IRAQ - Iranian Drones Shot Down by Israel

Arno Froese

Two Iranian drones shot down over Iraq by American fighter jets were set to explode in Israeli territory, the defense establishment has confirmed.

The confirmation of the reports comes after the Israel Air Force announced that two Iranian Shahed 197 drones heading toward Israel were downed by IAF F-35i fighter jets last year.

Though the IDF was unable to say where exactly the drones were launched from, “The UAVs were detected and tracked throughout their flight by ground control units.” The pieces of the UAVs were collected and documented by a regional country and shared with the IDF.

“The interception of the UAVs was carried out prior to them entering Israeli airspace, in coordination with neighboring countries,” the military said, without naming the countries due to security concerns.

Iran has been launching drones and other unmanned aerial systems to Israel since 2018. The increase of attempts by Tehran has placed the threats posed by such systems in the top five threats facing the Israel Air Force.

The drones are small, fly fast and low to the ground, making it hard for Israeli radar to detect them., 21 March 2022

Arno's Commentary

This article reveals some benefits to Israel being able to use defensive methods to detect and subsequently destroy incoming drones, even outside its borders. Erbil, where the drones were downed, is a long way from Israel, but not far from the border of Iran to the east and Turkey to the north. With this revelation, it becomes clear that Israel’s intelligence agencies as well as its air force are reaching far and wide.

In the meantime, Israel has developed good relations with countries such as Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and to a degree, Qatar. These countries are separated from Iran by the Persian Gulf. 

A question many ask is, what happens if a drone penetrates Israel’s airspace and hits its target? Quite naturally, that would unleash Israel’s military, which is considered the world’s most effective.

A JSTOR excerpt states: 

Given the current state of hostility between Israel and Iran, we may easily overlook the years of cooperative relations between these two states, both before and even after the Islamic revolution. Although such cooperation faced limits and did not remove Iranian animosity toward Israel, it was still extensive at times. Iran’s tacit military, economic, and intelligence cooperation with Israel during the Shah’s time was based on common geopolitical interests, including fears of Nasserite Pan-Arabism and Soviet communism.”

-Israel and Iran: A Dangerous Rivalry

Former Egyptian president Nasser and Soviet communism are no longer in existence. Thus, we see geopolitical realities change quickly. What next? Virtually any and all prognoses are based on theoretical opinions, which are incapable of accurately declaring future developments.

What does the Bible say? That’s important. Here we are reminded of the fourth night vision of the prophet Daniel. It gives us a view into the invisible world: “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia” (Daniel 10:13). This prince of Persia and the kings of Persia are obviously diabolical entities, whose aim is to hinder the revelation of God’s future for the people of Israel. What is Israel’s future? “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1).

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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