Iran continues its almost desperate attempt to bait Israel - it seems that they have done almost everything in their power to "expose" various elements of their nuclear ambitions, from the additional facilities to their missile development. Now, we see the following:
"Iran developing massive launch site"
Iran is building a new rocket launch site with North Korean assistance, Israel Radio quoted IHS Jane’s as reporting overnight Friday.
"The new launcher, constructed near an existing rocket base in the Semnan province east of Teheran, is visible in satellite imagery, according to the report."
"The defense intelligence group said the appearance of the launcher suggests assistance from North Korea, and that it may be intended to launch the Simorgh, a long-range Iranian-made missile unveiled in early February and officially intended to be used as a space-launch vehicle (SLV). SLV’s can be converted to be used as long-range ballistic missiles for military purposes."
"Tal Inbar, head of the Space Research Center at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, said shortly after the unveiling of the Simorgh that the rocket is a worrisome development since the missile could one day be adapted into an ICBM, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead."
"In August 2009, President Shimon Peres told his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev during a visit to Moscow “The fact that Iran is investing billions of dollars in the development of long-range missiles, in parallel to its nuclear project, is clear indication of its intent.”
The president said there would be no point for any country to develop missiles capable of reaching targets so far and then loading them with conventional warheads."
At the same time, we see further information in the categpory of "rumors of war":
"Two Israeli Missile Ships Pass Through Suez Canal"
"Two missile ships belonging to the Israeli Navy passed through the Suez Canal sometime during the last few weeks, according to reports on several internet sites. In the past, the passage of Israeli warships southward through the canal, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, has been interpreted as preparation for a possible attack against Iran."
In an unrelated article, I found something interesting - something that doesn't receive a lot of attention:
"Exclusive: U.S. vows to assign blame if Israel-PA talks fail"
Although not the point of this post, I can't help but be amused at the extreme arrogance of the current U.S. administration. Quotes below:
"The United States government has committed to playing a role in indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and promised that if the talks were to fail, the U.S. will assign blame and take action, according to a document sent by the U.S. to the Palestinian Authority, which Haaretz obtained on Friday."
Wow...Just wow....So now the Middle East "players" need to be mindful to be on their best behavior or the U.S. administration will call them out and assign "blame" and then "act accordingly"...You have to be kidding. But thats not the point of the post.
Its this quote that must be recognized:
"The U.S. also emphasized that their main concern is establishing a Palestinian state."
"Our core remains a viable, independent and sovereign Palestinian State with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967," the document read.
Thats the quote of interest: "contiguous territory". We have all seen past proposals for the "Palestinian State" where the Gaza Strip in the west would be connected to the West Bank (in the east) via a connecting land mass which would be Palestinian, and would effectively divide Israel into two halves.
The reasons this is absurd are numerous and mostly obvious. A country divided into two halves?
This is the proposal that the U.S. is pushing.
When God issued his declaration about Israel, in Genesis 12, there were no exceptions (including the U.S.):
"I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you, I will curse"
Is the current U.S. administration blessing Israel or doing the opposite?
The ongoing Middle East peace process, with the new U.S. administration is in its early stages, but so far, based on rhetoric coming from Washington - it doesn't look very favorable to Israel. That is an ominous sign, loaded with consequences. We shall see.
1 Corinthians 2 always comes to mind when I see such arrogance of government leaders:
"We do, however speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."