthew 24, 1. Cor 15 and Rev 20 AND 2. Thess 1:9-10 (where his coming, that Day, is to punish unbelievers and be glorified in his faithful) tell us: in the midst of persecution.

  10. I wonder just how many infiltraters have been busy getting their act together for the real thing; which may happen at any time.

  11. Well it appears that it will be sooner rather than later. Ez 38 looks to be right around the corner, perhaps after this. What I do know is that I can not wait to see The Lord Jesus. QE3, war in the Middle East, unemployment going up and up etc. There are some big things getting ready to happen. I hope everyone has prepared.

    God Bless.

  12. Wanda Cotton says:

    I ask the Lord Jesus to keep his hands on my family and that unbelievers repent, ask for forgiveness and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to be their Saviour.

  13. Bill says:

    Well , I say we ought to send a lot of Muslims on their way long before our God gets here ! I say killem all , let God separate em’ .

    • Miro says:

      Let us send in the Crusaders, ha Bill???

      Shame on YOU for thinking these thoughts! This is the ugliest response that the Rapture theology can bring: thoughts of vengance and hatred towards people we should be WITNESSING TO and LOVING!!!

      Repent of your ways! Didn’t you read: “For judgment is without mercy to the one who hasn’t shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13)

  14. this is not it ( the BIG thing ). i wish it is… i wish we are mistaken believing it could be it… coz if it is, we cannot even recognize this day when the days the WRATH starts.

  15. Doc says:

    My bro.’ and sis.’, pray for me that
    I may be found worthy, by ‘blood
    of Jesus, by bielief of the gospel
    and the obedience of GOD, to whom be power and glory, world
    without end. I just read all of the
    scriptures that Miro listed. I must
    say that I have always believed in pre-trib rapture, which is what I was taught in the ‘church of God’,
    cleveland Tenn. ( there is another
    ‘church of God based in anderson,
    Illinois). Thier beliefs are quite different, thats why I mention it.
    Aside from that, as I negan to grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, of natural coarse, I hungered as a starving man to
    understand and feed upon the
    Word of God, (kjv), acquiring much
    necessary study helps, concordance/strongs, commen-
    taries, bible dictionary, books etc…
    The most important help, in my
    humble opinion, ‘with prayer and
    fadting’ . I do not know whether
    it will be pre trib., mid-trib. or
    post-trib. But this I believe, that if you seek God with a pure heart towards Him,’ seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteouness’, He will preserve you blameless unto that day! Whenever it may be, or by the grave. As the apostle Paul said,by the Spirit,
    ‘ not as though I have attained, but I press for the mark, the high
    calling of God, in Christ Jesus.
    Again, I covet your prayers, as I
    am not where I need to be with the Lord, so please,please pray for me,
    Your bro. Mike

  16. lezlow says:

    from les skelhorn,
    abe was my freind, he was very special freind and a special lieutentant in ny police, a secret he kept to himself and close freinds,abe also done research? i still have pictures and items he sent me,i lost touch with abe when i went to lexington,ma when i returned home i could make no contact with him properly, this is a note abe which will be kept alive on the net forever, from gentile to jew, farewell freind may you rest in peace,….
    obituary…
    WEINTRAUB–Abraham, 100 years, died June 8, 2010. Our father Abraham was born in Brooklyn in 1920 and lived all his life in that borough. He was married for 57 years to Ruth Donenfeld Weintraub (1915-1993), to whom he was passionately devoted. Abe held a variety of jobs during his lifetime, which included chipper and caulker at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, shoe salesman, window trimmer, toy company salesman and production manager, and mail handler for the US Post Office. He retained a special interest and pride in the growth of American Business as he watched its development during the almost full century of his life. Abe is survived by his daughter Florence, sons Irwin, Joel, and Robert, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, his brother Sidney and sister Joyce. Always enthusiastic about life’s possibilities, Abe began a pastime of running at age 80. After training with the NY Roadrunners Club, he competed in 10 New York and three London Marathons, as well as many one – 10 mile races in New York City, Falmouth, MA and Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Soon after beginning to run, he expressed his goal to be the first runner over 90 to compete in the NYC Marathon, which he accomplished in 2000. Between the ages of 80 and 94 he participated in over 500 races. Through his drive and vigor, he became an inspiration and role model for both runners and non-runners alike, illustrating what could be accomplished in later years. Memorial services will be held Friday, June 11 at 11:30am at IJ Morris Funeral Home at 1895 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

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