Iran heats war rhetoric to cover up military buildup in Syria

Tehran is drumming up an oral war of attrition against Israel as a ruse to deter the IDF from striking the military hardware and personnel flowing into Syria.
Iran is pouring out violent threats in a rising crescendo against the Jewish state for two goals: One is to keep Israel off-balance and frozen in a high defense posture on its northern borders; and two, to con Israel into fearing that any IDF action would tip over into an all-out conflict. This stratagem allows Tehran to keep up a continuous stream of hardware and personnel into Syria and Lebanon free of hindrance by Israel’s air force and missiles, and so anchor its military presence in both of Israel’s northern neighbors.
Tension between Tehran and Jerusalem has been high since April 9, when an Israel air strike knocked out a Revolutionary Guards air force command center at the Syrian T-4 air base. But, apart from blistering threats of retaliation, Iran has none nothing. Israel celebrated its Independence Day under clear skies, although the following day, Friday, April 20, the Guards deputy commander Gen. Hossein Salami warned that Iran’s hand “was on the trigger of its missiles” and Israel’s air bases were “within reach.” But Tehran sees an opportunity for taking a high tone against Israel following three developments:

  1. The missile strike conducted by the US, the UK and France on Syrian chemical sites on April 14 was a letdown. And also, against expectations, the Western attack avoided Iranian targets, although Hizballah and other pro-Iranian forces played a central role in the Syrian conquest of East Ghouta and its use of chemical weapons. Saudi sources put out a report on Friday alleging that 15 Iranian officers were killed in the missile strike. There are no grounds for this report and it appears to have been designed for home consumption.
  2. President Donald Trump repeatedly asserts that he is determined to pull American troops out of Syria as soon as possible. This gift is a boon for Tehran’s goals. It will remove the main obstacle, a US military presence along the Syrian-Iraq border, that impedes the transfer of pro-Iranian Shiite militias from Iraq into Syria and the creation of a continuous land bridge from Tehran to the Mediterranean. In celebration of its effortless gain, reports appeared on Saturday that Iran, Iraq and Syria had undersigned a project for building a 1,700km highway from Tehran to Damascus via Baghdad that will be ready for traffic in two years.
  3. Moscow and Jerusalem are at loggerheads over Syria after a long period of amity. Tehran has taken note of President Vladimir Putin’s recent warning to Israel that its air force operations in Syria would no longer have the freedom previously enjoyed. Putin has therefore removed another big obstacle from Tehran’s goals. Iran will make every effort to deepen the rift.

For all these reasons, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman cannot be satisfied with their protestations of the IDF’s readiness and willingness to pick up the gauntlet against any threat. Tehran’s belligerent rhetoric is a cover for an action which Israel’s leaders have vowed to prevent. This can’t be done by talk alone.

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64 thoughts on “Iran heats war rhetoric to cover up military buildup in Syria

  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 14:19 at 14:19
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    “building a 1700km highway from Tehran to Damascus via Baghdad”
    Iran doesn’t have the money. Iran is on the verge of bankruptcy and revolution. There are daily protests. Mullahs in danger? You betcha! Trump wins again!

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 2:55 at 2:55
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      China and Russia have the money.

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      • Apr 22, 2018 @ 18:16 at 18:16
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        Russia doesn’t. GNP less than Texas.

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 14:39 at 14:39
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    IEDs on that road would be a low cost effort for insurgents
    And a high cost defense problem for the Iranians

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    • Apr 21, 2018 @ 14:45 at 14:45
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      Now there’s an idea worth pursuing.

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      • Apr 21, 2018 @ 17:02 at 17:02
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        The very old Chinese sage Y Ran Sukz used to say “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him”.

        This is why, it is good to first take out Hezbollah. Totally out, not only on. Then, pick up the victory at the time of your choice.

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        • Apr 21, 2018 @ 18:20 at 18:20
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          Very good observation particularly since they have those missiles in southern
          Lebanon. I have noticed the war of words is between Rouhani and Khameini
          and Israel. Nasrallah has kept a low profile.

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          • Apr 21, 2018 @ 18:37 at 18:37
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            What would have old Moses first done, other than part the dark Hezbollah waters from the murky Iran waters?

          • Apr 23, 2018 @ 3:52 at 3:52
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            I hope for all of Lebanon’s sake that Hezbollah doesn’t attack Israel

        • Apr 22, 2018 @ 1:39 at 1:39
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          Hezbollah is far too powerful. They drove Israel out of Lebanon and humiliated the IDF in to 2006 War.

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          • Apr 22, 2018 @ 11:07 at 11:07
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            “Hezbollah is far too powerful. They drove Israel out of Lebanon and humiliated the IDF in to 2006 War.”

            @Dominick Perez,

            B-U-L-L-F-E-A-T-H-E-R-S !

            The “international community” (AKA the EU) pressured Israel into a ceasefire and withdrawal from Hezbollahstan (formerly Lebanon) before the IDF and the IAF could finish off Hezbollah. The Israelis were never “driven out” as you claim.

        • Apr 22, 2018 @ 3:20 at 3:20
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          “This is why, it is good to first take out Hezbollah. Totally out …”.

          I’m currently reading Israel’s Lebanon War by Ze’ev Schiff and Ehud Ya’Ari. Ariel Sharon is determined to “permanently take out the PLO”. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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          • Apr 23, 2018 @ 9:58 at 9:58
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            God said,Two Cities destroyed by nukes soon.

            placeofsafetycom

          • Apr 23, 2018 @ 10:44 at 10:44
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            The Two Cities are Tel Aviv first and then Damascus.

    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 2:15 at 2:15
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      Just drop one hydrogen bomb on these FILTHY PIG SHIT EATERS!!!!!! BOMB, BOMB, BOMB iran!!!
      Turn the rocks into pebbles, pebbles into sand ………….

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 14:41 at 14:41
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    Say it again:time is now to act swift and strike hard. The only message the mullahs will understand.

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    • Apr 21, 2018 @ 19:15 at 19:15
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      And why not FIRST a peace proposition, in a peaceful tone, allowing Nasrallah to disarm in dignity and admit inspections for compliance? Great warriors deserve respect before, and free coffins after the fight.

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      • Apr 21, 2018 @ 21:49 at 21:49
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        Once there was a monkey used to put everything in his ass before eating them. People asked his owner why is that, he responded that one time monkey ate a peach with its seed and that rupture his ass which took long time to heal

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      • Apr 22, 2018 @ 11:19 at 11:19
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        “And why not FIRST a peace proposition, in a peaceful tone, allowing Nasrallah to disarm in dignity and admit inspections for compliance? Great warriors deserve respect before, and free coffins after the fight.”

        @Jasmine,

        Just have to say: it doesn’t get any more naive than that!
        BTW, Nasrallah is not Iranian and never signed any treaties to “admit inspections for compliance”.

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 15:00 at 15:00
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    Every shipment of Islamic weapons of death must be shot down now. The USA needs to announce construction of a joint navel/ army base somewhere in Israel to replace the Turkish and Qatar bases which are on enemy territory. Gaza would be a great site once Hamas is demolished. The Islamic nuclear bomb facilities in Iran must be targeted soon.

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 0:39 at 0:39
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      i have seen boy scouts march as well as the guard the time will be right when the IAF destroys all the eggs in the basket when it is full in syria remember israel holds the nukes 400 – 500 plus power not iran and the mullas know this SADAMS REPUBLICAN GUARD WERE TO BE HOT SHIT TURNED OUT THEY WERE JUST REGULAR WESTERN TRAINED SOLDIERS THERE COMMON ARMY ARE 4TH RATE READY TO SURRENDER BY THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS AS IRANS ARMY

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 4:58 at 4:58
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      To the guy formerly known as anonymous, your posts remind me of a guy from Toronto whose calls in to the old Jay Diamond show overnights on WABC I very much enjoyed. If that is you H., your fighting spirit is much appreciated here too. If it’s not, still appreciate it.

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 16:31 at 16:31
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    Hope that Bibi and Liberman underestand this !

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    • Apr 21, 2018 @ 17:24 at 17:24
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      I was going to comment with a joke, but Iran out of ideas.

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 16:41 at 16:41
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    Nothing will happen….Netanyahu and Liberman talk a good game, but that’s only what it is, a good game!

    We must preempt or face the prospect of missiles raining down on all our cities!

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 17:08 at 17:08
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    Its hard for any of us to really know anything that goes on. iran does seem very weak. They’re great at terror though. If they do actually pluck up the courage to attack Israel – as most of us feel, this will be the end of iran. Especially if they achieve a big hit on Israel. Like the Japanese at Pearl Harbour – they woke up the beast. They seem that stupid though, that’ll they’ll probably do something soon thinking that either Israel wont respond harshly or that russia will protect them.

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    • Apr 21, 2018 @ 20:59 at 20:59
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      100% right on target !

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      • Apr 22, 2018 @ 22:20 at 22:20
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        North Korea is watching carefully. If the US allows Iranian/Russian hegemony in the area because of fear of standing up to Iran and Russia, rocket man will not yield a cm. This world is dangerous, but becomes more so when one is weak in front of dictators.

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 18:06 at 18:06
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    Israel needs real leaders. Not talkers with fear in their veins. Real leaders. Real men. Strong men. Warriors like of old. Men who will decide asap to take out Russian air defences in Syria which is the biggest threat to Israel and its air force. Then Israel can attack Syrian Hezbollah and Iranian forces as it should be doing now. Russia has always supported the Muslims against the Jews from the pogroms to the Soviets to supporting Egypt and Syria and now Iran. Time to attack the Russian bear and send it home to Siberia where it belongs.

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 0:44 at 0:44
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      WHEN THE MOMENT IS RIGHT AND ISRAELS DESTRUCTION IS CLOSE THE ISRAELI LEADERSHIP WILL UNLEASH THE JEWISH LION AS IT HAS IN ALL MAJOR WARS AND WIN

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      • Apr 23, 2018 @ 1:57 at 1:57
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        Don’t forget, Israel won it’s wars at great cost of Israeli blood and treasure.

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      • Apr 23, 2018 @ 19:14 at 19:14
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        Nukes awayyyyyy !!

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 11:36 at 11:36
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      “Time to attack the Russian bear and send it home to Siberia where it belongs.”

      @Rafael,

      Nice thought, but——————what needs to be taken into consideration is that the Soviets (oops———I meant the Russians) are thousands of times larger than Israel and consequently have thousands of times more people, thousands of times more resources, thousands of times more military assets and the only thing they actually give a crap about is maintaining their foothold in the Middle East with access to the Mediterranean Sea!

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 18:11 at 18:11
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    Its funny that most media outlets are still pushing this Syria chemical weapons issues when it is pretty clear it was not Syria?

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    • Apr 21, 2018 @ 19:29 at 19:29
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      That’s conspiracy theory at its worst.
      There are reports that Belgian companies sold Damascus the necessary chemicals for sarin gas.
      There are also reports that Russia is denying inspectors access to Douma, where “someone” used sarin on civilians.
      The only reason Putin has to deny access to the site is because he knows what will be found: evidence that Assad gassed innocents, including children.

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 11:42 at 11:42
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      “Its funny that most media outlets are still pushing this Syria chemical weapons issues when it is pretty clear it was not Syria?”

      How so is that “pretty clear it was not Syria” ?
      Maybe by virtue of the fact that the Assad regime won’t let inspectors in to the scene of the chemical attack?

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 19:25 at 19:25
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    it is pretty clear it was not Syria, but it is clear it was pretty Assad

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 20:38 at 20:38
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    There won’t be a big war as long as Putin is alive. Nobody likes him but everyone respects him. In America as long as Trump or Pence or any other Republican is a president Israel does not have much to worry about. However if Putin dies unexpectadely and in parallel there is a Democratic president in USA world war three will breakout

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 7:36 at 7:36
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      yeah, the goyim will blow themselves up for the idolatrous jewish state entity in Palestine and all the tyrannical self worshiping weapons dealers porn impresarios and casino managers will live happily ever after. or so the bible says, according to the idolatrous colonial pimps..

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      • Apr 22, 2018 @ 7:47 at 7:47
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        Aren’t you in Israel yourself? Stop the act we all know you are a Jew

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      • Apr 22, 2018 @ 11:50 at 11:50
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        “yeah, the goyim will blow themselves up for the idolatrous jewish state entity in Palestine and all the tyrannical self worshiping weapons dealers porn impresarios and casino managers will live happily ever after. or so the bible says, according to the idolatrous colonial pimps..”

        Can anyone here make any sense of or even have so much as the slightest clue as to what good old iVaN is spewing out in the post above?

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 21:15 at 21:15
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    KUrds should be smart this time. They should not trust Israel, and western countries too far from recognizing Kurdish rights and Israel only focuses on its maximum interest. They do not care about Kurds. Somehow Kurds should get along with arabs, persians and turks for their own goods instead of trusting Israel and Western countries.

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 5:06 at 5:06
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      you’re a m0r0n! Saying that as a Kurd!!!!

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      • Apr 22, 2018 @ 8:25 at 8:25
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        if you have better plan tell me than… soon after we will see that US and rest of the Coalition forces will leave the Syria then what? As we have seen in “Afrin battle” none of the Western countries or Jerusalem did not do anything. Kerkuk was the same… I think Western Powers using Kurds to keep Turks in balance nothing more. However Turks nowadays shows their finger to US and EU, and Israel is one of the most hated country for turks… that’s why Kurds see little more help than usual but will it make any change at the end?

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  • Apr 21, 2018 @ 22:01 at 22:01
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    To Jasmine:
    Once there was a Monkey who would put everything in his ass before eating. People asked his owner for the reason and he replied that one time he ate peach and it rupture his ass

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  • Apr 22, 2018 @ 2:44 at 2:44
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    If war brakes out, Iran and Hezbollah will be completely destroyed in Syria and Lebanon, Israel will not be hinder by opinions for using disproportionate force. Putin will happily sit there watching in check, by the USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely, USS Barry and aircraft carrier U.S.S. Harry S. Truman in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

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  • Apr 22, 2018 @ 2:57 at 2:57
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    The surprise suicide Iranian air attack on Tel Aviv will occur any day now.

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 9:35 at 9:35
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      That would trigger the retaliatory annihilation of Tehran – for starters.

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  • Apr 22, 2018 @ 5:36 at 5:36
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    May 15th the earth rejoices in celebration.
    The 10 Northern Tribes place their embassy in Jerusalem recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capitol.
    * 70 years Jerusalem in Jewish hands !

    This fits scripture for Psalm 83 War.
    (Celebration then War)
    Northern Israel shall be attacked.
    Northern Israeli small towns will be sacked and women ravaged.

    Damascus gets nuked !
    Israel knocks out enemy radar & missiles.
    Expansion of Israel’s borders.

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 8:11 at 8:11
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      Both the article and almost all commentators have left out the most important party in this equation – the King and Creator of the world, HKB”H.

      “Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither Slumber or Sleep” – Psalms 121-4

      “G-d is Master of war, HaShem is His name” – Sh’mot 15:3

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 8:14 at 8:14
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      Both the article and almost all commentators have left out the most important party in this equation – the King and Creator of the world, HKB”H.

      “Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither Slumber or Sleep” – Psalms 121-4

      “G-d is Master of war, HaShem is His name” – Sh’mot 15:3

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  • Apr 22, 2018 @ 16:03 at 16:03
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    YES – Israel shall go for an all out war against Iran !.

    Arne Strand.Sweden.

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  • Apr 22, 2018 @ 18:48 at 18:48
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    With a few notable exceptions: What a crowd of illiterate, Jew-hating morons are flooding this news-site !
    Unless Debka does something effective to filter, or otherwise keep their verbal diarrhea in check –
    it will be left with only sewer-brain comments, soon !

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  • Apr 22, 2018 @ 19:34 at 19:34
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    The land bridge from Tehran to the Med can also run in the opposite direction – taking Israeli tanks to the gates of Tehran!
    Israel massively outnumbers and outguns Syria, Iraq & Iran in conventional armoured forces and in air power.
    Between them they can’t put together a brigade of modern tanks nor a squadron of modern aircraft.
    Its time we use our enormous advantage in conventional high intensity warfare – stop playing these silly asymmetric warfare games.
    See my blog for details https://steemit.com/israel/@apshamilton/israel-vs-iran-an-opportunity-for-israel-to-remake-the-middle-east

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  • Apr 22, 2018 @ 21:16 at 21:16
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    If only the nations that love to have parades could fight as well as they goosestep in front of a review booth. Iran can bark all they want, but they know, at the end of the day, a direct conflict with Israel would leave the Persians in ruins and ripe for revolution.

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  • Apr 22, 2018 @ 22:01 at 22:01
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    Iran has fomented Terrorism in all its Neighbors back yards. The US is building a coalition of Arab Countries to stand with Israel against IRAN and will Arm Them to the Teeth. Look at the truth, it is entirely Possible that IRAN and Russia supported ISIS to create the entity to disrupt and cause terrorism in other countries. Divide and Conquer.
    IRAN has caused more deaths in Lebanon to civilians, now they are supporting Assad in the systematic Slaughter of Civilians including men women and innocent children. Be assured that Putin Planned this with IRAN to take over the Whole Middle East, but Russia is out of money. They are spending their own peoples Pension money to support the War in Syria. In Fact Russia’s New Jet is just a flying plane without the subsystems even designed yet. There are no Guns, Missiles or Attack Radar systems on the planes. India pulled out of Development when they discovered Russia did not have the money to develop the systems. Russia does not want a shooting war with the US because they would get their ass handed to them. Our Battle Systems are 20 years ahead of what Russia has and they know this, they cannot afford a war Either. IRAN is going to cross the Line and get their ass handed to them. Just like the two times they tried to cross the Euphrates towards American Troops. Hundreds of Russian Mercenaries were killed. Over 500 troops killed in minutes. Trump would like nothing better than to Bomb Irans Military back to the stone Age. A one month Bombing campaign with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, France and Great Britain would destroy Every Military Installation in IRAN. First their anti Aircraft would be overwhelmed by Drones causing them to turn on all their Radar which would be radioed back to AWACS and Satellites, then Stealth Missiles would destroy Everything, then Infrastructure, Air Bases and Command and control sites would be taken out. Then Government Buildings would be taken out, after about a month of this, IRAN would beg for a truce. The World needs to stand up and stop their spread of Terrorism and systematic slaughter of Innocent Civilians. NOTE: IRAN assisted Assad in using Chemical Weapons against Civilians. So, IRAN go ahead and please attack Israel, it will be the last thing you ever do.

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    • Apr 22, 2018 @ 23:11 at 23:11
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      Good comment terrencerocks, except Israel shall not wait to be attacked. The Iranian rabid anti-Israeli propaganda is a good reason to repeat the 1967 preventive war experience. Russia and Assad want to run Syria, Iran has helped them to fight ISIS but now it is in their way. A nuclear Iran will force Turkmenistan’s natural gas out of Russian pipelines and into Iranian pipelines running into Europe thus leaving Putin with no leverage against EU and NATO and no reason to be supported by Russian oligarchs. The oligarchs launder into Western banks not only gas/oil money but also arms export money. Putin will not sell any missile systems if Israel destroys Russian anti-air weapons in Syria, hence Israel shall bomb Iran and Lebanon before they have their S-300/400 deployed. Israel has no reason to poke the Russian (albeit an anti-Semitic) bear in the eye!

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  • Apr 23, 2018 @ 9:14 at 9:14
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    Uncle Sam and does not need to do the parades to make his strength understood, this is typical of the tyrannical fools (China Russia Iran and North Korea) so the last savings are burned ..

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