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Israeli plans for Iran go back years



Published: Tue, March 13, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Israeli plans for Iran go back years

JERUSALEM

For more than a decade, Israel systematically has built up its military specifically for a possible strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. It has sent its air force on long-distance training missions, procured American-made “bunker-busting” bombs and bolstered its missile defenses.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s threats to strike Iran, voiced last week during a high-profile visit to the White House, were not empty bluster. Although a unilateral Israeli attack probably would not destroy Iran’s nuclear program, it appears capable, at least for now, of inflicting a serious blow.

“If Israel attacks, the intention is more to send a message of determination, a political message instead of a tactical move,” said Yiftah Shapir, a former Israeli air force officer who is now a military analyst at the INSS think tank in Tel Aviv.

Activists: Civilians killed in reprisals

BEIRUT

Syrian activists said Monday that pro-government gunmen killed at least 16 people, including some children, in a rebel stronghold recaptured by the government, fueling concerns the government is carrying out reprisals in territory it has taken back.

State media in Damascus, which often ignores activists’ claims, confirmed killings in Homs but blamed “armed terrorists,” as it frequently calls those behind the yearlong uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime.

At the United Nations, the U.S. and Russia clashed after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to the divided Security Council to speak with one voice and help Syria “pull back from the brink of a deeper catastrophe.”

Washington and Moscow both called for an end to the bloody conflict — but on different terms, leaving prospects for U.N. action in doubt.

Associated Press


Comments

1oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Just keep the USA and her children out of it. We need not sent out young to die for some one else !

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2Superstar7(122 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

We either cut the roots of terrorism in their garden or the weeds of islam will grow in your garden, killing everything that now exist.
Their koran requires, DEMANDS they either convert you, drive you out or kill you & rape your family.
It is SPECIFICALLY & repeatedly cited in their evil koran.
Isolationism just allows the evil to grow-
the reason Afganistan & Pakistan became terrorist strongholds during the Carter & Clinton Administrations.
You have NO understanding of history nor the threat islam poses to the free world.
Ignorance is not a valid international policy.
Ever notice Ron Paul looks like a deer that has been caught by headlights?
muslims are Ron Pauls' strongest supporters.

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3Photoman(1005 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Just as we reserve the right to take unilateral action against a perceived enemy, so should Israel have that right. Radical Islam has made it very clear that they plan to destroy the Israelis. Since we're so concerned about the citizens of Syria should we not also have that same concern for the welfare of the people of Israel?

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4iBuck(223 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

For several decades, Iran systematically has built up its military and terrorism operations (Hamas, Hizbullah) specifically for attacks on Israel, with the stated aim of obliterating it. Meanwhile, the Muslim states and violence-backing NGOs like the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR have been fooling the West into subsidizing the Palestinian occupiers of Israel via the UN and other international operations, and maintaining them as a chronic disruptive 5th column while extending their tendrils throughout the world.

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