ARAB WORLD - Defense Pact with Israel in the Works

Arno Froese

Israel and its regional allies are working on developing a joint defense system to protect against the threat of Iranian drones and missiles, according to reports.

The opportunity for the airborne defense coalition followed normalization agreements between Israel and Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which are geographically closer to Iran.

The Israel Defense Forces view coordination between the countries as a “strategic asset” in defending against aerial threats that it did not previously have. One benefit is that the countries are closer to Iran and Iraq, which is home to Iranian-backed militias, and their proximity could allow the IAF to detect threats earlier.

Iran launched a missile barrage that hit Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, calling it retaliation for an Israeli strike in Syria that killed two members of its Revolutionary Guard. The volley of around 12 missiles hit near the US consulate, marking a significant escalation.

The IDF has confirmed it intercepted at least four Iranian drones heading for Israel or the West Bank and Gaza Strip in recent years.

The officials said during [the] briefing that, between 2017 and 2021, Israel’s air force carried out 408 missions in the “northern sector” and fired thousands of missiles. Israel has occasionally hit Iranian-linked targets in Iraq, near the Syrian border, according to foreign reports., 29 March 2022

Arno's Commentary

For Israel, this is definitely good news. With Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, Israel is able to monitor activity of the Iranian regime, which has repeatedly declared that the Zionist State must be eradicated. 

It’s also beneficial for other Arab states that have no relationship with Israel. Most Arab nations are of the Sunni branch of Islam, while Iran is 90% Shia, and neighboring Iraq 63%. Israel’s northern neighbor, Lebanon, is 36% Shia and 22% Sunni.

Interestingly, Bahrain, with 70% Shia and 30% Sunni, has chosen to be on Israel’s side.

It is no longer a secret that Israel’s intellectual capacity, whether in medicine, agriculture, or defense, is absolutely superior. Thus, to be on Israel’s side is definitely beneficial.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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