Mid-East Conflict

The unrest in the Middle-East focuses on the civil struggle between the government of Israel and its Palestinian people who want to establish a separate Palestinian state. Most of the Arab and/or Islamic nations in the area are also involved. The United States, the U.N., the European Union, and even Russia are all trying to broker peace in the region.

The current wave of violence could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to more serious war. The outcome of this war could be a most welcome peace agreement.

Such a peace agreement might be just another phase in the age-old struggle between these nations, or it could be the false peace mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

When Israel finally is at peace, it will be the first time since they became a nation in 1948 that they have enjoyed such security. This could cause them to lower their guard, which would set the scene for yet another war, such as the one predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (Many good Bible teachers think that war is more likely at the end of the Tribulation, but it does not correspond exactly to the Battle of Armageddon.) If it does come before the Tribulation, it will most likely correspond to the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6.

The dramatic end of this great war of the 2nd Seal could produce the treaty predicted in Daniel 9:27, which many prophecy scholars identify as the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.

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Abbas Lays Groundwork for Declaration of State

Dec. 11, 2010 - According to Arab media sources, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas wants to ask the United Nations Security Council to recognize the PA as a separate country called "Palestine."
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit allegedly tried to intervene by asking PA officials to wait for the Obama administration to make another attempt at negotiating a two-state solution with Israel.
Source: Virtual Jerusalem

Wikileaks Docs Grant Unfiltered Look at Secret Middle East Peace Efforts

Nov. 29, 2010 - Classified State Department documents released to the public by the WikiLeaks website shed light on past and present peace negotiations between Israel, the Palestinians, and other interested nations in the region. Many of the documents are summaries of meetings between officials of the US and foreign governments. Some of them indicate that there is now more interest in a two-state solution between Israel and Palestinians than at any time in recent history.
Source: Steven Emerson - JewishWorldReview
U.S. scrambles to contain WikiLeaks fallout - In our "Wars" section.

Viral Video Hit on YouTube: Understanding the Mideast Problem

Nov. 19, 2010 - Watch this five-minute video education from Dennis Prager on the roots of the tension between Israel and her neighbors.
Source: Israel National News

Death toll to rise in next Middle East blowup

Nov. 17, 2010 - Israeli Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, the outgoing chief of Israeli military intelligence, says that the next war in the Middle East will result in a much higher number of deaths because of the new weapons Syria has obtained from Russia.
The general said that modern air defense systems Russia is providing to Syria could send the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli Air Force capabilities "back to their status in the 1970s Suez years."
Source: WorldNetDaily

Clinton: Mideast peace deal still possible and necessary

Nov. 10, 2010 - President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both expressed displeasure at Israel's decision to build more settlement homes, but Clinton believes the peace process is still a high priority and that it can still be achieved.
Clinton told reporters in a joint video conference with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad Israel's recently announced plan to construct 1,300 homes in East Jerusalem and 800 more in the West Bank settlement of Ariel was counterproductive to peace negotiations.
Source: Haaretz

Abbas seeks urgent Security Council meeting over East Jerusalem construction

Nov. 10, 2010 - Israel announced plans for new settlement homes in two contested areas: one in East Jerusalem, and another in Ariel in the northern West Bank. This has prompted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to ask the United Nations Security Council to discuss the issue.
[Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu says Israel has 'never accepted restrictions' on building in Jerusalem, adding that there is 'no connection' between peace process and development in the capital.
Source: Haaretz

Obama Voices Concerns on Mideast Peace Talks

Nov. 9, 2010 -
Speaking in the heart of the world's largest Muslim nation, President Barack Obama expressed deep concern T uesday that Israelis and Palestinians aren't making the "extra effort" to secure a breakthrough needed to achieve Middle East Peace.
The President's remarks were made during a news conference with Indonesian President Suslilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He was responding to a question about Israeli settlement construction in East Jerusalem.
Source: Time

Former Iranian Revolutionary Guard: Iran Will Bomb Israel

Nov. 3, 2010 -
Speaking from an undisclosed location, with his voice digitally altered to protect his true identity, former Iranian Revolutionary Guard Reza Kahlili told Israel National Radio's Yishai Fleisher that Iran would not hesitate to use nuclear bombs against Israel.
Source: Israel National News

Palestinians to declare statehood in 2011

Oct. 29, 2010 - According to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the Palestinians will declare their independence by next summer. He said,
In 2011 we will celebrate 66 years of the United Nations and the United Nations will celebrate the birth of our nation.
He also said there are gaps between the Palestinian Authority and the people of Gaza, but they must be involved in the process. He said that the real gap between them is the "wall that closes off the Strip."
Source: UPI

Israel’s oil and gas discovery fuels Middle East tension

Oct. 27, 2010 - Israel discovered a gigantic oil and natural gas site in 2009. The oil reserve is offshore from the port of Haifa. Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure, Uzi Landau, explained the significance of the find:
We will be able to base our future energy on gas. It will be less expensive which is highly important. From a political point of view we will be less dependent on the import of foreign oil.
However, the oil field is so large that there will be claims by Cyprus, Turkey and Lebanon for part of the income. Since Israel and Lebanon do not have an agreement about borders, and both countries have threatened to go to war over the issue.
Source: RT

Abbas warns against rise in extremism if peace talks fail

Oct. 17, 2010 - Prospects for continuing the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are growing dim. During an interview on Israeli television, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned that there would be a rise in extremism if the ongoing peace process fails.
"Desperation will feed extremism," Abbas said in the exclusive interview aired Sunday, adding that he hoped that US efforts to end a deadlock in peace talks would succeed.
Source: Yahoo

Abbas: We'll never sign deal demanding recognition of Israel as Jewish state

Oct. 16, 2010 - Earlier this week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would ask his government to halt settlement building if the Palestenians would recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. He said,
"This is not a condition but a trust-building step, which would create wide-ranging trust among the Israeli people, who have lost trust in the Palestinian will for peace over the last 10 years."
In response, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said they had already recognized Israel as a nation in 1993, but that under no circumstances would the PA sign an agreement with Israel to recognize it as a Jewish state.
Source: Haaretz

High military alerts as Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah call for Israel's destruction

Oct. 13, 2010 - Israel declared a high military alert because of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to southern Lebanon with a belligerent message about Israel.
Ahmadinejad and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared their common goal was Israel's destruction. The IDF, the Lebanese army and UNIFIL raised their war alert further when it was discovered that Nasrallah was not standing beside the Iranian president but had relayed his speech by videotape.
Source: DEBKAfile
Ahmadinejad tells Lebanese at rally near Israel border: The Zionists will disappear - Haaretz

Bishops blame Israeli-Palestinian conflict for spurring Christian exodus from Mideast

Oct. 14, 2010 - The number of Christians in the Middle East is shrinking dramatically. In an effort to discover the reasons, the Vatican called a special conference of Bishops from the region. They agreed that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has caused much of the exodus and expressed concern that if the trend continues it could lead to a major conflict between the Chrisitan West and the Muslim East.
Some bishops have singled out the emergence of fanatical Islam for the flight. But others have directly or indirectly accused Israel of discriminating against Arab Christians and impeding solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In Iraq Catholics have decreased from 2.89 percent of the population in 1980 to .89 percent. Even with its vital Christian holy sites, Israeli Catholics have decreased from 3.8 percent of the population in 1980 to 1.82 percent.
Source: Haaretz

Palestinian state within 2 months?

Oct. 7, 2010 - If Israel would agree to a two-month additional freeze of settlement building, it is hoped that intensive Israeli-Palestinian talks could create the borders of a future Palestinian state.
A PA source conceded the talks likely will not lead to an agreement within two months.

"The U.S. proposed intensive negotiations ... will be clear and maybe even closed," said the source. "It's very ambitious and is a lot to expect."

Source: WorldNetDaily

IDF kills Hamas operative near Tulkarem

Sept. 17, 2010 - During an Israeli Defense Force raid in the Palestinian village of Nur al-Shams a senior Hamas operative was killed. There are differing stories about how Iyad abu Shilbayeh was shot, but there is evidently agreement that the Palestinian Authority collaborated with the IDF in the raid. This situation deepens the rift between the two Palestinian groups.
[The]Palestinian Authority... has ruled only the West Bank since losing control of the Gaza Strip, to Hamas militants in 2007.
Source: YNet
Hamas vows vengeance over Shilbayeh killing - YNet

Security forces on high alert as Israelis mark Yom Kippur

Sept. 17, 2010 - Seeking to avoid the attacks and disturbances of former years during the Yom Kippur holy days, Israel has closed border crossings from the West Bank and deployed additional peacekeeping forces.
Source: Jerusalem Post

IAF Attacks Gaza Terrorists after Israel Under Massive Attack

Sept. 16, 2010 - While peace talks continue in Jerusalem, Terrorists in Gaza have tried to stop the process by launching a massive missile and mortar attack against Israel. The peace talks continued, but Israel retaliated with air strikes against several targets in Gaza.
At least 10 explosions rocked the south from the western Negev to an area between the port cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod. A major electricity generating station and oil and gas pipelines are located in Ashkelon.
Source: Israel National News

Articles about Peace Summit - September, 2010
See our Peace section.

Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Resume Talks Despite Violence

Sept. 2, 2010 - Top leaders of Israel, Palestinians, Egypt and Jordan continue to meet with President Obama and with each other in Washington D.C. in the most valiant attempt to obtain peace in many years. Meanwhile, Hamas, which is not a part of the process carries out two shooting attacks in two days to try to derail the peace process. President Obama told the dignitaries,
Neither success nor failure is inevitable. But this much we know: If we do not make the attempt, then failure is guaranteed. If both sides do not commit to these talks in earnest, then long-standing conflict will only continue to fester...
Talks will continue today.
Middle East peace talks: Where they stand - BBC
Source: Fox

US may give Israel arms in exchange for concessions

August 31, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu assured his associates before leaving for peace talks in Washington D.C. that he would insist on security guarantees if Israel agrees to withdraw from most West Bank territories. Otherwise they might have a repeat of the rocket attacks that followed their withdrawal from Gaza and Lebanon.

The United States may offer an arms package to compensate for the security risk Israel would face including additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jets and additional missile defense systems.

Netanyahu noted that the outcome of the talks depends also on the willingness of the Palestinians to be reasonable. He said,

I hope to find a courageous partner as Begin found in [Egyptian president Anwar] Sadat.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Report: Hezbollah, Syria to join forces in future clash with Israel

Aug. 30, 2010 - Syrian president Bashar Assad encouraged Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad to support Hezbollah in the tensions with Israel. For their part, Syria is joining forces with Hezbollah.
The Lebanon-based Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian army have initiated a significant military cooperation in joint preparation for the possibility of a future armed conflict with Israel, the Kuwaiti daily al-Rai reported on Monday.
Source: Haaretz

'Israel ready to destroy Lebanese Armed Force in 4 hours'

Aug. 28, 2010 - Middle East Peace Envoy George Mitchel's assistant told Lebanese Army chief of staff Jean Kahwaji that if there was a recurrence of the border-fire incident that occurred earlier this month, the IDF would destroy the Lebanese Armed Forces.
... Israel was ready to implement a plan to destroy within four hours all Lebanese military infrastructure, including army bases and offices, should a similar confrontation occur in the future.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Shoebat: Lebanon poised for attack on Israel - OneNewsDaily
Report: France willing to arm Lebanon with 100 missiles - YNet News

U.S.: Direct peace talks to begin on September 2 in Washington

Aug. 21, 2010 - U.S. President Barack Obama will hold one-on-one talks in Washington on Sept. 1 with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. They will then attend a dinner together with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the special representative of the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers (The U.S., the UN, the European Union and Russia).

On Sept. 2 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will host the first direct Israel-Palestinian negotiating session between the parties.

The meeting will serve to "re-launch direct negotiations to resolve all final-status issues which we believe we can complete in one year," Clinton said.
Source: Haaretz

Netanyahu's warning

Aug. 18, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu complains that there is a world-wide campaign to deprive Israel of the right to self defense, making it the "perfect victim."
Today's Middle East, he says, reflects two developments. One is the rise of Iran and militant Islam since the 1979 revolution, which led to al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah. The other development is the multiplying threat of missile warfare.
Netanyahu says a third threat is the reflexive worldwide chorus of condemnation whenever Israel responds with force to rocket attacks from Gaza and southern Lebanon.
Source: George F. Will - Washington Post

Bushehr nuclear reactor to be loaded with fuel August 21

Aug. 16, 2010 - See articles about Iran's plans and world reaction in our "Gog and Magog" section.

In next war, Israel to remove Palestinian civilians from harm's way

Aug. 13, 2010 - The Israeli military has made plans to remove Palestinians from villages and refugee camps if they have to conduct war with the Palestinians. The plan would prevent Palestinian fighters from using civilians as human shields.
Source: World Tribune

Netanyahu rejects peace talks based on 1967 borders

Aug. 12, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met with U.S. envoy George Mitchell once again and repeated his position that direct talks should begin without preconditions. He rected a Palestinian demand that direct negotiations be based on the 1967 borders.
Source: Haaretz
Update Aug. 13: Report: Netanyahu to offer withdrawal from 90% of West Bank - YNet

U.S. envoy to press anew for direct Mideast talks in one-day visit

Aug. 10, 2010 - U.S. Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday to try to convince both sides to launch direct peace talks as soon as possible. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told journalists that much work has been done to prepare for the talks.
"We continue to think that this is the right time and that we have in fact appropriately paved the ground for successful direct negotiations... We'll see if we can get both leaders to yes."
Netanyahu is ready to talk but Abbas is under pressure from his own Fatah party not to start talks yet.
Source: Haaretz

Syrian and Saudi leaders visit Beirut to defuse tension

July 30, 2010 - In 2005 Syria was forced to withdraw its troops from Lebanon after the killing of former PM Rafik al-Hariri. An effort to restore trust is underway as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah visit Beirut for talks with Lebanese leaders.
Mr Assad and King Abdullah are thought to have been instrumental in ending the five months of deadlock which preceded the formation of Lebanon's unity government - which includes Hezbollah - last November
Source: BBC

Palestinians 'preparing' for Israeli strike on Iran

July 16, 2010 - The Palestinian Authority (PA) is conducting a study of consequences of an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. The focus of the study is the effect such an attack by Israel would have on Palestinian refugees in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. It will also recommend plans for dealing with Iranian retaliation against Israel.
Israel has long feared that any strike on Iran would result in counterattacks against the Israeli home front by Iranian proxies, including Hezbollah to the north and Hamas in Gaza toward the south.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Libya Ship Moving Again, Reportedly Headed to Egypt

July 14, 2010 - The Almathea, a Moldovan-flagged ship carrying 2,000 tons of food and medical supplies provided by The Ghadafi foundation in Libya, was stopped by Israeli missile boats. It was sailing toward Gaza, but the Israeli boats blocked their path. They evidently decided not to defy Israel's naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Israeli military officials said the ship's captain informed Israel he was heading for the Egyptian port. Egypt had promised to transfer the ship's supplies to Gaza if the vessel docked there.
Source: Fox

'IDF confronts Libya aid ship as Navy shadows vessel'

July 13, 2010 - An Israeli military vessel is monitoring progress of a Libyan ship steaming for Gaza with aid. The Gadhafi International Charity and Development Foundation says they intend to breach Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Israelis ordered the ship to change course for the Egyptian port of el-Arish. The ship's officials originally agreed to do so, but have apparently changed their plan and are continuing to head for Gaza.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Israeli Military Finds Flotilla Killings Justified - New York Times

Obama and Netanyahu: Mending Relations?

July 6, 2010 - President Obama is giving Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu a warm reception as they meet today to discuss various issues. During their last meeting in March, the President banned the press from their meeting and Netanyahu was forced to leave from a side entrance.
Some believe there are two reasons for Obama's change of heart -- money and politics...Republicans have used Obama's treatment of Netanyahu as a campaign issue against Democrats.
And campaign contributions from Jewish donors have decreased since the March meeting.

The two leaders will discuss several important issues:

- Stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons
- US sanctions against Iran
- Creation of a Palestinian state
- Freezing Jewish settlements
- Aid to Gaza
Source: CBN

Netanyahu hopes Obama meeting will pave way for direct Mideast talks

July 5, 2010 - Preparing for a Tuesday meeting at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet,"The main goal of the talks with President Obama will be to advance direct talks in the peace process between us and the Palestinians."
Source: Haaretz
On eve of Obama-Netanyahu meeting, Abbas offers Jerusalem compromise - Al Hayat reports Abbas proposed creation of a Palestinian state within 1967 borders, with a possible land swap of 2.3 percent of West Bank - Haaretz

UN chief fears Israel-Hizballah war in near future

July 5, 2010 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Hizballah is violating UN Security Council Resolution 1701 by accepting a large supply of new missiles that are now aimed at Israel. A miscalculation by either Israel or Hizballah could lead to a new war between them.
Source: Israel Today

US-Israeli relations suffer 'tectonic rift'

Jun. 27, 2010 - At a private briefing in Jerusalem Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, said that Israel and the US are facing a long and potentially irrevocable estrangement.
Sources said Mr Oren told the meeting: "There is no crisis in Israel-US relations because in a crisis there are ups and downs. [Instead] relations are in a state of tectonic rift in which continents are drifting apart."
Oren reportedly told the group that White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel is a friend to Israel, but President Obama has taken personal control of the faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As a result, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was snubbed by the president during his last visit to the US. Another meeting between them is coming up soon. It is expected to be more civil, but Israeli officials say that they expect relations between Obama and Netanyahu to still be strained.
Source: Telegraph - UK
Rahm Emanuel to Resign Soon: Report - MyFoxChicago

Dark War Clouds Loom on Mid-East Horizon

Jun. 25, 2010 - Herbert London warns...
The gathering storm in the Middle East is gaining momentum. War clouds are on the horizon and, as with conditions prior to World War I, all it takes for explosive action to commence is a trigger.
Iran could provide that trigger if they send escort vessels for the next Turkish flotilla to the Gaza strip. Or Syria could spark a war by moving their Scud missiles into Lebanon. They have already armed Hezbollah with some 40,000 lesser missiles ready to be launched at Israel.
Source: Human Events

US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran

June 21, 2010 - London's Al Quds al-Arabi newspaper reports that on Friday an armada of warships with thousands of soldiers passed through the Suez Canal en route to the Persian Gulf.
Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza. Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships...
The action may be a warning that the Iranian Red Crescent ship that plans to reach the Gaza Strip without stopping for Israeli inspection will face military opposition.
Source: Israel National News
Report: US battleships cross Suez Canal - YNetNews
Editor' Note: This could also be in preparation for a strike against Iran's nuclear sites.

Report: Saudi Arabia gives Israel air corridor to bomb Iran

June 12, 2010 - According to the London Times, Saudi Arabia would allow Israeli warplanes to use a narrow corridor of airspace in the north of their country to strike Iran.
Saudi Arabia has practiced standing down its anti-aircraft systems to allow Israeli warplanes passage on their way to attack Iran's nuclear installations, a British newspaper reported on Saturday.
There are tensions between Israel and Saudi Arabia, but they share a mutual hostility to Iran.

An an unnamed U.S. defense source in the area said that this arrangement has been done with the agreement of the [U.S.] State Department.

Source: Haaretz
Update June 14, 2010: Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf refutes Times of London report saying Saudi Arabia practiced standing down its anti-aircraft systems to allow an Israeli bomb run. - Haaretz

'Israel may strike Iran next month'

June 10, 2010 - A senior Egyptian security official told WorldNetDaily that the Egyptian government believes July will be a decisive month that may see an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. WND was unable to get verification from other Egyptian sources, but they did hear from Hamas sources that something was brewing.
Mahmoud al-Zahar, Hamas chief in Gaza, told WND he believes a Middle East confrontation is likely, possibly in the next few months.

"You don't need to be a fortuneteller to see that Israel is planning something soon."

Egypt and Israel recently conducted coordinated military training exercises.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Arab nations cheer Turkey for tough Israel stand

June 11, 2010 - At the Turkish-Arab Economic Forum representatives of Arab nations burst into applause as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan walked to the podium to speak.
"Are we going to remain silent over the murder of nine people? We can't turn a blind eye to this banditry in international waters," Erdogan told the Turkish-Arab Economic Forum. "From now on, this can't continue as it is."
Source: Yahoo

Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel

June 10, 2010 - Turkey is using the Israeli attack on the attempted blockade-running mission last week as an opportunity to re-establish the leadership it once had among Islamic countries.
No ruling Arab leader is as popular as the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose discourse amounts to calls for a jihad against Israel.
Erdogan knew the flotilla would provoke violence, but he encouraged it, and now takes advantage of the situation with inflamitory rhetoric. He has said:
"The heart of humanity has taken one of her heaviest wounds in history."
"Bloody massacre" … "spilling the blood of innocent humans"
"Today is a turning point in history … Nothing will ever be the same again."
Source: Guardian - UK

Deadly clashes at sea as Israel intercepts Gaza-bound aid ships

May 31, 2010 - Israeli naval commandos stopped a six-vessel flotilla of ships bringing aid supplies to the Gaza Strip. The ships were sent from an Islamic charity based in Turkey and had been carrying around 600 activists from a variety of nations. The ships failed to stop when re-directed by Israel. Military forces boarded one of the ships but were met with violence onboard.
An Israeli government spokesman said that its troops were attacked with knives and metal pipes as they attempted to board one of the ships from a helicopter. He said that shooting started when one of the civilians made a grab for a soldier’s gun.
Source: Times Online
Israel Faces International Criticism for Raid on Gaza Aid Flotilla - Voice of America
Washington comes to aid of Israel over flotilla massacre - Tehran Times
Update June 8, 2010 - Israeli military sets up panel to examine deadly raid on Gaza-bound flotilla - Fox
Gaza blockade: Iran offers escort to next aid convoy - Guardian - UK
Is flotilla battle signaling start of 'Gog and Magog'? - WorldNetDaily
Iran's Gaza-bound ships ready for clash with Israel - Ahmadinejad - DEBKAfile
Jun. 18, 2010 - The Story Behind the Gaza Blockade - CBN

Iran says can destroy Israel in week

May 21, 2010 - Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, chief of staff for Iran's president Amadinejad, threatened that if Israel attacked Iran his country would destroy Israel within a week.
On a visit to Saudi Arabia Mashaei claimed that the annihilation of Israel should be a global goal. He told Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir that "the corrupt and criminal Zionist regime is harming not only the Arab and Islamic world, but all of humanity."
Source: YNet
US approves $205m. for Iron Dome - Jerusalem Post
Signs of progress lacking as US envoy ends Mideast visit - Yahoo
IDF preparing for mass evacuations in case of Hezbollah missile strike - Haaretz

Drill to simulate massive rocket attack

May 20, 2010 - Turning Point 4, an annual military exercise in Israel, will be conducted May 23-27 by Israel's National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA),the IDF Home Front Command, the Israel Police, Magen David Adom, and local authorities. Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna said that the ability of local authorities to deal with large-scale rocket attacks will form the centerpiece of the exercise.
The minister stressed that the exercise was an annual and routine affair that was not linked in any way to fears of looming war.
Source: Jerusalem Post

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