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Steinitz: Launch of Ofek 9 satellite not reaction to Iran nuclear progress (Israel Radio)
U.S.-led command to replace Dutch forces in southern Afghanistan province (AP)
Pakistani PM ignores U.S. warning on Iran gas deal (AP)
Home Front Command to test sirens in southern Israel at 11:05 A.M. (Haaretz)
Israel envoy in Cairo: Egypt ignores me (Army Radio)
Iran says it has enriched 17 kilos of uranium to 20 percent purity (Reuters)
Livni: Turkey is playing problematic role in the region (Haaretz)
Afghan leaders: Firing U.S. general McChrystal would harm campaign against Taliban (AP)
Report: Obama has relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command (Reuters)
Netanyahu: There is no justification for more flotillas after we eased Gaza blockade (Haaretz)
Lieberman: Construction in West Bank to continue in September (Ch. 10)
The Israeli Air Force recently unloaded military equipment at a Saudi Arabia base, a semi-official Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday, while a large American force has massed in Azerbaijan, which is on the northwest border of Iran.
On Tuesday, June 22, Dr. Uzi Arad, head of Israel's National Security Council and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest adviser, said "The latest round of UN Security Council sanctions on Iran is inadequate for thwarting its nuclear progress. A preemptive military strike might eventually be necessary."
China was seriously concerned over reports that a U.S. aircraft carrier might join a military exercise with the Republic of Korea (ROK), Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Tuesday.
Infrastructure Minister warns Hezbollah: Israel will fight for its gas fields (TheMarker)
Assad's cousin owner of Lebanon Gaza-bound flotilla (Army Radio)
Report: IAF choppers unload equipment 'meant for attacking a Muslim state at Saudi airport (Haarerz)
Israel has threatened to use military force to take the full control of a newly-discovered gas field partly in Lebanese waters in the Mediterranean Sea. [/URL]
Yep. And Hizbullah threatenned retaliation.
'US sanctions will not stop Iran progress'
No you think? Sanctions NEVER WORKED to stop anything, they only worked to put the people of those countries in massive poverty.
IDF chief rabbi says Israel continuing war training
Of course you are, you are a war nation.
Iran cancels sending aid ship to Gaza
At least one provocation avoided.
US promoting 'Iranophobia'
Damn right they are.
New Unidentified Missiles in Southern Lebanon, Report
Kuwait's Assiyassah on Friday said members belonging to radical organizations have obtained several rockets through a third party which managed to rob an arms warehouse in southern Lebanon and steal a number of rockets.
It said fierce clashes broke out between the robbers and the warehouse guards that left three guards wounded.
False-flag coming? It wouldn't be Hizbullah since they've got all they need. It's either Israeli commandos/Israeli funded lebaneses or a small radical lebanese group. Either way, it's not good.
Erakat to Meridor: If no two-state solution by year's end, 'you will sweat' (AP)
Report: Israel seizes oxygen machines donated to PA (News Agencies)
U.S.: Turkey must prove commitment to West (AP)
Iran says Gaza aid delegation to go on Lebanon ship (Reuters)
U.S. military chief Mullen to visit Israel on Sunday, meet with senior IDF brass (Ch. 10)
Israeli study: 56% of terrorists freed by Israel resume terror activity (Ch. 10)
IHH chief: By what right did Israel attack our ship in the middle of the sea? (Ch. 10)
Chavez meets with Syria's Assad in Venezuela (AP)
Iran will not allow a United States-led military force to be deployed in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone that immediately borders on its territory, according to the Islamic Republic’s chief diplomat in Armenia.
At a press conference in Yerevan on Wednesday Ambassador Seyed Ali Saghaeyan claimed that Washington is contemplating a deployment of its troops in Fizuli, which is one of the seven Armenian-controlled districts around Nagorno-Karabakh. He further alleged that the American intention was to do so under the guise of a peacekeeping operation.
World Bank proposes $55m in new funding for projects in West Bank and Gaza (Haaretz)
Iran announces 'emergency plans' to boost gasoline output (Reuters)
Russia's cooperation with Europe in the Iranian nuclear standoff could be curbed if unilateral EU sanctions on Tehran hit Russian companies, a top envoy said Friday.
“Both of them were in the Irgun,” Livni said. “They were freedom fighters, and they met while boarding a British train. When the British Mandate was here, they robbed a train to get the money in order to buy weapons.”
An article in the Gulf Daily News, largely dismissed by Western observers, did not mention any Saudi involvement but said Israel is preparing to attack Iranian targets from the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Georgia.
The claims that Israel may be preparing for an assault on Iranian nuclear facilities were strengthened this weekend by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who told reporters at the G8 summit in Canada that G8 leaders "believe absolutely" that Israel will "probably" strike Iran.
Italy PM: G-8 'believes absolutely' that Israel will attack Iran (Haaretz)
Master plan calls for expanded Jewish enclaves in East Jerusalem (Haaretz)
Report: Iran cancels aid ship to Gaza (Reuters)
Quoted by the Asharq al Awsat newspaper, government sources and opposition groups in Western Iran said "There are enhancements to the presence of the army and the Revolutionary Guard and naval forces in the region of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, overlooking the Strait of Hormuz."
Report: Hamas leaders says more Gaza flotillas to sail after World Cup (Haaretz)
Hezbollah deputy chief: No dialogue with U.S. until change in 'biased' Mideast policy (AP)
Russia complains to UN over German seizure of items bound for Iran nuclear plant (Reuters)
U.S. Adm. Mullen: Iran will continue to strive for nukes (AP)
Erdogan: The Israeli government is the biggest barrier to peace (Haaretz)
Russia FM calls for meeting between Russia, Iran, U.S. over nuclear fuel delivery (Reuters)
Top defense official Amos Gilad meets Egypt intelligence chief Omer Suleiman in Cairo (Army
Obama, Saudi King discuss two-state Mideast solution (Reuters)
Israel steadily increasing number of aid trucks allowed into Gaza (Haaretz)
Iran: 'Abducted nuclear scientist is hiding from U.S. agents' (Ch. 10)
Political-security cabinet to convene ahead of Netanyahu's trip to Washington (Army Radio)
Iranian FM Mottaki: Iran is prepared to confront new UN sanctions (DPA)
Egypt's Mubarak, Russia FM meet in Cairo, discuss Mideast peace (DPA)
President Suleiman stressed that he would sign any "death sentence" issued against individuals convicted of spying for Israel.
Iran’s Ambassador said following talks with PM Saad Hariri at the Grand Serail that Hariri’s visit to Iran is imminent.
He added at the opening of the extraordinary meeting of Parliament Speakers of the Organization of Islamic Conference members: "Lebanon's army, people, and Resistance will be ready to thwart any attempt to steal its natural resources."
Tensions have been heightened in the Middle East after Lebanon detained a man accused of spying for Israel for more than 15 years.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah probably refrained from expressing at least half this sentiment in his meeting today with President Obama: On June 5, he reportedly told French Defense Minister Hervé Morin that "There are two countries in the world that do not deserve to exist: Iran and Israel."
The third aircraft carrier group has just arrived in the Persian Gulf. A German warship is among them. The USS Truman is posted opposite Iran’s commando units. President Obama told Israel that this would be a show of force, intended to intimidate Iran’s President Ahmadinejad into ceasing to develop nuclear weapons. This is Obama’s substitute for a pre-emptive attack.
Chief nuclear inspector of IAEA Olli Heinonen resigns (DPA)
Foreign Minister refuses Netanyahu request to meet amid looming coalition crisis (Haaretz)
Obama will sign the bill at 6:15 pm (2215 GMT) at the White House, his press secretary said in the daily statement Wednesday of the US president's schedule for the coming day.
The new congressional measures aim to choke off Iran's access to imports of refined petroleum products like gasoline and jet fuel and curb its access to the international banking system.
U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams on Thursday expressed concern over protests by villagers against U.N. peacekeeping troops deployed in southern Lebanon.
"I'm very concerned about the incidents that took place and I know that the Security Council members are also concerned," he told a news conference.
According to military historian Martin van Creveld, a professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, “The real fear is that someone will get carried away by his own rhetoric and fear mongering” and start a war. He also thinks, however, that Israel should not take a preemptive strike “off the table.”
Trita Parsi of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington argues that the escalation of rhetoric is dangerous. “When you have that kind of political environment, you are leaving yourself no space to find another solution,” she told the Christian Science Monitor. “You may very well end up in a situation where you are propelled to act, even though you understand it is an unwise action, but [do so] for political reasons.”
The rhetoric is getting steamy, the weapons are moving into position, and it is beginning to feel like “The Guns of August” in the Middle East.
Arab MK Tibi: Lieberman is the true face of this government (Haaretz)
Iran: New UN sanctions do not ban S-300 Russian missiles (AP)
Obama signs 'toughest ever' Iran sanctions into law (Reuters)
U.S. House approves money for Afghan troop surge (Reuters)
Report: Turkey threatens to ban Israeli commercial flights (Haaretz)
Report: Lebanon set to expose new Israel spy ring (Haaretz)
Israeli minister denies promising Turkey compensation for Gaza flotilla victims (Army Radio)
Interior Minister to order 2/3 of illegal migrants' children deported (Army Radio)
Secretary General Ban: UN peacekeepers face tensions in southern Lebanon (Reuters)
CEO of French oil giant Total: Iran sanctions are a mistake (AP)
White House: There is no rift between the United States and Israel (DPA)
Argentina: Israel should return Golan Heights to Syria (Army Radio)
Ban warns tensions between Lebanon, Israel could lead to conflict (Reuters)
Everybody in the region is restless. Turkey is making spectacular diplomatic pirouettes. Egypt is quietly seething, and Saudi Arabia less quietly so. Jordan’s king had ruefully predicted war if no peace was achieved by the summer , and summer has now come.
Syria and Lebanon are positioning themselves to weather the coming storm . Yemen is in disarray. Russia, China, India, and a host of other powers are vying to make the best of the fracas. The Iranian regime itself appears to be digging in for a fight.
Israeli Minister of Trade, Industry and Labor, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, says the world is tired of Israel and that Israel, rather than the Gaza Strip, is actually blockaded.
"We're not the ones maintaining a blockade. We're blockaded, utterly isolated. We're in a situation where the world is tired of us,"
2 UNIFIL patrols came under attack by locals in 2 different villages.
debkafile's Iranian sources have no doubt that Iran will not take the new penalties lying down and will strike back - possibly, in the first instance, by impeding Persian Gulf shipping carrying Saudi and Gulf oil out to the United States, Europe and the Far East, with immediate effect on world oil prices.
Interception of an Iranian ship suspected of carrying contraband energy products could well spin into a showdown.
Poland has agreed to host a permanent US missile base as part of Washington's plans to protect itself and its Nato allies from rocket attacks.
Russia sees the programme as a threat and strongly opposes it.
U.S., Poland sign missile defense pact, despite Russian objections (Reuters)
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has flown to Azerbaijan's capital where she is scheduled to hold talks with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev.
Arab League chief dismisses talk of war between Israel and Lebanon (DPA)
Report: Hamas and Hezbollah embracing civil disobedience tactics (Haaretz)
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa reiterated on Saturday that there was no new war on Lebanon although he warned that the danger was always present.
Israel moves to stop U.S. from selling F-15 jets to Saudis (Haaretz)
Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has said the Islamic Republic will strike back if Iranian cargo ships come under inspection.
"Iran will retaliate if some countries want to use violent ways to inspect Iranian ships which carry goods," Under the new sanctions regime, countries have the authority to inspect cargo ships, heading to or from Iran, in their own territorial waters.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says Tehran will use all its capabilities to protect its citizens, especially academic Sharam Amiri, who was abducted last year by the US.
Syria has posted the advanced early warning radar it received from Iran - not on its own soil but on the highest peak of neighboring Lebanon, according to debkafile's military and intelligence sources. From Mount Sannine in central Lebanon, the new facility provides early warning against a possible surprise Israeli missile or aerial attack on Iran's nuclear facilities and extends the span of Iranian and Syrian electronic surveillance to include Israeli air space the south and the eastern-central Mediterranean to the west.
U.S. intelligence has concluded that the document published recently by the Times of London, which purportedly describes an Iranian plan to do experiments on what the newspaper described as a “neutron initiator” for an atomic weapon, is a fabrication, according to a former Central Intelligence Agency official.
Philip Giraldi, who was a CIA counterterrorism official from 1976 to 1992, told IPS that intelligence sources say that the United States had nothing to do with forging the document, and that Israel is the primary suspect. The sources do not rule out a British role in the fabrication, however.
The Times of London story published Dec. 14 did not identify the source of the document. But it quoted “an Asian intelligence source” – a term some news media have used for Israeli intelligence officials – as confirming that his government claims Iran was working on a neutron initiator as recently as 2007.
The story of the purported Iranian document prompted a new round of expressions of U.S. and European support for tougher sanctions against Iran.
Iran said on Monday that Germany, Britain and the United Arab Emirates were refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger planes following unilateral U.S. sanctions on the Islamic state, the ISNA news agency reported.
Al Hayat reports Abbas proposed creation of a Palestinian state within 1967 borders, with a possible land swap of 2.3 percent of West Bank.
Israel: UN 'ignored reality' by blaming us for tensions along Lebanon border (Haaretz)
Report: 2,700 housing units to be built in the West Bank as soon as settlement freeze ends (Haaretz)
Report: Lebanon arrests man suspected of spying for Israel since 2005 (Haaretz)
Lieberman: We have no intention of apologizing to Turkey (Reuters)
Syrian President: Israel-Turkey crisis will affect whole Mideast (Israel Radio)
Israel troops are conducting military drills to get prepared for being deployed in Lebanon, in a move Tel Aviv says is aimed at preventing "rocket attacks by Hezbollah," Israeli sources say.
Israel worried coastal gas facilities may make tempting Hezbollah target (Haaretz)
Jordan FM says optimistic over nuclear cooperation with U.S. (Ch. 10)
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower makes port in Turkey
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) enters 5th fleet.
Report: Mubarak's health seriously deteriorating, possibly from cancer (Haaretz)
Report: U.S. tax breaks aiding illegal outposts in West Bank (Haaretz)
Report: Mexico thwarts Hezbollah bid to set up South American network (Haaretz)
IDF chief: Israel ready for two ships expected to sail from Lebanon (Haaretz)
Report: Turkish PM and Hezbollah leader Nasrallah hold phone meeting (Ch. 10)
IDF chief: Israel's military ties with Turkey still strong (Haaretz)
Netanyahu: Reports of demise of U.S.-Israel relationship are 'flat wrong' (AP)
U.A.E ambassador to U.S. endorses bombing Iran's nuclear sites (Haaretz)
Iran says Bushehr nuclear plant to be ready by September (DPA)
Palestinians: We'll move to direct talks only if Israel ends settlement building (DPA)
Netanyahu: Preconditions preventing direct peace talks with Abbas (AP)
U.A.E. denies backing use of force against Iran (AP)
UN cancels emergency session on Gaza flotilla (Haaretz)
Iran official: Sanctions might slow nuclear program (Reuters)
Ahead of the anniversary of the 2nd Lebanon War, army reveals footage, videos, maps, says group has about 20,000 guerrilla fighters throughout southern Lebanon preventing Israeli incursion.
He also rejected US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's claims that the missile system is intended to counter an Iranian threat.
Originally posted by freetree64
Especially in conjunction with this little "Breaking" headline from "JPost"....