They’re here. That’s what Syrian Pres. Assad tells a Lebanese television network. That the first shipment of air defense missiles have arrived from Russia. And more, he says, are on the way. Russia is tight-lipped about the report.
Iran has recently tested short-range missiles, including similar missiles to the ones the terrorist group Hamas fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem last fall during the Israel-Gaza conflict, the Associated Press reported, citing Iran’s Fars news agency.
The missiles fired were of the Nazeat-10 and Fajr-5 varieties, according to the report. Fajr-5 missiles were also the type of rockets fired by Hamas at Israel in November. They have a range of 45 miles, and the Nazeat-10 missiles have a range of about 62 miles.
JERUSALEM – This week’s round of terrorist aggression emanating from the Gaza Strip saw more than 120 mortar shells, short-range rockets and medium-range missiles slam into southern Israel.
The attacks began late Monday, following a similar missile attack from the Egyptian Sinai. Israeli commentators believe Hamas and other allied terror groups in Gaza have been encouraged by Muslim Brotherhood claims of victory in Egypt’s presidential election.
Some one million Israelis live within missile range of Gaza, so every attack, especially those against larger towns like Ashkelon and Beersheva, send large numbers of men, women and children scrambling for bomb shelters. The severe negative psychological effect on Israeli children living in the area has been documented, but largely ignored by the media.
Miraculously, all those rockets and missiles have resulted in only 11 injuries, all of them coming from a direct strike on a building near Ashkelon where Israeli border policemen were gathered.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, lamented the weak response to the rocket fire by the international community, which is always quick to issue strident condemnations of Israel when its actions endanger Palestinian lives.
The unfortunate reality is that the world, and especially the mainstream media, simply is not interested in the bombardment of Jewish population centers until either a large number of Israelis are hurt or killed, or Israeli reprisals result in large Palestinian casualty figures.
Air raid sirens over Israel as more than 50 rockets are fired into the Jewish nation from the Gaza strip by Hamas, which declared an end to a de facto ceasefire in retaliation for the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza following the deadly terrorist attacks of several days ago.
The highly touted Iron Dome missile interception system appears to have been successful in knocking many of the rockets out of the sky before they could do damage. But some slipped through and there was at least one Israeli fatality as a result of the attacks.
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
There’s a renewed push to minimize and even discredit the claims and concerns of those, including the United States and Israel, who are insistent that Iran is building nuclear weapons. This despite the fact that Tehran admits it is developing a missile system to “defend” the Arab world against the United States and Israel.
Award winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh said in an interview with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman that the United States is itching to attack Iran with no evidence that it has nuclear weapons.
And West Chester University history professor and author Lawrence Davidson concludes in an article for Dark Politricks that, while Iran is developing a nuclear energy program, it is, not developing nuclear weapons.
I’m sure that’s enough to allay the fears of those living in Tel Aviv and Israel. But one thing neither Hersh nor Lawrence can refute. Iran is building out a missile system capable of reaching Israel.
Ostensibly, the Tehran Times tells us, the missile system is designed to protect the Arab world from the United States and Israel. Of course, the Arab nations, most notably Saudi Arabia, are more concerned about being protected from Iran. But that’s another story.
So we now see, Iran is developing the delivery system. The only question is, would the payload on those missiles be conventional or nuclear?
Perhaps this isn’t of concern to Hersh and Lawrence. But it certainly is, and should be, to both Israel as well as the Arab world Tehran claims it wants to protect.