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April 4, 2012

Clinton Warns Of 'Destabilizing' Iran Options

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday that a nuclear-armed Iran or a conflict over its ambitions would both destabilize the region as she pressed Tehran to make progress in key talks.

As Israel voices growing impatience over Iran, Clinton credited US sanctions with inflicting pressure on the Islamic republic but warned of the "very difficult situation that the world faces" moving forward.

"There is no clear path. We know that a nuclear-armed Iran would be incredibly destabilizing to the region and beyond. A conflict arising out of their program would also be very destabilizing," Clinton said.

"There is no way to balance this. You have two very difficult paths here," Clinton told a dinner in Norfolk, Virginia, on a day trip to visit the only NATO command in the United States.

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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/clinton-warns-destabilizing-iran-options-235418313.html

April 3, 2012

Israeli Politicians Are Playing Number Games With A War Against Iran

There are a number of ways one could understand the leaked security cabinet briefing that Channel 10 reported Monday night, which detailed expectations of a worst-case scenario of an all-out war with Iran on all fronts, resulting in a three-week bombardment and up to 300 civilian casualties.

For a start, it would seem that the leaked briefing was put out by someone in the cabinet who is interested in allaying the Israeli public's fears of the repercussions of a military strike on Iran. Four months ago, when Defense Minister Ehud Barak tried to play down the fears, he said in a radio interview that "war is no picnic but in no scenario is the 50, 000 and not 5,000 and not even 500 killed." So if Barak felt that less than 500 dead civilians was an acceptable price to pay, less than 300 is a bargain.

But where are these numbers coming from? According to Channel 10, the assessment was given by officers of the air-force, but this isn't their job. The Israeli Air Force has an operations-research department whose role, among other things, is to assess how the corps units will perform during warfare. The department has already prepared reports for each airbase assessing the number of missiles that can be expected to hit each of the bases, how that will affect the squadrons and what steps have to be taken to ensure the bases can continue operating. It is the Israel Defense Force Home Front Command's job to make the assessments of how civilian centers will be affected, how many buildings will be hit and the likely number of civilian casualties. Early last year, the local authorities were issued with the likely scenarios and Colonel Adam Zussman, commander of Dan region in the Home Front Command, said in an interview with Haaretz that hundreds of casualties can be expected in and around Tel-Aviv.

The damage-assessments being prepared by both the air-force and Home Front Command are based on the same intelligence reports prepared by the Military Intelligence branch. In any case, the estimations of casualties are not meant for media purposes - to frighten or reassure the public - but to enable the IDF, local authorities, government departments and the civilian emergency services to prepare for the worst-case scenario. But in the hands of politicians, these numbers become part of a cynical game.

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http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israeli-politicians-are-playing-number-games-with-a-war-against-iran-1.422389

April 3, 2012

IDF Officials: Missile Attack On Israel Would Produce Less Than 300 Casualties

Israel Defense Forces officials told cabinet ministers on Monday that should Israel undergo a coordinated missile attack, there would be less than 300 Israeli casualties.

The number was mentioned by IDF officials during a discussion in Israel's security-diplomatic cabinet, Channel 10 reported on Monday, and is far lower than the number mentioned previously by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who reportedly said that a maximum of 500 Israelis would die in such an attack.

During the meeting, a senior official in the Israel Air Force told the cabinet ministers that in the event of a coordinated missile attack on Israel's home front, missiles and rockets would be fired at Israel by the Syrian army, Hezbollah in Lebanon, terror organizations in Gaza, and most probably by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as well.

According to one of the cabinet ministers, the IAF believes that for three weeks, thousands of missiles and rockets would land in Israel, and the number of people dead would reach 300, as well as hundreds of people wounded and severe damage to property and infrastructure. The officer who presented the data before the ministers noted that the scenario is an assessment based on the situation in 2012, but could change in the future.

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http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-officials-missile-attack-on-israel-would-produce-less-than-300-casualties-1.422219

April 3, 2012

Netanyahu: We Will Strike Those Who Threaten To Attack Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference on Tuesday to mark three years since his coalition took office. "We will attack those who threaten to attack us," he said, referring not only to the Iranian threat but to the threats of rockets from the Gaza Strip.

In its first three years, the government "has brought about a series of reforms and important structural changes that helped the economy grow, helped reduce social disparities and helped Israel through the severe economic crisis of 2008 and 2009," he added.

On Iran, Netanyahu said that Israel should seek support from the international community for applying more pressure on Iran. "One who is not able to operate in the global arena cannot lead Israel," he said, "and we have proved this ability."

The prime minister's office had planned Tuesday's press conference for a long time, in order to present the governments achievements since it was formed in 2009. Netanyahu's office even prepared a special animated video to for the occasion.

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http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-we-will-strike-those-who-threaten-to-attack-israel-1.422390

April 3, 2012

IDF Officials: Missile Attack On Israel Would Produce Less Than 300 Casualties

Israel Defense Forces officials told cabinet ministers on Monday that should Israel undergo a coordinated missile attack, there would be less than 300 Israeli casualties.

The number was mentioned by IDF officials during a discussion in Israel's security-diplomatic cabinet, Channel 10 reported on Monday, and is far lower than the number mentioned previously by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who reportedly said that a maximum of 500 Israelis would die in such an attack.

During the meeting, a senior official in the Israel Air Force told the cabinet ministers that in the event of a coordinated missile attack on Israel's home front, missiles and rockets would be fired at Israel by the Syrian army, Hezbollah in Lebanon, terror organizations in Gaza, and most probably by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as well.

According to one of the cabinet ministers, the IAF believes that for three weeks, thousands of missiles and rockets would land in Israel, and the number of people dead would reach 300, as well as hundreds of people wounded and severe damage to property and infrastructure. The officer who presented the data before the ministers noted that the scenario is an assessment based on the situation in 2012, but could change in the future.

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http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-officials-missile-attack-on-israel-would-produce-less-than-300-casualties-1.422219

April 1, 2012

Pakistan's Muslim League Voices Support for Iran against US

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary-General of Pakistan's Muslim League Party Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed underlined that his country would oppose any attack on Iran and would never allow its territory to be used against Iran.

The secretary-general of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-i-Azam (PML-Q), a coalition partner, said Islamabad stands against a US attack on Iran and would not allow anyone to use its soil for attacking Iran.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament House after attending a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS), Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed observed that his party had also flouted proposal before the committee to oppose any American adventurism against Iran.

The PML-Q also proposed that NATO supply should be confined to food items and medicines only and weapons and arms should tot be allowed to pass through Pakistani territories to Afghanistan.


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http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9012153851

April 1, 2012

Poll: Egyptians Want Aid From Iran, Turkey, Not US

By Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)

An overwhelming majority of Egyptians support replacing US economic aid with funds from Iran or Turkey, according to new poll results, while the proportion of those viewing the treaty with Israel as positive has remained steady at just under half.

Eighty-two percent of Egyptians questioned opposed US economic aid to Egypt - according to figures released this weekend by the US-based Gallup polling organization - up from 71% in December 2011 and 52% in April of that year.

The latest figures, released in 2010, show US assistance to Egypt standing at $1.7 billion - the fifth-highest foreign-aid package after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and Iraq. Still, $1.3 billion of that sum is earmarked for military purposes, and Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has given no indication it intends to cut its portion of Washington's package.

Egyptians' attitudes toward US aid appeared to have soured at the same time as American and European NGO employees faced charges of illegally accepting foreign funds and stirring unrest. The military council closed the NGOs in December, but a month ago dropped the charges against the six US workers and lifted the travel ban against them.

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http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=264343

April 1, 2012

Panetta: Israel Strike In Iran Will Engage US

Source: YNETNEWS

United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told US Marines and sailors on Friday that Afghanistan is making progress against the Taliban but Iran remains a potential threat to the US.

"If Israel decides to go after Iran and we have to defend ourselves, we could be engaged sooner than any of us want," he said.

It was not clear whether Panetta was saying the United States would automatically be engaged if Israel would attack. It also is not clear if the Obama administration has plans to be engaged with Iran.

"Our focus is on diplomacy and international pressure on Iran. I'm not going to speculate on what would happen in various scenarios other than to say that we will be ready," Carl Woog, Panetta's spokesman, said later.

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Read more: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4210381,00.html

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