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Israeli trucks cross into Syria ...
Originally posted by ZeroKnowledge
I do not want to ruin your thread ,full with objectivity and positive thoughts. But i think that it absolutely essential (and totally in spirit of most posts here) to notify all that Israeli trucks are about to invade into Syria.
Israeli trucks cross into Syria ...
World war 4.5 is upon us.
U.S. and Israeli concerns mounted after Syria reportedly supplied Hizbullah with rockets capable of brining down F-16 warplanes.
Chief of Research at the Israeli army has uncovered that Syria recently provided Hizbullah with Russian-made surface-to-air missiles type "GLA 9K338" which can bring down reconnaissance planes, helicopter gunships and advanced F-16 fighter jets, which form the backbone of the Israeli air force.
He told the Foreign and Security Committee in the Knesset that
"this dangerous development is a strategic shift in the balance of power in Lebanon."
"Israel cannot remain silent on that," he warned.
Meanwhile, Russian news agency Novosti reported that Hizbullah's possession of sophisticated Russian-made surface-to-air "Igla" type rockets will hold back the Israeli air force from destroying the projectiles Hizbullah own for fear of bringing down the attacking jet fighters.
Novosti quoted sources in Moscow as saying that these missiles are shoulder-mounted and cannot be detected by radar or obliterated by any means.
It said a General Staff exercise code-named Firestones-12 last week did not include the scenario of a war with Syria -- only a clash with Hizbullah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Although originally considered, the report said, the Israeli army opted not to include an element in the exercise that required the rushing of large numbers of conscript soldiers to the north, so that the Syrians would not mistake this as an offensive.
01:13 Key Western powers send revised proposal for new Iran sanctions to Russia, China (AP)
10:33 China says it will continue to push for diplomatic solution on Iran (AP)
13:08 U.S., EU urge Syria to drop nuclear secrecy (AP)
02:34 U.S. Gen. Petraeus: Iran continuing efforts to produce nuclear weapon (Israel Radio)
07:55 Conversion bill threatens to dismantle government coalition (Ch. 10)
09:21 Min. Steinitz: I don`t believe the Palestinians want their own state (Israel Radio)
09:55 Erekat: Netanyahu won`t agree to a two-state solution (Israel Radio)
11:42 Erekat: This will be the last U.S. attempt to mediate PA-Israel talks (Reuters)
14:02 Barak: Iran isn`t an existential threat to Israel, but has potential to be (Haaretz)
assuring Israelis in a newspaper interview that Washington would close ranks with them against any threat from a nuclear-armed Iran.
21:06 IDF Chief Ashkenazi visiting Washington for talks with U.S. defense officials (Haaretz)
10:53 PA: We will declare a Palestinian state if no progress made with Israel (Israel Radio)
11:42 Syria interested in developing nuclear energy (AP)
Adding to the harsh rhetoric coming out of the nation is recent days, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon today announced that the nation was giving the West another 4-8 weeks to attempt diplomacy with Iran, and that after that they would have to impose crippling sanctions on the nation.
Israel’s threats against Iran are not new, but the growing number of US official visits in recent days are seen as being at least in part based on fear that an Israeli attack could be in the offing.
Originally posted by mmiichael
Iran has put a tremendous amount of resources into it's proxies like Hezbollah and Hamas as well as going so far as to try to pu in a nuclear facility in Syria.
And then there's all the uncalled for provocative rhetoric and accusations.
Iran is clear;y goading and compromising Israel hoping for a strong response. The game plan was for others t join in on a regional effort retaliatory effort against Israel.
Hamas has recently conceded they can no longer administer Gaza effectively and Hezbollah is in a similar funding situation according to the Middle East press in that Iran is expecting results for their sponsorship and supplies of missiles.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard is constantly training groups to fight and there's little question who the intended enemy is.
Though Iran likes to act coy, they've been preparing for an Israeli response for a long time. But they wanted it to be against their proxies and not them directly. They know in an outright war especially with the US interceding - they're toast. They have no real air force just for starters.
Iran will try to save face, look innocent and persecuted. Bu they never know if Israel will call their bluff in this war of nerves.
Iran will try to do something to further upset Israel but in the end they do no want to risk direct confrontation.
Originally posted by Retrovertigo
You posted this WORD FOR WORD in this thread just now...
15:41 Banks urge Americans to close investment accounts in Israel (Haaretz)
16:32 Iran: We have successfully launched missile from navy destroyer (Israel Radio)
16:39 Iran signs security agreement with Qatar (DPA)
17:15 Interior Ministry approves 1,600 new East Jerusalem housing units (Haaretz)
19:27 Hezbollah, rival Sunni groups resume national talks in Lebanon (AP)
06:18 UN condemns Israel`s plan to build 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem (Reuters)
11:21 EU foreign policy director condemns East Jerusalem building plan (DPA)
15:04 Biden: Israeli settlement plan undermines peace efforts (Reuters)
15:35 Germany criticizes Israel`s E. J`lem housing plan, says decision `not acceptable` (DPA)
17:45 France brands Israeli decision on new homes in Jerusalem `illegal` (DPA)
10:09 Report: 500,000 Israeli homes not linked to sewage system (Haaretz)
14:55 Abbas adviser: All land conquered in `67 war must be part of peace deal (Israel Radio)
09:46 Biden told Abbas he was purposely late to a dinner with Netanyahu (Haaretz)
12:23 Biden: `Israel owes its success to its democratic tradition` (Haaretz)
12:26 Biden: `Every day Israel faces bravely threats no country should have to endure` (Haaretz)
12:33 Biden: Iranians suffering under leadership that supports terrorism (Haaretz)
12:34 Biden: `Iran has refused to co-operate` (Haaretz)
12:35 Biden: `The U.S. is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons` (Haaretz)
12:43 Biden: `This is no way to live. the cycle of violence must be broken` (Haaretz)
Two Israeli tanks have crossed their technical fence near the border with Lebanon two kilometers south of the disputed Ghajar village.
The United Nations peacekeeping forces in Lebanon, also known as the UNIFIL, were present in the area along with Lebanese Armed Forces to make sure that the Israeli forces did not cross the UN demarcated Blue Line.
UNIFIL Spokesperson Neeraj Singh told Press TV no violation has occurred as the Israeli tanks did not actually cross the Blue Line.
This is while Lebanese airspace is being constantly violated by Israeli fighter jets which at times break sound barriers over villages in southern parts of the country
09:36 U.K. working to stop the issuing of arrest warrants for Israeli officials (Ch. 10)
2:36pm MTV: 2 Israeli tanks crossed the border and took position on al-Wazzani hill.
UNIFIL spokesperson Neeraj Singh issued a statement that on Friday at 11:40 a.m. two Israeli tanks crossed the Israeli security fence two kilometers from the Al-Ghajar village, where they remained until 1 p.m.
However, the Israelis did not cross the Blue Line, he added.
“The leaders I spoke to believe that we must act quickly, otherwise Israel will attack Iran,” Lula said, adding that sanctions against Iran could be counterproductive. “We can’t allow happen in Iran what happened in Iraq. Before any sanctions, we must undertake all possible efforts to try and build peace in the Middle East.”
TUNIS (AFP) - Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas lashed out at Iran on Friday, blaming Tehran for being behind the latest failure to reconcile his secular Fatah movement with its Islamist rival Hamas.
"Iran doesn't want Hamas to sign the Cairo reconciliation document," Abbas said during a meeting in the Tunisian capital.
Fatah and Hamas struggled for months to reach a unity deal under Egyptian mediation, but the efforts collapsed late last year when Hamas refused to agree to a proposal that was signed by Fatah.
Abbas said that while Hamas' leaders had initially indicated their approval of the document, they later began putting forth excuses to refuse to sign.
The Fatah leader said his goal was to "pull our people out from Iranian tutelage".
Hamas routed Fatah from the Gaza Strip in 2007 after deadly fighting, a year after winning Palestinian legislative elections.
New legislative elections were due to have been held early this year, but they have since been postponed indefinitely as Hamas refuses to allow any vote in Gaza without a unity agreement with Abbas's Fatah movement.
23:20 UN worried by war of words between Israel, Lebanon (Reuters)
00:16 Quartet condemns Israel over East Jerusalem building plans (AP)
05:28 Pro-Israel group: U.S. criticism of Israel unprecedented (DPA)
08:56 U.S. official: Netanyahu`s political standing is `perilous` (Reuters)
09:34 Clinton: Israel`s announcement of new settlement building `insulting` to U.S. (Haaretz)
13:25 PA: U.S. promising to stop Israel`s building in East Jerusalem (Ch.10)
14:46 Hezbollah: U.S. behind Israel`s building in East Jerusalem (Ch.10)
15:34 Top EU diplomat: Europe has leverage to urge Israel to renew peace talks (Reuters)
17:08 Finland FM: There is `consensus enough` among EU members on Iran sanctions (DPA)
17:27 Israeli ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren: No crisis between the two countries (Ch. 2)
20:17 Netanyahu: I am shocked by U.S. condemnations (Haaretz)
US President Barack Obama has warned Israel that its policy of ignoring US pleas and continuing to expand housing in sensitive areas of Jerusalem could end up being "very dangerous".
01:58 ADL chief Foxman: Flawed U.S. policy is undermining Mideast peace (Haaretz)
8:15pm Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the Syrian leadership will open a new chapter in its relation with PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat.
03:19 Ambassador Oren: U.S.-Israel relations face worst crisis in 35 years (Haaretz)
16:59 Saudi Arabia plans aid to Syria as ties improve (Reuters)