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#Israel Appoints Special Team to Plan Strike on #Iran

Bibi 2015

By Ari Yashar

As world powers and Iran reach a deadline Tuesday – which may be extended – for talks on the Islamic regime’s nuclear program, Israel is taking steps to prepare for a military strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities so as to defend itself from the impending threat.

Iran has refused to allow inspections of its covert nuclear sites and declared it will use advanced centrifuges as soon as a deal is met, meaning the leading state sponsor of terrorism could potentially obtain a nuclear arsenal within weeks, all while getting billions of dollars in sanctions relief through a nuclear deal.

The Hebrew-language Walla! reported Tuesday that it has learned from a foreign source that IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot has appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan to head a special team tasked with examining the military options against Iran.

The team would explore what kind of striking options are available to Israel after a deal with Iran is signed.

By appointing such a senior IDF official to the team, it is estimated that Israel is considering the signing of a deal to be a game changer which would require a serious reevaluation of the regional situation, and likely necessitate military action against Iran.

Sources close to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) say there is a pressing need to present a powerful military option against Iran, a reality which is being used to demand that the defense budget not be reduced by the Knesset.

For over 15 years the IDF has been examining the possibility of military action against Iran’s ever burgeoning nuclear program, and the majority of the funding for such preparedness has gone to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) and the IDF’s intelligence branch.

“Iran is lying – what do we do?”

A source close to Ya’alon was quoted by Walla! saying, “nothing has changed regarding the military option. Our working assumption is that Iran is lying all the time, beyond the fact that it is funding and directing terror in the Middle East. It (Iran) is our most bitter enemy today, even though we don’t share a physical border with it, and we must not put off any kind of preparedness against it.”

“In the end we don’t believe Iran. We don’t believe the (nuclear) project will be stopped. Therefore the (military) option will remain. …We need to be ready also for the day in which Israel will need to make decisions alone. (What) if it becomes clear they are pushing the envelope in breach of the agreement? Or if Iran goes down deep underground (with its nuclear facilities)? And if new sites are found? Will we wait for the US to take care of them?”

“You have to prepare yourself for all of the threats. Not only for Gaza and Lebanon,” added the source. “The military option costs money but the more time goes by, you’re better prepared to carry out the mission.”

Indicating Israel’s growing preparedness ahead of a potential military clash with Iran, the IAF held a special drill with the Greek air force two months ago, in which roughly 100 members of the IAF took part including dozens of crews from all the F-16i squadrons.

The unusual drill had IAF pilots operating in unfamiliar territory for a night and the following day, and included simulations of strikes and dogfights involving dozens of fighter jets.

Most importantly, in the drill the Greek army reportedly deployed advanced anti-missile defense systems similar to the Russian S-300 that Moscow sold to Iran and has yet to ship. The advanced S-300 system is considered to be a major challenge in carrying out an airstrike in that it can shoot down rockets as well as jets.

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Syria Asks UN to Dismantle its Nuclear Program

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 By Arutz Sheva Staff

War-torn Syria has asked the UN atomic watchdog for help in converting a nuclear facility and shipping abroad potentially dangerous nuclear material, the head of the watchdog said Monday.

“We have received a request from Syria early this year…we are studying the request,” International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano told reporters according to AFP.

The assistance would entail converting a small reactor near Damascus so that it can be fueled with low-enriched uranium (LEU) instead of the more dangerous highly-enriched uranium (HEU).

Syria’s stock of around one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of HEU would then be sent back to China, which built the so-called Miniature Neutron Source (MNSR) reactor that is used for training and research.

HEU can be used inside a nuclear weapon, but this is extremely difficult to do.

A more likely risk in the case of Syria – where Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists control swathes of the country – is that HEU could be used in a so-called “dirty bomb.”

This involves dispersing the material over a wide area using conventional explosives, likely causing mass panic.

Governments around the world have made considerable efforts in recent years to convert reactors to use LEU and to reduce HEU stockpiles because of the risks.

Pakistan refuses to share nukes with Saudi Arabia #SoTHeySay

Washington: Pakistan ruled out sharing its nuclear weapons with Saudi Arabia, insisting Thursday that the atomic arsenal would continue serving solely for Pakistan’s national defense even as world powers and Iran near a possible nuclear agreement.

Closing a wide-ranging trip to Washington, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry angrily rejected speculation that his country could sell or transfer nuclear arms or advanced technology as “unfounded and baseless.”

Pakistan has long been among the world’s greatest proliferation threats, having shared weapons technology with Iran, Libya and North Korea. And American and other intelligence services have been taking seriously the threat of Saudi Arabia or other Arab countries potentially seeking the Muslim country’s help in matching Iran’s nuclear capabilities, even if the U.S. says there is no evidence of such action right now.

“Pakistan is not talking to Saudi Arabia on nuclear issues, period,” Chaudhry insisted. The arsenal, believed to be in excess of 100 weapons, is focused only on Pakistan’s threat perception from “the East,” Chaudhry said, a clear reference to long-standing rival and fellow nuclear power India.

Chaudhry said his country has significantly cracked down in recent years on proliferation, improving its export controls and providing U.N. nuclear monitors with all necessary information. Pakistan also won’t allow any weapons to reach terrorists, he said.

Pakistan detonated its first nuclear weapons in 1998, shortly after India did.

At the same time, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, A.Q. Khan, was shopping advanced technology to many of the world’s most distrusted governments. He sold centrifuges for enriching bomb-making material to the Iranians, Libyans and North Koreans, and also shared designs for fitting warheads on ballistic missiles. He was forced into retirement in 2001.

Concerns now center on how the Sunni Arab governments of the Middle East will respond if the U.S. and other governments clinch a nuclear deal with Shiite Iran by the end of the month. Such questions inevitably lead to Pakistan, the only Muslim country in the nuclear club and one with historically close ties to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi officials, for their part, have repeatedly refused to rule out any steps to protect their country, saying they will not negotiate their faith or their security.

Chaudhry was in the American capital for a U.S.-Pakistan strategic dialogue and meetings with several senior diplomatic and military officials.

The State Department said Wednesday the agenda included “international efforts to enhance nuclear security” as well as nonproliferation and export controls. It described the discussions as “productive” and said the governments would work together to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

Speaking to reporters, Chaudhry praised the progress thus far in the Iran nuclear talks. He told reporters that a diplomatic success would have significant economic benefits for Pakistan, allowing it to complete a long-sought gas pipeline project with its neighbor to the west.

Israel DM : We Have Hard Evidence Of Iran’s Nuclear Weaponization Work

Israel has “hard evidence” that Iran conducted weaponization work as part of their nuclear research, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told The Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth in a wide-ranging interview published on Tuesday.

Ya’alon made this revelation while discussing Iran’s refusal to allow inspections of military sites as part of any nuclear deal. He also explained the dangers of offering Iran sanctions relief.

It is not just Parchin. They say very clearly, “We’re not going to allow inspections of military facilities.” Parchin is a military facility, and we have hard evidence that it was used for weaponization after 2003.

We understand that the Security Council sanctions are going to be relieved at the very beginning of the implementation of the deal. And that the E.U. bilateral sanctions will be relieved in parallel to the Security Council sanctions. The only part that they’re not sure about is the U.S. sanctions, which is under the Congress. That’s what they want — to have sanctions relief in order to rehabilitate the economy and to spend more money on rogue activities.

While we witnessed the negotiations about the number of centrifuges in the deal, the Iranians took over Yemen by proxy — by the Houthis — and they tried to open a new front of terror against us in the Golan Heights.

Ya’alon also spoke at some length about Syria. He explained that President Bashar al-Assad now controls about one quarter of Syria’s territory and his armed forces. Hezbollah and the Shiite militias answer to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, led by General Qassem Suleimani. Ya’alon also explained that Hezbollah is refraining from attacking Israel from Lebanon because it understands that “it’s not going to be worthwhile to absorb our response,” and so it has been opening a front against Israel in the “vacuum” on the Golan Heights in Syria.

While Ya’alon criticized the emerging nuclear deal for allowing “Iran to actually become a military nuclear threshold state,” he also raised concerns that, if a deal is reached, an Islamic Republic that is flush with cash from sanctions relief will be “ready to spend more money in sponsoring proxies to challenge and undermine moderate Sunni regimes in the region.” He said Iran’s next targets would likely be Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, specifically the Saudi oil reserves in Dharan.

In April, Ya’alon wrote an op-ed in the Post in which he argued that the emerging nuclear deal with Iran would make “war more likely.” Last week, Ya’alon charged that Iran was perpetuating sectarian conflict in Iraq to keep that country weak.

Saudi Arabia Religious Affairs Minister: Pakistan’s Atomic Bomb Belongs To The World Of Islam

23625A snapshot of the Urdu website report

On a visit of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs and Dawah Abdul Aziz Al-Ammar has said that Pakistan’s nuclear bomb is not of Pakistan alone but belongs to the entire Islamic world. The Saudi minister’s statement came in the wake of a resolution adopted by the Pakistani parliament that called for a neutral Pakistani stance on the Yemen conflict.

Al-Ammar, who is visiting Pakistan to clarify the Saudi standpoint on the Yemen conflict, stated at a meeting in Karachi that “Pakistan is our friend-country. We hope that at this stage cooperation will be done with us [in Yemen]. He said that Pakistan’s atom [bomb] is not of Pakistan alone but is of the world of Islam. The entire world of Islam is proud of it…”

“We are proud of Pakistan’s atomic program,” said the Saudi minister, according to an April 17 report – titled “Pakistan’s atomic bomb belongs to the world of Islam: Saudi minister” and published by an Urdu-language website.

Speaking about the Iranian role in Yemen, Al-Ammar said: “We have verified evidence that Iran is providing all support to the [Houthi] rebels, and Iran is behind the rebellion. We will not permit anyone to interfere in the Arabian Peninsula.” He added: “We have the proof that the Houthi rebels have acted with Iranian support and Iranian weapons.”

According to the Urdu website, the Saudi minister said that “the rebels and their patrons are dreaming of occupying Haramain Sharifain [the holy cities of Mecca and Medina] following the Yemen invasion.” He added: “We have a brotherly, friendly [relationship] with Pakistan, to the point of being one heart, two souls. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are mates in every difficulty.” The Saudi minister stated: “We hope that at this difficult time, Pakistan’s people and [military] institutions will support us.”

Abdul Aziz Al-Ammar made the comments on April 16 at the residence of the Saudi Consul General in Karachi. Numerous Pakistani religious scholars and provincial ministers of Sindh of which Karachi is the capital were present on the occasion. Among those present on the occasion were: Mufti Muhammad Rafi Usmani, the Mufti-e-Azam (or Great Mufti) of Pakistan; Sahabzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair, leader of Jamiat Ulama-e-Pakistan (Noorani); Dr. Abdur Razzaq Sikandar, emir of Alami Majlis Tahaffuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwwat; Mufti Muhammad Naeem, chairman of the Tahaffuz-e-Haramain Sharifain; Sindh minister Ali Nawaz Mehr, and others.

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