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  • Mossad and the Saudis Convinced Iran Seeking Nuclear Holocaust

    11/17/2013 3:23:25 PM PST · by Bratch · 40 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | November 17, 2013 | Yori Yanover Read more at:
    A Sunday Times story headlined “Two Old Foes Unite Against Tehran” suggest, according to a diplomatic source, that Israel’s Mossad is working with the Saudis on contingency plans for an attack on Iran, should the latter not take down its nuclear weapons program in the deal to be signed in Geneva this week. The Israelis and the Saudis are convinced that the Geneva talks that seek to place limits on Tehran’s military nuclear development are nothing more than appeasement, Munich style, and will do little to slow Iran’s effort to possess a nuclear warhead, which it can then mount on...
  • New analysis: "The Russians Are Coming: The T-50's Flight to the Future"

    02/10/2010 12:56:45 AM PST · by Primorsky · 11 replies · 1,199+ views
    Grande Strategy ^ | 8 February 2010 | Meinhaj Hussain
    Introduction In late January 2010, the PAK FA made its maiden flight, ushering in an end to an era of US dominance of stealth, fifth generation fighter aircraft. Military analysts of every shade and nation spent endless times speculating and awaited the first flight with sleepless nights and over bitter arguments about its final configuration, for the PAK FA was kept so secretive that none other than a very choice few knew what it would look like. Combat aircraft are the spear tip of any military power, and play a pivotal role in air warfare. And in today's day and...
  • U.S. planning for Israeli strike at Iran

    05/07/2004 10:42:21 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 139 replies · 1,313+ views
    <p>Washington, DC, May. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. authorities have extensively considered the possibility -- or likelihood -- that Israel will attack Iran's nuclear facilities, perhaps this year.</p> <p>U.S. analysts and government sources said the Bush administration has discussed the prospect of an Israeli air strike in terms of the diplomatic, military and security implications for the United States, particularly its military presence in Iraq and the Persian Gulf region, the Middle East Newsline reported Friday.</p>
  • Here's How Israel Would Destroy Iran's Nuclear Program

    05/30/2009 7:52:04 AM PDT · by Strategy · 66 replies · 3,157+ views
    Haaretz ^ | May 21, 2009 | By Reuven Pedatzur
    Israeli government ministers and Knesset members who will help make the decision about whether to attack Iran's nuclear facilities do not have to wait any longer for a preparatory briefing by the Israel Air Force. They can read about all the possible scenarios for a strike on Iran, and about the potential risks and chances of success, in a study by Abdullah Toukan and Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
  • Israel seeks all clear for Iran air strike

    02/24/2007 12:59:47 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 203 replies · 9,347+ views (excerpt) ^ | February 24, 2007 | Con Coughlin
    Excerpt - Israel is negotiating with the United States for permission to fly over Iraq as part of a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. To conduct surgical air strikes against Iran's nuclear programme, Israeli war planes would need to fly across Iraq. But to do so the Israeli military authorities in Tel Aviv need permission from the Pentagon. A senior Israeli defence official said negotiations were now underway between the two countries for the US-led coalition in Iraq to provide an "air corridor" in the event of the Israeli government deciding on unilateral military...
  • Iranian Early Warning Station, Anti-Air Base On Lebanese Peak

    07/12/2008 7:45:29 PM PDT · by Fennie · 55 replies · 280+ views
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 12, 2008
    In the past few weeks, Hezbollah at the behest of Iran and Syria has commandeered the 7,800-foot Mt. Sannine, a strategic asset capable of determining the outcome of the next war, as DEBKA-Net Weekly 356 revealed. Radar-guided missile positions and an early warning station have since been deployed on its summit, which are capable of monitoring and threatening US Sixth Fleet movements in the eastern Mediterranean and Israel Air Force flights. This development was serious enough for Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak to repeat three times in as many days that the IDF is keeping a close watch on events...
  • Israel Could Mount Pinpoint Raids On Iran: Analysts

    11/09/2011 4:48:24 AM PST · by Fennie · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 8, 2011 | By Dan Williams
    JERUSALEM - Should the Israelis attack Iran, they would probably focus strikes on select nuclear facilities while trying to avoid killing civilians en masse or crippling the oil sector. Past operations by Israel, such as the 1981 bombing of Iraq's Osirak atomic reactor and a similar strike against Syria in 2007, suggest a strategy of one-off pinpoint raids, due both to military limitations and a desire to avoid wider war. "It (Israel) has the capability to get there, and it has the capability to do serious damage to the Iranian nuclear program," said Sam Gardiner, a retired U.S. air force...
  • Green light to bomb Iran: Tehran is driving the Arabs and Israelis together

    07/06/2009 9:39:32 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 23 replies · 956+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2009 | Editorial
    Weekend reports that Saudi Arabia will allow overfly rights to Israeli warplanes to strike nuclear facilities in Iran came as no surprise in these quarters. A growing Arab-Israeli detente is being driven by the shared sense of threat from Tehran. In March, a high-ranking Israeli source told us, "You'd be amazed at how we see eye-to-eye with the moderate Arab states."
  • Netanyahu makes a case for a preemptive strike

    10/16/2013 8:11:10 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 15, 2013, 5:16 pm | Haviv Rettig Gur
    In Yom Kippur War anniversary speech, prime minister suggests that inaction on Iran is costlier than international opprobrium Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a thinly veiled defense of a possible Israeli preemptive strike on Iran during a Knesset commemoration Tuesday of the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. In a speech to MKs about the war, in which Israel was surprised by a coordinated Arab invasion on the northern and southern fronts, Netanyahu explained that IDF soldiers who fought in the bitter battles of that war “saved us from paying the price of complacency.” “In the end we won...
  • Majority of Israelis believe solo strike on Iran can succeed

    11/15/2013 7:05:04 AM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | November 15, 2013 | Aharon Lapidot
    Israel Hayom-New Wave Research poll finds 52.4% of the Israeli Jewish public is in favor of an independent strike on Iran's nuclear facilities • Some 52.5% support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's position regarding tensions with the U.S. over Iran. A new survey has found that the majority of Jewish Israelis believes the government's hard-line position regarding the Iranian threat is justified and that if need be, Israel is capable of mounting a unilateral strike on the Islamic republic's nuclear facilities. The Israel Hayom-New Wave Research poll found that 52.4 percent of the Israeli Jewish public is in favor of an...
  • Israel said to be working with Saudi Arabia on Iran strike plan

    11/16/2013 8:55:54 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 75 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 17 Nov 2013 | Staff
    Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper reported early Sunday. The two countries have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran ...
  • Saudi Arabia says it will intercept Israeli planes en route to Iran

    08/08/2012 10:50:44 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 83 replies
    Saudi Arabia will not permit Israeli aircraft to cross its territory on the way to strike Iran, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Thursday. The message was passed to Jerusalem via Obama administration officials during recent talks in Israel. Senior Israeli officials reportedly see the move as a warning message from the US not to launch a unilateral strike, according to the paper . Saudi Arabia is supplied with US military equipment and aircraft, and some estimate that if an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities were carried out in cooperation with the US, Saudi Arabia would permit an overflight. But if...
  • It's Time For John McCain To Go

    09/08/2013 7:27:22 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 30 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/08/13 | Friends of Ours
    John McCain was rightly heckled by many constituents last week in Phoenix, AZ over the blowhard senator's misguided call for bloody war in Syria as reported by Jason Howerton for The Blaze. The warmongering windbag should just resign. The old fool has done more damage to the national security of the United States than perhaps any other ignorant politician with his repeated support for military intervention and other American meddling in the Middle East. Exactly what has the United States gotten for all of its spent lives and treasure in that God forsaken region of the world? Indeed, if the...
  • Report: Obama won't commit to stopping Iran, US and Israel no longer sharing all Iran intelligence

    02/19/2012 10:12:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/19/12 | Carl In Jerusalem
    Newsweek is reporting that with Iran approaching a nuclear weapon, President Obama refuses to commit to Israel that he will go to war to stop Iran, and both Israel and the United States are withholding intelligence information from each other on Iran. Newsweek also reports that while the Mossad tried feeling out Obama on Israel going it alone on Iran, Obama regards his reelection as being at least as important as the other prongs of his equation: handling Israel, keeping Iran from going nuclear and keeping world oil prices in check. Well before he moved into the White House, Barack...
  • As Time Goes By . . . (Victor Davis Hansen)

    02/20/2012 6:00:03 AM PST · by rellimpank · 11 replies · 1+ views
    NRO ^ | 20 feb 2012 | Victor Davis sHansen
    It is hard to remember a more tense time in the last 20 years. Tiny Israel may be poised to preempt the nuclear capabilities of Iran (an Iran that itself once attempted, unsuccessfully, to take out the Iraqi reactor at Osirak before Israel finished the job), whose terrorist appendages and missiles have the ability to do it a great deal of damage in return. How such a war would escalate or end, no one knows. There is no sense of a global effort to stop Iran’s proliferation, given that China and Russia seem to enjoy the irritation that Iran causes...
  • Pat Buchanan Oddly Thinks Israel is a Bigger Threat Than Iran

    02/22/2012 4:19:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | February 22, 2012 | Mark Whittington
    Pat Buchanan, the columnist, author, and until recently MSNBC's token right-winger, garnered a lot of sympathy when he was fired from his job at the left-leaning news network apparently because of a book he wrote. Too bad, as reported in the Daily Caller, Buchanan had to ruin things by articulating how obnoxious his views really are. In essence, he suggested that Israel with its 300 estimated nuclear weapons was a bigger threat to the United States than is Iran with its nuclear program on Russian television. Buchanan went on about how his favorite Jewish conspiracy, which he called the "neocons,"...
  • As concerns over Iran’s nuclear program escalate, Obama sends national security adviser to Israel

    02/17/2012 4:17:11 PM PST · by Hunton Peck
    Yahoo ^ | 2/17/2012 | Olivier Knox
    At a crucial time in the standoff over Iran's suspect nuclear weapon, President Obama is sending his national security adviser to Israel from February 18-20 to discuss that tense showdown as well as the bloody crackdown in Syria, the White House announced Friday. Tom Donilon will meet with senior Israeli officials to discuss "a range of issues, including Iran, Syria," the White House said in a statement. The statement also noted that Donilon's visit "is the latest in a series of regular, high-level consultations between the United States and Israel, consistent with our strong bilateral partnership, and part of our...
  • The coming end to endless talk about Iran

    02/17/2012 5:20:41 PM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2-17-12 | Wes Pruden
    Crunch time is coming in Iran, but President Obama and his men act as if they’re at the senior prom, trying to dance the minuet without anyone to dance with. The White House is trying desperately to rewrite Leon Panetta’s interview with David Ignatius of The Washington Post, where he was said to believe Israel is likely to bomb the Iranian nuclear-weapon works “in April, May or June,” before Israel enters a “zone of immunity.” This is girlie-man language for “before it’s too late.” “Very soon,” the columnist wrote from his notes of the interview, “the Israelis fear the Iranians...
  • (Ehud) Barak Warns: 'Tighten Sanctions Further on Iran'

    02/18/2012 3:15:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/12 | Chana Yaar
    Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on the international community Saturday to tighten sanctions even further on Iran, warning it is essential to halt the Islamic Republic's nuclear development activities. Speaking to reporters in Tokyo following meetings with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and other Japanese officials, Barak said, “I think there is consensus now in most of the world's capitals that Iran should not be allowed to become a military nuclear power.” He added that at least in the West, and in North American, “no option should be removed off the table in regard to dealing with the threat” of...
  • Iran "biggest exporter" of terror

    02/17/2012 7:18:54 PM PST · by U-238 · 13 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 2/15/2012 | Economic Times
    Accusing Iran of being the world's "biggest exporter" of terror, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today asked the global community to draw a "red line" against Tehran's alleged support to acts of terrorism following a series of blasts in India and Thailand. "Iran is the biggest exporter of terror in the world. Iran's terror operations are now exposed for all to see," Netanyahu said during a Knesset (Israeli parliament) plenum, a day after a botched terror attack in Thailand, which Israel believe was meant to target its ambassador in Bangkok. "Iran is undermining the world's stability and harms innocent diplomats....
  • Iranian naval ships enter Mediterranean via Suez

    02/17/2012 11:53:32 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 17, 2012
    (Reuters) - Two Iranian naval ships have sailed through Egypt's Suez Canal into the Mediterranean, in a move likely to be keenly watched by Israel. "Two Iranian ships crossed through the Suez Canal (on Thursday) following permission from the Egyptian armed forces," a source in the canal authority said Friday. The destroyer and a supply ship could be on their way to the Syrian coast, the source added. Iran and Syria agreed to cooperate on naval training a year ago, and Tehran has no naval agreement with any other country in the region. Two Iranian warships sailed along the strategic...
  • Does Israel Have to Defend the West?

    02/20/2012 7:47:30 AM PST · by WPaCon · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/20/2012 | James Lewis
    The grotesque foreign policy of the Obama administration has now achieved its pinnacle of battiness. After three and a half years of bowing low to Dark Ages tyrants and shafting our democratic friends, with Iranian nukes well on the way -- so close that even the CIA is willing to see the obvious -- the Deep Thinkers of Foggy Bottom are now worried sick that Israel might attack Iran. Let's see. Israel has 7 million people who yearn for peace, because their lives are reasonably good, other than having to live with blood-thirsty maniacs surrounding the country with an estimated...
  • US, Britain urge Israel not to attack Iran

    02/19/2012 5:33:17 PM PST · by John W · 95 replies
    AP via MSNBC ^ | February 19, 2012 | JOSEF FEDERMAN
    JERUSALEM — The U.S. and Britain on Sunday urged Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear program as the White House's national security adviser arrived in the region, reflecting growing international jitters that the Israelis are poised to strike. In their warnings, both the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, and British Foreign Minister William Hague said an Israeli attack on Iran would have grave consequences for the entire region and urged Israel to give international sanctions against Iran more time to work. Dempsey said an Israeli attack is "not prudent," and Hague said it would not be "a...
  • US officials believe Iran sanctions will fail, making military action likely (October Surprise)

    02/18/2012 5:39:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies · 1+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | February 17, 2012 | Chris McGreal
    Officials in key parts of the Obama administration are increasingly convinced that sanctions will not deter Tehran from pursuing its nuclear programme, and believe that the US will be left with no option but to launch an attack on Iran or watch Israel do so. The president has made clear in public, and in private to Israel, that he is determined to give sufficient time for recent measures, such as the financial blockade and the looming European oil embargo, to bite deeper into Iran's already battered economy before retreating from its principal strategy to pressure Tehran. ......................................................... But other official...
  • Iranian ships reach Syria, China warns of civil war

    02/20/2012 6:12:59 AM PST · by nuconvert · 46 replies · 1+ views
    China accused Western countries of stirring civil war in Syria and two Iranian warships docked at a Syrian naval base, underscoring rising international tensions over the near year-long crisis. -excerpt- "Hama is cut off from the outside world. There are no landlines, no mobile phone network and no internet. House to house arrests take place daily and sometimes repeatedly in the same neighborhoods," an opposition statement said.
  • U.S., Britain urge Israel not to attack Iran

    02/19/2012 4:46:31 PM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/19/12 | AP
    The U.S. and Britain on Sunday urged Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear program as the White House's national security adviser arrived in the region, reflecting growing international jitters that the Israelis are poised to strike. In their warnings, both the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, and British Foreign Minister William Hague said an Israeli attack on Iran would have grave consequences for the entire region and urged Israel to give international sanctions against Iran more time to work. Dempsey said an Israeli attack is "not prudent," and Hague said it would not be "a wise thing."
  • Obama to meet Netanyahu at White House on March 5

    02/20/2012 9:48:06 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 27 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on March 5, the White House said on Monday. Netanyahu will be in Washington to address the annual policy conference of the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which will be held on March 4-6.
  • IDF to deploy Iron Dome in Central Israel

    02/19/2012 8:26:02 PM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies
    Ynet ^ | 2/19/2012 | Yoav Zitun
    The IDF is planning to deploy an Iron Dome battery in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area for the first time as part of a drill simulating a missile attack, Ynet learned Sunday. The Iron Dome system aims to provide protection from medium-range rockets used by Hamas and Hezbollah and is part of Israel's multi-layered defense layout which also includes the Arrow 2 and Magic Wand systems. Residents of Central Israel will be able to get a closer look at the Iron Dome battery which has been found to be effective in intercepting rockets fired at southern communities. The aim is...
  • IAF looking for second stealth fighter squadron

    02/20/2012 8:36:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/21/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IAF looking for second stealth fighter squadron By YAAKOV KATZ 21/02/2012 Goal is to qualify for long-range missions; if ordered over next year, more F-35s could arrive by 2020. The Israel Air Force is moving forward with plans to purchase a second squadron of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and hopes to be able to place the order in the coming year and after resolving the standoff with the Treasury over the defense budget. According to initial plans, the IAF would place the order for the second squadron in late 2012-early 2013 and begin receiving the planes in 2020. It is...
  • White House: Netanyahu, Obama To Meet In Washington On March 5

    02/20/2012 11:32:12 AM PST · by edpc · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 20 Feb 2012 | Natasha Mozgovaya
    U.S. President Barack Obama will host a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on March 5, the White House said on Monday, a session that will likely center on the West's efforts to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. A White House statement rounding up the recent Israel visit by Obama's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, which announced the date for the upcoming meeting, indicated that the top advisor discussed the "full range of security issues of mutual concern" during his meetings with Israeli leadership.
  • Obama’s Meeting with Netanyahu a Last Ditch Effort to Halt Allied Attack on Iran

    02/20/2012 4:07:13 PM PST · by SJackson · 44 replies · 3+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | February 21st, 2012 | Yori Yanover
    The March 5 meeting in Washington between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be the final attempt on the part of the US to bring Israel around to its position on the global efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions. President Obama’s National Security Adviser Tom Donilon concluded three days of talks with the Prime Minister and other Israeli leaders in Jerusalem Monday, in the midst of a brewing Israeli push for a military end to Iran’s nuclear plans. Donilon conducted a caustic, 2 hour conversation with Netanyahu Sunday, in which the two disagreed radically on the ways...
  • Analysis: Undermining Israel

    02/20/2012 8:47:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/21/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Analysis: Undermining Israel By YAAKOV KATZ 21/02/2012 The Americans seem to be trying to undermine Israel’s confidence in its military capabilities to attack Iran. Following failed efforts to argue and persuade, the Americans seem to be taking a new approach – trying to undermine Israel’s confidence in its military capabilities. A report in The New York Times on Monday was aimed at doing just that – showing Israel how difficult a strike would be and explaining that if possible regional fallout is not enough of a deterrent against attacking Iran, a military failure should be. The problem is that something...
  • The New Israeli Bunker Buster

    02/21/2012 11:51:59 PM PST · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 2/21/2012 | Strategy Page
    Israel has developed a new 500 pound (227 kg) penetrator bomb, the MPR-500. The MPR-500 can smash through more than a meter (39 inches) of concrete, or four 200mm (8 inch) concrete barriers (floors or bunker walls) and then detonate. When the MPR-500 explodes, it releases 26,000 fragments, which will wound or kill out to 100 meters. While the MPR-500 is an unguided bomb, it is most useful when mated with a guidance kit to become a smart bomb. The most common such kit is the American JDAM, which converts 500, 1,000 (455 kg) and 2,000 (910 kg) pound unguided...
  • Russia warns Israel not to attack Iran

    02/22/2012 1:41:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 22, 2012 | Alexei Anishchuk
    (Reuters) - Russia warned Israel on Wednesday that attacking Iran would be a disastrous and played down the failure of a U.N. nuclear agency mission to Tehran, saying there is still a chance for new talks over the Iranian atomic program. "Of course any possible military scenario against Iran will be catastrophic for the region and for the whole system of international relations," Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told a news conference. It was one of Russia's starkest warnings against resorting to force, an option Israel and the United States have not ruled out if they conclude that diplomacy and...
  • 'Obama sold special bombs to Israel'

    09/23/2011 4:36:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies ^ | 09.23.11
    'Obama sold special bombs to Israel' New report claims US secretly approved transfer of 'bunker buster' bombs that could be used in attack against Iran just months after Barack Obama took office, even though Bush administration had previously blocked deal Ynet Published: 09.23.11, 11:25 / Israel News The upcoming issue of Newsweek, which is set to hit newsstands on Monday, claims that two years ago US President Barack Obama secretly approved the transfer of 55 "bunker-busters", a form of deep-penetrating bombs, to Israel. The country had been requesting the bombs since the time of the Bush administration, the Daily Beast...
  • Israelis prepare for war with Iran

    02/16/2012 5:00:14 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 19 replies
    Salon ^ | 2/16/2012 | Larry Derfner
    JERUSALEM — After bombs went off near Israeli embassies in New Delhi and Tbilisi, and a man with an Iranian passport accidentally blew himself up in Bangkok, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu couldn’t let the opportunity pass. Yediot Aharonot, the country’s most widely read newspaper, reported Wednesday: An updated list of talking points distributed by the national advocacy desk in the Prime Minister’s Office sought to connect the wave of terror with the international community’s efforts at tightening sanctions on Iran, and also to prepare the ground for a military option to stop Iran’s nuclear program. According to Yediot,...
  • Iran Moves Warplanes to Protect Nuclear Sites

    02/22/2012 2:32:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/2/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    Iran announced Monday it had deployed warplanes and missiles in an ‘exercise' to protect its nuclear sites from attack. Tehran also warned it could cut oil exports to more European Union nations unless sanctions were lifted. On Sunday, Iran cut oil sales to Britain and France. French foreign minister Alain Juppe responded by mocking Iran, saying Tehran's threats "made one smile." He added that Iran was "very creative" in its attempts to "provoke" its fellow nations. The European Union had already voted to halt imports of Iranian crude oil as of 1 July 2001. The EU has also imposed heavy...
  • Obama Puts Israel on Ice

    02/22/2012 4:37:51 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 22, 2012 | P. David Hornik
    The Obama administration is putting another full-court press on Israel. First it was “settlements”—not to build a single home for a Jew in Judea, Samaria, or parts of Jerusalem. Now it’s even graver—not to defend itself against a growing existential threat. The pressure is both public and behind the scenes. On Sunday, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told CNN: “It’s not prudent at this point to decide to attack Iran. A strike at this time would be destabilizing and wouldn’t achieve their [Israel’s] long-term objectives….” On Monday—what fortuitous timing—the New York Times reported that Israel was incapable...
  • Iran Threatens Pre-Emptive Action Amid Nuclear Tensions

    02/21/2012 2:52:22 PM PST · by edpc · 28 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 21 Feb 2012 | NBC News
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran would take pre-emptive action against its enemies if it felt its national interests were endangered, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic's armed forces was quoted by a semi-official news agency as saying Tuesday. "Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran's national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions,'' Mohammad Hejazi told the Fars news agency, NBC News reported.
  • US, Germany differ on Israeli ability to hit Iran

    02/20/2012 8:26:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/21/2012 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
    US, Germany differ on Israeli ability to hit Iran By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT German military expert says Israel can set Iran nuke program back 10 years. BERLIN – Competing analysis articles appeared Monday in The New York Times and last week in the German daily Die Welt outlining vastly different conclusions about Israel’s military capability to knock out Iran’s nuclear weapons program. While The New York Times report cast doubt on Israel’s success chances, Hans Rühle, who directed the planning department of the German Defense Ministry between 1982-1988, expressed confidence that Israel’s air force could decimate Iran’s principal...
  • UK Expects Israeli Attack On Iran Next Month With US Logistical Support

    11/13/2011 10:45:11 AM PST · by drewh · 23 replies · 2+ views
    A senior Foreign Office official says British government ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action in the wake of the UN watchdog report "as early as Christmas or very early in the new year," the London Daily Mail reported. The ministers were told that Israel would strike Iran's nuclear sites "sooner rather than later" – with "logistical support" from the US. According to the British paper, which has good military and intelligence ties in London, President Barack Obama would "have to support the Israelis or risk losing Jewish-American support in the next presidential election." The bigger concern is...
  • German Air Force In Training for Iran Strike

    11/09/2011 3:02:59 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Dekafiles ^ | November 8, 2011, 7:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Germany has put its Air Force Tornado warplanes in intensive training for a possible attack on targets in Iran, after taking part last week in a joint drill with the Israeli Air Force and other NATO members at the Italian Decimomannu air base on Sardinia. Iran, for its part, is gearing up for a gloves-off reprisal against its attackers...
  • UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears (Diego Garcia B-2 permission)

    11/02/2011 2:40:31 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 69 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 2, 2011 | Nick Hopkins
    Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned. The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, UK military help for any mission, despite some deep reservations within the coalition government. In anticipation of a potential attack, British military planners are examining where best to deploy Royal Navy ships and submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles...
  • Saudi Arabia: We will not give Israel air corridor for Iran strike (Denies original report)

    06/12/2010 8:45:06 PM PDT · by mnehring · 58 replies · 2,651+ views
    Saudi Arabia would not allow Israeli bombers to pass through its airspace en route to a possible strike of Iran's nuclear facilities, a member of the Saudi royal family said Saturday, denying an earlier Times of London report.
  • Report: IAF planes spotted over Saudi Arabia

    06/23/2010 6:50:35 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 83 replies · 1+ views
    By JPOST.COM STAFF 06/23/2010 15:57 Israel Air Force aircraft have been spotted in recent days at a Saudi Arabian military base unloading military equipment in the city of Tabuk, in northwestern Saudi Arabia, according to a report from Iranian news agency FARS. The base will reportedly be used as a forward operating base by the Israelis as part of an offensive on an Islamic country.
  • Saudi not to allow Israeli flights over its territory (denies having made a deal)

    06/20/2009 9:07:56 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 18 replies · 787+ views
    New Kerala dot com ^ | June 20, 2009 | staff
    Dubai, Jun 20 : Saudi Arabia has denied media reports that it intends to allow Israeli military planes to fly over its airspace....''No Saudi official has met with any Israeli official. There was no such meeting to discuss this matter in any form,'' the SPA said quoting the Ministry of Defence and Aviation source as saying
  • Iran Deploys Troops, Ballistic Missiles To Eritrea

    12/09/2008 10:40:57 AM PST · by Fennie · 65 replies · 3,323+ views
    The Cutting Edge ^ | December 8, 2008
    Iranian ships and submarines have deployed an undisclosed number of Iranian troops and weapons at the Eritrean port town of Assab, according to opposition groups, foreign diplomats, and NGOs in the area. The city of Assab sits at the Horn of Africa in the Arabian Sea. As such, Assab offers a strategic position as the world nervously eyes the precarious routes through which a seaborne oil traverses daily. Local sources have reported that Iran recently sent soldiers and a large number of long-range and ballistic missiles. The military basing came after Iran signed an accord with Eritrea to revamp the...
  • [Growing independence?] SAUDI OPENS F-15 MAINTENANCE CENTER

    04/22/2004 12:05:29 AM PDT · by yonif · 23 replies · 545+ views
    IMRA ^ | April 22, 2004 | MENL
    ABU DHABI [MENL] -- Saudi Arabia has opened a center for the maintenance of its F-15 fighter-jet fleet. The Royal Saudi Air Force has opened the center at the Prince Khaled Air Base in the Asir region in the southern portion of the kingdom. The center will focus on the maintenance and overhaul of the F-15 fighter-jet fleet procured by the United States over the last 25 years. In February, Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz inaugurated what was termed the F-15 Engine Industrial and Development Center. The center was meant to overhaul, repair and install the twin...