Ignoring empty threats, Iran tightens its military noose around Israel

Hamas’ Saleh Arouri in Tehran. Iran pressed ahead with its plans this week, regardless of the loud scorn and threats poured on Tehran from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Cairo and Washington.

On Friday, Oct. 20, less than two weeks after Saleh Arouri, Deputy Chief of the Hamas political bureau, approved an Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation agreement between his party and the rival Fatah, he was leading a large Hamas delegation to Tehran.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, Israel’s security cabinet laid down conditions for its recognition of the Palestinian unity deal, including Hamas’ recognition of Israel, disarmament and the severance of its ties with Iran.
On Thursday, US Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt issued a statement in support of Israel’s position.
But before taking off for Cairo, Arouri made a point of declaring that Hamas would never recognize Israel, give up “resistance” (terror), disband its armed wing or surrender its weapons.
His briefing to his masters in Tehran on the Palestinian unity talks in Cairo was an apt finish to a week of events which saw Iran, the universally denigrated rogue, going from strength to strength.

  1. The northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk was captured with hardly any resistance from Kurdistan by an Iraqi army, led by pro-Iranian Shiite militias and hundreds of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) thinly disguised in Iraqi military uniforms. Those oil fields were a primary source of Israel’s oil.
  2. The Kurds’ defeat was so devastating that their Peshmerga fighters also withdrew from parts of Ninewa, Salah al Din, Diyala, Mosul and Sinjar.
    The scale of this calamity has not been released to the public in the US or Israel, because what it amounts to is that the IRGC is now in control not just of the major Kirkuk oil center and its oil fields, but also of broad swatches of central, eastern and northern Iraq, as well as its northern border with Syria. Iran now has full, exclusive use of an open corridor across Iraq to Syria.
  3. Although the Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergey Shoigu was on an official two-day visit to Israel, the first since his appointment five years ago, an event that would normally rate top publicity, it passed without a joint communiqué, or any word on the topics they discussed, their areas of agreement or discord – or even a notice of his departure. Was such deep discord registered in the general’s talks with Israeli leaders, or was Moscow at pains to play the visit down?
  4. On Monday, Oct. 16, a Syrian SA-5 battery 50km east of Damascus fired a ground-to-air missile against Israeli reconnaissance planes over Lebanon. An Israeli air raid then destroyed the battery.
  5. Tuesday, the Iranian Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri made an unscheduled trip to Damascus. His three-day visit sent a signal that Tehran stood foursquare behind Damascus.
  6. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had a telephone conversation with President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin announced that they discussed the war in Syria, Iran’s nuclear program and the situation in Kurdistan. In the absence of any changes in Syria or Iraq in the wake of this conversation, it may be assumed that it ended as inconclusively as the Shogu visit.
  7. On Thursday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman sat down in Washington with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser Gen. H. R McMaster. Before his departure, he announced that an additional four billion shekels ($1.1billion) should be added to the defense budget for the acquisition of “advanced technology” to meet the mounting Iranian threat. No one elaborated on the nature of this high-cost technology; nor was it mentioned again either in Washington or Jerusalem.
  8. Later Thursday, IDF tanks fired on a Syrian artillery battery near Quneitra after a Syrian shell spilling over from Syrian combat exploded in the northern Golan.

That incident revealed, according to DEBKAfile’s military sources, that the shell came from the Beit Jinn pocket which lies opposite Israel outposts on Mount Hermon. In other words, the Syrian army and its constant ally, Hizballah, have edged into an additional military sector that brings them closer than ever before to the Syrian Israeli border and the northern Golan.

So while Israel’s leaders and military spokesmen declare over and over that the entrenchment of Iran or its proxies near its borders is “unacceptable,” what else are they doing to curb their steady advance? And what use are the defense cabinet’s stipulations for Hamas, when Arouri sits down in Tehran with Iranian officials to plot a third front against Israel from the Gaza Strip?

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39 thoughts on “Ignoring empty threats, Iran tightens its military noose around Israel

  • Oct 20, 2017 @ 22:48 at 22:48
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    As long as the US is willing to back Israel, Israel can never fall. Id Trump wasn’t so focused on the “passive” insurrection in the US and a pending war in Korea, we could probably send over at least one naval battle group in addition. I guarantee our Pentagon is working on battle plans for taking on Iran around Israel as well as from the Persian Gulf.

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 1:19 at 1:19
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      You’ve covered all bases protecting Trump from the fallout of the results of his policies so far on behalf of America’s “allies” in the region. In fact four months ago the president discontinued sponsoring the Free Syrian Army trained and funded by the CIA since 2013. Same month signed on to Putin’s “deconfliction” areas which provide Iran and its lackeys to approach to 5 km from the Golan. Note the reference to that mortar shell described in the article above. And don’t forget Trump removing US forces from that Syria-Iraq border crossing turned over to Iranian proxies and opening a major access point for Iran’s “land route” to Lebanon (and Israel). And just days ago Trump called the IRGC a terrorist organization and had Mnuchin, his treasury secretary slap sanctions on the organization and its leaders. A day later the IRGC-led assault on Kirkuk and two days later five IRGC bases occupying the territory the Peshmerga retreated from.

      That, pal, surveys just a few material accomplishments of he who you “guarantee” has Israel’s and the Saudi’s back. With friends like these….

      • Oct 21, 2017 @ 1:43 at 1:43
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        Yep, they want to destroy Israel, although there are many different factions in the third world American gov’t now.

        • Oct 21, 2017 @ 1:52 at 1:52
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          it look like it might be time to sell up your “settler units” and go home.

          • Oct 21, 2017 @ 3:58 at 3:58
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            Yep. Back to Poland.

          • Oct 21, 2017 @ 3:58 at 3:58
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            Or Kiev.

          • Oct 21, 2017 @ 8:04 at 8:04
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            “home” is the land of israel. and has been for 3,000 years.

          • Oct 22, 2017 @ 12:11 at 12:11
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            Actually, now may be the time to expand out to the Euphrates.

          • Oct 23, 2017 @ 0:37 at 0:37
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            Settler Units are only beginning the take over which will expand at a rapid pace which will cause you to fall out of your chair. Hold on tight for the ride.

      • Oct 21, 2017 @ 8:11 at 8:11
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        trump hasn’t backed the moslem brotherhood’s overthrow of friendly governments, and that’s a good start. and so far, he hadn’t blocked any arms shipments to israel, or pressured israel into making one-sided concessions to the arabs.

        and unlike obama, who “had israel’s back”, trump hasn’t given hundreds of stinger missiles to jihadi terrorists in benghazi. or was that secretary clinton?

        • Oct 21, 2017 @ 18:30 at 18:30
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          clinton sold weapons to terrorists, in trade for donations to clinton foundation. she needs to be put on trial for treason. the compound in benghazi was the conduit for kadafi’s weapons to be shipped to syria and sinai.

          • Oct 21, 2017 @ 19:11 at 19:11
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            The second you put Hillary on trial you will have have a President killed. Just like JFK wanted to put Johnson on trial.

      • Oct 21, 2017 @ 14:49 at 14:49
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        It will take some time to reverse the damage that Obama has done in the middle east. The strategic position of the US has been severely degraded and with it Israel’s.

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 15:43 at 15:43
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      Lets put this in a well defined perspective ,isn’t all what is going on in the middle east a Brain storm of an idea
      that the U.S president George drunken Busch to take out Saddam who was really an equalizer to Iran.
      Now it all back fired .

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 17:24 at 17:24
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      Better yet, as long as God is willing to back Israel, Israel can never fail. “He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121.

  • Oct 20, 2017 @ 23:21 at 23:21
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    Not telling anyone anything new – it’s common knowledge, and has been openly discussed on websites, that Ezekiel 38 and 39 will be fulfilled when Russia, Persia (Iran) and others will invade Israel from the north, where they are today, mere meters from the Israel/Syria border.
    And of course the outcome of that invasion is also well known – that the invaders will be overthrown by God alone. So Persia’s army is doomed anyway.
    What worries me about that prophecy is Ezekiel 39:6.

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 2:32 at 2:32
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      Please explain your worry comment about Ezekiel 39:6.

      • Oct 21, 2017 @ 16:38 at 16:38
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        USA may be one of the isles and fire raining down could represent nuclear missles

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 12:16 at 12:16
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      Why you guys always think you have right to supply stingers etc just up frustrate Russia?

      Russia can do the same and you guys will be out of everywhere from alfganistan to anywhere

      Russia has been really patient all these while.

      And dont even thing any force can beat Iran in Syria … It is happening now

      • Oct 21, 2017 @ 18:35 at 18:35
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        zibnew brezinski supported Pol Pot, the genicidal leader in cambodia because he hated Russia. many people in the united states intelligence community still believe in that strategy, support anyone that hates Russia no matter how bad they are, no wonder the world hates us. Zibnew’s daughter Mika is co host of morning joe tv show on msnbc, she still talks loveingly about Zib. , they seem to have been “very close”, something odd about that relationship.

      • Oct 23, 2017 @ 6:41 at 6:41
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        Who goes down first? RUssia or Iran?

  • Oct 21, 2017 @ 2:14 at 2:14
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    USA jumped to the other side, i.e., the Shia, or the Resistance Front. Sorry, but Israel and the “sunni” states became too much of a burden to keep carry on. Rationally, having a direct pipeline from the gulf to the Mediterranean is a better solution. Time to revive the Nabucco project; And dump the Suez passage to be a concern of the Chinese. Sunni rich states are imposed dictatorships, poor Sunni states are expensive to maintain… And Israel, well, in a quarter of a century will cease to exist. I guess Israel-Saudi pushed the rope too far. It broke!

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 7:59 at 7:59
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      israel will cease to exist? because the ayatollah said so? rotflmao.

      • Oct 21, 2017 @ 13:11 at 13:11
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        No. It’s a paper entitled “Preparing For A Post Israel Middle East”, an 82-page analysis that concludes that the American national interest in fundamentally at odds with that of Zionist Israel. The authors conclude that Israel is currently the greatest threat to US national interests because its nature and actions prevent normal US relations  with  Arab and  Muslim countries and, to a growing degree, the wider international community.
        The study was commissioned by the US Intelligence Community comprising 16 American intelligence agencies with an annual budget in excess of $ 70 billion

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 22:56 at 22:56
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      Sorry, but saying “Israel will cease to exist” contradicts the Bible, in which God states that once Israel has returned to its land (1948), it will never be made to leave again (Amos 9:14, 15).

    • Oct 22, 2017 @ 18:06 at 18:06
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      Whoever backs Nazi Iran as well as Iran should receive measure for measure. It is unbelievable how such bullies can surround and unite to pick on tiny Israel and not be embarresed. They are about to find out the hard way that there is a G-d in Israel and they do not deserve any mercy for picking on the meek, and trying to committ another Holocaust against Israel which is composed of many Holocaust survivors, and other refugee/survivors from other lands such as Europe, Spain, Russia, and the Islamic countries that have been attempting genocide against Israel throughout the ages. In the end of days Israel will not be able to trust their allies as they are all likely involved in waging a secret war against Israel as well. The Jewish people can only trust In the Creator and Guide of Human History. May his Name be sanctified and all those who wage war against Israel be dealt with in kind.

  • Oct 21, 2017 @ 4:02 at 4:02
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    “Jer 51:20 Thou art my battle Axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
    Jer 51:21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider”.
    This is the Lord God almighty speaking, the nation of Israel is the Axe of God in his hand, and you take a weapon of your enemy out of his hand?, unless you kill him.
    In Jer 31:35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
    Jer 31:36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. The latter verses speak of the fact that how we will never ever uproot the Nation of Israel how many many times we try

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 8:02 at 8:02
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      inspiring rhetoric, but i wouldn’t bet the farm on it, any more than i would play the stock market based on a ouija board.

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 12:18 at 12:18
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      Don’t believe in those nonsense. They have been predicting that for 2000 years

  • Oct 21, 2017 @ 10:23 at 10:23
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    leave jereusalem, this time you will burn with precision. Your technology is like stone ages. idiots

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 11:39 at 11:39
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      and in the year 2025, the decimated armies of islam retreat back to the arabian desert, while islamic doctrine is banned by the new world gov. in Jerusalem.

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 23:08 at 23:08
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      Mohamed, you should consider that the Holy Bible has a 100% accuracy rate of precisely fulfilling prophecy.
      Here are two of the Bible’s prophecies that apply:

      Amos 9:15, in which God says of Israel: “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.”

      Psalms 129:5 – “Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.”

      Mohamed, it would be wise to seek Jesus Christ while he may be found. He accepts all who come to him whether Jew, gentile or muslim.
      To reject a book which has demonstrated its authority by continually fulfilling prophecy is unwise.

  • Oct 21, 2017 @ 12:45 at 12:45
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    your lies it is about to ends you have no place in the middle east .
    your is in Germany and around Germany

  • Oct 21, 2017 @ 15:34 at 15:34
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    It’s been too long since muslims have been bitten on the battle field by Israel, short memory is their problem. Time to remind has come. Let it be so then.

    • Oct 21, 2017 @ 15:49 at 15:49
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      Russia is not mulsim. Nor China.

  • Oct 21, 2017 @ 16:29 at 16:29
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    Time to head back to the Baltics.

  • Oct 22, 2017 @ 0:35 at 0:35
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    plans for the targeting of iranian oil terminals and electricity grids that supply these terminals must be brought forward

  • Oct 22, 2017 @ 6:40 at 6:40
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    It’s just so absurd. Everyone arguing back and fort but the truth will always prevail. One of the last bastions of ignorance and evil that exists in the world is in the middle East. For there to be peace in the world it must Fall. Enlightenment must be brought to the people’s of that region. The only way that can happen is by changing the ruling structure of that continent to bring those nation’s out of the dark ages to the present. Regretfully the only way to change an inflexible object is to break it and that means war. The pieces are currently being put in place so that when it starts the whole region will be engulfed with the focal point being the actions of Iran aka Persia as mentioned in the Bible.

    • Oct 25, 2017 @ 4:21 at 4:21
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      The middle east lives in the dark ages? So they have to be “enlightened”?
      Be real. We are only after hegemony and a neocolonialism. The Israeli colonialism, to be precise.
      Because… Would Israel try to “enlighten” Laos, Burkina Faso, Peru or Mongolia?

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