Israeli foreign minister predicts ‘Persian Spring’

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he believes ‘the Arab Spring will be followed by a Persian Spring,’ with international sanctions against Iran leading to renewed domestic unrest.

His remarks came a day after scuffles broke out in central Tehran in the first sign of unrest over Iran’s plunging currency, which has lost more than half its value since last week as European and US sanctions have bitten.

‘The Arab Spring will be followed by a Persian Spring, instability is spreading in Iran, and not just in Tehran,’ Lieberman told Israeli military radio.

‘There is no doubt that the protest movement will be strengthened by the approach of the Iranian presidential elections next summer,’ he added.

‘The Iranian regime is reaching a critical point. International sanctions will not convince the leaders of the country to renounce their nuclear programme, but what is important is that the Iranian people have begun to realise that they are not ready to be sacrificed to satisfy the revolutionary and fanatic ambitions of their leaders,’ he said…” Persia which changed its name to Iran in 1935 is mentioned as being united with Russia in Ezekiel 38:1, 2, 5, and 8, for the war of the latter years and latter days – Armageddon – Revelation 16:16. Five sixths of their combined armies will be eliminated – Ezekiel 39: 1 – 6; 12, 13. Israel will win – Isaiah 56:5. See the next four reports.)

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says expects Israel to launch war

Reuters reports: “Israel will eventually go beyond threats and will attack Iran, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying.

As speculation mounts that Israel could launch air strikes on Iran before U.S. elections in November, Mohammad Ali Jafari told a news conference that the Jewish state would be destroyed if it took such a step.

‘Their threats only prove that their enmity with Islam and the revolution is serious, and eventually this enmity will lead to physical conflict,’ Jafari said when asked about Israeli threats to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported.

‘We are making all efforts to increase our defensive capabilities so that if there is an attack … we could defend ourselves and other countries that need our help with high defensive capabilities.’

Jafari’s comments, made at an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) military exhibition, come as Israeli leaders have increased their rhetoric against Iran.

‘A war will occur, but it’s not clear where or when it will be,’ Jafari was quoted as saying on Saturday. ‘Israel seeks war with us, but it’s not clear when the war will occur.’…”

Chief Rabbi: Israel Will Win – with or without US

Israel National News reports: “Israel will be victorious over Iran, with or without the help of the United States, says Chief Rabbi Metzger, who asked Jews to focus on good relations with others.

Speaking in a special Erev Yom Kippur with Arutz Sheva, the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi pleaded for Jews ‘to be careful to observe mitzvos relating to others’ and not just those between Man and G-d.

He reminded Jews that ‘Repentance, Prayer and Charity’ overcome the ‘evil decree’ and cited the victory of the Jews in ancient Iran (Persia) over the wicked Haman who plotted to destroy all Jews and in the end fell as a victim of his own trap.

Rabbi Metzger quoted Isaiah 1:18, where the prophet tells Jews that by repenting, their sins ‘although they are like scarlet, shall be as white as snow [and] they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.’…”

U.S., Israel considering joint ‘surgical strike’ on Iran’s nuclear facilities

Haaretz reports: “The United States and Israel are considering the possibility of a joint ‘surgical strike’ against Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to a Foreign Policy report by David Rothkopf.

While Israel and the U.S. still don’t entirely agree on the ‘red line’ which would trigger a military response, the report said that the Israelis are now suggesting a more limited attack than was previously debated.

Rothkopf, a former Clinton administration official and international relations expert, quoted a source said to be close to the discussions, which claimed that a small-scale attack is currently viewed as the most likely military option. Such strike, the source said, is likely to only take a few hours and would be conducted by air, using bombers and supported by drones.

In order to send the Iranian nuclear program back many years, such an attack could be carried out in a joint U.S.-Israeli operation, or by the U.S. alone. The report claims Israel would not be able to carry out this kind of attack on its own.

Rothkopf argues that the threat of a limited strike would seem more credible than a full-scale attack, and so it has ‘a real chance of deterring the mullahs.’ This threat, the report said, may also increase the chances that diplomacy would work…”

Sources: Azerbaijan mulls helping Israel with Iran attack

Haaretz reports: ” Israel’s ‘go-it-alone’ option to attack Iran’s nuclear sites has set the Middle East on edge and unsettled its main ally at the height of a U.S. presidential election campaign.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exudes impatience, saying Tehran is barely a year from a ‘red line’ for atomic capacity. Many fellow Israelis, however, fear a unilateral strike, lacking U.S. forces, would fail against such a large and distant enemy.

But what if, even without Washington, Israel were not alone?

Azerbaijan, the oil-rich ex-Soviet republic on Iran’s far northern border, has, say local sources with knowledge of its military policy, explored with Israel how Azeri air bases and spy drones might help Israeli jets pull off a long-range attack.

That is a far cry from the massive firepower and diplomatic cover that Netanyahu wants from Washington. But, by addressing key weaknesses in any Israeli war plan – notably on refueling, reconnaissance and rescuing crews – such an alliance might tilt Israeli thinking on the feasibility of acting without U.S. help…”