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Report: Netanyahu Ordered IDF to Prepare for Iran Strike – Israel Today | Israel News

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly maintained massive military funding for a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities despite ongoing negotiations between Western powers and the Islamic Republic.

Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported that Knesset members taking part in committee hearings in January and February were informed that the 2014 national budget still includes 10 billion shekels ($2.89 billions USD) for preparations for a long-range strike on Iran.

A number of Knesset members who spoke to the newspaper on condition of anonymity said army officials were asked if the large expenditure was justified in light of negotiations taking place between Iran and the West to resolve the nuclear issue. The IDF representatives simply answered that these were their orders.

Report: Netanyahu Ordered IDF to Prepare for Iran Strike – Israel Today | Israel News

If this strike goes down then hold on to your seats. Things are going to get ugly.

Palestinians Push for Third Intifada | Washington Free Beacon

Hamas officials have publicly stated that the conditions are ripe for another intifada.

“We are facing a political failure for the Palestinian Authority and the beginning of a new popular intifada against Israel,” Moussa Abu Marzouk, Hamas’s deputy political bureau chief, stated on his Facebook page last week, according to Israel News.

A Palestinian “day of rage” is scheduled to take place on Friday, according to the report.

The push for a third intifada follows an announcement by Hamas last week stating that it would form a “joint command” with Islamic Jihad.

Palestinians Push for Third Intifada | Washington Free Beacon

Will Hezbollah implode? | JPost | Israel News

Middle East experts weighed in on the possible demise of Hezbollah. Gerald Steinberg, a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University and the head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, “Hezbollah is in the deepest crisis it has experienced since the founding 30 years ago.”

“The myths of military invincibility and of a Lebanese militia defending against Israel have both disappeared, exposing the foundation of brutal terror exercised on behalf its Iranian and Syria allies,” he said.

An article in Foreign Affairs last week asked in its subheadline “Could the Bombing in Beirut Spell the End of the Shia Group?” Bilal Y. Saab, the executive director and head of research of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, argued in the article that segments of Hezbollah’s Lebanese Shi’ite base may drift away. “For the first time in Hezbollah’s history, this special bond is in danger,” Saab wrote.

Will Hezbollah implode? | JPost | Israel News

Israel’s eastern front, the coming storm [with Jordan] | JPost

Israel has enjoyed calm borders with Jordan for over four decades. While Israel’s military superiority and alert borders guards are the main reasons for that, still, the Hashemite regime in Amman has managed to keep anti-Israel forces at bay, an advantage for which Israel has given much in return to Jordan’s king and his late father.

But will this arrangement remain the same with the tsunami of the Arab Spring? The facts on the ground suggest Jordan is anything but stable. Upon the king’s return from his recent visit to the US, tribal fights broke out in Ma’an, Jordan’s largest governorate in the area. Four people were killed in cold blood on the campus of Ma’an’s university and all hell broke loose. Now Ma’an residents are claiming “independence from the Hashemite regime”; videos leaked on YouTube and even appearing in Jordanian media show raging gun battles between Jordan’s army and tribal Jordanians in the south. The last police post was declared “liberated” by Ma’an’s locals on June 24.

Israel’s eastern front, the coming storm | JPost | Israel News

Rebels: Assad Transferred Chemical Weapons to Hizbullah | Israel National News

Syria’s president recently transferred two shipments of chemical weapons to Hizbullah, claims rebel spokesman.

Fahad al Masri, a spokesman for the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, told the Lebanese news website El Nashra on Thursday that “the Syrian regime managed to deliver shipments of chemical weapons to Hizbullah.”

He added that the weapons were delivered from an area near the capital Damascus and arrived in Lebanon sometime in the past several weeks.

The transfer of the weapons, al Masri told El Nashra, was coordinated by Syria and Iran.

Rebels: Assad Transferred Chemical Weapons to Hizbullah – Israel National News

John Bolton: Israel should have attacked Iran ‘yesterday’ | JPost | Israel News

“Israel should have attacked Iran yesterday – every day that goes by puts Israel in greater danger, every day Iran makes more progress,” John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the UN, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Monday.

“I can understand why Israel wants us to take action, but the longer Israel waits for something that is not going to happen, the greater the danger Israel is in,” the senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute said.

The US and Israel cannot expect to have perfect intelligence about Iran’s nuclear capabilities, but if Israel attacked Iran after it gained that capability, there could be “nuclear retaliation,” he said.

John Bolton: Israel should have attacked Iran ‘yesterday’ | JPost | Israel News

Netanyahu: Iran ‘weeks away’ from crossing red line | JPost | Israel News

Netanyahu said that the Iranians were also building “faster centrifuges that would enable them to jump the line at a much faster rate. That is, within a few weeks.”

“They’re getting closer,” he said. “They should understand that they’re not going to be allowed to cross it.”  

Asked when he will make a decision to attack, Netanyahu responded, “I can tell you I won’t wait until it’s too late.”

“I think it’s important to understand that we cannot allow it to happen,” Netanyahu said, adding that the Israeli and US clocks on this matter were “ticking at a different pace.”

Netanyahu: Iran ‘weeks away’ from crossing red line | JPost | Israel News

Netanyahu, your Iran dream is over – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s life mission – attacking Iran to save Israel – has become impossible. It’s over.

To most Israelis, this doesn’t seem earthshattering. Most of them never believed the attack would happen. But most of them don’t know how much Netanyahu wants the attack. It’s not bluff or rhetoric. The desire is still there, and Netanyahu devotes most of his time to it. He bases his decisions on it. But now it can never happen.

Netanyahu, your Iran dream is over – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Israel disputes Western view that Syrian civil war has swung Assad’s way

The source said the assessments that Assad has changed the course of the civil war are groundless.

“Those claims reflect a lack of historic understanding,” he said. “The era of a united Syria under Assad’s rule is over. What remains is two million Alawites who can hold onto the Damascus area and the Alawite region in the northwest of Syria in the meantime. They cannot rule the rest of the communities and regions in the country anymore. That’s over,” he said.

“The problem of the opposition organizations is that they too are divided into more than 100 groups and factions. From Israel’s point of view, this mutual paralysis is not necessarily that bad, because the stronger rebel factions are radical Muslim organizations whose rule in Syria could be worse even than the current state of affairs,” the source said.

Israel disputes Western view that Syrian civil war has swung Assad’s way – Diplomacy & Defense – Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

If there is a mutual paralysis preventing either side from winning, then where do we go from here? Paralysis is a loss from Iran’s standpoint. It represents a loss of power and influence. So it is not ideal to remain in this state for a long time. One potential way to break this deadlock is to drag in Israel. Then all Muslims will unite against Israel. Beating up Israel and recovering the Golan Heights could be a winning hand for Iran and Assad. It could also blow up if Israel decides to become extremely aggressive.

If one side has nuclear weapons and the other doesn’t, then it’s not a good idea to bet against the side with nuclear weapons. If all else fails, Israel can just obliterate everyone in its path.

It appears at this point we may be reaching an endgame with the Syrian war. While this is by no means certain, one should not be shocked to see a massive escalation by dragging in Israel. This is especially true given how easy it would be to include Israel. All Syria has to do is attempt to transfer game-changing weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Then it can sit back and wait for Israel to respond. Once Israel responds then any subsequent Muslim retaliation on Israel can be blamed on Israel.

Netanyahu: Iran seeks nuclear arsenal of 200 bombs | JPost | Israel News

“It’s important to step up the sanctions, not to relent, not in any way to offer concessions in advance of any serious change in Iran’s nuclear program. The sanctions produced some changes in Iran, but they haven’t produced yet the change we need to see.”

Netanyahu warned that Iran was not seeking one or two nuclear bombs, “but 200 bombs. They’re building ICBMs [intercontinental ballistic missiles] parallel to developing their nuclear weapons program. The ICBMs are not intended for us, they’re intended for you. Within six to eight years, they intend to be able to reach the continental United States.”

Netanyahu: Iran seeks nuclear arsenal of 200 bombs | JPost | Israel News