Monday, January 16, 2012

US, Israel in open rift over Iran: Big joint military drill cancelled

US-Israeli discord over action against Iran went into overdrive Sunday, Jan. 15 when the White House called off Austere Challenge 12, the biggest joint war game the US and Israel have ever staged, ready to go in spring, in reprisal for a comment by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon in an early morning radio interview. He said the United States was hesitant over sanctions against Iran's central bank and oil for fear of a spike in oil prices.

The row between Washington and Jerusalem is now in the open, undoubtedly causing celebration in Tehran.
Nothing was said about the 9,000 US troops who landed in Israeli earlier this month for a lengthy stay. Neither was the forthcoming visit by Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff, Thursday mentioned.

Source: Debka


Dov Bar-Leib said...

And to think that the Mayans, from Ophir ben Yoktan (Yucatan) figured this all out or knew about this about 4000 years ago. It is good to dwell alone with an army of One behind you. from the Center of the Earth as the continents spin around us and allow us no place to turn but upwards.

Tidbits of Torah said...

My first thought was - wow, it's happening in a blink of an eye. US sent troops over for drill - and now they are posed to turn an abrupt change of guard and will fight Israel with all other nations - smiling, you and I know the end of the story

Dov Bar-Leib said...

Yes, today was the 20th of Tevet. So this could be following Dr. Ya'akov Tabak's timetable after all, being exactly nine months prior to Hoshana Rabba. So I am up late following this story. A Final Geulah only comes once in history. So who could sleep for the next nine months. Yet, even Chizkiyahu (Hezekiah) went to sleep with 185,000 Assyrian troops overlooking Yerushalayim. So good night.

Leah said...

TidBits of Torah, I was thinking the exact same thing. No matter what the time frame will be as it is up to Hshem it is obvious that things are moving in multiple directions and quickly and with ar reaching depth...elections in both ME and US, nuclear developmnet with Iran and the economy. Each week brings new developments.

Anonymous said...

I hate to ruin everyone's excitement, but there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the cancellation of this drill was anything other then a desire to avoid further escalation with Iran. After all, Iran did indicate a willingness to "come to teh table". Even though we all know that Iran's overtures are meaningless, I strongly suspect that the cancellation of this drill was meant as an "olive branch" in response to Iran's "olive branch".

But more importantly, if you stay up all night trying to analyze "the end of days scenario" you are missing the point completely! 1 hour of teshuvah and good deeds in THIS WORLD is far greater than the entire world to come. Stop wasting time, there's work to do!

Anonymous said...

This is because Israel is not decreed by Hashem to fight this war against Iran:
תוספות ד"ה משכא

(SUMMARY: Tosfos explains that Persia will fall to Rome a very short time before the coming of Moshiach.)

והא דאמרינן עתידה פרס שתפול ביד רומי

[תפול meaning, "will fall" can be transliterated as "topple" more than likely where this english word was adapted from.]

היינו סמוך לביאת המשיח כדאמרינן (סנהדרין דף צח:) עתידה מלכות רומי שתפשוט על כל העולם תשעה חדשים

(b) Answer: This will be close to the coming of Moshiach, as the Gemara says in Sanhedrin (98b) that in the future, the kingdom of Rome will rule over the entire world for nine months.

Anonymous said...


for the direct source to this Gemorra see Yoma 10a where the process is elaborated at length. also reference Yalkhut Shimoni on melech Paras, melech Arabia and Edom.