The Jerusalem Post reports that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) can now fly its F-35 stealth fighter jets from Israel to the Islamic Republic without requiring midair fueling. Additionally, the IAF has integrated a new one-ton bomb into the arsenal of weapons used by the F-35s that can be carried inside the jet without jeopardizing its stealth radar signature.
This boost to IAF capabilities comes as the Israeli military has upped its preparations for a future strike against Iran's nuclear program.
During a recent appearance on American Family Radio, Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, predicted that Israel could be planning an attack on Iran very soon.
"I believe even this summer we're going to wake up to a headline that says Israel has struck Iranian nuclear sites," she said. "Which ones? We don't know. There are some that are further along than others. Some are underground, where there's really not much you can do."
Meanwhile, Markell noted a particular clock is ticking.
"I am very concerned, because here's what's going to happen," she warned. "If they strike these nuclear sites, obviously there's going to be loss of life, and the whole world will scream bloody murder and 'Israel needs to be punished,' when she, in fact, just did the world a favor by knocking out some of these nuclear sites."
The IAF has held four large-scale drills simulating attacks against Iran over the last month. The first drill included confronting Iranian radar and detection systems like those that protect its nuclear installations.