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Iranian Official: Better Not Consider Attacking Iran


Iranian Armed Forces Deputy Chief of Staff for Cultural Affairs and Defense Publicity Brigadier, Massoud Jazayeri, said that Israel and the United States are in "no position to launch a military strike against Iran" and that the decision to do so would have grave consequences.

The Iranian commander stressed that they do not take the threats of the American administration seriously and stated that, "the US war and peace signals are either pointless or lack enough credence when it comes to policy making." He went on to say that, "The US government is in such a desperate situation that even Americans have been pouring into the streets across the country to protest against the capitalist system and chant slogans in support of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

He was referring to Obama's policies regarding Iran, which seem to be best characterized as an ambiguous "carrot and stick" approach that project weakness. Obama has stated, "Any kind of additional military activity inside the Persian Gulf is disruptive and has a big effect on us. It could have a big effect on oil prices… And so our preferred solution here is diplomatic."

In an interview with FOX News, former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani voiced the same concern and stated, "President Obama has 'no clue' what is going on in the Middle East and that he is living in a 'fairly naive world.'"

While President Obama, in his pre-Super Bowl interview on Sunday stated, that there is no imminent "evidence" that Iran has the "intentions or capabilities" of attacking the United States, there is much evidence to the contrary. Fars News Agency reported that, "Iran has warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, it will target 32 American bases in the Middle East and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz. An estimated 40% of the world's oil supply passes through the waterway."

Pipes: `The Public is Receiving Much Disinformation'


Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, gave an interview with conservative political activist, Ezra Levant, as was reported by Israel Matzav, a popular blogspot for issues regarding Israel and the Middle East.

Regarding the continually deteriorating situation in Syria, Pipes stated that it is only a matter of weeks or months until the Syrian "tyranny" topples. He noted, as others have written, that the most important aspect, from a strategic point of view, is that a regime change in Syria will almost certainly result in the breaking of the Syrian alliance with Iran, which will cause "a real blow" to the Iranian regime. As of now, Iran uses their relationship with Syria as a means of transferring arms and money to Hizbullah and Hamas, and gaining influence in "the heart of the Middle East."

Pipes said that while the Iranian military is, largely, out of date, Israeli officials have indicated that it has dispersed functions and continues putting facilities underground, some as far as 100 meters. As Iran continues putting nuclear facilities underground at an increasing rate, the option of staging a pre-emptive attack will no longer be viable.

At this point, Pipes notes, Israel lacks the support of the United States and is, therefore, left with two feasible options to attack Iran. Either they can use fighter planes, striking key targets, although that option may not be viable in the near future. The second option is to use tactical nuclear weapons based in submarines, which will, undoubtedly escalate the situation even further, but remains plausible.

The American administration, he said, does not put sufficient pressure on Iran and is not willing to exert the necessary force needed to curtail its nuclear ambitions. He goes on to state that if the United States was, in fact, ready and willing to attack Iran, more options would be available. The United States has a larger military force, more planes, more ordinance, better intelligence and troops may be deployed on the ground, but says that it is highly unlikely that Israel would decide to take such a route.

Pipes said that while Iran has been on the international radar for quite a while, there is a new found urgency to the situation. While there was always some sort of timetable with regards to Iran, it no longer remains in the distant future, and is taking on a heightened degree of urgency, with "July looming," as a time at which a non-nuclear pre-emptive strike would no longer be feasible. There has been a lot of media coverage and "chit chat by Israelis" as well as visits to Israel by top international officials, seeking to "cool down the Israelis."

Pipes said that the public is being fed a great deal of "disinformation." The man in the street cannot possibly discern the truth and everything the public thinks is true is mere speculation. Pipes said that it will probably be 10 years before we learn the truth behind what is going on now.

Report: Israel Considering Placing IAF Aircraft in Cyprus


Israel is planning to place military aircraft in Cyprus, according to a Channel 10 News report. It cited Israeli officials who said the issue may be raised during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's visit to Nicosia later this month. The officials added, however, that a final decision on the matter has not yet been made.

An official at the Israeli Embassy in Cyprus told Channel 10 that Netanyahu's visit is intended to highlight the good relations between the two countries and strengthen their bilateral relations. A local site in Cyprus reported, however, that Israel has asked Cyprus to place fighter jets at a local air force base in Paphos.

The embassy official told Channel 10 that the issue is still not agreed upon and is in its preliminary exploratory stages. "It is not clear whether it will happen or not," he said, noting that the possibility that the Israeli Air Force will run a base off the coast of Israel exists.

Netanyahu will be the first Israeli prime minister to make a state visit to Cyprus when he visits the island nation. Last month Cypriot Defense Minister Demetrius Eliades visited the Jewish State, and last November President Shimon Peres became the first Israeli president to visit Cyprus. Several other Cypriot leaders met with Jerusalem officials last week as well. Israel has made an effort to tighten its ties with both Cyprus and Greece over the past few years, particularly in light of Turkey's growing hostility and movement towards radical Muslim elements in the region.

Lebanon has expressed anger over Israel's drilling in wells that have, for the most part, produced abundant supplies of the precious resource off the northwestern coast of the Jewish State, contending the maritime boundaries of the field. Turkey has begun to hint it will do the same with Cyprus, which is participating with Israel in a similar exploration in the eastern Mediterranean between the island nation and the Jewish State. The island nation has been divided between Greek and Turkish ethnic boundaries since 1974, with Turkey taking over the northern part of the island.

Do You Want To Be an IDF Commando?


Being an IDF commando sounds like a great thrill, but first you have to march with 50 pounds on your back in the hills of Jerusalem. The military has detailed a look at what goes into making a soldier into a commando. It described the three-week commando course in the Givati ground forces unit. "Camouflage, combat in urban terrain, and Krav Maga – lots of Krav Maga,' the Hebrew term for hand-to-hand combat – are featured in the course.

Here's a sample of what you have to undergo just to finish the course: Begin with a night navigation exercise, followed by a short combat practice. However, instead of going to sleep, march with 50 pounds on their back up into the Jerusalem mountains. The destination is an old police station, and the next exercise, usually reserved for elite units, is to learn how to "clean out" buildings and neutralize terrorist threats in close combat. The goal is to move from room to room, neutralizing attackers as they go. "The idea here is that they work under pressure. They'll come to me and work until they're completely breathless, then be tackled by more attackers with knives and clubs," a soldier named "Abady" said.

If you still are raring to go, here's the last gasp: a stretcher run. Pack up and head out to the Jerusalem mountains. After several hours of hard marching and ambushes, you reach another stopping point before the last task -- the stretcher march.. Ready to continue? "Reach a bridge and booby-trap it with mines in order to prevent enemy forces from crossing," a training officer barks. "From there return to the first rendezvous point, then continue another 20 kilometers to reach a valley. You have 12 hours. GO!"

You are carrying approximately 50% of your weight while walking in muddy ground. You can take a short nap around 6 a.m. When the commander wakes you up, you have another mountaintop to conquer and then – surprise, surprise – carrying a soldier on a stretcher. If you make it, you may feel like Lt. Noam Cramer, who throughout the entire exercise refused to show any signs of strain and then declared, "I really enjoyed it." Your reward, besides knowing you succeeded and now are ready for real combat, is receiving commando knife as a graduation pin.

If you still are interested in becoming a commando, contact the nearest IDF recruitment center.

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