Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Possible beginning of major war -Iran 'fires 20 rockets' at Israel army in occupied Golan Heights

A good tennis friend of mine who is a  retired  American economics professor and I were talking yesterday and we agreed that most likely there would be a Middle East war in the near future.

Since then Israel has fired missiles at Iran and Iran has retaliated with 20 plus missiles into the Golan Heights.

With both Israelis leader Netanyahu and America's Trump are under serious investigation for possible criminal acts we also agreed that perhaps they created this possible war as to a distraction created to take the world press away from the investigations and provide moral support to both leaMe inders.

Not to forget that many of the people that Donald Trump brought into his administration were former major executives of oil companies and arms dealers. Many of them will benefit from a Middle East war which drives up oil and creates a huge demand for weapons such as missiles selling for anywhere from 2 million to 50 million each.

Sometimes I wish I couldn't I didn't not have such foresight.

The good news is that Indonesia does not support either of the Middle Eastern countries and that Bali is far. far away from any strategic targets.

I am stocking up on gold silver and platinum the last two days in anticipation of this happening. 

So at a little bit of gain to add to the pain.

Israeli military says projectiles were launched from Syria

IDF spokesman reports no Israeli casualties

Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem

Thu 10 May 2018 00.35 BSTFirst published on Wed 9 May 2018 23.46 BST

Israeli forces stationed in occupied Golan Heights, Syria, where military positions came under rocket fire from Iranian forces. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Iranian forces stationed in Syria fired about 20 rockets or projectiles at Israeli military positions in the Golan Heights just after midnight on Thursday, Israel’s defence forces (IDF) said.

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Several but not all rockets were intercepted by Israeli defences, an IDF spokesman, Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, told reporters, saying a preliminary assessment found there was minimal damage.

“At approximately 12.10, 10 minutes past midnight, forces belonging to the Iranian Quds force fired approximately 20 projectiles, most of them are probably rockets but that is yet to be determined, towards the forward line of IDF positions in the Golan Heights,” he said.

“So far we are not aware of any casualties, any IDF casualties,” he said, adding that Israeli forces had “responded”.

The attack, if confirmed, would mark the first time Iranian forces had fired rockets in a direct strike on Israeli forces in the occupied Golan Heights. The area has been on high alert since Donald Trump confirmed he was pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.

“The IDF views this Iranian attack very severely,” Conricus said. “This event is not over.”

Israel has warned it will not permit Tehran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria, accusing Iran of moving drones and missiles into its Arab neighbour. Iranian forces have been sent to aid the Syrian government in a devastating seven-year civil war against insurgents.

The White House move to exit the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran was welcomed by Israel but has stoked fears of a regional flare-up at a time when Israel and Iran are already on edge.

Just minutes before Trump was due to speak on Tuesday, the IDF said it had identified “irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria” and had decided to unlock and ready bomb shelters in the Golan, where it shares a frontier with Syria.

“Additionally, defence systems have been deployed and IDF troops are on high alert for an attack,” it said. “The IDF is prepared for various scenarios and warns that any aggression against Israel will be met with a severe response.”

Hours after Trump’s announcement, Syrian state media said that its air defences had brought down two Israeli missiles. The Syrian Observatory monitoring group, which tracks the conflict, said that attack killed 15 people, including eight Iranians. Israel did not comment on the strikes.

In February, Israel said it had downed an armed Iranian drone that penetrated its airspace. Since then Israel’s air force is believed to have struck Iranian targets operating in Syria several times, including a 9 April strike on the country’s largest airbase, killing seven Iranians. Tehran has vowed revenge.

The Quds Force is an external arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, which Israel’s intelligence community said was tasked with a retaliatory attack.

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the biggest critics of the Iran deal and close Trump ally, told his cabinet on Sunday he was “determined to block Iran’s aggression against us even if this means a struggle”.

“Better now than later,” he said. “We do not want escalation but we are prepared for any scenario.”

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, are due to arrive in Israel in the next few days for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The US president’s decision in December to recognise the city as Israel’s capital has infuriated Palestinians and reverberated across the region.

The occupied Golan Heights is a plateau captured from Syria in 1967 by Israel in a move not recognised by the international community.

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