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US Senate FRC Resolution to Assist Israel in Iran Strike Approved

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopts a resolution which commits the U.S.to assist Israel in case of an attack on Iran.

By Elad Benari


The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted on Tuesday a resolution which stipulates that the U.S. will assist Israel if it is forced to take action against Iran.

US Senate

US Senate

The resolution, Senate Resolution 65, was introduced last month by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and was co-sponsored by 15 Senators, including Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York).

It states that the United States has a vital national interest in and unbreakable commitment to, ensuring the existence, survival, and security of the State of Israel; reaffirms the United States support for Israel’s right to self-defense; and urges that if Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States will stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support in its defense of its territory, people, and existence. Continue Reading »

Iran’s Khamenei: We will destroy Tel Aviv & Haifa if attacked

Islamic republic’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened Israel against attacking Iran, which Israel hinted to in the past, unless Iran abandons its nuclear aspirations.


Iran’s most powerful authority said the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel launched a military attack against it.


Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. – Photo: AFP

“At times the officials of the Zionist regime threaten to launch a military invasion but they themselves know that if they make the slightest mistake the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during an address, broadcast live on state television. Continue Reading »

Report: IDF ready for possible conflict with Hezbollah

IDF drills reservists amid worries of possible spillover from Syrian conflict as well as the threats of retaliation from Hezbollah should Israel strikes Iran.



REVIVIM – Wary of a spillover from the conflict in Syria, Israel is preparing to take on the Hezbollah militia that it suspects is getting advanced weapons from a distracted Damascus.

IDF reserve soldiers drill, March 7, 2013.

IDF reserve soldiers drill, March 7, 2013. – Photo: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israel believes the Lebanese Shi’ite guerrillas also stand ready to retaliate if it carries out long-threatened strikes on the nuclear sites of Iran, another Hezbollah patron.

Hezbollah fought Israel’s far more advanced forces to a standstill when they last came to blows, in 2006, and rained more than 4,000 rockets on northern Israel.

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US Senators: Support Israeli military action in Iran legislation

Both Rep.& Dem. promote resolution guaranteeing Israel diplomatic, military & economic support if it chooses to attack Iran.

‘No green light, just self-defense’

By Yitzhak Benhorin


WASINGTON: A group of bipartisan senators are promoting legislation promising Israel US support if the former chooses to attack Iran on its own.

Sen. Lindsey Graham & Sen. Bob MenendezThe legislation is sponsored by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez. The two hope to see the resolution accepted before Obama’s spring visit to Israel.

“No one wants another conflict anywhere in the world militarily, but we also don’t want a nuclear-capable Iran,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican and a member of the Senate’s Committee on Armed Services, said at a press conference. Continue Reading »

Yemen displays ‘large, diverse & dangerous’ weapons captured from seized Iranian ship

Yemen, home to what may be Al-Qaida’s most dangerous branch, reports Iranian ship seized in January carried material for bombs & explosives, suicide belts,  surface-to-air missiles, Katyusha rockets, RPGs & large amounts of ammunition.



A ship seized by Yemeni authorities last month carried a wide variety of Iranian-made weapons, Yemen’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Iranian arms seized

Night vision binoculars unloaded from an Iranian ship are displayed at the southern Yemeni port of Aden Feb. 6, 2013.

Night vision binoculars unloaded from an Iranian ship are displayed at the southern Yemeni port of Aden Feb. 6, 2013.Reuters / Yemen’s Defense Ministry

They included material for bombs and suicide belts, explosives, Katyusha rockets, surface-to-air missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and large amounts of ammunition. Continue Reading »

Iran Promises Israel ‘Payback’ Through Syrian Proxy

Iran has threatened to attack Israel via Syria and “render the Zionist regime comatose” for attacking the convoy and chemical instillation.

By Chana Ya’ar


Iran has threatened to attack Israel in retaliation for the destruction of a chemical weapons processing center near Damascus, using Syria as its proxy.

IAFIranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Deputy Chairman, Brigadier-General Masoud Jazayeri condemned last Wednesday’s air strike on the Jamraya Scientific Research Center, which most of the world assumes was carried out by the Israeli Air Force.

Jazayeri said in a bellicose statement broadcast Sunday on official Iranian Press TV that Syria’s response to the attack on the military research center will “render the Zionist regime comatose.” Continue Reading »

Iran caught planning nuclear devise stronger than bomb used on Hiroshima

Leaked diagram obtained by the Associated Press shows Islamic Republic ran computer simulation for a weapon 3 times more powerful than that used during World War II.



A diagram obtained by The Associated Press shows that Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Iran nuclear diagram

The undated diagram that was given to the AP by officials of a country critical of Iran’s atomic program allegedly calculating the explosive force of a nuclear weapon. Photo by AP

The diagram was leaked by officials of a country critical of Iran’s atomic program to bolster their arguments that Iran’s nuclear program must be halted before it produces a weapon. Continue Reading »

Yair Lapid says in Ariel address, he won’t join cabinet that stalls peace talks with PA

Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid, attacks Netanyahu for saying Palestinians were not a ‘partner’ for peace & says Israel must retain control of an undivided Jerusalem.

By Revital Hovel


The Yesh Atid party won’t join a government that continues to avoid resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, party head Yair Lapid said in a speech at the Ariel University Center of Samaria on Tuesday.

Yair Lapid speaking in Beit Shemesh

Yair Lapid speaking in Beit Shemesh, Oct. 28, 2012. – Photo by Olivier Fitoussi

Lapid’s comments and criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies came a day after Netanyahu’s Likud party voted to approve a merger with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu, finalizing the move first announced by the two party leaders last week. Continue Reading »

IDF official: Int’l sanctions on Iran hurt arms flow to Hezbollah

Despite cutbacks, Lebanese militant group still in possession of extensive & advanced arsenal, according to an Israeli military source speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity


A top Israeli military official said on Monday that international sanctions against Iran are cutting its flow of aid and weapons to anti-Israel Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.

Hezbollah supporters in Beirut, August 17, 2012.

Hezbollah supporters carry pictures of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, disappeared Imam Moussa al-Sadr, center, and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, left, in Beirut – Photo by AP

Even so, he says the Lebanese guerrilla group remains a potent force with an arsenal far larger and of higher quality than it possessed during a month-long war against Israel in 2006. Continue Reading »

Stanley Fischer says Iran Affair Has Little Effect on Israeli Economy

Regarding the Israeli economy, Fischer stated “we recovered from the global economic crisis very swiftly & we have grown at a rate of close to 5% in the past few years.”


At a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday for the annual World Bank-IMF meeting, Israeli central bank head Stanley Fischer said that security threats, including the possibility of a conflict with Iran, have a small effect on Israel’s economy, which he called “good but not in excellent shape.”

Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Central Bank of Israel. – Photo: wiki commons.

“I’m frequently asked about the influence of the security situation on the economy including the tension with Iran,” Fischer said. Continue Reading »

Are the U.S. and Israel considering a joint ‘surgical strike’ on Iran’s nuclear facilities?

David Rothkopf, a former Clinton administration official, writes attack which could not be carried out by Israel alone, in his opinion, would neutralize Republican criticism.

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 published Monday.

A U.S. Air Force long-range B-52 bomber - AP.

A U.S. Air Force long-range B-52 bomber arrives in western England, March 3, 2003. – Photo by AP

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. Continue Reading »

Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: Muslim world must unite to free Palestine

In Tehran, IRNA news agency cites Iran Supreme Leader as urging Muslim world to resist control by ‘hegemonic powers.’

The main issues the Muslim world is faced with are the fate of Jerusalem and of “oppressed Palestine,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, adding that Muslim nations must avoid inner conflict and stand united against Israel and the control of “hegemonic powers.”

Ali Khamenei - AP - 24.7.2012

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a speech in Tehran, Iran. – Photo by AP

Khamenei’s comments came following a series of recent back-and-forth comments between Israeli and Iranian officials, coming amid continuing debate on the possibility that Israel may initiate military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Continue Reading »

Ban Ki-Moon slams Iran leaders’ anti-Israel remarks

UN chief condemns Iran’s supreme leader & president for ‘inflammatory’ verbal attacks, says he is ‘dismayed by the remarks threatening Israel’s existence’

By Reuters


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon sharply criticized Iran‘s supreme leader and president on Friday, describing their latest verbal attacks on Israel as “offensive and inflammatory.”

באן קי מון Photo: Alex Kolomoisky

UNS-G Ban Ki-Moon
Photo: Alex Kolomoisky

Many thousands of Iranians shouted “Death to America, death to Israel” during state-organized protests on Friday and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told them there was no place for the Jewish state in a future Middle East.

“The Secretary-General is dismayed by the remarks threatening Israel’s existence attributed over the last two days to the Supreme Leader and the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the UN press office said. Continue Reading »

Jewish Rep. & Dem. launch Obama video campaigns

Because the RJC released a video of Jewish Democrats disappointed in Obama, the NJDC hits back with residents of Sderot singing Obama’s praises.


The video testimony genre is turning out to be popular this elections season in the United States. The Republican Jewish Coalition was the first to launch a campaign with recorded confessions of former Jewish Democrats disappointed in President Barack Obama for not being a friend of Israel.

U.S. President Barack Obama. Could reassess his country’s special relationship with Israel.

U.S. President Barack Obama. Could reassess his country’s special relationship with Israel. – Photo by Reuters

The National Jewish Democratic Council returned fire with testimonials of Israelis, including some residents of Sderot, the city that suffered the most of the rocket attacks from Gaza, thanking President Obama for his support. Continue Reading »

Michael Oren: Israel Would Strike Iran if only to Gain a Few Years

Michael Oren says Iran’s nuclear program is progressing in the growth of enriched uranium & in efforts to protect its operations in underground facilities beyond the reach of “bunker buster” bombs.

By Tony Capaccio and Nicole Gaouette


Israel would be willing to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, even if doing so only delayed its ability to produce nuclear weapons for a few years, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren said.


“One, two, three, four years are a long time in the Middle East — look what’s happened in the last year” in terms of political change, Oren said today at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington.

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