Articles of the Day 2/24/14: Who will fight Israel?
“Dubai: Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to Syrian rebels to try to tip the balance in the war to overthrow President Bashar Al Assad, a Saudi source said on Sunday.”
These arms will be pointed at Israel one day. More arms won’t result in peace in Syria. I don’t think peace is the ultimate goal of Saudi Arabia. Sunnis and Shiites are at battle for the honor of fighting Israel. Israel watches and waits.
“The Jordanian government Sunday, Feb. 23 vehemently denied reports that Syrian rebels were undergoing training by American and its own military instructors and being sent back to fight government forces. According to US intelligence sources, those training camps have been turning out 250 rebel fighters per course and some 1,000 trainees all told are already in action on Syria’s battlefields. “
We keep hearing about these mysterious secular groups supported by the US. I’m not convinced they exist. And if they do, they don’t appear to be very effective.
“Channel 2 reports Saturday night that the US Congress House Appropriations Committee is debating cutting off aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) unless its ongoing incitement against Israel stops or is significantly curtailed. Under the new law, aid to the PA will be frozen until a reliable report is released proving that it has begun cutting down its incitement against the Jewish state.”
We will see what happens. Since this is pro-Israeli measure odds are Obama will veto it.
“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov promised Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki Russian weapons for aiding the Iraqi army’s war on al Qaeda before ending his a two-day visit to Baghdad Saturday. Among them assault helicopters armed with rockets for hitting the al Qaeda terrorists moving into the country from Syria, and surveillance systems for sealing this border. DEBKAfile: The Iraqi army has confined its counter-terrorist war to air strikes. The army divisions, including the Special Republican Guard’s “Golden Division” are not attacking the al Qaeda bands expanding its control of the Anbar Province fearing heavy losses and defeat. The army’s downfall could cost Maliki his rule.”
Really not sure where Putin and Russia fits into all of this but they are now arming nations that border Israel in the north, south, and now east of Israeli borders.
“Turkey has become a principal financial hub for terrorists under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government has helped Iran skirt sanctions, supported jihadi groups in Syria, and provided financial backing to Hamas, according to a new report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).”
Those who think Turkey and Israeli relations will somehow be normal again are deluding themselves. Turkey is lost. Turkey is becoming a major enemy for Israel. If Saudi Arabia and Iran get into it will Turkey stay on the sidelines? Interesting that Iran is so Israel focused when they border so many Sunni Arab nations. All three nations are fighting a proxy war in Syria.
“Jordan’s King Abdullah II rejected on Sunday the notion that his country was an “alternative homeland” for Palestinian Arabs, the state news agency Petra reports. “Jordan is Jordan and Palestine is Palestine and nothing but that, not the in the past or the future,” King Abdullah was quoted as having said in a meeting with the Prime Minister, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the Lower House.”
Jordan typically keeps a low profile politically but every now an then they popup and remind everyone the Palestinians are not their problem. Interesting that Palestinians have more rights in Israel then they do in Jordan. Jordan could really be part of the solution but instead they are part of the problem.
“Turkey and Libya will enter into closer energy cooperation and Turkish companies will acquire the place they actually deserve in Libya, Libyan prime minister said on Jan. 3.
During a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said, “Libya may increase the amount of oil it provides to Turkey and Turkish companies may start oil exploration in Libya.”
“We desire to have around 20,000 weapons from Turkey within our efforts to strengthen the Libyan military,” Zeidan also said.
“Libya is in need of helicopters, assault boats and other kinds of mechanisms for coastal security,” the prime minister said.
This has been Zeidan’s second visit to Turkey since coming to power in November 2012. Erdoğan said Turkey is also planning to make a return visit to Libya after the Turkish local elections to be held on March 30.”
“Sherman was speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, where she arrived in order to brief the Israelis on the latest round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Vienna. In what appeared to be a warning to Israel, she said the United States hopes no one will interfere with the talks.”
The arrogance in the Obama administration is astounding. In other words, Israel don’t say anything while we compromise with Iran to the point where they have a nuclear weapon that can wipe you out. I think she knows they talks are going fail and she is already laying the blame at Israel. New White House motto, “when in doubt, blame Israel”. It used to be “blame Bush” but that doesn’t work anymore.
“Of course. Any land that was once governed by Muslims belongs by right to the Muslims forever: “And drive them out from where they have driven you out” (Qur’an 2:191). This underlies the drive to destroy Israel. Islamic jihadists hope to attain that goal and then turn to Spain, the other site of an “illegal occupation.” Their own illegal occupation of much of the Middle East and North Africa, won by bloody conquest, is never mentioned: there is no capacity among Islamic supremacists for self-examination.”
He’s right. Islamic demands are never satisfied. They just become more bold and more demanding. When met with appeasement it only makes them more confident to demand for more. Basically, if you give them an inch they take mile and the West allows them.
“The result was a huge spike in Islamic terrorist violence. For the Arab Spring countries it meant prolonged unrest and more deaths. Worse, it isn’t over, especially in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Algeria. Over 160,000 have died so far in the Arab Spring countries, and millions more wounded, imprisoned or driven from their homes. The financial cost, so far, has been over a trillion dollars. Most of that is the economic damage from shrinking GDP. The rest is destruction of buildings and possessions. The lost wages and reduced economic activity have been particularly difficult for populations that were poor to begin with. Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Bahrain have suffered most from the unrest, losing up to a third of their GDP because of the Arab Spring economic disruption. Then there is the cost in cash for wealthier monarchies and dictatorships that have spent money (sometimes borrowed) to placate their restless populations. The money spent here is not all Arab. The Assad dictatorship of Syria has been kept afloat by billions of dollars in support from Iran, and much smaller amounts from Russia. There has also been some unrest in non-Arab Moslem nations because of Arab Spring and that has cost billions to deal with.”
I largely agree. The Arab Spring has not achieved much except several failed states which make great terrorists bases from which to spring board attacks against Israel and the West. It has made the Middle East more Islamic and less secular. Interesting, the uprisings take place at this point in history.
“Military Intelligence is also growing in size, to cope with the mushrooming of global jihadi operatives in next-door Syria. The IDF remains concerned that al-Qaida affiliated organizations will seek to turn their guns, bombs, and rockets against Israel in the future.
The security source described changes at Military Intelligence as “dramatic,” adding that “a thousand people moved from place to another” as part of restructuring.
The goal is to allow the “end user,” which could be a battalion or company commander, to receive the most up to date and relevant information for his battle arena.
“Intelligence is important, not just because of technology. If we don’t have a clue who we should shoot at, we will end up firing in many directions,” the source said, adding that good intelligence will result in a quick, accurate, and decisive blow to enemies.”
This is a near impossible job. There are hundreds of Islamic groups in Syria alone with different goals and aspirations. Pretty much all of them will turn their guns on Israel. You have to think in a way Israel might fear peace in Syria. When the fighting stops in Syria where will all these men and arms go? Back to their home countries? Some might, but they all say the real enemy is Israel. Most will stay in Syria or shift to other countries bordering Israel. The question is how effective can they be against Israel? Can they unify and coordinate against Israel? Will be they used as a tool by Turkey or Saudi Arabia against Israel?