posted on Sep, 19 2012 @ 06:29 AM
Israeli defense officials say the military is conducting its largest snap drill in years. The exercise comes against the backdrop of tensions with
Iran and the civil war in Syria.
But other officials say the exercise is unique in terms of number of soldiers and senior officers involved. Part of the exercise is in the
Israeli-controlled Golan Heights next to Syria.
All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity according to regulations. Israel is worried that Iran is closer to developing nuclear weapons. It
also fears Syria's chemical weapons and missile stocks will fall into rogue hands.
This also correlates to a couple of other stories that have just hit the AP wires...
WORLD BANK: PALESTINIAN FISCAL CRISIS IS DEEPENING
The World Bank warned Wednesday of a deepening fiscal crisis in the Palestinian territories and appealed to donors to act urgently to prop up the
Western-backed Palestinian Authority.
Economists say the cash crisis is the worst in the Palestinian Authority's 18-year existence and threatens to set off a chain reaction of business
failures, layoffs and economic downturn. Some warn that the Palestinian Authority, key to negotiating and implementing any future peace deal with
Israel, will not survive without a major infusion of cash.
SYRIAN REBELS SEIZE CONTROL OF A BORDER CROSSING
Rebels seized control of a border crossing on the frontier with Turkey on Wednesday, pulling down the Syrian flag and briefly allowing people - some
jubilant, some wounded - to crawl under a barbed wire barrier between the countries.
Turkish authorities quickly closed the area and police prevented the crowd from trying to storm the border and cross into Syria.
The conflict has sent refugees pouring into neighboring countries. Some 83,000 refugees have found shelter in 12 camps along the Turkish border with
Also Wednesday, Amnesty International said the Syrian government has carried out indiscriminate air bombardments and artillery strikes on residential
areas that do not target opposition fighters or military objectives, and instead appear aimed solely at punishing civilians seen as sympathetic to
With the clear destabilization in the region lately ( including half a dozen other stories I did not include here - but many of which are already
being discussed on various ATS forums, I think that that the direction of things is obvious.
It appears the dogs of war are about to be let off of their chains.
Very interesting developments.
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