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Things are getting a bit tense in the Middle East.

Early this morning Russia’s
state-run RIA news agency reported that Russian radar had detected the
launch of two ballistic “objects” in the Mediterranean. An hour later Israel said it
carried out a test of a missile in the Mediterranean on Tuesday. The Israeli Defense Ministry said the test was
conducted at 9:15 a.m. (2:15 AM EDT), about the same time that Russia’s
state-run RIA news agency reported that Russian radar had detected the
launch of two ballistic “objects” in the Mediterranean. According to the IDF the test was executed jointly with the United States military.

A test at this time may be less of a “test” and more of a warning.

Sometimes it isn’t the build up to war which increases tensions it its the perceived buildup.  Iran which has not slowed down its nuclear weapons program despite the election of what the western media calls a “moderate” president, believes that Israel is close to stiking its nuclear facilities.  At least that is what is being reported in Lebanese newspaper Al Jumhuriya.

According to the report, a senior Iranian official recently visited Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in his hideout in the Dahiya section section of Beirut to discuss this assessment. A senior Hezbollah military source said that the Iranian official was a military officer and that the meeting was devoted to the military and logistical readiness of Hezbollah for a confrontation with Israel, which, he added, is just “a stone’s throw away” from Lebanon.

The source added that less than 48 hours after the meeting, 10,000 Hezbollah guerrillas and unspecified “special forces” began extensive military exercises in southern Lebanon and the Bekaa valley. He said that 10,000 men took part in the exercises, which were the largest of their kind ever conducted in that area. He posited that strengthening Hezbollah in the region is also intended to enable the continued flow of weapons from Damascus to the organization, and especially advanced weaponry.

The report could be an effort at disinformation and is probably meant to intimidate Israel and hint that Hezbollah – an Iranian proxy force – would fire its missiles at the Jewish state if it attacks Iran. Hezbollah has reportedly promised Lebanon’s president, Michel Ayoun, that it would refrain from attacking Israel from Lebanese territory if Israel attacks Syria. It subsequently warned, however, that it would attack Israel from Syrian territory, if Israel strikes Syria.

Israel might very well be readying herself to attack Iran, however if she were Iran would be the last to know. More likely is that the Jewish State is readying herself for possible attacks from Syria, Lebanon, and Iran as a retaliation for US attacks on Syria (although an attack Iran would be a long shot).

In its discussions with Congress the Obama administration via General Dempsey (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs) has made assurances about a possible Syrian attack on America’s Middle East allies:

Dempsey said that the US could not prevent Assad from again using
chemical weapons, but emphasized that the US Army had “other options”,
if the first US missile strike on Syria failed to deter Assad from
responding with attacks against US friends in the Middle East. He said
that the other options included plans to protect critical allies,
apparently referring to Israel, Jordan, and Turkey.

A report on Israel’s Channel Two last night claimed that US President Obama spoke with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reassured him of his determination to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

According to the report, Obama telephoned Netanyahu in order to give him prior notice ahead of his public announcement that he would refer military action against the Assad regime in Syria to Congress. During this conversation, the report claims, Obama said that decisions over Syria would have “no negative implications” over his stance on Iran. He apparently reassured Netanyahu that he is committed to thwarting Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The report quoted Obama saying, “I remain determined to prevent Iran going nuclear.” Apparently, Obama also agreed that he would inform Netanyahu ahead of any military strike on Syria.

 The next few weeks President Obama and our Middle East allies will have to tread very wisely and nerves are very frayed and war can break out anywhere–planned or not!

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