Israel is preparing for a major war and in the worst case scenario, it could be attacked from all directions. On June 22nd, 2011, there will be a major test of our newest anti-missile protection system and a test of citizenry readiness for a new, this time much bigger, military conflict. We are getting gas masks just in case. Most everyone already has them, but we keep delaying to go to the mask distribution center to get those for the whole family. No one is panicking, but it is clear that things may get worse rather suddenly. All should be well, but we would appreciate your prayers for protection, wisdom, and blessing in regard to this.
(from a Messianic Jewish prayer letter, June 2011)
Israel’s Arrow Theater Missile Defense:
In a dawning age of rogue states, ballistic missile defenses are steadily become a widely accepted necessity. Iran is widely believed to be developing nuclear capabilities, and Israeli concerns were heightened after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged that Israel be “wiped off the map.” Because missile defenses are so important, states like Israel have taken steps to ensure that they have the ability to build many of the key pieces. The Arrow project is a collaboration between Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries to produce the missile interceptors that accompany the required radars, satellites, command and control systems.
On July 27, 2010: The United States House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense voted to fund Israel’s missile defense programs at $422.7 million for 2011, nearly $96 million above the original White House funding request. This represents a doubling of aid for missile defense from 2010, in the wake of an emerging consensus that the CIA’s 2007 estimate of Iran’s nuclear weapons program was wrong, and underestimated Iranian progress.
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