Israeli government officials voiced anger at U.S. press leaks traced to the Pentagon following the July 5 Israeli missile attack on the Syrian port of Latakia that destroyed a shipment of Russian-made anti-ship missiles, according to U.S. officials.
Senior Pentagon officials, including Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter who is currently visiting Israel, discussed the leaks during meetings with Israeli officials this week. The Israelis argued in private meetings and other exchanges that the disclosures could lead to Syrian counterattacks against Israel and should have been coordinated first with Tel Aviv.Sponsored Ads
Pentagon press secretary George Little declined to comment when asked if Carter discussed the leaks in meetings with Israeli officials on Monday.
The Israeli military attack was unusual because it involved a submarine-launched cruise missile strike on the Syrian city of Latakia, a major port.
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.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has confirmed that the Stuxnet malware used to attack Iranian nuclear facilities was created as part of a joint operation between the Israelis and the NSA’s Foreign Affairs Directorate (FAD).
“The NSA and Israel cowrote it,” he told Der Spiegel in an email interview conducted before he publicly outed himself as the NSA mole. Snowden is currently in Russia and a “free man” according to Vladimir Putin – as long as there are no further NSA leaks.
Three-quarters of Israelis oppose the idea of any part of Jerusalem becoming capital of a Palestinian state, a poll showed on Wednesday as Israel marked 46 years since the 1967 Six Day War. And less than one in 10 would back the idea of a Palestinian state within the lines that existed before the outbreak of the war on June 5, 1967 when Israel seized east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The view of the Israelis on Jerusalem seems pretty natural to me. It’s the view of the Palestinians that blows my mind. For some reason they seem believe that their side won all the prior wars, and it is unimaginable that they don’t have a state with Jerusalem as its capitol. How can this be? The Israelis must give them what they want or Israel will be squashed like a bug!
That’s a little delusional for my thinking. Losing means you get punished and don’t get what you want.
Europe‘s crisis goes beyond the economic, speakers at the meeting agreed.
Disillusioned citizens are questioning the values of European integration that have pushed nations of the post-war continent together for the past 60 years, rejecting traditional political parties to seek new and sometimes scary alternatives on the political margins.
“We have all spoken about a crisis that is much more profound than what we see in monetary and economic terms, there is a crisis in our society,” said Metropolitan Emmanuel Adamakis, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in France.
The problem for many of the spiritual leaders attending is that Europe is also undergoing a crisis of religious identity. In several countries, church attendances and religious affiliation have plummeted in recent decades.
Perhaps religion in Europe is in a crisis because the time of the gentiles has been fulfilled. Apparently, when Jews took-back Jerusalem in 1967 that marks the end of Christianity. Christianity’s time has run out.
Notice that when Jesus came and established Christianity it didn’t take long before Israel was terminated. Now that Israel is back and has retaken Jerusalem, it appears to be a sign that Christians will suffer a similar fate as Israelis – death and punishment.
Is the Time of the Gentiles Fulfilled? | The Scholars Corner
40 Years After Jerusalem Returns to Jewish Hands Is This the Final Generation?
… One of the clearest sequential prophesies of Jesus is recorded by Luke. (See full Scripture Luke 21:5-36) When Jesus is asked about the fall of Jerusalem and the time of his return by his disciples, Jesus talks about both. He first warns about false messiahs, who say to the people “this is the end.” He says that there will be wars and catastrophes, persecutions, and betrayals, but that is not the end. Then he tells of Jerusalem’s destruction, the “days of vengeance” against Jerusalem for its rejection of the Covenant and of God’s prophets (Luke 21:22). And then he speaks about the end times, and the great shakings that come upon the whole Earth before his Second Coming. All those prophesies are very general and not time specific. However, Jesus does give one chronological clue about the times of the end. He says, “Jerusalem shall be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:4, NASB) And then he says something very interesting. He says, “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.” (Luke 21:32).
If I read this chronology right, Jesus says that the end of the age of the Gentiles is accompanied by the Jewish re-establishment of Jerusalem, which is followed by signs in Heaven and Earth, and, that the generation then living will not die off until the fulfillment of all things takes place. Now here is the wild part. Jerusalem was recaptured by the Jews in 1967 during the Six Day War; it is no longer in Gentile hands. And in the Scriptures, a generation is about 40 years. 1967 to 2007 is 40 years! …
Unless the Russians or the Israelis blink, they have by their rhetoric put themselves on a potential war footing.
Given that both Israel and Russia are nuclear states, and given the complete US backing for Israel, conflict between those two is extremely dangerous for the world and for the United States. 1973 was probably the last time the US went on nuclear alert, and it was because of the danger that the Soviet Union might intervene in the 1973 War (in which Yaalon fought, and during which Putin was just a college student–he joined the KGB in 1975).
Russia is not likely to look at Israel as the central problem here. It is the US that needs to be worried. If Russia attacks Israel, then what is the US likely to do? Nothing? Not likely. So Russia needs to be worried about the US and focus on the US instead. In the end, if Russia acts it will be against the US, not Israel.
Let us replace the title with – The Coming American-Russian War?
Maybe you should be worried about events in and around Syria.
Six months ago, as rocket fire was falling on Tel Aviv, my six-year-old daughter had to pay her first visit to a bomb shelter. On Monday, she had to pay her second and third visits.
On Sunday night, before she went to bed, we had reminded her that sirens would be going off the next day, and that she shouldn’t be afraid of them. Yes, yes, she said, impatiently brushing us off; she knows it’s a drill.
Along with all Israeli children, and the small part of the adult population willing to play a role, at 12:30 p.m. Monday she was duly marched by a teacher to the shelter. At 7:05 p.m. it was our turn as parents to run through the drill at home.
Such drills are not a novelty to Israelis, but the more a potential war seems imminent, the more sober they become. All day, radio announcers remind us: “In case of real emergency, another siren will be heard.”
Indeed, in recent weeks there was hardly a day without someone discussing the possibility of real war. Israel, as the New York Times reported less than a week ago, is reluctantly being dragged into Syria’s turmoil.
Israel and Syria have been engaged in an increasingly bitter border war.
Western diplomatic sources said Israeli and Syrian forces were battling on a nearly daily basis along the Golan Heights. They said the fighting often began with Syrian Army or proxy attacks on Israel Army outposts and vehicles.
Could Israel neutralize the S-300 missile defense system? An IAF officer suggested in 2008 that Israel was already working on neutralizing the S-300.
A top IAF officer also said this week that Israel needed to do “everything possible” to prevent the S-300 from reaching the region.
“Russia will have to think real hard before delivering this system to Iran, which is possibly on the brink of conflict with either Israel or the US, since if the system is delivered, an EW [electronic warfare] system will likely be developed to neutralize it, and if that happens it would be catastrophic not only for Iran but also for Russia,” the defense official said.
Neutralization of one of the main components of Russian air defense would be a blow to Russian national security as well as to defense exports.
[Published on 8/8/2008]
The Israelis have a record of hacking air-defense systems. Israel’s attack on Syria’s nuclear reactor in 2007 used an air-defense hacking system called Suter.
What is Suter?
Israel’s amazing attack in Syria on September 6th left just about everybody scratching their heads. How did they do that? Well, meet “Suter”.
Suter is an airborne network attack system. It hacks into enemy air defense systems so that they can be taken over. Suter includes some powerful sensors for detecting a large assortment of electronic emissions. Computer software can identify the emitters based on a database of known emitters. Based on this information potential entry points into air defense systems can be exploited. Suter can monitor enemy emitters, mislead them or shut them down.
Senior Suter is a Big Safari-managed special access program. Big Safari itself is a shadowy Air Force unit that has developed small numbers of specialized reconnaissance systems, including drones, in what are often classified programs. Big Safari is a specialized process of acquisition and contracting management process that supports 20-24 projects at any one time and includes responsibility for logistics sustainment for over 50 aircraft.
Greece has the S-300 air defense system, and Israel is training with it. They were training with the S-300 back in 2008. Do you think the Israelis might have accomplished anything in the last 5 years?
Greece has the same Russian S-300 ground-to-air radar systems as Iran. A June 2008 exercise with Israel may be preparation for strike.
While the Israeli-Greek air tactics were amply reported in the world’s media after initial reports in the New York Times, the pivotal information from Greece’s S-300 batteries has remained below the radar. By swarming its jets into the S-300’s massive electronics, Israel was able to record invaluable information about defeating, jamming and circumventing the Russian system.
Israel dubbed its exercise “Glorious Spartan.” It is recalled that 300 glorious Spartans went down in history by forestalling the massive Persian army at a tiny land passage at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. The tiny Jewish State is now contemplating whether it must act unilaterally to forestall Iran’s nuclear threat.
[Published on 7/14/2008]
It appears that Israel’s success with Suter in its 2007 strike on Syria might be replayed in the not too distant future. This will be a major embarassment for Russia and expose Russia’s vulnerabilities.
Ex-Military Intelligence senior worried Iron Dome may fail against strike on Tel Aviv. ‘Assad losing control of arsenal,’ claims Major-General (res.) Dayan. Russian long-range missiles shipment raises tensions
Israelis awoke to reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad has placed advanced surface-to-surface Tishreen missiles on standby with orders to strike at Tel Aviv if Israel launches another air strike on Syrian targets.
The report was based on reconnaissance satellite photos said to show preparations for the deployment of the missiles, which Israeli analysts say could cause extensive damage to the country.
“I’m not sure Israel has an answer to some of the missiles which the Syrians have and I’m not sure that the (anti-missile system) Iron Dome can be successful here,” Mordechai Kedar, a former senior military intelligence official and professor of Middle East Studies at Bar Ilan University told The Media Line.