Israel Tries to Stop the Shia Crescent

Israel May Be Planning A Nuclear Attack On Syria

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Surprising Videos:Israel Plans A Nuclear Attack On Syria;Russia Summons The Israeli Ambassador To Moscow For Clarification

We know Syria has decided to fight it out with Israel despite the 2013 nuclear attack the world continues to deny. We know Israel who admits to giving medical treatment to ISIS has been moving jihadists through Jordan for years, arming and training ISIS and supplies its intelligence, communications and even air support. Denying this is insanity.Everyone knows Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States finance ISIS, recruit for them, arm them and keep other nations from effectively opposing them.
Those other nations include not just the United States but perhaps Russia as well. Israel is terrified of ISIS being defeated. This means Hezbollah returns to Lebanon, victorious in war and able to stand up to the Israeli onslaughts that are staged whenever Israel’s internal politics demand a whipping boy outside the country.Bombing Palestinians and whipping up hatred at home against them and the the few remaining Christians inside Greater Israel and the Occupied Territories is a useful narrative that Saudi Arabia, in particular, has played a part in all along.When did the Saudi/Israeli alliance begin? Some believe long before the 1973 war and the oil embargo against the United States. The Saudi’s have been playing a double game that long. Yesterday’s Israeli bombing attacks aimed at the Syrian Arab Army and its Russian advisers at Palmyra, a battlefield with no Hezbollah forces whatsoever, has to be “enough” for Russia.
Back on May 2, 2013, SyriaNews reported an Israeli submarine sunk off the coast of Latakia. Their mission was to pick up IDF commandos tasked with planting communications relays to support a false narrative that the Syrian Army was using sarin gas, in order to force the United States into war.
Two days later, Israel staged a bombing attack outside Damascus using a tactical nuclear weapon, and this is not conjecture. It is time the world community and Russia began dealing with this and the likelihood that Israel is going to do the same thing again, against Syria, against Lebanon and do it with full complicity of Donald Trump.
Nuclear Attack
VT submitted the video above to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency and University of California at Los Alamos. They confirmed that the presence of ball lightning is an indicator of a nuclear weapon, nothing else can cause this, though there were many other observable factors that made this a nuclear explosion as well.
If you think Syria was Israel’s only nuclear target, watch the video below. This attack was confirmed by the IAEA as well who observed the video and found “slam dunk” proof of a tactical nuclear weapon strike. Attempts were made, unsuccessfully, by the IAEA to get soil samples, needed within 72 hours, from the site but their inspectors were blocked by Saudi Arabia.
Those other nations include not just the United States but perhaps Russia as well. Israel is terrified of ISIS being defeated. This means Hezbollah returns to Lebanon, victorious in war and able to stand up to the Israeli onslaughts that are staged whenever Israel’s internal politics demand a whipping boy outside the country.
Bombing Palestinians and whipping up hatred at home against them and the the few remaining Christians inside Greater Israel and the Occupied Territories is a useful narrative that Saudi Arabia, in particular, has played a part in all along.
When did the Saudi/Israeli alliance begin? Some believe long before the 1973 war and the oil embargo against the United States. The Saudi’s have been playing a double game that long.
Yesterday’s Israeli bombing attacks aimed at the Syrian Arab Army and its Russian advisers at Palmyra, a battlefield with no Hezbollah forces whatsoever, has to be “enough” for Russia.
Back on May 2, 2013, SyriaNews reported an Israeli submarine sunk off the coast of Latakia. Their mission was to pick up IDF commandos tasked with planting communications relays to support a false narrative that the Syrian Army was using sarin gas, in order to force the United States into war.
Two days later, Israel staged a bombing attack outside Damascus using a tactical nuclear weapon, and this is not conjecture. It is time the world community and Russia began dealing with this and the likelihood that Israel is going to do the same thing again, against Syria, against Lebanon and do it with full complicity of Donald Trump.
Nuclear Attack
VT submitted the video above to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency and University of California at Los Alamos. They confirmed that the presence of ball lightning is an indicator of a nuclear weapon, nothing else can cause this, though there were many other observable factors that made this a nuclear explosion as well.
If you think Syria was Israel’s only nuclear target, watch the video below. This attack was confirmed by the IAEA as well who observed the video and found “slam dunk” proof of a tactical nuclear weapon strike. Attempts were made, unsuccessfully, by the IAEA to get soil samples, needed within 72 hours, from the site but their inspectors were blocked by Saudi Arabia.

Iran Horn Plans For Israeli Attack (Daniel 8:4)

by DEBORAH DANAN
5 Mar 2017
Lebanese Hezbollah fighters march near portraits of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L), founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, during a parade on February 14, 2015 in the southern Lebanese town of Jibsheet. The Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah is marking today the death of three of its commanders, Abbas al-Mussawi, Ragheb Harb and Imad Mughnieh. Mussawi was killed on February 16, 1992 in an Israeli air raid on Nabatiyeh, Harb was assassinated in south Lebanon during Israel’s occupation in February 1984 and Mughnieh was killed in a car bombing in the Syrian capital Damascus on February 12, 2008. AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV – Hezbollah will strike nine sensitive chemical and nuclear sites in Israel, according to a new propaganda video released by a news website affiliated with the Lebanon-based terror group.
The clip, published by the al-Ahed news website, comes after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made numerous threats saying the Shiite group is targeting Israel’s nuclear reactor in the southern city of Dimona and an ammonia plant in the northern city of Haifa.
In the opening sequence, the video shows what appear to be Russian S-300 missiles being fired and striking the Dimona nuclear reactor to the sound of alarms, the Times of Israel reported.
The video goes on to list eight other sites around Israel, including the Nahal Sorek desalination plant, the Kishon chemical plant, nuclear weapons research sites, and sites allegedly belonging to the IDF as storage facilities for ballistic weapons.
The clip also includes other sensitive information such as satellite images of the locations, amount of employees, the number of buildings per site and a description of toxic materials on each site.
Israel’s military has said that the terror group has between 100,000 and 120,000 short- and medium-range missiles and rockets, as well as several hundred long-range missiles, with the medium-range missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv.
However, there has been no evidence to suggest that Hezbollah has S-300 missiles as shown in the video.
In February, Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz warned that “all of Lebanon will be struck” if Nasrallah goes through with his threat to strike Israel’s vital infrastructure sites.
Also last month, Israel reportedly targeted Hezbollah-bound weapons in a series of airstrikes in Syria.
Earlier this week, a Haifa court ruled that an ammonia plant in Haifa must be emptied out within ten days, partially in response to an Israeli officials’ warning that a missile strike on the site could cause tens of thousands of fatalities.

An Unprecedented Alliance (Daniel 7:7)

By John Irish and Andrea Shalal | MUNICH
Saudi Arabia and Israel both called on Sunday for a new push against Iran, signaling a growing alignment in their interests, while U.S. lawmakers promised to seek new sanctions on the Shi’ite Muslim power.
Turkey also joined the de facto united front against Tehran as Saudi and Israeli ministers rejected an appeal from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for Sunni Gulf Arab states to work with Tehran to reduce violence across the region.
While Saudi Arabia remains historically at odds with Israel, their ministers demanded at the Munich Security Conference that Tehran be punished for propping up the Syrian government, developing ballistic missiles and funding separatists in Yemen.
International sanctions on Iran were lifted a year ago under a nuclear deal with world powers, but Republican senators said at the conference they would press for new U.S. measures over the missiles issue and Tehran’s actions to „destabilize“ the Middle East.
He sidestepped a question about Israel’s call for concerted action with Sunni Arab states amid growing speculation that the two countries could normalize relations and join forces to oppose Tehran, much as Turkey has done.
The six Arab members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), especially Saudi Arabia, accuse Iran of using sectarianism to interfere in Arab countries and build its own sphere of influence in the Middle East. Iran denies the accusations.
„Iran remains the single main sponsor of terrorism in the world,“ Adel al-Jubeir told delegates at the conference. „It’s determined to upend the order in the Middle East … (and) until and unless Iran changes its behavior it would be very difficult to deal with a country like this.“
Al-Jubeir said Iran was propping up the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, funding the Houthi movement in Yemen and fomenting violence across the region.
The international community needed to set clear „red lines“ to halt Iran’s actions, he said, calling for banking, travel and trade restrictions aimed at changing Tehran’s behavior.
„The real division is not Jews, Muslims … but moderate people versus radical people,“ Lieberman told delegates.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also criticized what he called an Iranian „sectarian policy“ aimed at undermining Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
„Turkey is very much against any kind of division, religious or sectarian,“ he said. „It’s good that we are now normalizing our relations with Israel.“
Zarif opened Sunday’s session with the call for dialogue to address „anxieties“ in the region. This followed a visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Oman and Kuwait last week to try to improve ties, his first visit to the Gulf states since taking power in 2013.
Asked if Iran’s envisioned regional dialogue could include Israel, Zarif said Tehran was looking at a more „modest“ approach. „I’m focusing on the Persian Gulf. We have enough problems in this region so we want to start a dialogue with countries we call brothers in Islam,“ he said.
Zarif dismissed any suggestions his country would ever seek to develop nuclear weapons. When asked about the new U.S. administration’s tough rhetoric on Iran’s role in the region and calls to review the nuclear deal, he said Tehran did not respond well to threats or sanctions.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said he and other senators were preparing legislation to further sanction Iran for violating U.N. Security Council resolutions with its missile development program and other actions.
Senator Christopher Murphy, a Democrat and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Washington needed to decide whether to take a broader role in the regional conflict.
„We have to make a decision whether we are going to get involved in the emerging proxy war in a bigger way than we are today, between Iran and Saudi Arabia,“ he said.
(Additional reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by David Stamp)

Khamenei Denies Israel’s Existence

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Iran’s supreme leader used the podium of a pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran to lash out at Israel, calling the Jewish state a „fake“ nation in a „dirty chapter“ of history.
The remarks by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) were some of his most vitriolic against Israel, Iran’s archenemy. Every four years since the early 1990s, Tehran has hosted a similar conference in support of the Palestinian cause, assembling foreign guests and those who oppose Israel.
Speaking to the gathering, Khamenei said Israel was created by bringing Jews from other parts of the world to the Mideast region to settle in the land of the Palestinians to replace its „true entity.“
The creation of Israel is „one of the dirty chapters of history that will be closed, with the grace of God,“ he added. Khamenei’s speech lasted 33 minutes.
The supreme leader, who has final say on all state matters in Iran, also urged all Muslims to support the Palestinians and „resistance“ movements – a reference to anti-Israeli militant groups such as Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon’s Shite Hezbollah militants. Iran has always been their staunch ally.
The „resistance movements should have all necessary instruments,“ Khamenei added and praised those who are part of it in allegedly succeeding in „preventing the domination of the Zionist regime in the entire region.“
But he did not appear to endorse an all-our war on Israel, saying instead that it’s a „cancerous tumour“ that requires a „step by step“ treatment. In 2015, Khamenei predicted that Israel would not exist after 25 years.
Some 80 delegations, mainly from Islamic countries as well as pro-Palestinian activists, attended the two-day meeting. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and several government officials also attended the conference.
The venue was decorated with a large map of Israel and the Palestinian territories covered in the colours of the Palestinian flag.
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which ousted the pro-western Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and brought the Islamists to power, Iran has not recognised Israel and has supported anti-Israeli groups.
Israel, which seas a nuclear-armed Iran as an existential threat, has opposed the 2015 landmark deal between Iran and world powers that capped Iran’s nuclear activities in return for lifting sanctions.
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Islam and Judaism In Israel

The terrorist who killed four Israelis in Jerusalem Jan. 8 by mowing them over with his truck expressed agitation after hearing a sermon at a local mosque criticizing Trump’s embassy relocation promise.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership reportedly instructed the mosques it controls to focus their religious sermons on the embassy relocation. Worse still, the PA promised the terrorist’s widow a lifetime, $760-per-month stipend for her husband’s “martyrdom for Allah.”
Arab reactions to Trump’s embassy plans are more heated than they were to those of candidates Bush and Clinton perhaps because of Trump’s pledge to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the embassy there from Tel Aviv, not only as a candidate (including during his address at last year’s AIPAC Policy Conference) but also as president-elect, issuing public reassurances on the issue. Trump even planned to visit the Temple Mount as a candidate, although the visit never materialized and – as president – he said last Thursday that it was “too early” to discuss moving the U.S. Embassy.
Nevertheless, Palestinian and Arab leaders have warned that moving the embassy could lead to unrest and violence. Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called the idea “a declaration of war against Islam.” PA President Mahmoud Abbas said he could revoke the PLO’s recognition of Israel, while his Fatah party warned the move “would open the gates of hell.”
Such declarations by political and religious leaders give a green light to Palestinians to react violently, as the Jerusalem terrorist truck attack shows.
Palestinian leaders, including the “more moderate” Palestinian Authority, regularly deny that Jews have any historical or religious connection to the Temple Mount.
PA Jerusalem Affairs Minister Adnan al-Husseini demanded an apology Sunday after United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was “completely clear that the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple.” The statement “violated all legal, diplomatic and humanitarian customs and overstepped his role as secretary general,” al-Husseini said.
This is not the first time that the Palestinians, including the “more moderate” Palestinian Authority, manipulated Jerusalem into an incendiary trigger for terror.
As Palestinian Media Watch reported, Abbas led calls in 2015 for Palestinians to act violently to “defend” Muslim holy sites. He blessed “every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem” and presented violence in “defense” of holy sites and against the Jews’ “filthy feet” as a religious imperative.
Indeed, the “stabbing intifidah” was launched in 2015 by false rumors that Israel was trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount.
“Arabs are convinced that Israel is set on destroying, desecrating or ‘Judaizing’ Haram al-Sharif, the Jerusalem compound that includes al-Aqsa, Islam’s third-holiest site,” Benny Avni wrote in the New York Post. Such incitement persists, Avni noted, even though “Israel points out that the arrangements that have existed since 1967, when it seized control of the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, are intact, and will remain so: A Jordanian trust, the Waqf, maintains the Mount. Jews can visit, but not pray there.”
Even worse, President Obama’s State Department reinforced the dangerously false incitement about Jerusalem promoted by Palestinians.
Writing about the 2015 “Stabbing Intifida,” journalist Jeffrey Goldberg rightly pointed out that it was “prompted in good part by the same set of manipulated emotions that sparked the anti-Jewish riots of the 1920s: a deeply felt desire on the part of Palestinians to ‘protect’ the Temple Mount from Jews.”
In the 1929 Arab riots, Arabs killed more than 130 Jews, and nearly as many Arabs died when British police responded. Among the findings of a subsequent investigation by the Shaw Commission was that “the Mufti was influenced by the twofold desire to confront the Jews and to mobilise Moslem opinion on the issue of the Wailing Wall” (in Jerusalem) and that one of the chief causes of the riots was “Propaganda among the less-educated Arab people of a character calculated to incite them.”
Arab incitement against Jews happens regularly, often without the explosive element of Jerusalem. In a sermon broadcast on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV in early January, a Hamas leader name Marwan Abu Ras, accused Jews of sending “AIDS-infected girls to fornicate with Muslim youths.” He also claimed that Israel was allowing drugs to be smuggled through tunnels into Gaza, while blocking the entry of essential goods. “Their state is about to disappear,” Abu Ras said. “…My brothers, know that people, stones, and trees all hate [the Jews]. Everyone on Earth hates this filthy nation, a nation extrinsic to Mankind. This fact was elucidated by the Quran and the Sunna.”
But adding Jerusalem to Arab incitement against Israelis can make the resulting violence even more explosive.
Qanta Ahmed, a pro-Israel Muslim reformer who visited both the Jewish and Muslim holy sites at the Temple Mount, eloquently noted the Islamist thinking that enables the weaponization of Jerusalem: “Forbidding worshippers from entering holy sites in Islam, including non-conforming or pluralist Muslims who reject both the ideology and accouterments of Islamism is an impassioned pastime of fervent Islamists who foolishly believe only they are the keepers of our Maker…”
Unfortunately, Jerusalem has a long and bloody history of being manipulated by Muslim leaders into an explosive tool of incitement. But if Islam truly is a religion of peace, its leading practitioners should stop turning religious holy sites into weapons of war, and instead embrace Doctor Ahmed’s tolerance.
Reprinted with author’s permission from The Investigative Project on Terrorism

The War With Iran Draws Closer

Michael Flynn and Team Trump Fire a Warning Shot at Iran
KIMBERLY DOZIER
TIM MAK
02.01.17 8:20 PM ET
Trump’s national security adviser launched a rhetorical shot across Iran’s bow on Wednesday, in a terse public statement that hinted at possible military action to come.
“As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice,” said White House National Security adviser ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in response to Iran testing a medium-range ballistic missile Sunday.
What would the U.S. do if Iran fired another missile? Neither Flynn, nor other administration officials would say, though they said they were reviewing a range of options.
Yet even as they insisted that the missile test was a violating of UN resolutions, those officials were careful to say this had nothing to do with the joint nuclear agreement signed by Iran and the world’s major powers – signaling that President Donald Trump is trying to thread the needle between maintaining the nuclear pact and signaling to Iran that other bad behavior won’t be tolerated.
Flynn, for his part, said the previous White House let Iran go too far, unchecked. “The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran’s malign actions, including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms,” he said. “The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk.”
Trump administration officials explained that Wednesday’s warning is intended to let Iran know that the U.S. is aware of what they are doing—from backing Houthi rebels in Yemen to the latest ballistic missile launch—and is considering a number of unspecified actions to check that behavior.
The officials said Iran’s Sunday launch of the “Khoramshar” medium-range missile was “highly provocative and in defiance of the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2231,” which calls on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering a nuclear weapon. (Tehran, it should be noted, does not share in that assessment.)
The missile was inherently capable of delivering a nuclear device,” said one of the officials, who added that the administration would be exploring what intelligence the U.S. could share with the UN Security Council, as the White House presses for enforcement of the resolution. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as a condition of briefing the press corps.
The officials said the U.S. was also reviewing options for the next time Iran committed a perceived infraction included economic measures, but would not be drawn on whether there might be a U.S. military response.
Still, the smell of gunpowder hangs in the air, and the Trump challenge will be red meat to Iranian hard liners who criticized the deal, and just possibly a kick in the gut for moderate Iranian politicians who staked careers on a nuclear deal yielding tangible economic benefits for their constituents.
Those economic benefits have been slow to materialize, despite tens of millions of dollars flooding back into Iran with many sanctions lifted, plus the return of $400 million from the U.S. to Iran as a down payment on $1.7 billion settlement for a weapons sale Washington, D.C. refused to honor after the 1979 fall of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
The Obama administration had hoped to empower ordinary people – and ordinary Iranian politicians – with the influx of cash, to compete with the political power and influence of Iran’s deep state military and intelligence apparatus, which uses sanctions and their monopoly on major Iranian industries to fund a network of insurgencies and rebel groups to extend Iranian influence throughout the Middle East.
Some observers see a great deal of danger if the new administration strays from that path. „If General Flynn has his way, Iran will resume it former position at the heart is the terrorism problem set, right after ISIS,” said former CIA officer Scott Modell, of The Rapidan Group. “Flynn’s criticism of Obama’s overly conciliatory posture toward Iran, along with his view that the challenge of his lifetime is defeating radical Islamism, raises the odds of U.S.-Iran escalation,” he said in an email.
Yet today’s tough words could also be seen as a fulfillment of a Trump campaign promise. Trump pledged repeatedly to renegotiate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the so-called “Iran Deal,” which he called a lousy one, and to get tougher on Tehran.
This may prove awkward as the White House works to rebuild a relationship with Moscow in hopes of settling the conflict in Syria and working jointly to defeat the so-called Islamic State. Russia and Iran have grown increasingly close, with Russia acting as the go-between to help broker the nuclear deal, and Russia and Iran working together to prop up the Bashar Assad regime in Syria. Either the White House is forcing Russia to choose between allies—or offering it a chance to use its influence to clip Iran’s ambitions.
On Capitol Hill, the stern talking points aimed at Iran are proving succor to Republicans—who were almost universally critical of the Obama administration’s rapprochement with Tehran—and producing eye-rolls among Democrats, who were generally more supportive.
„I am very impressed with their seriousness about pushing back against Iran violations on the nuclear deal,” said Sen. Bob Corker, Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after meeting with retired Lt. Gen. Flynn Wednesday. „I’m very enthused about where they are on this issue,” he added, in comments to The Daily Beast.
Even Republicans who are typically skeptical of Trump have lauded the development.
“‘On notice’ means that if they continue what is obviously breaking the Iran agreement, appropriate actions will be taken,” Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told The Daily Beast. “It’s important to say to the Iranians that we know you have violated the treaty, and you’re on notice now… that’s exactly the way to treat them.”
But to Democrats, putting Iran ‘on notice’ is a senseless escalation in rhetoric—especially since Flynn offered no detailed plan on how to act in reality. “Is it possible to be quoted sighing?” said one senior congressional staffer of the announcement, insisting on anonymity.
“I don’t know why the president is intent upon scaring everybody in America without giving us more details,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee.

Iran Crisis Is About To Escalate (Ezekiel 17)

Netanyahu: Iran missile test must not go unanswered

BBC News
Benjamin Netanyahu said he would discuss renewing sanctions when he met US President Donald Trump in February.
Iran has carried out several such tests since a 2015 nuclear deal which relaxed sanctions against the country, despite Western criticism.
The White House said it was studying the details of the incident.
US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the missile had broken up before the test was completed.
It is not yet clear what type of missile was launched, or if it explicitly violated the UN resolution.
The resolution calls on Iran not to undertake any activity related to „ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons“.
 Iran says it does not have any nuclear weapons.But US Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the foreign relations committee, said: „No longer will Iran be given a pass for its repeated ballistic missile violations.“Mr Trump has previously called the Iran nuclear deal „a disaster“ and suggested his administration will abandon it.But that has drawn criticism from senior figures, including the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan.
Mr Brennan, who stepped down when President Trump took office, told the BBC late last year that tearing up the agreement „would be the height of folly“ and „disastrous“.

Israel Displays Its Antinuclear System

Israel deploys ‚Star Wars‘ missile killer system

Israel’s upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a „Star Wars“-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.
The Defence Ministry said the U.S.-funded Arrow 3 system, jointly developed by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. firm Boeing Co. (BA.N), was handed over the Israeli Air Force.
The Arrow 3, together with the Arrow 2, which has been operational since 2000, would „significantly reduce the possibilities of ballistic missiles“ hitting Israel, the ministry said in a statement.
The Arrow 2 is designed to intercept projectiles high and low within the atmosphere. Arrow 3 missiles will fly into space, where their warheads detach to become „kamikaze“ satellites that track and slam into their targets.
Such high-altitude shoot-downs are meant to safely destroy incoming nuclear, biological or chemical missiles. Israel has frequently voiced concern about a ballistic missile threat posed by its arch-foe, Iran.
The United States has its own system for intercepting ballistic missiles in space, Aegis.
Arrow serves as the top tier of an integrated Israeli shield built up to withstand various potential missile or rocket salvoes. The bottom tier is the already-deployed short-range Iron Dome interceptor, which was used extensively with high success rates in a 2014 Gaza war against Hamas militants.
Another Israeli system called David’s Sling is being developed to shoot down mid-range, lower-altitude missiles, such as those in the arsenal of Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a Lebanese group which last fought a war with Israel in 2006.
Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Ori Lewis and Alison Williams

Obama’s Iranian Horn (Ezekiel 17)

by DR. MICHAEL LEDEEN December 28, 2016
As I promised, as the days of Obama draw down, the jihadis are stepping up the terror tempo. They know that there will be no reprisals from the Oahu links, and they fear Trump’s lineup of tough guys in the cabinet, so they’re in a hurry to kill infidels while the killing’s good. Therefore we, along with the other Western nations, are at maximum risk right now, until roundabouts January 20th.
And the killing’s plenty good, isn’t it? Berlin, Zurich, Ankara, Moscow, with a very nasty plot uncovered in Melbourne, and yet another involving terrorists in Detroit, Maryland, and Virginia. Not to mention the ongoing slaughter in Syria, and, on Christmas day, Cameroon.
What does the „western world“ do in response? Declare the Western Wall „occupied territory.“ This is no accident, since the jihadis believe that they have unleashed holy war against infidels. That war will not end, in their view, until we infidels have been crushed and subjected to the will of a caliph. They’ve got plenty of support from the Russians, without whom thousands of Iranians and Iranian proxies would have been killed in Syria and Iraq, and the Assad regime would have been destroyed.
That would have been a better world, but Obama did not want that world. Nor did the feckless Europeans, who act as if profits on Iran trade compensate for the open subversion of public order. Indeed, as Christmas arrived we were treated to the spectacle of the bishop of Rome-aka Pope Francis–blaming material misery for the jihadist assault on the West. Thus the first Jesuit pontiff surrenders the moral high ground to his mortal enemies.
Maybe Obama should convert and run for pope.
Paradoxically, the jihadis and their secular allies are launching their new assault just as they are suffering systematic setbacks on the battlefield, their own internal conflicts are intensifying, and there are signs of a religious and patriotic revival within the boundaries of their archenemy, the United States. Walter Russell Mead neatly catches the irony that, just as Obama handed the Palestinians a resounding political victory, a sober look at the situation suggests that the Palestinians have not been this weak, this divided, or this helpless in many decades.
In like manner, the Iranian regime, flush with its success in Aleppo, is increasingly riven. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has had two medical events in the past 10 days, and the scrambling for the succession has resumed. You may have noticed that General Qasem Soleimani has returned to the front pages, which invariably happens when the leader is ill; the Revolutionary Guards want him as the strongman of the next regime (he can’t be supreme leader for lack of theological standing, but he could still be a dominant figure). And it isn’t all peaches and cream for Soleimani, as recent demonstrations in Tehran against the rape of Aleppo make clear. Iranian apologists love to tell us that Persian nationalism overwhelms internal tribal and sectarian divisions, but Iran has lost thousands in Syria, and the Persian nationalists don’t like their husbands and sons dying to save Bashar Assad.
What would President Trump do if Khamenei passed from the scene, and millions of Iranians took to the streets again? The president-elect has said he’s not a great enthusiast of regime change, but it’s hard to imagine he’d abandon the Iranians as Obama did seven years ago. He ought to be thinking it through.
Yes, I know good news is hard to swallow, but we are living in a revolutionary moment, of which the Trump election is a dramatic symptom. The crisis of the Islamic Republic would be a fitting end to the Obama era. He dreamt of a glorious strategic alliance with Iran, and a definitive lethal blow against Israel. How fitting with the Divine sense of humor to have the Palestinians and Iranians to wreck their own enterprises.
You never know. Life is full of surprises.
Dr. Michael Ledeen is the Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is also a contributing editor at National Review Online. Previously, he served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department. He has also served as a special adviser to the Secretary of State. He holds a Ph.D. in modern European history and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rome.
He is author of more than 20 books, the most recent include: Accomplice ot Evil: Iran and the War Against the West; The War Against the Terror Masters; The Iranian Time Bomb; Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli’s Iron Rules Are As Timely and Important Today As Five Centuries Ago, Tocqueville on American Character: Why Tocqueville’s Brilliant Exploration of the American Spirit Is As Vital and Important Today As It Was Nearly Two Hundred Years Ago; and, Freedom Betrayed: How America Led a Global Democratic Revolution, Won the Cold War, and Walked Away.
Dr. Ledeen regularly appears on Fox News, and on a variety of radio talk shows. He has been on PBS’s NewsHour and CNN’s Larry King Live, among others, and regularly contributes to the Wall Street Journal and to National Review Online. He has a blog on Pajamasmedia.com.