NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Israel gets ready to unveil David’s Sling
SpaceDaily.com reports: “The Israeli air force is preparing to deploy a new air-defense system with the biblical name of David’s Sling, designed to intercept medium-range missiles, while the Iron Dome system deployed earlier battles Palestinian rockets.
A new unit has been formed to man the first David’s Sling battery that will be based in central Israel sometime in 2012.
David’s Sling, also known as Magic Wand, has been jointly developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and U.S. defense contractor Raytheon to counter missiles and rockets with ranges of 25-185 miles.
The interceptor, known as Stunner, is a two-stage missile that can change course in mid-flight and can operate in all weather conditions.
It will form part of the multilayered missile defense system Israel is putting in place to meet the growing threat of a sustained bombardment, possibly lasting several weeks, by missiles and rockets of all calibers and ranges, including ballistic missiles.
In the worst-case scenario, but one which Israeli military planners fear is likely, the Jewish state would be hammered by Iran and Syria as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas and other Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip ” (Israel may soon move on Iran with Americas blessing as well as scores of nations who distrust the second Hitler Ahmadinejad. If someone does not stop his damnable satanic plot, the world will experience a bloodbath Revelation 14:20.)
Israel test-fires missile as Iran debate rages
Reuters reports: “Israel test-fired a missile from a military base two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the direct and heavy threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program.
The noon launch near Tel Aviv, which had not been announced in advance, coincided with a week-long surge of speculation in local media that Netanyahu was working to secure cabinet consensus for an attack on Israel’s arch-foe.
Netanyahu’s office declined comment on the reports, which were unsourced and unconfirmed, and which some commentators suggested might be disinformation designed to jolt war-wary foreign powers into stepping up sanctions against Tehran.
The Defense Ministry described the launch from Palmachim base as the test of the propulsion system of a missile on which it declined to elaborate.
This is an impressive technological achievement and an important step in Israel’s advances in the realms of missiles and space, which has been a long time in the planning, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in a statement.
Israel Radio’s military affairs correspondent, who is regularly briefed by top officials on Defense matters, said a ballistic missile had been launched. The term generally applies to long-range missiles for delivering warheads ” (When Rexella and I had lunch with President Navon of Israel and a discussion with Moshe Dayan years ago, both said our next war will be with Russia Ezekiel 38 & 39, and an Arab alliance as Israel becomes the battleground of the Middle East Ezekiel 38:8, 16, 17, 18, 19; 39:2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12, 17, 22, 23, 25, and 29.)
Iran says united and ‘ready for war’ with Israel
Haaretz reports: “Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi responded to reports claiming Israel is planning a military attack against his country, stating Tehran is ready for war with Israel.
We have been hearing threats from Israel for eight years. Our nation is a united nation such threats are not new to us, Salehi told Turkeys Hürriyet Daily.
Salehi further warned that if any country would attempt an attack, Iran would not hesitate to retaliate. We are very sure of ourselves. We can defend our country, Salehi claimed.
Salehis statements come a day after Iran’s chief of staff said Israel would be severely punished for any attack on Iranian soil.
We would make them regret such a mistake and would severely punish them, Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi told the ISNA news agency on Wednesday.
In case of an attack by the Zionist regime, the United States would also be hit, he added, without elaborating.
Britain is also stepping up its preparations for a military strike on Iran, The Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday. According to its report, London is increasingly concerned over Tehran’s nuclear program and is preparing to deploy Royal Navy ships in the coming months to assist a possible American strike on Iran ” (Iran wants to fulfill Psalm 83:4 “ Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.” But God says “I will give them [Israel] an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.” Isaiah 56:5. See the next two reports as the Eternal God deals with Israels invaders.)
Iran cleric: Israel wouldn’t dare pursue its ‘foolish’ military threats
Haaretz reports: “A senior Iranian cleric dismissed talk of a military strike by Israel as empty propaganda, taunting it for screaming like a cornered cat rather than roaring like a lion.
Israeli media have speculated that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking cabinet consensus to attack Iranian nuclear sites as Western diplomats say new evidence that Tehran researching ways to build atom bombs will be published this week.
Some analysts dismiss the speculation as part of a strategy of psychological warfare to raise pressure on Iran and bolster a case for harsher international sanctions sought by Washington, rather than endorse or participate in military action.
The recent threats of the Zionist regime against Iran are more for internal consumption for themselves and their masters who are struggling with the Wall Street movement, said Ayatollah Mahmoud Alavi, referring to anti-capitalism protests that began in New York and have spread around the world.
There is a difference between the roar of a lion and the scream of a cat that has been trapped in a corner, he said.
And this threat of the Zionist regime and its master America is like the scream of a cornered cat.
Alavi, a member of the Assembly of Experts, a body that appoints and supervises Iran’s supreme leader, said Israel would not dare attack Iran. If they make such a mistake they will receive a crushing response from the Islamic Republic, he told the official IRNA news agency.
Iran says it would respond to any attack by striking U.S. interests in the region and could close the Gulf to oil traffic, causing massive disruption to global crude supplies ”
Russia: Israeli threat of strikes on Iran ‘a mistake’
BBC News reports: “Military action against Iran would be a very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences, Russia’s foreign minister has warned.
Sergei Lavrov said diplomacy, not missile strikes, was the only way to solve the Iranian nuclear problem.
His comments come after Israeli President Shimon Peres said an attack on Iran was becoming more likely.
The UN’s atomic watchdog is expected to say this week that Iran is secretly developing a nuclear arms capability.
Diplomats say the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report will produce compelling evidence that Iran will find hard to dispute.
Iran has always insisted that its nuclear programme is exclusively to generate power for civilian purposes.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said the alleged evidence is a fabrication and part of a multi-pronged US smear campaign against his country ”