February 14, 2012, 3:56 AM EST
By John Walcott
(Adds comment from India’s Chidambaram in 19th paragraph.)
Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) — U.S. officials and defense analysts are concerned that a covert war of assassinations between Israel and Iran could escalate out of control.
“Things are heating up and there is a surge” of assassination attempts, Matthew Levitt, a former U.S. Treasury Department official and now director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said in a telephone interview.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday blamed Iran for car bombings of Israeli diplomatic vehicles in New Delhi and the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The attacks come after the deaths of several Iranian nuclear scientists, the most recent in a Jan. 11 car bombing in Tehran that Iran said Israel had orchestrated.
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The commanders speak at the Herzliya Conference; there is no money for the
Merkava; and the growing internal threat in Israel. Amir Rapaport reports in
his weekly column
Amir Rapaport 3/2/2012
Only a few hundred meters stand between an Israeli Air Force Base and the
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. Speeches given by the IDF chief
of staff and the IAF commander revealed a little and hinted more: the IDF is
in a spree for preparations towards the next confrontation, in a genuine
arms race not seen for dozens of years.
The only question that seems unanswered, at the start of February 2012, is
precisely where the fuse will first be lit: in a front against Iran, in the
north against Hezbollah or Syria, or perhaps against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. There’s also a possibility that we will pass the next few months
without a military conflict, but no kind of conflict should be received with
by Dr. Mordechai Nisan
Radical Islam is transnational and Lebanon is one of its targets. The only way to save Lebanon is by military means.
Lebanon is tittering between political bombast and trembling fear. While Hizbullah deputy-head Naim Kassem threatens Israel with missile attacks, the Beirut politicians including Prime Minister Saad Hariri, hear with trepidation Israeli threats to “destroy the infrastructures” of Lebanon, and not only Hizbullah sites, in the next round of fighting. Israeli Minister Yossi Peled cautioned that the next round after the summer war of 2006 is most likely in the offing during 2010.
It is not Israel which is the cause of the persistent slide toward warfare, for she would be content with a quiet border. It is Lebanon, most specifically ‘Hizbullah-bulling’
These forces undermine and destroy domestic regimes that are deemed religiously unworthy of political legitimacy.
Lebanon that is committed to jihad and a changed status quo. This situation offers no
escape from a military confrontation
These forces undermine and destroy domestic regimes that are deemed religiously unworthy of political legitimacy…
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/9276
Monday 11 May 2009
Hezbollah militants display arms and an image of Hassan Nasrallah. (Credit: AFP Photo/Mahmoud Zayat/Newscom)
’Yes, sometimes I go into the room with my advisers and I start shouting. And then they say, ’And then what?’” The question hangs in the perfectly cooled air in Sa’ad Hariri’s marble-floored sitting room, where Beirut appears as a sunlit abstraction visible at a distance through thick windows. Hariri’s father, the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, martyr of the Cedar Revolution, arches his black eyebrows from a giant poster near the sofa, looking out at his son with a sidelong, mischievous glance. “It hasn’t been a joyful trip,” Sa’ad Hariri is saying. “In the past four years, I have lost friends. Pierre Gemayel was my friend. My father was murdered. It’s been an agonizing four years.”
You can see at once what life has become for him. Sa’ad Hariri is a fun-loving guy who enjoys playing Xbox and sports a neat, three-tiered arrangement of facial hair that makes him look like a late-night magician from Las Vegas. Continue reading