It has been decided that the US stockpile of artillery shells stored in Israel in case of special “emergencies” will instead be delivered to the Ukrainian army for use in the war against Russia.
The ammunition has been stored on Israeli soil to be used by the US military in regional conflicts, the New York Times reports. Israel has also been given permission to use “some of the equipment ” if necessary.
As early as 2022, American leaders raised the possibility of letting the “weapon cache” in Israel benefit Ukraine – something that in Israel led to some concern about how Russia would react. In the end, however, the deliveries were approved by then Prime Minister Yar Lapid.
Israel has so far itself said no to supplying weapons to Ukraine – despite President Zelenskyy repeatedly calling for military support. One reason for this must be purely strategic and relate to wanting to be able to continue operating freely in Syria, where Russia essentially controls the airspace.
As for American “weapon caches” in Israel, these have existed for at least 50 years and have their background in the fact that the United States sent weapons to the country during the Yom Kippur War and shortly thereafter built up its own weapons caches in the area “to use in a potential crisis”.
Artillery pieces in particular have become increasingly important in the war in Ukraine as both sides shell each other. The Ukrainian leadership has previously claimed that it fires around 90,000 shells each month at the Russians – significantly more than what the EU and the US can produce in the same period.
It is noteworthy that a number of other countries – including Germany, Canada and Italy have also sent ammunition to Ukraine and that the US has delivered or promised to deliver over a million artillery shells to the country.
The arms and ammunition stockpile in Israel will also be replenished over time, two senior Israeli officials promise.
Source: New Dagbladet – 300,000 artillery shells are delivered from Israel to Ukraine
US quietly shipping ammo to Ukraine from massive stockpile in Israel
Times of Israel – The US stockpile in Israel dates back to the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The US delivered weapons to beleaguered Israeli forces during the war, then set up storage facilities in Israel for use in a potential crisis.
US tanks and armored personnel carriers were stowed in the Negev desert in case American forces in the Middle East needed them. Later on, in the 2000s, munitions for the different branches of the US military were kept in Israel in locations that were only open to the US personnel, the report said.
The stockpile was officially known as War Reserve Stocks for Allies-Israel, or WRSA-I. It was supervised by the US European Command and is now overseen by the US Central Command, which has included Israel since 2021.
Israel used ammunition from the stockpile during the 2006 Lebanon war against the Hezbollah terror group, and during fighting against Gaza terrorists in 2014, according to a Congressional report from last year.
Ukraine has run low on its own stockpiles and has begun mostly using supplies from the US and other Western countries, but Kyiv’s forces are firing around 90,000 artillery shells per month, far outpacing the manufacturing capabilities of the US and Europe combined.
The US has turned to the stockpile in Israel, as well as another in South Korea, to make up the difference and keep the shells flowing to Ukraine. The ammunition is transported to Europe and transferred into Ukraine from Poland, The New York Times report said.
38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech (Moscow) and Tubal (Tobolsk), and prophesy against him,
38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord “I AM”; Behold, I [am] against thee, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech (Moscow) and Tubal (Tobolsk):
38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws (hunger), and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts [of armour, even] a great company [with] bucklers and shields, all of them handling weapons of destruction (lightning):
38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the House of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee.
38:7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land [that is] brought back from the sword, [and is] gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
38:9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
38:10 Thus saith the Lord “I AM”; It shall also come to pass, [that] at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates (no defences),
Four Angels of the Euphrates River – “All this sets the stage for Armageddon. In Hebrew, Har-Megiddo means Armageddon, and is located in Northern Israel where ancient Israel fought its enemies, and near Endor. The already exhausted West will lose against the formidable Red armies. In Revelation 11:7, the beast (Satan and his communism/Marxism) will overcome them and kill them, the Two Witnesses. Here, the West is represented by the United Kingdom and the United States, that both used to witness for God, before their testimony ended and they strayed away from the Truth and God’s Laws. This separation accelerated after the Marxists infiltrated Western countries.”