WASHINGTON – The postponement of a major US-Israel drill planned for the coming weeks was initiated by Jerusalem, according to US media reports.
Israel reportedly asked to put off the exercise because of defense budget cuts, Jewish news agency JTA reported Tuesday. Meanwhile, Yahoo News, quoting US defense officials, said the postponement request came directly from Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
"Minister Barak called Secretary Panetta and asked if we could take the exercise off the calendar. The Israelis were concerned that they did not have the resources in place to carry it out effectively," a US official was quoted as saying by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic.
The postponed drill was slated to be held within weeks, yet now it appears it will not be held before the second half of the year, at the earliest.
According to Yahoo, American sources expressed concerns that Israel's request to put off the aerial defense exercise was a warning that Jerusalem is keeping all options open, including a possible strike on Iran's nuclear facilities in the spring.
I think Austere Challenge will be implemented @ that time:
The powers that be often like to use code for their plans, much like 911 imo.
11And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
OK, watchman: why do you suppose they changed the name of their exercise to Austere Challenge? Why did they mention in the Spring [when the spring feasts begin?] This is why I think they did that:
1 John 2:22
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. (austere challenge ancronym: AC)
and as to the timing? the current leader of the 'free world' will then have had 42 months to have spoke proud words and blasphemies.
Nov- Dec 2008