It’s On! US Troops Land In Israel By The Thousands

Thousands of US troops began descending on Israel this week. Senior US military sources told debkafile Friday, Jan. 6 that many would be staying up to the end of...

The incoming American soldiers are officially categorized as participants in Austere Challenge 12, the biggest joint US-Israeli war game ever held.

We told you this was coming in our post a mere 48 hours ago:  US To Deploy Troops and Warships In Israel For War With Iran

Thousands of US troops began descending on Israel this week. Senior US military sources told debkafile Friday, Jan. 6 that many would be staying up to the end of the year as part of the US-IDF deployment in readiness for a military engagement with Iran and its possible escalation into a regional conflict. They will be joined by a US aircraft carrier. The warplanes on its decks will fly missions with Israeli Air Force jets. The 9,000 US servicemen gathering in Israel in the coming weeks are mostly airmen, missile interceptor teams, marines, seamen, technicians and intelligence officers.

The maneuver was originally designated Juniper Stallion 2012. However, the altered name plus the comment heard from the exercise’s commander, US Third Air Force Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc, during his visit two weeks ago, that the coming event is more a “deployment” than an “exercise,” confirmed that Washington has expanded its mission. The joint force will now be in place ready for a decision to attack Iran’s nuclear installations or any war emergency.

Our sources disclose that it was decided at the last minute in Washington and Jerusalem to announce the forthcoming Austere Challenge 12 on Thursday night, Jan. 5, ahead of the bulletin released by Tehran about another Iranian naval exercise at the Strait of Hormuz to take place in February, although its 10-day drill in the same arena only ended Monday, Jan. 2.

The early release was decided in consultations among US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the two army chiefs, US Gen. Martin Dempsey and Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.
British Defense Minister Phillip Hammond, on a visit to Washington, was brought into the discussion.
The handout circulated to US correspondents from Hammond’s talks in the US capital affirmed that Britain stands ready to strike Iran if the Strait of Hormuz is closed.
However, that phrase was omitted from the British minister’s remarks at a news conference, following a last-minute request from Panetta, signifying the Obama administration’s interest of keeping a low profile on plans for attacking Iran.

Tehran too is walking a taut tightrope. It is staging military’s maneuvers every few days to assuring the Iranian people that its leaders are fully prepared to defend the country against an American or Israeli strike on its national nuclear program. By this stratagem, Iran’s ground, sea and air forces are maintained constantly at top war readiness to thwart any surprise attack.

The joint US-Israeli drill will test multiple Israeli and US air defense systems against incoming missiles and rockets, according to the official communiqué.

debkafile’s military sources add that they will also practice intercepting missiles and rockets coming in from Syria, Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

It will not be the first time a US aircraft carrier docks in Israel for joint operations with the Israeli Air Force. On June 9, 2010, the USS Truman dropped anchor opposite Israel to test a joint deployment against Iran and its allies. The carrier and its air and naval strike force then staged joint firing practices with the Israeli Air Force over the Negev in the South.
Washington and Jerusalem are doing their utmost to present a perfectly synchronized military front against Iran: American officers are stationed at IDF command centers and Israeli officers posted at the US European Command-EUCOM. At the same time, debkafile’s military sources disclose that full consensus has not been reached on every last particular of shared operation against Iran, should one go forward. source – DEBKA

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January 6, 2012 5:39 pm

How about Now, spring the leaves budding, sure want to be Rapture Ready

Luke 19:44
and shall dash thee to the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

john mcdougak
January 6, 2012 6:17 pm

It’s just another brick in place that’s has to come. Although I really hope nothing major goes down with Obummer at the helm because I fear it would be enough of an excuse for him to instill martial law and take over completely. He has no regards for the Constitution at all and this would be perfect for him to grab all power, throw congress out and put his shadow government in. People need to wake up and open their eyes to what he is doing.

January 7, 2012 7:28 am

Praise God,God has indeed answered our prayers.Now the 3 brothers stand together USA,Israel & Britain ,Bless you Lord…God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who curse Israel,and in the end Zec 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
Zec 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
God’s Word never returns unto Him Void.Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

January 9, 2012 7:00 am

My god you are a wanker joan rogers if there is a hell im sure its filled with people like you

January 9, 2012 5:44 pm

How do you know that this deployment is in the benefit of Israel? The PM Netanyahu has said they don’t need our involvement and the leader of Mossad says there is no existential threat posed by Iran. Intel from Mossad to the CIA agree that saber rattling makes Israel LESS SAFE. Isn’t it a bit arrogant to assume that corruptocrats in DC are carrying out God’s Will for Israel?

Alina N Avila
January 7, 2012 10:08 am

Michael, John & Joan Indeed it is the beginning of the end & USA is a blessed Nation. The Lord will rescue us from the hands of Obamadinejad! AMEN! Shabbat Shalom!!!

January 8, 2012 3:13 pm

Its on NOW

January 7, 2012 11:21 am

Daniel Chapter 8: The Persian Wars which began the separate existence of The West form Eurasia, are now back to frame the other end of the historic arc, like bookends.
Of note, Persia PUSHES incessantly at The West; until the Goat; ie Grecia ie The West flies at it as if not touching the ground and Persia is driven down.
BUT, the four kings that spring from The Goat, (Alexander) rises to become Antiochus the defiler of The Temple, the type, or example of the abomination of desolation.
Now comes the full recapitulation if the theme in the Major Chord!

January 7, 2012 11:46 am
January 7, 2012 2:30 pm

May God’s will be done, even so come Lord Jesus.

January 7, 2012 9:12 pm

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January 8, 2012 3:26 pm

That great time of trouble is upon us. The Strong Tower beckons all who have ears to hear. The birth pangs intensify and blood-thirsty people filled with Satan like J are relishing the idea of the violence that they will unleash because of their hatred of God. Know that there is no safety in mysterious disappearances and that those who take refuge there will perish along with their hope. Just as the flood took all those who perished in the days of Noah, this flood of violence will take as many as are not in the place of refuge.