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Iranian missiles ready to hit Tel Aviv says cleric
Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 8/15/2006

Posted on 08/15/2006 2:46:15 AM PDT by markomalley

Iran will hit Tel Aviv with its medium-range missiles if attacked, said an influential senior cleric on Tuesday.

"If they (U.S. and Israel) militarily attack Iran ... They should be afraid of the day when our missiles with 2,000 km range will hit Tel Aviv," Ahmad Khatami told state television.

Khatami sits on the Assembly of Experts, the body of 86 clerics that constitutionally supervises the country's most powerful man, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Arms experts say Iran's Shahab-3 missiles have a maximum range of around 2,000 km (1,240 miles), meaning they are capable of hitting Israel as well as U.S. military bases in the Gulf.

U.S. officials accuse Iran of planning to equip its missiles with nuclear warheads. Iran says it has no desire to have atomic weapons and is only developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, such as electricity generation.

Iranian military commanders have repeatedly warned they would not hesitate to deploy the Shahab-3 missiles if Iran came under attack over its disputed nuclear programme.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; jihad; terrorism; terrorists

1 posted on 08/15/2006 2:46:16 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Thank you Marko.


2 posted on 08/15/2006 2:47:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: markomalley
Iran, which refuses to recognize Israel, says it only gives moral support to anti-Israeli groups like Hamas and Hizbollah

That should be M.O.R.A.L. support for Money, Ordnance, Rockets, Assistance, Logistics.

3 posted on 08/15/2006 2:54:05 AM PDT by edpc (Violence is ALWAYS a solution. Maybe not the right one....but a solution nonetheless)
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To: markomalley

Is most of Israel's political infrastructure still in Tel Aviv? Haven't they moved it to Jerusalem yet?


4 posted on 08/15/2006 2:54:18 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: markomalley

Hezbollah won. Iran, who had bet on Hezbollah, will now double the bet.

See: Quick assessment:
http://peace-and-freedom.blogspot.com/

Also see Misunderspinning
http://extendedremarks.blogspot.com/2006_08_02_extendedremarks_archive.html


5 posted on 08/15/2006 2:58:13 AM PDT by John Carey
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To: markomalley
Iran says it has no desire to have atomic weapons and is only developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, such as electricity generation.

Q: What do Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tehran all have in common?

A: Nothing, yet
6 posted on 08/15/2006 3:00:08 AM PDT by Maurice Tift
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To: markomalley

Iran's been cocky since the ceasefire and interview with Wallace. I wouldn't put anything pass them over the next few months, they got that glow going on.


7 posted on 08/15/2006 3:01:51 AM PDT by Pro-Bush ("A nation without borders is not a nation." President Reagan)
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To: markomalley

The cease fire by the UN is bogus and will only allow the Hezbos to regroup. A bad move.


8 posted on 08/15/2006 3:12:51 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: John Carey

Welcome to Free Republic. Are you a big fan of Jimmy Carter? I see that you post a recent article by him directly below your on piece on your blog.


9 posted on 08/15/2006 3:17:22 AM PDT by BushMeister ("We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: Vaquero

Both Iran and Hezbollah opposed the ceasefire agreement. Two arguments in its favor.

They have the power and the will to breach the agreement.

The key in the next days is what will be the U.S. and Israeli reaction when they do.


10 posted on 08/15/2006 3:25:45 AM PDT by D-fendr
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To: John Carey

Blog-pimping is not a good way to win friends and respect on FR.


11 posted on 08/15/2006 3:30:32 AM PDT by D-fendr
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To: markomalley

If Iran hits Israel, that would be a good reason for Israel to hit back with nukes & put Iran out for good.


12 posted on 08/15/2006 3:39:21 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: markomalley

By the time Iran fires them, Israel's Prime Minister will be Benjamin Netanyahu... he ain't gonna listen to U.N. when IDF has the advantage...


13 posted on 08/15/2006 3:42:29 AM PDT by ChristianDefender (Never Give Your Enemy (ROP) A Foothold.)
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To: markomalley; All
Hope they remember this:

The Samson Option-- what is known about Israel's Nuclear Weapons?

OT, but related- much information about fallout patterns, radius of damage, etc., among these links:

-The India-Pakistani Conflict... some background information- --

14 posted on 08/15/2006 3:43:21 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: ChristianDefender
By the time Iran fires them, Israel's Prime Minister will be Benjamin Netanyahu... he ain't gonna listen to U.N. when IDF has the advantage...

If you go by what posters have said on other threads BiBi talks a good game but that is all he does
15 posted on 08/15/2006 4:11:17 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: markomalley
Iran says it has no desire to have atomic weapons and is only developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, such as electricity generation.For these Muslims. removing Israel from the map is the highest peaceful purpose one can attain for Allah.
16 posted on 08/15/2006 4:18:10 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Brilliant
If Iran hits Israel, that would be a good reason for Israel to hit back with nukes & put Iran out for good.

I agree, though they better watch the wind direction.....we do have lots of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

17 posted on 08/15/2006 4:26:20 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: uncbob

You have a point... anyone knows how hard it is to be Israel's Prime Minister in times of war... but as far as will and determination to fight is concern, i'll be a lot confident with Bibi than any other new generation Israeli politicians...


18 posted on 08/15/2006 4:50:47 AM PDT by ChristianDefender (Never Give Your Enemy (ROP) A Foothold.)
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To: Raycpa
For these Muslims. removing Israel from the map is the highest peaceful purpose one can attain for Allah.

Excellently stated! Bears repeating...

19 posted on 08/15/2006 4:53:25 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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To: markomalley

Despite all their hype, Iran will lose a lot of clout in the Arab Mideast if Aug. 22 comes and goes with nothing to show for it. Ahmadinejab has created a situation in which his only choice is to either put up or shut up.

With all of Iran's sabre-rattling, my fear is that they may actually have the means to destroy an entire Israeli city (such as Tel Aviv), and truly launch the opening shot of what will become global conflict on a previously unseen scale.

We have 7 days to go to find out.


20 posted on 08/15/2006 5:02:11 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Vaquero

Me thinks there is a possibility, if Iran strikes at Israel, they will strike too at Iraq or Afghanistan at American targets.

National suicide for Iran.


21 posted on 08/15/2006 5:04:01 AM PDT by Go Army.com (A slight modification of the story, bringing out the facts)
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To: Go Army.com
I have read that Iran has been very nervous about the possibility of being invaded. that's how I read this.

Also, Israel saw weapons that they did not expect, but now they know about them and can prepare defenses. They are taking some to show the Russians. Bush made an issue with Putin over small arms trade and has recently embargoed three Russian companies.

Here comes another push to keep developed countries from selling arms to third world dictators. A big lapse was algore ignoring laws that forbade aid to Russia, if they helped Iran with nukes.

I always said during the Iran/Iraq war that if the predatory arms merchants would leave those people alone, all they could do would be to throw rocks at each other. That probably would not be on the news 24/7.

22 posted on 08/15/2006 5:47:53 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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23 posted on 08/15/2006 6:03:06 AM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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To: John Carey

Most gamblers do that
Then someday they lose


24 posted on 08/15/2006 6:14:30 AM PDT by 1903A3
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To: John Carey

If you tghink Hezbollah won, then you haven't been watching the same war as most have been watching.

The Hezbos got their butts handed to them. Israel achieved all its objectives militarily. The only victory the Hezzies can claim is that they can show the world the damage they caused Lebanon at the hands of the Israelis.


25 posted on 08/15/2006 6:16:25 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Kill all the lawyers? No, kill all the politicans.)
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To: DustyMoment

7 days to get ready
If you are not ready yet which I doubt


26 posted on 08/15/2006 6:17:44 AM PDT by 1903A3
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Godd Idea. The Israel government should pack up and move to Jerusalem.


27 posted on 08/15/2006 6:26:16 AM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: markomalley

Sure, they have the range.

But do they have the accuracy?

Nope.

Maybe the Gaza Strip and Syria won't be a problem anymore,,,


28 posted on 08/15/2006 6:41:04 AM PDT by RonHolzwarth ("History repeats itself - first as tragedy, then as farce" - Karl Marx)
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To: D-fendr

"Blog-pimping is not a good way to win friends and respect on FR."

How pompous is his bio page...all written in the third person with 'Mr' this, Mr that...


29 posted on 08/15/2006 6:44:02 AM PDT by Dave Elias
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To: Pro-Bush

Also, August 22 still looms for another 7 days.

If Wallace wasn't such an media liberal maniac looking for glory after retirement, he could have taken in a Trojan Horse as a gift to Mr. Iranian Behavior Specialist.


30 posted on 08/15/2006 6:45:01 AM PDT by not2worry (What goes around comes around.)
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To: John Carey
John Carey - Blog pimp

31 posted on 08/15/2006 7:06:26 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: markomalley

Right Backatcha, Khatami!


32 posted on 08/15/2006 7:09:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Vaquero
The cease fire by the UN is bogus and will only allow the Hezbos to regroup. A bad move.

I wouldn't be surprised if the UN negotiated with Hezbollah to cease firing rockets in order to regain some credibility, so that Kofi & Friends can say, "Hey, look, we brokered a ceasefire, we aren't useless."

33 posted on 08/15/2006 7:37:31 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian (Formerly Ashamed Canadian - thank you Stephen Harper!)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
Is most of Israel's political infrastructure still in Tel Aviv? Haven't they moved it to Jerusalem yet?

They might be not willing to hit Jerusalem, for obvious reasons.

34 posted on 08/15/2006 9:25:44 AM PDT by A. Pole (Milosevic: "And when they behead your own people [...] then you will know what this was all about.")
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