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Israeli Strikes Highlight Fears Over Hezbollah | Al Jazeera America

Any future war would be devastating for Lebanon, but the Israeli home front would likely face its greatest level of destruction since 1948. An assessment by the Israeli army released in March estimated that in the next war with Hezbollah, Israel would be struck by as many as 1,500 rockets a day, leaving hundreds dead and requiring mass evacuations. In the month-long war of summer 2006, Israel was hit by an average of 134 rockets a day.

Israel fields the Iron Dome anti-missile system designed to shoot down short-range rockets and next year could have the David’s Sling system in operation, which is intended to deal with the larger rockets in Hezbollah’s arsenal. But both systems will be unable to cope with the rate of Hezbollah’s fire and will be used to defend strategic sites, such as air bases, sea- and airports, military command centers, industrial areas, government offices and infrastructure facilities. Residential areas are a lesser priority in a time of war, which means the local population will either have to spend the conflict in bomb shelters or evacuate to the few places beyond the reach of Hezbollah’s guided missiles.

In the next war, Israel will essentially shut down — shops, businesses and schools will close, and the country will find itself cut off from the rest of the world because of a freeze of civilian air and maritime traffic.

Writing in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily on Sunday, columnist Yossi Yehoshua said that Hezbollah’s “monstrous arsenal” represents “a ticking bomb waiting for us on the northern border.”

Israeli Strikes Highlight Fears Over Hezbollah | Al Jazeera America

New Israeli airstrike reported in Syrian territory on Monday | The Times of Israel

Hours after an Israeli air strike on militants along the Syrian border, Arab news networks al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya reported a new Israeli attack in Syrian territory early Monday morning, targeting missile launchers held by Hezbollah and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

It was the third alleged Israeli strike on the Syrian front in two days.

The reported strike in the Qalamoun mountains, northeast of Damascus — also the location of alleged Israeli sorties against Hezbollah and Assad targets on Saturday — was said to have caused several casualties, though the number of dead and injured was not immediately provided.

New Israeli airstrike reported in Syrian territory | The Times of Israel

Netanyahu Warned Putin of Israeli Attacks on Weapons to Hezbollah [video]

The official statement after their hour-long talk simply said that the Prime Minister criticized Russia’s sale of the S-300 advance anti-missile system to Iran as a “direct result of the dangerous deal on the table” between Iran and the P5+1 countries.

What was not reported was Netanyahu’s warning to the Russian president that Israel’s “red line” is any attempt by Iran or Syria to transfer, to place any advanced weapons in the hands of Hezbollah, Iran’s world-wide proxy terrorist network operating out of Lebanon.   Syria and Hezbollah are heavily armed with Russian weapons, and Hezbollah’s missile arsenal is considered to be larger than almost any army in the world.

The Jewish Press » » Netanyahu Warned Putin of Israeli Attacks on Weapons to Hezbollah

Russian missile deal sets off alarm bells in Israel – Al-Monitor

An Israeli military source told Al-Monitor this week that while Hezbollah possessed about 20,000 rocket and missile launchers in the Second Lebanon War (2006), today the organization has about 120,000 launchers. The source said that the next conflict between Israel and Hezbollah will transform the entire region into hell on earth and cause thousands of casualties, mainly civilians, on both sides.

An Israeli diplomatic source said the agreement with Iran, which does not deal with the issues of regional terror and Iran’s actions against its neighbors and against Israel, will entail the pouring of billions of dollars into the Iranian economy, and the money will be directed at a lethal acceleration of the armament race. This, in turn, will transform Hezbollah into a regional terrorist power with quantities of middle- and long-range rockets and missiles and the capacity to launch them, something that few countries in the world are able to do. And this is not only about Hezbollah: According to Israeli intelligence agents, the Iranian octopus also extends its arms to Hamas and continues to fuel Hamas rearmament attempts, even before we mention the Houthis in Yemen and other areas as well.

Russian missile deal sets off alarm bells in Israel – Al-Monitor

“The source said that the next conflict between Israel and Hezbollah will transform the entire region into hell on earth and cause thousands of casualties, mainly civilians, on both sides.”

From everything I have been reading, the above statement probably doesn’t go quite far enough. It appears that the next war between Israel and Hezbollah will also include Syria and Hamas. It is likely that when the dust settles only one side will exist. The next war will be a fight to the death, and only one side will be left. In my opinion, we could very well see the use of chemical weapons and nuclear weapons. Additionally, we could be looking at the possibility of millions of deaths.

I don’t know if Israel will attack Iran. But if Israel does attack Iran then I think we all need to be very worried about what comes next. Maybe now would be a good time to see if your radiation detector is still working.

‘Egypt is Preparing for War with Israel’ – Arutz Sheva

Noha Hashad, pro-Israeli nuclear scientist who escaped Egypt after years of torture, says what’s happening in Sinai isn’t what we think.

The nuclear scientist warned “Egypt is preparing for war with Israel. It armed and trained Hamas in Gaza. Whoever knows Arabic can hear the heads of Egyptian military intelligence talk about wide canals that open up between Israel and Egypt that will be used at the appropriate time.”

The warning echoes appraisals by Col. (res.) Dr. Shaul Shay, former deputy head of the Israel National Security Council, who wrote in Israel Defense last December that the “Badr 2014″ military maneuver, its largest in decades, was meant to prepare for “a potential conflict with Israel.”

Hashad spoke to the Israeli paper about the culture of hatred for Israel that has been rampant in Egypt, despite a decades-old peace treaty.

‘Egypt is Preparing for War with Israel’ – Arutz Sheva

‘Iran is placing guided warheads on Hezbollah rockets’ – Jerusalem Post

Iran is placing guided warheads on its rockets and smuggling them to Hezbollah in Lebanon, a senior Defense Ministry official involved in preparing Israeli air defenses said Tuesday.

Speaking at the Israel Air and Missile Defense Conference in Herzliya, organized by the iHLS defense website and the Israel Missile Defense Association, Col. Aviram Hasson said Iran is converting Zilzal unguided rockets into accurate, guided M-600 projectiles by upgrading their warheads.

‘Iran is placing guided warheads on Hezbollah rockets’ – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Israeli Army Braced for Attack by Islamic State | Washington Free Beacon

The Israeli army is braced for an attack in the Eilat area by an Islamic State-affiliated group based in the Sinai Peninsula, an Israeli officer said today.

In a tour of the region for Israeli military correspondents, the officer, Col. Arik Hen, said that the Ansar Beit al Maqdis terror group, which has engaged in bloody battles with the Egyptian army in Sinai in recent years not far from the border with Israel, is expected to attempt a large-scale attack on southern Israel. Their targets, he said, would include the resort of Eilat. Their tactics could include simultaneous penetration of the border fence at a number of points by large numbers of terrorists, cross border rockets, and the use of hang gliders and speedboats, according to Israel Radio.

Israeli Army Braced for Attack by Islamic State | Washington Free Beacon

Some of the ways Iran has said it wants to annihilate Israel

So, as a reminder to those who argue that Jews should stop worrying so much about people who threaten to kill them, here is some (just some) of what Iran’s leaders, and leaders of its proxy militia, Hezbollah, in Lebanon, have said about Israel:

Mohammad Khatami, the former president of Iran: “If we abide by real legal laws, we should mobilize the whole Islamic world for a sharp confrontation with the Zionist regime … if we abide by the Koran, all of us should mobilize to kill.” (2000)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.” (2001)

Khamenei: “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated.” (2014)

Hossein Salami, the deputy head of the Revolutionary Guard: “We will chase you [Israelis] house to house and will take revenge for every drop of blood of our martyrs in Palestine, and this is the beginning point of Islamic nations awakening for your defeat.” (2014)

Salami: “Today we are aware of how the Zionist regime is slowly being erased from the world, and indeed, soon, there will be no such thing as the Zionist regime on Planet Earth.” (2014)

Hossein Sheikholeslam, the secretary-general of the Committee for Support for the Palestinian Intifada: “The issue of Israel’s destruction is important, no matter the method. We will obviously implement the strategy of the Imam Khomeini and the Leader [Khamenei] on the issue of destroying the Zionists. The region will not be quiet so long as Israel exists in it …” (2014)

Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guard: “The Revolutionary Guards will fight to the end of the Zionist regime … We will not rest easy until this epitome of vice is totally deleted from the region’s geopolitics.” (2015)

The Iranian Regime on Israel’s Right to Exist — The Atlantic

Iran general and 10,000 troops, within six miles of Israeli border

This dangerous development may lead to a fast-spreading regional war in the Middle East. An Iranian blitzkrieg against the Golan Heights would trigger Israeli defenses in depth in Syria. Iran could potentially bring more than 100,000 Basiji into the battle, as well as IRGC troops. If Israel is directly threatened, it may well resort to unconventional weapons, and even launch a counter-attack against Iran itself. In previous wars Israel has counter-attacked into Syria and Egypt.

This news comes amid signs of further American concessions in nuclear negotiations with Iran. However, Iran’s aggression in Syria may torpedo the nuclear talks. Nobody could possibly believe in Iranian good faith in the face of an attack against Israel, more than 1,000 miles from the Iranian border.

In a separate report, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei published a February 8 statement on his website that “Iran has enriched uranium to the 20-percent level” — after promising the United States that it would not do so.

Blog: Iran general and 10,000 troops, within six miles of Israeli border

Top Hamas General Warns of ‘Future War’ With Israel

“Daniel Nisman, president of the Tel-Aviv-based geopolitical risk consultancy The Levantine Group, believes that another conflict on the same scale as last year’s could occur within six months to a year, if not sooner.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas is continuing to stockpile rockets and looking to forge regional alliances in anticipation of a future war, the head of the organisation’s military wing declared yesterday, prompting experts to warn that another conflict with Israel could begin within the next six months.

Daniel Nisman, president of the Tel-Aviv-based geopolitical risk consultancy The Levantine Group, believes that another conflict on the same scale as last year’s could occur within six months to a year, if not sooner.

“It’s the same story since day one of the ceasefire. Hamas has test fired more than 80 rockets since then, and are doing everything they can to rebuild military infrastructure and to achieve the political and economic goals they tried to achieve in the last conflict,” he says.

“So it’s simply a question of when they will be ready to go to war again. Hamas doesn’t want a conflict right now, because they are not ready, but when they feel they can hold their own, when they have more rockets, greater infrastructure and have rebuilt the tunnels, then they’ll be ready.”

Top Hamas General Warns of ‘Future War’ With Israel