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'Israel was close to war this winter'
http://www.thejc.com/news/israel-news/30480/israel-was-close-war-winter ^

Posted on 04/16/2010 6:48:05 AM PDT by jhpigott

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 15, 2010

Syria smuggled long-range missiles to Hizbollah in Lebanon earlier this year, leading to Israeli threats to attack the weapons convoys, it has emerged. Such an attack could have escalated into another war on Israel’s northern border.

According to a report on Monday in a Kuwaiti newspaper, Israeli and other Western intelligence agencies received information that Hizbollah members were being trained in Syria in the use of Scud missiles. These missiles, which have a range of over 300 kilometres, were used by Iraq in 1991 to attack Israeli cities and are much larger than the missiles Hizbollah currently holds. They would allow the Lebanese movement to attack almost any site in Israel.

Israel passed on messages through third parties that it would not stand by if Syria supplied Scuds to Hizbollah. According to the Kuwaiti report, the Americans also warned Syria that its actions could lead to an Israeli attack that may escalate into a full war. Syria seems to have ignored the warnings and this is the reason that the US has decided to postpone indefinitely returning its ambassador to Damascus.

The Israeli military’s working assumption is that Syria and Iran have agreed to supply Hizbollah with all types of weapons, including chemical warfare bombs and advanced anti-aircraft missiles.

Over the past two months, the threat of imminent war on Israel’s northern border has receded somewhat, although senior Israeli soldiers have said that Syria has not slowed down the transfer of arms to Hizbollah.

Hizbollah is estimated to be holding between 30-40,000 missiles obtained through Syria and Iran over the past few years, despite UN Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War and forbids arms shipments to Hizbollah.

Aside from the increase in the number and quality of these missiles, Israeli sources say that the main difference since 2006 is that Hizbollah’s missile forces are now under the direct control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and their firing can only take place under direct orders from Tehran.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hezbollah; israel; scud; syria

1 posted on 04/16/2010 6:48:05 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: MississippiMan; ctdonath2; LibertyRocks; GonzoGOP; b4its2late; bert; maquiladora; hennie pennie; ...

ping


2 posted on 04/16/2010 6:49:12 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott
The Jewish Chronicle
3 posted on 04/16/2010 6:49:39 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: jhpigott

It strikes me that the Syrians should be on their knees thanking their god that Israel was just “close” to war this winter.


4 posted on 04/16/2010 6:49:50 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: jhpigott

So basically Israel did nothing? Syria delivered the missiles (largely on behalf of Iran) and their only punishment was the non-return of the US ambassador?


5 posted on 04/16/2010 6:54:59 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: jhpigott
...despite UN Resolution 1701...

Huh. UN Resolutions should come in 300-foot rolls; neatly perforated for your tear-off convenience.

6 posted on 04/16/2010 6:55:10 AM PDT by HKMk23 (The Democrat Legacy: Hoax and Chains)
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To: WayneS

I don’t think they are out of the woods yet by any stretch of the imagination, particularly with this news coming out this week that they are supplying Hezbollah with SCUDs.


7 posted on 04/16/2010 6:55:35 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott
It's happening all over again. Hezbollah is arming up; preparing fortifications. Didn't realize these Scuds went in a while ago. Shows Bush's attitude toward Syria was entirely correct, and that all the liberals that went bowing and scraping to Assad got nothing. Well, Israel didn't destroy the missiles while they were in transit, so they'll have to see how many they can destroy after the launching begins. Also makes you wonder if Saddam didn't have some chemical WMD that went to Syria and will now end up in these warheads.
8 posted on 04/16/2010 7:00:43 AM PDT by throwback
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To: HKMk23
Got that right. I think their “observers” wear special glasses that render all rocket and missle launchers invisible.
9 posted on 04/16/2010 7:03:07 AM PDT by throwback
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To: jhpigott

If I were israel I would announce that if the syrian do not bring back every missile and destroy them where they sit Israel will destroy a dam per hour in syria. Believe me when water is flooding every street they will be very motivated.....


10 posted on 04/16/2010 7:11:51 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: jhpigott
The Obummer Middle East Doctrine- “I dare you to cross that line I have drawn in the sand! Oh, never mind- I will bow to you!”
11 posted on 04/16/2010 7:12:09 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: jhpigott

In Israel, war close or not close is the difference between safties off and on


12 posted on 04/16/2010 7:28:34 AM PDT by fso301
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To: bunkerhill7
Globalist elite's drive to WWIII in the Middle East...

Their loyal frontman named Obama is spearheading it as we speak.

13 posted on 04/16/2010 7:34:10 AM PDT by myknowledge (B.H. Obama's just a frontman. A frontman for who? The globalist elite, stupid!)
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To: bunkerhill7

We can only guess what Bibi told the Joker in their private meeting. I would bet Obama has never been dresssed down like that in hie entire life.


14 posted on 04/16/2010 7:45:01 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: jhpigott

Was close? Which means what? I hope they don’t just let all of this go by...


15 posted on 04/16/2010 8:01:28 AM PDT by b4its2late (Bawney Fwank's mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.)
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To: b4its2late

“Was close? Which means what?”

Probably either had F-15, 16s on tarmac or in the air on the way to bomb the Syrian convoy transferring the SCUDs


16 posted on 04/16/2010 8:05:23 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott

“Was”?

LOL!

Good thing that’s all over now.

Hillary’s ongoing, relentless ultimatums, insults and threats must have calmed Israel down.


17 posted on 04/16/2010 8:15:43 AM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: fso301; myknowledge

Great posts. True, too.

I was railed against some months ago for suggesting this. It’s just running late.


Man, you gotta get with St. John’s Revelation. Your eternal lives depend on it.


18 posted on 04/16/2010 8:18:02 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: bert

“I would bet Obama has never been dresssed down like that in hie entire life.”

That conversation would be worth its weight in plutonium.


19 posted on 04/16/2010 8:19:13 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: bert
Yes, I wonder what BiBi said to him. Sure as hell put the pretender into a snit. Bibi, BTW, is now the leader of the Western Free world. That is clear if you google the UN pseeches that Bibi and pbama gave. Bibis statements , style and policy sounded like a US president should. Obama? Sounded like an apologetic excuse for the office of the US president. Very bad things are about to happen in the ME because of Obama. The warmer weather will bring it.
20 posted on 04/16/2010 8:26:29 AM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Candor7

yep


21 posted on 04/16/2010 8:44:11 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: WayneS
"It strikes me that the Syrians should be on their knees "

Not any more, Wayne. With Obama in the WH, they are now more emboldened than ever. And I cannot call that illogical.

22 posted on 04/16/2010 9:54:20 AM PDT by TopQuark
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To: Longbow1969
So basically Israel did nothing? Syria delivered the missiles (largely on behalf of Iran) and their only punishment was the non-return of the US ambassador?

So far.

MM (in TX)

23 posted on 04/16/2010 9:57:56 AM PDT by MississippiMan (http://gogmagogblog.wordpress.com/)
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24 posted on 04/16/2010 12:48:10 PM PDT by SJackson (Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided, Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: jhpigott

Israel has been AT war since May 14, 1948. There has not been a single day when Israel could rest and say “We are at peace.”
There might be some days when it seems peaceful enough, but it is illusion.
Someday....


25 posted on 04/16/2010 2:28:55 PM PDT by MestaMachine (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2426869/posts SUPPORT RINO FREE AMERICA)
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To: jhpigott; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Thanks jhpigott.


26 posted on 04/16/2010 4:43:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: HKMk23

There are certainly 300-feet worth of empty words in each.


27 posted on 04/17/2010 3:15:13 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ( Two-state solution: A bad idea whose time has gone.)
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To: Walkingfeather

An oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.

Isaiah 17:1


28 posted on 04/18/2010 4:09:48 PM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that 0bama will resign)
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To: happygrl
True prophecy. Read your tagline. This is a happy thought.
29 posted on 04/18/2010 4:17:37 PM PDT by rae4palin (RESIST--REPEAL--IMPEACH)
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To: happygrl

believe it. Question for old testament scholars... Has Damascus ever been destroyed in the past?


30 posted on 04/18/2010 7:41:24 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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