Juniper Cobra 2018 to Start Next Week

Lt.-Gen. Timothy Ray addresses reporters during a press conference as part of the Juniper Cobra exercise at the Hatzor Air Base in central Israel on February 25, 2016. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

Press conference leading up to Juniper Cobra.  (Phone credit: Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

Every other year the US and Israel conduct extensive drills in Israel, simulating defense against massive missile attacks on the Jewish homeland.  Earlier this week, US troops from the European Command (EUCOM) deployed anti-missile defense systems in preparation of upcoming Juniper Cobra military drills.

Hezbollah, an Iranian terrorist puppet regime in Lebanon, is thought to have 100,000 – 150,000 missiles aimed across the border at Israel, and about 50,000 soldiers.  Hezbollah seeks to completely annihilate Israel, and has threatened to open fire on IDF soldiers building barriers near the Lebanon-Israel border in northern Israel.  Next week’s drills will simulate defense of thousands of missiles, launched from various sites, fired into Israel.

This will be the ninth Juniper Cobra joint drill, and about 3200 American soldiers will take part. It was America’s “premier exercise in this region and EUCOM’s highest priority exercise in 2016,” Lt. Gen. Timothy Ray, head of the US Third Air Force, said at the time. “This exercise increases our military readiness, but just as importantly it also signals our resolve to support Israel.”  (According to The Times of Israel, January 31, 2018)

Let’s pray for wisdom of commanders and others establishing the strategy of these drills.  May they be very productive!  Pray, also, for safety of Israeli and American troops as they undergo these drills next week.

Come back later today for a glimpse of what may be driving the strategy of Juniper Cobra 2018.  See you then!

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