Uzi, Galil, Desert Eagle, F21 kfir. Familiar house hold names from Israel. But the Merkava is the weapon that scares the nuts and bolts of tankers around the world. The latest model M4 would make any advance ATGM (anti tank guided missile) deflect like a rock if its passes the Rafael defense system that acts like a mini IronDome.
Its Arab neighbor still have a field day from previous defeats. Egypt, Jordan and Saudi have a non-aggressive posture with Tel Aviv but Syria and Iran pose a threat to the existence of Zion.
Israel have the best tank gunnery in the world repelling massive attack by Syria and Egypt armor in wars of 1967 and 1973. When the world deny them of buying weapons, they made their own. The Merkava born from the success of British tank Chieftain. Its debut fight Lebanon, 1982 against Russian tanks. Rounds from T62 won’t penetrate its thick armor. If its not knocking other tanks, it doubles as an armored carrier. Definitely, a general’s wonder weapon.
But it did meet its match when Hezbollah guerrillas were armed with the Russian Kornet ATGM but that did not slow the tank down.
Under President Duterte, the Philippines is seeking Israel weapons, I hope the Merkava would be a top priority list. The tank is very roomy, it could also transport wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Its armored troop carrier version is the Namer is also an excellent choice.
I do hope this time, the Philippine AFP modernization would materialize. Its 30 years late (since the power grab People Power of 1986) but better late than never.
Practicing pencil shadings, 2011 bus ride.
Israel developed a jet, the Lavi, that looked like the US F16 Falcon (now called Viper, new block model). As “I remembered”, the US government would sold the F16 at a cheaper price as long Israel do not proceed with the Lavi development. Then I saw this jet in China, an F16 looker. The J10. Israel sold the design to china.
Relation between Israel and the US soured.
In politics, there is no permanent friends. Only permanent interest.
And rumors that China is selling the j10 to Iran. An enemy of Zionist.
Below is my sketch of Israeli Lavi with Japan’s FSK, another version of the US F16.
Before Magnificent Seven, Akira Kurasawa made The Seven Samurai.
There is no saint in the bible that pertains to a saint devoted to love but the Greeks (eros) and Roman (cupid) pagan practice do. These whole business of milking people of their hard earned money about love is not the affection the bible teaches. It is this attitude of misunderstanding why people are still unhappy and frustrated. Worst part some go to the extreme length of humiliating others why haven’t love found them. There are scams about online dating while others are legitimate business with no guarantee of finding love. Still business is earning millions of dollars all for the name of love.
Always remember love is patient and kind… (1 Corinthians 13:4 & 5-7). If anyone is not being kind to others, the world is likely in trouble which is really felt around the world. Love is not bound only two people. Love is for everyone even to the environment and the animal kingdom. Love is not sex pleasure or a piece of chocolate that easily melts and gives diabetes.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
But if you are looking for that special someone, be patient. Until then be busy doing your stuff and be kind to others. They will come. I was an NGSG (No Girlfriend Since Grade school) and when she came along, I tell you, it was worth the wait. So keep waiting.