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U.S., ISRAEL DISCUSS TRIGGERS FOR BOMBING IRAN'S NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE
- Eli Lake - The Daily Beast - December 28, 2011 - When Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta opined earlier this month that an Israeli
attack on Irans nuclear facilities could consume
the Middle East in a confrontation and a conflict that we would
regret, the Israelis went ballistic behind the scenes.
Michael Oren, Israels ambassador to Washington, lodged
a formal diplomatic protest known as a demarche. And the White
House was thrust into action, reassuring the Israelis that the
administration had its own red lines that would trigger
military action against Iran, and that there is no need for Jerusalem
to act unilaterally.
- Panettas seemingly innocent remarks on Dec. 2 triggered
the latest drama in the tinder-box relationship that the Obama
administration is trying to navigate with Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahus government. With Republicans lining up to court
Jewish donors and voters in America in 2012, Obama faces a tricky
election-year task of ensuring Iran doesnt acquire a nuclear
bomb on his watch while keeping the Israelis from launching a
preemptive strike that could inflame an already teetering Middle
East. Continued: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/28/
- ISRAELI ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS DRESS UP AS CONCENTRATION CAMP
VICTIME IN PROTEST, DRAWING SHARP CRITICISM
- NY Daily News January 1, 2012 - Images of ultra-Orthodox
Jews dressing up as Nazi concentration camp inmates during a
protest drew widespread condemnation Sunday and added a new twist
to a simmering battle over growing extremism inside Israels
insular ultra-Orthodox community. Religious extremists are facing
increasing criticism for their efforts to separate men and women
in public spaces, and Saturdays protest, in which a child
mimicked an iconic photo of a terrified Jewish boy in the Warsaw
Ghetto, added to the outrage. Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews
gathered Saturday night in Jerusalem to protest what they say
is a nationwide campaign directed against their lifestyle. The
protesters called Israeli policemen Nazis, wore yellow Star of
David patches with the word Jude German for
Jew dressed their children in striped black-and-white
uniforms associated with Nazi concentration camps and transported
them in the back of a truck.
- Israels Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial denounced the
use of Nazi imagery as disgraceful, and several other
survivors groups and politicians condemned the acts. We
must leave the Holocaust and its symbols outside the arguments
in Israeli society, said Moshe Zanbar, chairman of the
main umbrella group for Holocaust survivors in Israel. This
harms the memory of the Holocaust. Six million Jews were
killed by German Nazis and their collaborators during World War
II. About 200,000 aging survivors of the Holocaust live in Israel.
- US TROOPS GOING TO ISRAEL
January 2, 2012. Jerusalem. In one of the most blacked-out stories
in America right now, the US military is preparing to send thousands
of US troops, along with US Naval anti-missile ships and accompanying
support personnel, to Israel. It took forever to find a second
source for confirmation of this story and both relatively mainstream
media outlets are in Israel. With one source saying the military
deployment and corresponding exercises are to occur in January,
the source providing most of the details suggests it will occur
later this spring.
Calling it not just an exercise, but a deployment,
the Jerusalem Post quotes US Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc, Commander
of the US Third Air Force based in Germany. The US Commander
visited Israel two weeks ago to confirm details for the
deployment of several thousand American soldiers to Israel.
In an effort to respond to recent Iranian threats and counter-threats,
Israel announced the largest ever missile defense exercise in
its history. Now, its reported that the US military, including
the US Navy, will be stationed throughout Israel, also taking
- Also confirming the upcoming US-Israeli military missile
exercises is JTA.org - 'global news service of the Jewish people'.
In their account, they report, 'Last week, plans for Gen. Martin
Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, to visit
Israel in January were leaked to Israeli media; his visit likely
will coincide with the largest-ever joint U.S.-Israel anti-missile
exercise'. While American troops will be stationed in Israel
for an unspecified amount of time, Israeli military personnel
will be added to EUCOM in Germany. EUCOM stands for United States
European Command. Continued: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28503
ISRAEL: TIME TO 'STOP PLAYING GAMES' WITH IRAN
Knesset member says U.S., European countries not speaking language
Published: 18 hours ago - 1.29.2012 The time has come for the
international community to stop 'playing games' and get tough
with Iran, declared a Knesset member of Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahus ruling Likud party. Warning that 'all options
are on the table,' Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon urged the
West to 'stop playing games with Iran and to show them some strength.'
'This is a language that you speak in the Middle East, and unfortunately
we see the Europeans and the Americans trying to speak in a different
language,' said Danon, who serves as deputy speaker of the Knesset.
Danon was speaking in an interview today on Aaron Klein
Investigative Radio on New Yorks WABC Radio.'
Click here to listen to the audio. http://kleinonline.wnd.com/audio/
Danon said that Israel supports the imposition of tough sanctions
on Iran backed up by the threat of action.
"You have to tell them that if you do not stop with the
nuclear reactors we will put sanctions that you will feel them
on a daily basis," he said.
Regarding the current round of sanctions, Danon told Klein, "We
see something happening in that direction, but its too
little too late."
Asked about the prospects of military action, Danon replied that
"All the options are on the table."
"Israel has the military capability to deal with the threats
from Iran. But we think it should not be the burden of the Israel
itself. It should be a joint effort of the U.S., European countries
and Western societies together fighting the threats coming from
Danons warning follows tough words from Israels Defense
Minister, Ehud Barak, who told an audience at the World Economic
Forum in Davos that his country is 'determined to prevent Iran
from turning nuclear.' Continued: http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/israel-time-to-stop-playing-games-with-iran/
OBAMA CAMPAIGN MAKES RIDICULOUS DISTORTION' ON ISRAEL
See why president earned 'Pants-on-Fire' rating in attack on
by Aaron Klein Jerusalem bureau 1.14.2012 - WND - JERUSALEM "President
Obamas reelection campaign misleadingly claimed GOP presidential
contenders Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich would all
cut foreign aid to Israel. "Stand against zeroing
out aid to Israel," reads the title of a page of Obamas
official campaign website. Continues the page: 'Republican candidates
for president Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich all say
they would cut foreign aid to Israel " and every other country
" to zero. "Stand up to this extreme isolationism and
join the call to reject the Romney-Perry-Gingrich plan,"
the campaign concludes the claim was so faulty that Politifact.com,
a Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check project operated by the Tampa
Bay Times, labeled it a "ridiculous distortion" deserving
of the sites "Pants-On-Fire" rating. Obamas
campaign told Politifact.com the websites claim on foreign
aid stems from a series of statements made at a foreign-policy
themed debate last November in which Romney, Perry and Gingrich
stated they would review U.S. foreign aid.Continued:
ISRAEL HOODWINKING THE 'BIRD'?
By Joseph Farah WND Sunday, January 15, 2012 - A U.S. intelligence
source tells G2Bulletin that the Israelis, who know the overflight
schedule of U.S. surveillance satellites monitoring their war
preparations, wait until the bird passes and then
resume what appears to be increased mobilization activities.
Sources say the Israelis are making war preparations, but subtly,
in an effort to lessen the worlds notice and they may be
further along than U.S. imagery analysts are able to assess.
Of course, there also have been the recent assassinations of
Iranian nuclear scientists, apparently in an effort to halt Irans
nuclear enrichment program.
In addition to the assassinations of three Iranian scientists
over the years, the nations top missile developer also
was targeted. What may amount to a proxy war with these assassinations
is an effort to disrupt Irans nuclear program, which Israel
and some Western countries believe is a cover for developing
nuclear weapons. Continued;
IRAN: WE'LL BRING THE WAR TO ISRAEL, AND 'BEYOND'
Iran said Thursday that it would respond to Israel's 'cold war'
against it - with attacks against Israelis, and possibly Jews
worldwide. By David Lev First Publish: 1/12/2012, 3:08 PM - Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Israel news photo: Iran govran government websiteIran is preparing
its own answers to the string of assassinations of Iranian scientists,
a web site identified with President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said
Thursday "and those responsible had better start staying
awake nights, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying.
Naming Israel specifically, the Rajah News website said that
Israel wasn't the only country that could undertake long-distance
proxy wars. "We too can send our agents to kill people in
their sleep," the site quoted the unnamed official as saying.
"None of those responsible will escape, none of them should
feel safe," the official told the website. "We will
take the war beyond the borders of Iran, and beyond the borders
of the region." Israeli commentators said that the statement
was an implied threat that Iran could target American Jews in
response to what it perceives is a covert war by Israel to halt
Iran's nuclear program. Several months ago, the FBI announced
the arrest of a terror gang connected to Iran that had planned
to attack synagogues in the U.S., and to blow up the Saudi embassy
in Washington. Continued:
RUSSIA: ATTACK ON TEHRAN IS ATTACK ON MOSCOW
Russia has given Iran its bear hug and warns Israel and the West
that an attack on Tehran would be considered an attack on Moscow.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu First Publish: 1/15/2012, 12:28 PM - Moscow's
ITAR-TASS/Russian FederationRussia has given Iran its bear hug
and warns Israel and the West that an attack on Tehran would
be considered an attack on Moscow. The threat heightens the prospect
of World War III in the event of a military strike on Iran. "Iran
is our neighbor," Russia's outgoing ambassador to NATO,
Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in Brussels. "And if Iran
is involved in any military action, its a direct threat
to our security."
Kremlin Security Council head Nikolai Patrushev accused Israel
of provoking the United States towards war against Iran, the
Russian Interfax news agency reported Friday. "But at the
same time, we believe that any country has the right to have
what it needs to feel comfortable, including Iran," he added.
Rogozin warned on Friday that more attacks on Iran could cause
"a scorching Arab Summer." Russia also has come to
the defense of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warning Western
nations not to intervene in Syria with military forces. Russia
is a major arms supplier to Syria and has a heavy investment
in Irans nuclear facilities. Continued:
THIRD TEMPLE BEING BUILT
Teves 23, 5772 - January 18, 2012 - Posted by Neil Rubin on 08/31/10
at 11:06 AM - For more than a millennium Jewish philosophers
and theologians have pondered the mysteries of a Third Temple,
the one said to be part of the long-awaited messianic era. Will
it come at the start of that era, or after it begins? Will it
be something concrete, or something figurative? Are Jews allowed
to build it prior to a messianic era to usher in that period?
Or must we patiently wait, as we have done for so long? For some
modern Zionists, the state of Israel ' known as the Third Jewish
Commonwealth ' is known as the Third Temple.
But now it seems that construction of a large replica of King
Solomons temple is under way ' in Sao Paulo, Brazil ' and
not by Jews. (For the record, the one where the cafeteria was
kosher was destroyed in the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in
586 C.E.not to be confused with the Roman destruction of
the Second Temple in 70 C.E.).
Not surprisingly, the $200 million, four-year project is being
financed and supervised by the Universal Church of the Kingdom
of God, a Brazilian Pentecostal church. Thats not surprising
because this group belongs to the category of Christian Zionists
(which contrary to popular belief is far from every evangelical
who walks planet earth). Continued:
- IN SIGNAL TO ISRAEL AND IRAN, OBAMA DELAYS WAR EXERCISE
Analysis by Gareth Porter and Jim Lobe - WASHINGTON, Jan 16,
2012 (IPS) - The postponement of a massive joint U.S.-Israeli
military exercise appears to be the culmination of a series of
events that has impelled the Barack Obama administration to put
more distance between the United States and aggressive Israeli
policies toward Iran.
The exercise, called "Austere Challenge '12" and originally
scheduled for April, was to have been a simulation of a joint
U.S.-Israeli effort to identify, track and intercept incoming
missiles by integrating sophisticated U.S. radar systems with
the Israeli Arrow, Patriot and Iron Dome anti-missile defence
U.S. participation in such an exercise, obviously geared to a
scenario involving an Iranian retaliation against an Israeli
attack on its nuclear facilities, would have made the United
States out to be a partner of Israel in any war that would follow
an Israeli attack on Iran.
Obama and U.S. military leaders apparently decided that the United
States could not participate in such an exercise so long as Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to give the administration
any assurance that he will not attack Iran without prior approval
from Washington Continued: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106456
ISRAEL SHOCKS WORLD AND ENDORSES THE RON PAUL FOREIGN POLICY?!
IRAN SAYS 150,000 MISSILES POINTED AT ISRAEL
By JPOST.COM STAFF - 11/27/2011 23:39 - "How many missiles
have they prepared themselves for?" Iranian defense minister
asks. Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi
said that Iran has up to 150,000 missiles pointed at Israel,
according to the semi-official Iranian FARS news agency.
According to the report, Vahidi questioned threats against the
Islamic Republic from the Jewish State, asking "How many
missiles have they prepared themselves for? 10,000? 20,000? 50,000?
100,000, 150,000 or more?" http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?ID=247196&R=R1
IRAN ADDS 3 MORE SUBMARINES TO NAVAL FLEET
By JPost.com Staff and Yaakov Lappin - 11/26/2011 15:19 - Iranian
Army Navy Commander Sayyari says Ghadir-class submarines designed,
manufactured by Islamic Republic's experts. Continued http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=247037
- POPE MEETS WITH ISRAELI RELIGIOUS HEADS TO PROMOTE INTERFAITH
- Meeting held in part to boost the profile of the Council
of Religious Leaders of Israel Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona
Metzger praises the "historic" meeting Pope
Benedict considered a longtime promoter of interfaith dialogue.
- The Associated Press Newsletter Friday November 11, 2011
- "We, the religious leaders of the Holy Land, have come
to prove once and for all that we can live in peace," Chief
Rabbi Yonah Metzger and Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday. |Photo
credit: Reuters Pope Benedict XVI, right, reads as he travels
for an interfaith forum (file photo). |Photo credit: AP The Pope,
center, leaves a train as he arrives for a peace meeting in Assisi,
central Italy in October (file photo). |Photo credit: AP "We,
the religious leaders of the Holy Land, have come to prove once
and for all that we can live in peace," Chief Rabbi Yonah
Metzger and Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday.
- VATICAN CITY -- A delegation of Muslim, Christian, Jewish
and Druze religious leaders in Israel met Thursday with Pope
Benedict XVI in a high-profile display of their efforts to promote
interfaith peace initiatives in the region.
- The Council of Religious Leaders was created in 2007 in Jerusalem
to bring together Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders to raise
awareness about the need for interfaith dialogue and cooperation
in Israel. Continued:
EXPOSE: THE VATICAN WANTS TO LAY HANDS ON JERUSALEM
The Vatican is now reiterating demands for c ontrol of religious
sites in Jerusalem. Jordan's occupation 1948-1967 didn't bother
them. By Giulio Meotti, Italy - First Publish: 12/15/2011, 4:14
- Vatican - Jerusalem - Israel Radio PhotoPeace negotiations
in the Middle East must tackle the issue of the status of the
holy sites of Jerusalem, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head
of the Vaticans Council for Interreligious Dialogue, declared
several days ago in Rome. The Vaticans former foreign minister
asked to place some Israeli holy places under Vatican authority,
alluding to the Cenacle on Mount Zion and the garden of Gethsemane
at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Continued: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150757#.Tus5r9A-qvs
NETANYAHU TO HOST REGULAR BIBLE STUDY GROUPS AT OFFICIAL ISRAELI
PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE
In whats almost certain to irritate separation of church
and state advocates, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
has decided to start hosting a regular Bible study group at his
official residence, where he plans to invite researchers and
In so doing, Netanyahu follows the lead of former prime ministers
David Ben-Gurion, the countrys first prime minister, and
Menachem Begin who served in the 1970s and 1980s who both
hosted Bible study groups regularly.
The Jerusalem Post quotes Netanyahu as saying his goal is 'to
perpetuate love of the Bible:'
'Ben-Gurion understood that the Book of Books is our mandate
for our country [
]' Netanyahu said. "He viewed the
Bible as the wondrous story of the Jewish people, the unique
spiritual, cultural and historic heritage of our people, and
also as one of the cornerstones of all of human culture."
CHRISTIANS, JEWS BANNED FROM TEMPLE LOUNT IN JERUSALEM
'It seems freedom of religion in Israel is only for Muslims'
- Published: 12/12/2011 at 8:35 PM by Aaron Klein - WND - JERUSALEM
" The Israeli government is currently banning all non-Muslims
from ascending the Temple Mount, considered the holiest site
in Judaism. "It seems freedom of religion in Israel is only
for Muslims and not for Christians and Jews," Danny Danon,
deputy speaker of the Knesset, told WND, referring to the new
restrictions. Jerusalem Police spokesman Shmulik Ben Ruby confirmed
to WND that Jews and Christians are restricted from entering
the Temple Mount due to safety concerns over the main access
gate for non-Muslims, known as the Mughrabi Bridge. Continued:
PALESTINIAN LEADER: TALKS WITH ISRAEL OVER
The European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left,
and UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi sign a financial
agreement during a meeting in Gaza City, Wednesday, Jan. 25,
2012. Ashton is on a 3-day visit to Israel and Palestinian territories,
part of her ongoing efforts to encourage the two sides to resume
negotiations. (AP Photo - Hatem Moussa) KARIN LAUB - From Associated
Press - January 25, 2012 1:39 PM EST
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) A low-level dialogue between
Israelis and Palestinians about a future border has ended without
any breakthrough, the Palestinian president said Wednesday, reflecting
the impasse plaguing the negotiations for at least three years.
President Mahmoud Abbas said he would consult with Arab allies
next week to figure out how to proceed now. While frustrated
with the lack of progress, Abbas is under pressure to extend
the Jordanian-mediated exploratory talks, which the international
community hopes will lead to a resumption of long-stalled formal
negotiations on establishing a Palestinian state. Israel said
Wednesday it's willing to continue the dialogue. Abbas didn't
close the door to continued meetings, saying he'll decide after
consultations with the Arab League on Feb. 4. A Palestinian walkout
could cost Abbas international sympathy at a time when he seeks
global recognition of a state of Palestine in the West Bank,
Gaza and east Jerusalem, the territories Israel captured in the
1967 Mideast war. Continued: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/eu-israel-palestinians-talking-15436655
FEAST OF TABERNACLES 2012
30 September - 7 October - 7 nights
Jerusalem Newswire firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 30 September - Erev Succoth
14:00 - 17:45 Registration of delegates in Hotels
18:00 Shabbat Dinner for registered hotel delegates only
20:00 Visit the Western Wall together with the Jews for Prayer
Monday 1 October - Jewish Succoth begins
09:00 Visit holy sites of Jerusalem/or The Galilee - the places
where Jesus ministered
20:00 Grande Opening Evening in the Valley of Hinnom
Tuesday 2 October - INAUGURATION OF THE EMBASSY OF YESHA
10:30 Prophetic procession of Praise and Dance from Hinnom Valley
to Temple Mount - with the Israeli Army
12:30 Grand Meeting of solidarity for Israel in co-operation
with the Israeli Defense Forces
20:00 Special evening to honor Holocaust Survivors as founders
of Eretz Israel - with a pledge of our continual abiding with
the people and land of Israel.
Wednesday 3 October
10:00 Mass Solidarity Meeting in front of the Israel Knesset
in the presence of key Knesset Members - pledging to stand for
Israel and all the land God promised to them.
12:30 We travel to Hebron, the city of beginnings, where Abraham
bought the first piece of land, the city of the patriarchs and
the first capital under King David.
15:00 Celebrating the birthday of our Lord with festive songs
and Christmas carols in the Shepherd's Fields near Bethlehem.
20:00 Evening Celebration, Praise, Prayer and Proclamation in
the Hinnom Valley
Thursday 4 October
10:00 Joyful meeting with prayer and praise at the Promenade
with its breath taking view of all Jerusalem.
13:00 Participation in the annual festive Jerusalem March together
with thousands of Israelis and Christians.
20:00 Evening Celebration, Praise, Prayer and Proclamation in
the Hinnom Valley
Friday 5 October
10:00 Meeting with top Israeli politicians and leaders with an
official opening by the Mayor of Jerusalem: Nir Barkat
15:00 Instructions by anointed men and woman how to be a better
Ambassador for the Lord and Israel during these end times, closing
with a Dedication ceremony
19:00 Shabbat Meal for registered hotel delegates only
Saturday 6 October
10:00 Blessed is HE who comes in the name of the Lord - prophetic
procession from Mount of Olives to the Temple district in preparation
for the coming of the Lord in glory!
20:00 Final Celebration, Praise, Prayer and Proclamation in the
Sunday 7 October - Departure - With you on the walls - Stan Goodenough
More information coming.. http://www.jnewswire.com
ISAIAH 9:10 MUST SEE
- THE ANTI CHRIST WILL BE A JEW
- THE JEWISH SPIRIT OF THE ANTI CHRIST is already
at work. St John the apostle tells us what this Jewish spirit
of the Anti Christ is:
- Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ
is come in the flesh is the spirit of Antichrist. He is the spirit
of Antichrist who denies that Jesus is the Son of God and the
Messiah. (I John 2:22; 4:3)
- Thus the essence of the Jewish spirit of Antichrist is:
- 1. Denial that Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God Who
- 2. Denial that Jesus Christ is the Jewish Messiah.
- 3. Denial of the Holy Trinity of which Jesus Christ is the
Only Begotten Son of the Father.
- [All?] Jews since 33 A.D. deny:
1) The Divinity & Incarnation of Jesus Christ
2) The Messiahship of Jesus Christ
3) The Eternal Sonship of Jesus Christ
- These 3 denials are the Jewish spirit of Antichrist!
- THE PROPHET DANIEL predicted that the Anti Christ would be
- At the end of time a ruler shall exalt himself against
God speaking great swelling words. He shall not regard the God
of his fathers. He shall honor a god of opposition, a god whom
his fathers knew not. (Daniel 11)
- St John of Damascus of the 8th Century, whose authority is
recognized by all Christian denominations, states that the Anti
Christ 1) will be a Jew 2) will come to the Jews 3) will be accepted
by the Jews.
- (See: Exposition Of The Orthodox Faith, Book IV:26)
- Jesus Christ affirmed this when he warned the Jews: I
am come in my Fathers Name but you will not receive Me.
Another will come in his own name and him you will receive.
(St John 5:43)
IRGC PLANS MAJOR NAVAL DRILL IN PG IRAN'S ISLAMIC REVOLUTION
- Navy is set to hold a major military maneuver in the Persian
Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz in February, a senior IRGC commander
says. IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said Thursday
that the maneuver, 7th in a series of drills dubbed the Great
Prophet, will be different compared to previous exercises held
by the IRGC.
- He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in full control
of the strategic Strait of Hormuz and monitors all moves in the
area. The Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway between Iran and
Oman, connects the Persian Gulf with the Sea of Oman and is a
major oil route. This comes after the Iranian navy launched the
10-day Velayat 90 drills on December 24 to test its defense capabilities
and maintain total readiness in the face of potential threats.
- 'US PURSUES SOFT WAR IN M.E., PG (Persian Gulf)'
- A senior Iranian military commander says the United States
is developing soft war policies and economic hegemony as its
key strategies in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf regions.
Based on such strategies, the US has deployed a major part of
its troops in Iraq and Kuwait, said Iran's Ground Forces Commander
Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan on Thursday. He added
that the US and its allies aim to support Saudi Arabia, maintain
Washington's defense forces in Bahrain and gain control of the
Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf-- an energy lifeline for
the world. The Iranian commander further stated that the Saudi
oil, traded in US dollar, is a support for the American currency
and pointed out that Washington is worried about the impacts
of Islamic Awakening on Saudi Arabia.
- Brig. Gen. Pourdastan said that the US-led global arrogance
is approaching its collapse due to developments in the Middle
East and the 'Occupy Wall Street' (OWS) movement. Continued:
- IRAN. RUSSIA DISCUSS BILATERAL TIES
- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Russian counterpart
Dmitry Medvedev have held a telephone conversation to discuss
cooperation in different spheres and exchange views on regional
- In the Thursday conversation, the two sides stressed closer
cooperation between Tehran and Moscow for resolving the regional
issues. They also called for the expansion of economic relations
between the two countries and underlined the need for using national
currencies in mutual commercial transactions, urging the removal
of the US dollar in bilateral trade.
- President Ahmadinejad stated that both countries have reached
an agreement in this regard, adding that such consensus will
lead to an increase in the volume of Iran-Russia trade transactions.
Commenting on the Caspian Sea, the Iranian chief executive said
useful agreements have been reached on preventing the presence
of foreign forces in the body of water, expressing hope for the
finalization of the Caspian Sea legal regime. Medvedev for his
part said Russia, similar to the Islamic Republic, believes the
crises in some regional countries should be resolved through
consultation and dialogue. Continued: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/219591.html
- IRAN WILL COUNTER US THREATS
- A senior member of Iran's Majlis has downplayed the US threats
against the Islamic Republic, emphasizing that Tehran will not
allow Washington to undermine Iran's sovereign interests. Chairman
of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy
Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the world should realize that Iran would
not permit the US threats, such as the sanctions on the Iranian
oil sector, weaken its national interests. He added that the
US has become aware of certain realities after Iran's naval forces
staged massive military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz.
- The maneuvers were a reminder of Iran's policy to defend
the security of the Persian Gulf by regional countries, added
Boroujerdi. The legislator stated that showcasing Iran's national
capabilities, despite three decades of the US and Western sanctions
against the country, reveals Washington's failed policies. It
proved that no sanctions would affect Iran's national determination
and potentials, Boroujerdi emphasized.
- Continued: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/219613.html
- WORLD CANNOT SURVIVE 24 HOURS WITH PERSIAN GULF OIL
- Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)
naval forces says the world cannot last 24 hours without Persian
Gulf oil, stressing that Tehran is fully capable of closing the
Strait of Hormuz.
- Today, out of the 1,300 billion barrels of oil in the
world, 800 billion barrels are in the Persian Gulf, said
Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said on Friday, adding that it is impossible
to imagine a world without the energy produced in the Persian
Gulf region. The Strait of Hormuz lies between Iran and Oman
and is a narrow shipping channel that leads in and out of the
Persian Gulf. Statistic-wise, the strait is one of the world's
most important waterways, with a daily flow of about 15 million
barrels of oil, which accounts for 90 percent of Persian Gulf
exports and 40 percent of global consumption.
- Describing Iran as an absolute regional power, Fadavi said
the Islamic Republic has had repeated experiences
in closing the Hormuz Strait, especially during the Iraqi imposed
war in the 1980s. The IRGC navy commander further pointed to
US failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and said the US is incapable
of maintaining its own security let alone that of the Persian
Gulf. Iran's First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi warned
on December 27 that imposing sanctions against the country's
energy sector will prompt Tehran to prevent oil cargoes from
passing through the strategic Strait of Hormuz. If they
impose sanctions on Iran's oil, not even a drop of oil will be
allowed through the Strait of Hormuz, he warned. Continued:
- IRAN TO HOLD LARGEST-EVER NAVAL DRILLS NEAR STRAIT OF HORMUZ
May coincide with US-Israeli major naval exercises in the Persian
- Global Research, January 6, 2012 - Russian
Information Agency Novosti
Iran is planning to hold new massive naval exercises
near the strategic Strait of Hormuz within the next few weeks,
the countrys Fars news agency has said, as Tehrans
tensions with the West continue to escalate following threats
of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its controversial
nuclear program. Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted
in the Fars report as saying the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps
was planning to conduct its greatest naval war games
near the Straight of Hormuz in the near future. The announcement
came just days after the Iranian navy completed its 10-day naval
exercises near the Strait of Hormuz. The drills were held after
the Islamic Republic threatened to block the waterway, where
an estimated 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil passes, in
response to Western plans to ban oil imports from Iran. The Islamic
Republic derives some 60 percent of its budget revenues from
oil exports. Continued: http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20120106/170640162.html
- WAR PREPARATIONS REPORT: U.S.& ISRAEL PREPARING FOR 'BIGGEST
DEFENSE DRILL EVER'
- By Elad Benari , January 6, 2012 Arutz Sheva - IDF and U.S.
forces will team up soon for a major missile defense exercise,
"the biggest one ever" according to military sources.
IDF soldiers - Israel news photo: IDF websiteThe Israeli military
is gearing up together with U.S. forces for a major missile defense
exercise, the IDF announced Thursday. The Associated Press reported
that the Austere Challenge 12 drill is designed to
improve defense systems and cooperation between the U.S. and
Israeli forces. While the drill follows a ten-day Iranian naval
exercise near the Strait of Hormuz, the IDF told AP the drill
with the U.S. was planned long ago and is not tied to recent
events. Israeli and U.S. officials told AP the exercise would
be the largest-ever joint drill by the two countries.
- A few weeks ago, the Commander of the Third Air Force of
the U.S Military, Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc, arrived in Israel to
prepare for the joint training exercise. Continued:http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/151468
- JOINT US-ISRAEL DRILL CALLED OFF BY NETANYAHU TO WASHINGTON'S
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2012, 12:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags: Israel US war exercise Iran nuclear Binyamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahudebkafile's sources
disclose exclusively that, contrary to recent reports published
in Washington, Jerusalem - and this site too - it was Israel
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, not the Obama administration,
who decided to call off the biggest ever joint US-Israeli military
exercise Austere Challenge 12 scheduled for April 2012.
Washington was taken aback by the decision. It was perceived
as a mark of Israel's disapproval for the administration's apparent
hesitancy in going through with the only tough sanctions with
any chance of working against Iran's nuclear weapon program:
penalizing its central bank and blocking payments for its petroleum
This was the first time Israel had ever postponed a joint military
exercise; it generated a seismic moment in relations between
the US and Israel at a time when Iran has never been so close
to producing a nuclear weapon.
This week, Netanyahu further orchestrated a series of uncharacteristically
critical statements by senior ministers: Deputy Prime Minister
Moshe Yaalon called the Obama administration "hesitant"
(Jan. 15), after which Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman urged
the Americans to "move from words to deeds" (Jan 16).
- WEST READIES OIL PLAN IN CASE OF IRAN CRISIS
- By REUTERS 01/07/2012 01:56 Western countries discuss tapping
up to 14 million bdp of oil from emergency stockpiles if Iran
closes the Strait of Hormuz; action would be five-times larger
than any other release from reserves.
- LONDON - Western powers this week readied a contingency plan
to tap a record volume from emergency stockpiles to replace nearly
all the Gulf oil that would be lost if Iran blocks the Strait
of Hormuz, industry sources and diplomats told Reuters. They
said senior executives of the International Energy Agency (IEA),
which advises 28 oil consuming countries, discussed on Thursday
an existing plan to release up to 14 million barrels per day
(bpd) of government-owned oil stored in the United States, Europe,
Japan and other importers. Continued:
- EU GOVERNMENT CONSIDER DELAY ON ANY IRAN OIL BAN
- By REUTERS 01/06/2012 13:37 EU ban may need several months
to take effect; worries over economic impact complicate EU plans.
BRUSSELS - A European Union embargo on Iranian crude oil imports
could take a few months to come into effect because of a push
by some EU capitals for a delay that they say is necessary to
shield their debt-stricken economies, EU diplomats said on Friday.
EU capitals have agreed in principle to an embargo on Iranian
oil, part of Western efforts to ratchet up pressure on Tehran
over its nuclear program. Details of how the ban would be imposed
are under discussion in Brussels, with the goal of having a final
decision by the end of the month.
- SYRIA: BRITISH SPECIAL FORCES, CIA AND MI6 SUPPORTING ARMED
INSURGENCY. NATO INTERVENTION CONTEMPLATED
- By Michel Chossudovsky - Global Research, January 7, 2012
- Several articles in the British media confirm that British
Special Forces are training Syrian rebels. The underlying pattern
is similar to that of Libya where British SAS were on the ground
prior to the launching of NATO's military intervention. A Responsibility
to Protect (R2P) NATO intervention modelled on Libya is contemplated.
The Free Syrian Army is a de facto paramilitary creation of NATO.
- The reports confirm that British military and intelligence
operatives are already on the ground inside Syria:
- "There has been growing chatter indicating that British
Special Forces are in some way assisting forces aligned against
the Syrian regime. Reports from late November last year state
that British Special forces have met up with members of the Free
Syrian Army (FSA), the armed wing of the Syrian National Council.
The apparent goal of this initial contact was to establish the
rebel forces' strength and to pave the way for any future training
SYRIA. US-NATO SPONSORED SUICIDE ATTACK? REPORT TERRORIST BOMBING
- Global Research, January 7, 2012 - SANA - DAMASCUS, (SANA)
- A terrorist explosion on Friday morning hit al-Midan neighborhood
in Damascus, leading to the martyring of 26 and the injuring
of 63 civilians and law-enforcement forces personnel. The explosion
took place near Hassan al-Hakeem Basic Education School, an area
that is crowded with residents and passersby. Interior Minister
Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar said that a suicide bomber exploded
himself around 10:55 am targeting a traffic place crowded with
inhabitants, passersby and shops in order to kill the largest
number of citizens. Lt. Gen. al-Shaar added in statement to journalists
that the initial death toll of the terrorist bombing reached
11 martyrs, most of them civilians, in addition to the remains
of 15 unidentified people put in medical cases , and 63 injured,
noting that investigations are going on to indentify all the
- The Interior Ministry issued a statement confirming the information
provided by Minister al-Shaar and pointing out that the bombing
also caused considerable material damage to nearby cars and buildings,
including al-Midan Police Department, Hassan al-Hakeem Basic
Education School and stores.
- The statement said that the authorities immediately headed
to the scene and collected evidence including samples, body parts
and explosives residue which were sent to forensic labs to identify
the terrorist and the owners of the unidentified body parts and
determine the type of explosive used in the attack, with preliminary
estimations suggest that it consisted of ten kilograms of high
- US OBLIGATED TO TAKE IRAN DISPUTE TO INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION
- by Sherwood Ross - Global Research, January 7, 2012 - It
may come as a surprise to Republican presidential candidates
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum but the U.S. is obligated under
international law to the peaceful resolution of its grievance
against Iran. Santorum has criticized President Obamas
attempt to negotiate with Iran and, according to The Christian
Science Monitor, called for increased covert sabotage,
bombings, and even arresting foreign scientists working
in Iran. Romney has called Iran the greatest threat we
face and for pulverizing its nuclear facilities through
airstrikes and (to) make it very public we are doing just that.
If the U.S. sought to prevail by military force, however, it
would be in contravention of at least three historic treaties
the U.S. has signed pledging itself to the peaceful resolution
of disputes. As war fever sweeps Washington and the Republican
candidates, save for Rep. Ron Paul, cry for war, it behooves
Iran to initiate legal action. In this age of instantaneous communications,
the whole world is watching to see if either nation will seize
the diplomatic initiative, to see which truly prefers conversation
to conflict. As members of the United Nations, both Iran and
the U.S. are obligated to go to arbitration, not to come out
shooting, a fact lost on the hawkish GOP politicians who seem
unaware the American people have had a bellyful of war and want
to prioritize a domestic agenda. Continued: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid...