Saturday, July 2, 2022

Does Psalm 83 Describe Israel’s War BEFORE Gog & Magog?

Is Iran building another 'stealth' missile boat? - analysis

Iran may be slightly increasing its naval threats to the region by building a new missile boat, which appears to be under construction, according  H.I. Sutton at USNI News.

Sutton also writes at the website Covert Shores where he is an expert on naval issues. “A new vessel has been observed under construction in Iran,” according to satellite imagery, the article says.

“The unidentified catamaran is characterized by a clean-angled form, appearing stealthier than earlier types, and could be a missile boat.”

H.I. Sutton

This isn’t the first vessel of this type Iran has rolled out. Sutton detailed another 65 meter catamaran-type vessel launched last July. It was also a large stealthy design. This current vessel is being built at a shipyard on the island of Qeshm. There are other vessels visible in the images.  



The new Iranian stealth ship building was noticed by UAE media which highlighted the story. This shows that the new ship is of importance to Gulf states that are concerned about Iran destabilizing the region. READ MORE

At least 5 killed as series of strong earthquakes rock southern Iran

TEHRAN — A series of strong earthquakes rocked southern Iran on Saturday, killing at least five people and causing damage to dozens of buildings, state media reported.

The quakes, including two of magnitude 6.0, struck west of the major port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan province, the US Geological Survey said.

The first rattled an area north of the town of Dezhgan shortly after 2:00 am (2130 GMT), before a 5.7 tremor hit two hours later followed quickly by the second 6.0 magnitude quake, said the USGS.

Hormozgan governor Mehdi Dousti said five people were killed, as cited by the official news agency IRNA.

Dousti said most of the damage occurred in the village of Sayeh Khosh, close to the epicenter.

State television said 49 people were injured and showed video footage of residential buildings reduced to rubble in Sayeh Khosh, which was plunged into darkness in a power outage. READ MORE

Lapid and Netanyahu cross swords over security briefings as new PM settles in

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu called Yair Lapid on Friday and said he hoped the interim prime minister’s four-month period in office before elections would be marked by “security quiet,” but also put the newly minted premier on notice that his political rivals won’t be the ones providing tranquility in the run-up to the November 1 vote.

Netanyahu’s call to Lapid was the first publicly disclosed conversation between the two since the latter took over as prime minister hours earlier, tasked with stewarding the country through the elections and until the establishment of a new government, following the collapse of the eight-party coalition led by Yamina leader Naftali Bennett.

Netanyahu told Lapid he wished him “four months of security quiet,” ahead of the elections, a spokesperson for the Likud leader said. Netanyahu, who was prime minister from 2009 to 2021, is attempting to return to power after a year of leading the opposition.

But during the conversation, the two split over how the opposition leader will receive updates on Israel’s security situations.

Lapid’s spokesperson said in a statement that the prime minister invited Netanyahu to “come, as is accepted, for a security briefing in [Lapid’s] office with the military secretary.” READ MORE

US and Iran likely to try reviving nuke talks after Biden Mideast trip — report

 

World powers are reportedly likely to reconvene for negotiations aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal after US President Joe Biden’s trip to the region later this month, even after an unproductive round of talks earlier this week in Doha.

Contacts will likely continue through July, even though the UN nuclear watchdog warned that it will be unable to effectively verify whether Iran’s nuclear activity is within the parameters of the original accord, two European diplomats familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News on Friday.

Nonetheless, the sides will likely return to Doha after Biden’s July 13-16 trip to Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia, a third source told Bloomberg.

Negotiators gathered in Qatar at the beginning of the week after months of not convening at all due to differences between the US and Iran. The decision to come back to the negotiating table led some to believe progress was imminent. But the US said after several days of indirect talks that Iran did not come with serious proposals.

The State Department said Iran “raised issues wholly unrelated to the JCPOA and apparently is not ready to make a fundamental decision on whether it wants to revive the deal or bury it.” READ MORE

Syria says Israeli jets conduct rare daytime airstrike on southern coast

 

Israel carried out a rare daylight airstrike along the southern Syrian coast on Saturday morning, Syria’s state-run broadcaster SANA said. injuring two people.

There was no comment from the Israel Defense Forces, in line with its policy of not generally commenting on air raids in the country.

Quoting a military source, SANA said the missiles were launched by Israeli fighter jets over the Mediterranean Sea, west of the north Lebanon city of Tripoli, at the Syrian town of al-Hamidiyah, south of Tartus.

According to SANA, “poultry farms” were targeted in the airstrike, and two civilians were hurt. Their conditions were not immediately clear. Damage was also caused to the site.

Syria often claims targets of Israeli strikes as being non-military.

Israel has staged hundreds of strikes on targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations. It says it targets bases of Iran-allied militias, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah group that has fighters deployed in Syria, as well as arms shipments believed to be bound for various proxies.

While alleged Israeli attacks in Syria typically take place under the cover of darkness, Saturday’s strike was allegedly conducted at around 6:30 a.m. while the sun was out, according to SANA.

Israeli strikes have continued in Syrian airspace, which is largely controlled by Russia, even as ties with Moscow have deteriorated in recent months. Israel has found itself at odds with Russia as it has increasingly supported Ukraine while seeking to maintain freedom of movement in Syria’s skies.

Saturday’s strike marked the first such raid attributed to Israel under Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who entered the role on Friday morning.

The last strike in Syria attributed to Israel was on June 10, when the Damascus International Airport was targeted in a major attack and forced to be shuttered for two weeks, following accusations by Israel that Iran had been smuggling weaponry to the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, via civilian flights to Syria.

This is Why Israel needs Netanyahu

In this short program I review some of the political events of the past and try to explain why the Bennett- Lapid government had to collapse.

I also explain why only Benjamin Netanyahu can lead a government that will deal with the serious threats facing our country.

We have seen over the past year how the government has conducted itself and the main conclusion is that there is no substitute for an experienced leader, especially in a challenging period like the one we live in.


The Logic Defying Power of the Red Heifer Ashes

 


The Temple Institute is Working to Raise a Red Heifer. WATCH

Israel's new friends: The surprising Middle East

The Middle East has changed in recent years in a way that significantly benefits Israel.

Israel now has relations with a number of Sunni Muslim nations that was unimaginable just a few years ago.

Jay Shapiro mentions that this change was made through diplomatic investment and the slow and correct building of ties by the Israeli government, which continues to strive for additional connections that will change the entire region. LISTEN

Henry Kissinger slams talks to renew Iran Nuclear Deal

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in a recent interview that peace will not be achievable in the Middle East until Iran ends its nuclear program.

Speaking to the Spectator, Kissinger, 99, had harsh words for the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, describing the agreement negotiated by the Obama administration as “inadequate,” and “dangerous” if re-entered into by the United States.

Kissinger commented about the stalled negotiations between the US and Iran on returning to the Iran Deal, after former President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the plan in 2018.

Kissinger always held doubts about the plan from the time it was signed.

“I thought Iran’s promises would be very difficult to verify, and that the talks really created a pattern in which the nuclear build-up might have been slowed down a little but made more inevitable,” he said.

He remarked that he worried an Iranian build up of nuclear weapons would inevitably lead to responses from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and especially Israel.

“Now, the trouble with the existing nuclear talks is that it is very dangerous to go back to an agreement that was inadequate to begin with – to modify it in a direction that makes it apparently more tolerable to the adversary,” he said.

“So, all the concerns I had with the original agreement, I’m going to have now. I haven’t seen the terms yet, but there is really no alternative to the elimination of an Iranian nuclear force.”

Kissinger added: “There is no way you can have peace in the Middle East with nuclear weapons in Iran, because before that happens, there is a high danger of pre-emption by Israel, because Israel cannot wait for deterrents. It can afford only one blow on itself. That is the inherent problem of the crisis.”

Friday, July 1, 2022

Israel Government to Officially DISSOLVE; Lapid Set As Interim Prime Minister

EU worries may not cross 'finishing line' to revive Iran's nuclear deal

The European Union said on Thursday it was worried it may not be possible to strike an agreement to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal after indirect talks between the United States and Tehran ended this week with no progress.

"I am concerned that we might not make it over the finishing line. My message is: Seize this opportunity to conclude the deal, based on the text that is on the table. The time to overcome the last outstanding issues, conclude the deal, and fully restore the (agreement) is now," European Union Ambassador to the United Nations Olof Skoog told the UN Security Council.


The history of the Iran deal

The EU has been the main broker for the indirect talks to restore the deal.



Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington aimed at breaking an impasse over how to salvage the nuclear pact ended in Qatar without the progress "the EU team as coordinator had hoped for," EU envoy Enrique Mora tweeted on Wednesday. READ MORE

'We'll do everything we can to keep Netanyahu out of office'

Israeli Finance Minister Avidgor Liberman vowed to campaign against Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu during the upcoming Knesset election, saying he believes preventing Netanyahu from returning to power is the most important issue.

Speaking with Radio 103FM Thursday after the Knesset voted to dissolve itself and send Israel to its fifth round of elections in three-and-a-half years, Liberman blamed Israel’s ongoing political crisis on Netanyahu.

“I think that if he had even a little sense of national duty, a little sensitivity for the problems of Israel, he would simply step aside.”

“You tried four times to build a government and four times you failed. Step aside until your trial is over. Let someone else from the Likud take the reins.”

“If Netanyahu would care about the country, or even the Likud party, he wouldn’t force us into a fifth election. He would move over and let someone else lead the Likud and he would wait until his trial is over.”

“In each of the four previous elections, we said very clearly, ‘We won’t sit with Netanyahu and the haredim, we will form another government.”

When asked whether he believes Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, who is poised to replace Naftali Bennett as chief of Yamina, will join Netanyahu, Liberman said he could not speak for his partners in the coalition.

“The one thing I am certain of, as far as [Netanyahu] goes, is that in my view, the most important thing is preventing Netanyahu from returning to power. We don’t want Israel to become a monarchy. We will do everything to keep Netanyahu out of power.”

Watch: Israel and Saudi Arabia involved in security negotiations

 

Israel is trying to strengthen ties with the Saudis, in part as a way of bolstering the anti-Iran alliance in the region. WATCH

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Prepare For A Tidal Wave Of Evictions & Homelessness

A tidal wave of evictions could be ahead. More than eight million Americans are behind on rent payments, and the CDC's series of eviction moratoriums has long since expired. In other words, the government safety net to keep people off the streets is gone.


With no federal eviction moratorium in place, 8.4 million Americans, or about 15% of all renters, who are behind on rent, are at risk of being evicted. The new figures were part of a Census Bureau survey conducted between June 1 to June 13 of households and was first reported by Bloomberg.


The survey found that 3.5 million households were somewhat likely to leave their rented spaces (homes/apartments) within the next two months because of an eviction. Most of these folks are of the working poor class and situated in large metro areas from New York to Atlanta, where the cost of living, including shelter, food, and fuel, has skyrocketed.

About 6.7 million households said their rents increased, on average, $250 per month over the last year. The increase doesn't sound like a lot but remember that many of these folks are being crushed under the weight of the highest inflation in four decades. Their credit cards are maxed out, and savings are drained as wages fail to keep up with soaring consumer prices.

Even in some of the most prosperous areas of New York renters are feeling the pain.

Living in a spacious apartment with no roommates in Midtown Manhattan is one of the hallmarks of feeling like you've made it in New York City. But that era is over for many as skyrocketing rents and wages failing to outpace inflation have sparked a housing affordability crisis.

Bloomberg cites a New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development report that found only 23% of full-time workers in the city can afford median rent.

The city's report used the median asking rent of $2,750 for vacant and available units in 2021, and 2020 salary data showed that only 23% of full-time workers in New York made over $100K. READ MORE

How is a Venezuelan cargo plane linked to Iran’s attempts to attack Israelis?

The recent detainment of a Venezuelan cargo plane in Argentina could be linked to attempts by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to attack Israelis abroad, according to independent Israeli intelligence analyst Ronen Solomon, who runs the Intelli Times blog.

The cargo plane, which belongs to the Venezuelan state-owned Emtrasur cargo company, was detained on June 8 after landing in Buenos Aires. There were concerns linked to the aircraft’s past as an Iranian aircraft and due to Iranian crew members staffing the flight.

Since the plane was detained, the case has expanded, with Argentinean Federal Judge Federico Villena ordering the plane to be seized and inspected for any documents or evidence that could help determine what the crew was doing in Buenos Aires.



What was the aircraft doing in Argentina and why was it detained? READ MORE

Israel has drastically damaged Iran’s intelligence operations, Iranian officials say

Israel has deeply infiltrated and drastically shaken Iranian intelligence operations in recent months, a senior Iranian official told the New York Times.

The report published Wednesday cited the recent ousting of the intelligence chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the secret arrest of a senior commander accused of spying for Israel as examples of the growing levels of distrust in Iran.

Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a former vice president of Iran who lives in Tehran and still maintains close ties with top officials, told the newspaper that Israeli operations had seriously damaged trust within the country’s security establishment.

“The security breaches inside Iran and the vast scope of operations by Israel have really undermined our most powerful intelligence organization,” he said.

“The strength of our security has always been the bedrock of the Islamic Republic and it has been damaged in the past year,” Abtahi said, telling the newspaper that the Iranian defense establishment would now be looking for a new approach. READ MORE

Iran reportedly arrests an IRGC general on charges of spying for Israel

A senior general in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corp was secretly arrested earlier this month for allegedly spying for Israel, according to a report published Wednesday by The New York Times.

Citing officials with close ties to the IRGC speaking on condition of anonymity, the report said the arrest of Brig.-Gen. Ali Nasiri marked a growing level of distrust among the country’s senior leadership partly attributed to Israel’s alleged recent operations in the country.

Nasiri served as a senior commander in the IRGC Protection of Information Unit, The New York Times reported.

His arrest came about two months after a few dozen security officials involved in Iran’s missile program were arrested for allegedly leaking classified information to Israel, the newspaper said.

Reportedly arrested sometime in early June, Nasiri’s arrest came shortly before the replacement of the IRGC’s intelligence chief Hossein Taeb. READ MORE

Knesset disbands, sets elections for November 1; Lapid to become PM at midnight

Israel’s Knesset voted to disband itself Thursday morning, a little over 14 months after it convened and a year after the government was sworn in, sending the country reeling toward its fifth election since 2019, set for November 1.

Parliament voted to disperse 92–0.

Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid will formally succeed Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as premier at midnight between Thursday and Friday. He will hold the post through the elections and until a new coalition is formed.

After the vote, Bennett and Lapid embraced and switched places, so that Lapid could sit in the premier’s seat. A low-key formal handover ceremony from Bennett to Lapid was set for Thursday afternoon.

Bennett will take the title of alternate prime minister and Lapid will retain the post of foreign minister. The rest of the government’s ministers will stay in place, and lawmakers will largely shift from legislating to campaigning. READ MORE

Nuclear War can be won—and lost

Thinking About the “Unthinkable”

We are told: “Nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought” which politically correct mantra is really believed by most in Washington, perhaps by most in America, even though it is patently false, evidences mass psychological “denial behavior” and is perilous to national security.[1]

Americans hate nuclear weapons, and those who think about them.[2] This I know from a professional lifetime as one who thinks about nuclear weapons, strategy, and warfare.

Philosophically, weapons of mass destruction are antithetical to the ethos of democratic societies deriving their legitimacy from the people, where government exists to serve the people, where the most precious jewel is the lives of the people. Nuclear weapons, that threaten mass destruction of the people, are so noxious in our society that almost no one wants to think about them—and very few do.

In contrast, totalitarian and authoritarian states are proud of their nuclear firepower and celebrate nuclear weapons. Russia, China, and North Korea parade nuclear missiles in their streets. They broadcast TV documentaries about winning nuclear wars, almost always against the United States.[3] READ MORE

How Israel foiled attempts to poison its water supply, disrupt US power plants

The address marked the first time an officer from the unit has made a public appearance, though military censors barred publication of the officer’s full name, referring to him only by his first name, Uri.

Uri described Unit 8200’s cyber defense operations, citing two recent examples, including a foiled attempt – widely attributed to Iran – to gain control of Israel’s water distribution system and poison the water supply, as well as a planned attack on American power plants.

“Once we obtain superiority over the attacker, we then act to deny their capabilities,” said Uri. “By collaborating with industry or if necessary, we do it on our own – implementing our tools at some point along the attack stream. Be assured – 8200 won’t rest until the threat is removed.”

“When do we apply these methods? I’ll mention two examples from recent years. In the first case an adversary attacked water treatment facilities in Israel. We saw this careless attacker attempting to poison the water in order to claim human lives. We mitigated that threat far ahead.”

“Another adversary, from this region, attacked in Israel. We initialized a CCO, and found out they are also trying to attack power plants in the US. This was the first indication for that attack. It enabled preventing this threat through our tight collaboration with our US partners.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Is Iran worried about an 'Arab-Israel' defensive alliance? - analysis

Recent reports have indicated that Israel and several Arab states are growing closer in terms of defense ties. A report at The Wall Street Journal claimed that Israel and “Arab military chiefs” held a “secret” meeting relating to air defense and the Iranian threat. Now Iran’s Fars News, which is considered to reflect the government and the IRGC’s views, has highlighted claims that the Kingdom of Jordan opposes an “Arab-Israel NATO.”  

The article quoted Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi as saying that an Israel-Arab defensive alliance was “not on the agenda of US President Joe Biden's visit to the region.” It noted that he told Al-Jazeera in Qatar that "there is no talk of an Arab coalition of which Israel is a part, and there is not even such a plan."

Iran has an interest in Jordan denying these reports. Tehran doesn’t want any kind of coalition of Arab states, with Israel, working against its plans to undermine regional stability. After all, Iran’s goal is to use Syria as a base against the Jewish state; to hollow out and ruin Lebanon in order to enrich Hezbollah; and also to destroy Yemen and Iraq.  READ MORE

Iran, US begin EU-led indirect nuclear deal talks in Qatar

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and the United States began indirect talks Tuesday in Qatar aimed at finding a way to save Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, met with European Union official Enrique Mora in Doha after earlier meeting Qatari officials with Tehran’s local ambassador. Mora will pass messages between the Americans and Iranians.

Rob Malley, the US special representative for Iran, arrived in Qatar on Monday night ahead of the talks. The US Embassy in Qatar said Malley met with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to discuss “joint diplomatic efforts to address issues with Iran,” but declined to immediately offer any other details about his trip.

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it “welcomed” hosting the talks. It said the talks aimed to reestablish the deal “in a way that supports and enhances security, stability and peace in the region and opens new horizons for broader regional cooperation and dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Iran and world powers agreed in 2015 to the nuclear deal, which saw Tehran drastically limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. In 2018, then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the accord, raising tensions across the wider Middle East and sparking a series of attacks and incidents. READ MORE

'Iranian security establishment shaken by Israeli breaches'

A series of recent incidents inside Iran attributed to Israeli agents has significantly undermined the Iranian security establishment’s confidence in its own intelligence operations, and led to the recent shakeup in leadership, an Iranian cleric and former vice president said.

According to a report by The New York Times Wednesday, the replacement of Hossein Taib, head of the intelligence unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), last week was a direct result of Israeli security operations in Iran, along with the failure of Iranian plots abroad.

The report cited former Iranian Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi, who spoke with the Times by phone.

“The security breaches inside Iran and the vast scope of operations by Israel have really undermined our most powerful intelligence organization,” Abtahi said. “The strength of our security has always been the bedrock of the Islamic Republic and it has been damaged in the past year.”

Last week, multiple reports from Iran indicated that Taib was fired as chief of intelligence for the IRGC.

The Iranian mission to the United Nations declined to comment on the Times report.

Knesset dissolution approved in first reading

At noon today today (Wednesday), the Knesset approved its first reading of the 24th Knesset Disbandment Bill submitted by MK Yoav Kish of the Likud.

74 MKs voted in favor of the measure against just five objectors. The proposal will now move to the Knesset committee, which will continue to deal with it in its second and third readings.

Coalition and Opposition lawmakers had previously reached an agreement on state funding for political campaigns during the upcoming election, increasing the funding per MK from NIS 1.4 million to NIS 1.66 million, amounting to a total of extra 30 million shekels, raising the total to NIS 200 million.

The Coalition and Opposition parties narrowed the possible election dates down to October 25 and November 1. The final choice will be made while the bill is being prepared for its second and third readings.

The sides also agreed that a proposal to ban an individual under indictment from becoming prime minister, a measure aimed at barring Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a new government, will not be put to a vote during the current session.

The explanatory memorandum to the proposal reads: "Due to hosting five elections [in three years], political parties face considerable difficulty in managing public resources allocated to them by law. These resources are intended for the use of parties for longer periods of time in-between elections, and therefore Knesset factions will be given larger sums in return for their financing common expenses."

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Turkey uses Iran to back new Syrian invasion, blackmailing NATO at same time - analysis

Iran’s foreign minister appeared to indicate that Tehran would not oppose a Turkish invasion of another part of Syria. Turkey invaded Syria in a series of campaigns beginning in 2016, eventually resulting in ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Kurds and minorities from Afrin, Sere Kaniya and other areas.

Ankara’s goal is to use part of northern Syria as a kind of new colony where it will force Syrian refugees to move, in order to displace other Syrians. The goal is demographic change, removing Kurds, Yazidis, Christians and other minorities, and putting mostly Arab refugees in their place and then using pro-Turkey extremist groups to police the area.  

The regime has already followed this model in several areas, which are now home not only to displaced Syrians but governed by armed religious extremist gangs, many of which engage in kidnapping, rape and extortion. Some of these groups have been sanctioned by the US, and many of the areas are infiltrated by Al-Qaeda, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other extremist groups which are labeled as terrorist organizations. READ MORE

Israel’s snap election grants Iran another six months to further its nuclear goal

The reported Israel-Arab top brass meeting under US auspices for coordination against Iranian air and missile aggression (WSJ of June 27) may have conveyed the impression of brisk progress towards establishing a Middle East Air Defense Alliance in time for President Joe Biden’s visit to the region next month. The top-secret talks at Sharm el-Sheikh in March were attended by Qatar, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and, together for the first time, the Israeli and Saudi chiefs of staff, Lt. Gen, Kochavi and Gen. Fayyadh bin Hamed Al Ruwaili. (See photo)

But hurdles remain before the project’s takeoff.

Further advanced is naval coordination, which went into action earlier this month in the Red Sea region, where an Israeli fleet of a Dolphin submarine and missile ships joined US and Arab warships in an exercise for securing control of this highly strategic stretch of water.

The Biden administration is keen on the regional aerial coordination project in view of Iran’s air strikes against Saudi and United Arab Emirates, followed last year by a pair of armed drones that the US air force intercepted over Iraq on their way to Israel.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz this week tried to inject momentum into the program when he insisted that the joint air command of the US, Arab allies and Israel had already thwarted Iranian attacks. He declined to offer examples. READ MORE

Facing Hezbollah threat, Israel ramps up bomb shelter construction in north

The Defense Ministry on Tuesday announced that it had begun reinforcement work on dozens of homes in Israeli communities close to the Lebanese border — those that are most likely to be hit by rocket fire in a future conflict with the Hezbollah terror group.

The effort, dubbed Shield of the North, officially began in October, when the ministry’s Engineering and Construction Division, along with the Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command, started installing new bomb shelters in homes in the community of Kfar Yuval, northeast of Kiryat Shmona.

In the coming months, dozens of bomb shelters will be built in homes in the northern town of Shlomi, which were constructed in the 1970s without reinforced rooms, the ministry said.

Separately, the ministry published a tender for the construction of 110 bomb shelters in Misgav Am, and is set to publish similar tenders for the towns of Margaliot and Manara in the coming weeks.

The ministry said it was in the “architectural planning phase” of bomb shelters in 12 other locales, totaling some 1,000 homes. READ MORE

Israel to ask Biden for okay to provide air defense laser to Saudi Arabia – report

Israel intends to ask US President Joe Biden to approve the delivery of an Israeli laser-powered air defense system to Arab countries aligned against Iran, including Saudi Arabia, according to a Monday report.

The move would be part of a US-led effort to establish regional cooperation against the threat of Iranian attack drones and missiles. Recent reports have said the parties include the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

Channel 12 news, which did not cite its sources, reported that the plan would see the system, Iron Beam, delivered to the UAE and “likely also to Saudi Arabia.”

Israel has diplomatic relations with Egypt, Jordan, the UAE and Bahrain, but not with Saudi Arabia or Qatar.

On Monday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz appeared to confirm, at least in part, a report that the Israeli military was in talks with its Saudi and Qatari counterparts on building a regional air defense alliance against Iran, and spoke of a possible “breakthrough” during Biden’s upcoming visit to the region. READ MORE

President Biden, the drumbeats of a US war have already begun

As tensions in the Middle East continue to escalate and the entire region is keeping its eyes focused the nefarious machinations of Iran, Israel has been ahead of the curve in terms of being pro-active in its own defense against nuclear ambitions of the rogue regime.

Now, however, it has been reported that Israel is not keeping the United States informed of its increasing number of surreptitious attacks on nuclear targets in Iran. Multiple US officials confirmed this to CNN.

Jonathan Panikoff, head of the Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council and a former deputy national intelligence officer for the Near East at the National Intelligence Council said that Israel, “doesn’t seem to have a strategic plan right now to end the Iranian nuclear weapons development,” as was reported by YWN.

He added: “It’s hoping that through a series of tactical actions it can keep the pressure on and continuously delay Iranian progress. The more the Israelis push — especially if the Iranians decide JCPOA is dead — the more the Iranians are going to push back.”

The CNN report indicated that one of President Biden’s objectives on his upcoming trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia is to assure allies in the region that he has a concrete plan to constrain Iran as they prepare for a very possible nuclear attack against the aforementioned nations. READ MORE