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Report: Iran, Russia, China, Syria Plan Massive War Games


Iran, Russia, China and Syria are planning to hold the largest war games exercise in the Middle East in less than a month, Iran's Fars media reported Tuesday. Citing "informed sources," the report said that 90,000 soldiers from the four countries are to take part.

The massive war games drill will include air defense and missile units as well as ground, air and naval forces. It is scheduled for early July. A total of 400 planes and 1,000 tanks are said to be taking part, among them "12 Chinese warships… Russian atomic submarines and warships, aircraft carriers and mine-clearing destroyers as well as Iranian battleships and submarines." All of the above are to arrive shortly in Syria, according to the report.

Russia has angered the United States by continuing to arm Syria despite the Syrian government's violent suppression of a popular uprising in recent months. Some have alleged that Moscow is attempting to keep Assad in power in order to avoid revealing Russian war crimes.

Rockets Pound South; 4 Border Guards Injured

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Four Border Guard officers were wounded Tuesday as a result of rocket fire on the western Negev. One officer sustained moderate injuries, while the others were lightly hurt. All four were rushed to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. Hospital officials said they were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit suffering from shrapnel and blast injuries.

Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired 44 rockets at Israel's western Negev region since Tuesday afternoon. The Home Front Command instructed the residents of the Gaza vicinity communities to stay in very close proximity to shelters and other fortified structures.

Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino noted Tuesday night that the current round of violence between Gaza and Israel may continue for several days: "I hope (the violence) won't expand, but we are preparing for the possibility that it may reach the larger and more distant cities," he said.

Also on Tuesday, Palestinian sources said a two-year-old girl was killed and her brother was wounded as a result of an explosion in their home in the Zeitun neighborhood, east of Gaza City. The Palestinians claimed that the explosion was a result of an IAF strike – an allegation the IDF vehemently denies. Later Tuesday night an IDF Spokesperson's statement said that no strike was launched at the area and that the explosion was a result of a Qassam rocket, which hit the two's home.

The IAF has carried out three strikes on terror targets in Gaza in the last 24 hours, killing at least six terrorists. An IAF strike Tuesday afternoon severely injured a man who was on a motorcycle, Gaza sources said.

Hamas has taken responsibility for the rocket fire at the Negev. It said it was trying to hit the IDF's Zikim base, and that the rockets were a response to IAF strikes Monday night. The prospect of missile attacks on major Israeli cities seemed outlandish before the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza, but Israel has since grown used to such attacks. The government did not declare anything resembling a state of emergency Tuesday.

General Warns: Terror to Move East


As Israel completes work on the Sinai border fence, the defense establishment must look to the eastern border as the next threat, IDF Gen. (res.) Tzvika Fogel warned in an interview with Arutz Sheva.

Fogel, who served as the Head of Southern Command, explained that terrorists now operating in Sinai are likely to circumvent the fence by traveling to Jordan. Fogel called on the government to respond to the imminent threat from Jordan by building a fence on that border, as well. Years ago he called to build a fence on the Egyptian border, he recalled, "They looked at me like I was crazy, and today everyone is rushing to complete it. "I recommend building the fence on the Jordan border today, or at the latest, tomorrow."

Terror in Sinai will remain a threat as well, he said. "Defense of 270 kilometers of terrorist activity is nearly impossible," he noted, comparing the length of the Egyptian border to the relatively small size of Gaza. Terrorists have created "a second Lebanon" in Gaza, he said. By taking advantage of the current instability in the area, they have drawn the fight away from Gaza itself, he noted, thus avoiding a situation in which Gaza residents suffer due to their leaders' attacks on Israel.

Ultimately, Israel will be forced to operate within Sinai, he predicted, just as Israel was ultimately drawn into Lebanon. If attacks from Sinai grow worse, he warned, Egypt is likely to push for more of its troops to be allowed in the area, in violation of its treaty with Israel. Israel will face international pressure to concede.

Israel could prevent future suffering by hitting Gaza terrorist groups hard today, he declared. However, he said, such action is unlikely, because the public tends to see operations in light of the current situation, without taking future threats into account. If he were Prime Minister he would do it anyway, he said, "I know how to do what is good for the people, not what the people want."

Netanyahu Doodles for Google


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Tuesday with Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Global Google, and drew a Google doodle for him. "At our meeting I bestowed upon Schmidt a 'doodle' (a tailor designed Google logo) that I drew on the basis of suggestions that I received from [web] surfers in Israel," Netanyahu told visitors on his Facebook page.

"The drawing is comprised of the Israeli flag, a person sitting under a beach umbrella, and the crystals discovered by Prof. Dan Shechtman, who won the Nobel Prize this year, as a token of the fact that Israel stands in the forefront of science and technology," he wrote.

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