A predominantly one-topic blog: how is it that the most imminent and lethal implication for humankind - the fact that the doctrine of "Mutually Assured Destruction" will not work with Iran - is not being discussed in our media? Until it is recognized that MAD is dead, the Iranian threat will be treated as a threat only to Israel and not as the global threat which it in fact is.
A blog by Mladen Andrijasevic
Prime Minister Netanyahu warns that Iran is supplying Syria with advanced weapons 'to attack us both on the battlefield and on the home front,' noting Israel is 'determined to block Iran’s aggression against us, even if this means a military conflict.'
Yishai Porat, Shahar Hay, AP|
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned
Sunday that Iran is supplying advanced weapons to Syria that pose a danger to
Israel, asserting that it’s better to confront Tehran sooner rather than later.
“We are determined to
block Iran’s aggression against us, even if this means a (military) conflict.
Better now than later,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet
meeting. “We do not want escalation but we are ready for any scenario.”
recent months, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have "transferred advanced
weaponry to Syria in order to attack us both on the battlefield and on the home
front, including weaponized UAVs, ground-to-ground missiles and Iranian
anti-aircraft batteries that would threaten air force jets," the prime
Israel has repeatedly
warned it will not tolerate a permanent Iranian military presence in
neighboring Syria. Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and has
provided crucial military aid to his forces.
Netanyahu is scheduled
to meet on Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, another ally of
Assad, to "discuss regional developments."
"Meetings with the
Russian President are always important for the security of Israel and the coordination
between the IDF and the Russian military. Israel maintains full freedom of
action to defend itself. All of our meetings are important, but this week's
meeting is especially important in light of Iran's increasing efforts to
establish a military presence in Syria against Israel," he said.
Putin also invited
Netanyahu to join him for the annual march marking the Soviet victory over Nazi
Germany, after which they will convene in the Kremlin.
The meeting was
confirmed following a phone conversation between the two this past Monday, in
which they had agreed to meet as soon as possible.
This will mark the two
leaders' eighth meeting in the past two years. During the period, they spoke at
least 12 times on the phone.
Israel is concerned of
the possible sale of the Russian-made S-300 aerial defense system to Syria. A
Russian diplomat said two weeks ago that Israel contacted Russia asking for the
system to not be provided to Assad's army.
daily Kommersant quoted experts that said Israel may respond negatively to such
a decision, going so far as to bomb the area in which they are stationed.
arriving in Russia, Netanyahu will embark for Cyprus Tuesday, for a tripartite
meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister
Netanyahu said he plan to discuss "a series of issues, first
and foremost the feasibility of laying a joint Israeli-Cypriot-Greek gas
pipeline to Italy. The export of Israeli gas to Western Europe could make a
very significant contribution to the Israeli economy."