“The people shall hear and be afraid; sorrow shall take hold…” (Exodus 15:14)
With the world in turmoil following the recent deal between Iran and the P5+1, the Israeli Defense Forces are preparing to serve as the world’s best defense against a nuclear Iran.
“Over the years, the Israeli Defense Forces have managed to thwart the evil plans of our enemies,” said Dr. John Grossman, chairman of American Friends of LIBI, the IDF’s unit supporting humanitarian aid to soldiers. “We have no doubt that the IDF will continue to play a vital role as Israel’s and the Jewish people’s first line of defense.”
Since April, amid the foreshadowing of the acceptance of an agreement between Iran and the P5+1, the IDF has been instructed to prepare plans for a military response to the Iranian problem. Israel for some time has been developing air defense systems that will be able to counter Iranian missiles with a nuclear payload, such as David’s Sling, the Arrow, and the Patriot missile systems, as well as Iron Dome for smaller missiles.
However, Israel has no physical defense system in place to prevent the smuggling of a nuclear bomb into the country and being detonated in a population center by Iranian supported terrorist groups such as Hamas or Hezbollah. That is, aside from the soldiers of the IDF.
The IDF has been continually vigilant on smugglers encroaching upon Israeli borders from all sides, and even from within Israel itself. Additionally, the IDF recently appointed a special task force to design strike plans against Iranian nuclear facilities in the event that Israel deems it necessary. In such a case, the IDF plans to take the offensive, something which they did in both Iraq and Syria when those enemy countries began developing their own nuclear weapons program.
A source close to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was quoted as saying by Walla!, “You have to prepare yourself for all of the threats. Not only for Gaza and Lebanon. The military option costs money but the more time goes by, you’re better prepared to carry out the mission.”
While other US allied countries such as Saudi Arabia have also expressed their displeasure at the recent deal, only Israel has openly spoken out against it. Experts believe Saudi Arabia has too much to lose if they displease the US, who is currently helping the Saudi kingdom and their allies fight the Houthi revolt in Yemen.
According to a recent Ha’aretz report, Israel refused a boost in military aid that was offered by the Obama administration to appease Israeli opposition to the Iran deal. The defense deal, which was offered in April, was outright refused by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he didn’t want to be seen acquiescing to the Iranian deal, which he has time and again staunchly opposed both locally as well as internationally.
A highly placed US official told the paper that the offer is being extended even if Israel decides to wait until after the Congressional vote that will ultimately decide the fate of the US’s acceptance of the agreement with Iran. “Even after the Congressional vote, and even if it is ratified, the sun will still rise the next day, and Israel and the US will continue to work together on military and strategic issues,” he said.
On Sunday, Netanyahu rejected any rumors of accepting any and future military aid packages from the US, saying that no amount of compensation would be able to counter a nuclear armed Iran “sworn to our destruction.”
“The deal endangers our security, our survival even, and the security of the Middle East and the world,” the prime minister explained during an interview with ABC’s “This Week”.
“Everybody talks about compensating Israel. If this deal is supposed to make Israel and its Arab neighbors safer, why should we need to be compensated with anything? And how can you compensate my country against a terror regime that is sworn to our destruction and going to get a path to nuclear bombs?” Netanyahu asked.
As the picture currently stands, with most of the world either quietly waiting to see what happens with the UN vote and the vote in Congress, being cajoled into acquiescing to the deal or outright supporting the deal, only Israel and only the IDF will form a forceful deterrent to Iran obtaining a nuclear bomb.