Photo Credit: Screenshot from defense ministry YouTube
The United States and Israel tested the Blue Sparrow missile Tuesday morning, raising tensions throughout the Middle East

Russia detected a joint US-Israeli missile firing from the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday morning and raised tensions throughout the world, which already is on war alert. Israel, after denying that a missile was launched, later said two missiles were fired the sea in a test carried out with the United States.

The “Blue Sparrow” missile test was meant to test radar systems, according to the Defense Ministry.

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However, given the rapid acceleration of war preparations by the United States, Hezbollah, Russia, Israel and Syria, virtually all statements have to be taken with more than a few grains of salt.

Sky News’ Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall reported, “There is very little information available, but the most likely explanation would be that the US is test firing some of its ship defense systems.”

The missile launch could have been a simple test without any connection to a possible U.S. attack on the Assad regime, but the opposite is most probable.

All that is known is that two missiles were fired and that they fell in the sea. The Russian Interfax news agency reported that a government official stated, “The trajectory of these objects goes from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea toward the eastern part of the Mediterranean coast.”

If the missile firings were designed to raise the rafters in Russia, they were an outstanding success.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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