December 4, 2011 - One of the eyewitnesses was a member of the Palestinian Authority safety companies. He claimed to me that a big missile was stationed 5 days ago in the vicinity of Neve Yaacov, a Jewish neighborhood in northeast Jerusalem. That neighborhood is adjacent to many Palestinian-inhabited towns.
4 other eyewitnesses, Israeli
and Palestinian, documented seeing similar sights throughout the previous week – significant missiles
being transported by the Israeli army at the periphery of Jerusalem
and in the West Lender.
Reached for comment, the spokesperson’s unit of the Israel Defense Forces
could not verify the info, referring me as a substitute to Israel’s national police.
Mickey Rosenfeld, the nationwide police spokesperson right here, informed me nowadays he has no info on any this kind of actions.
Evidently, I’m not the only reporter to get this sort of reviews.
Rosenfeld mentioned an additional foreign correspondent contacted him previously nowadays for remark on the very same make any difference.
The PA security member, talking on issue of anonymity, speculated the missiles were related to a achievable Israeli offensive towards Iran. He commented that these missiles were offensive in naturel, and typically not meant to serve as defensive posture.
While the possibility of an assault on Iran can not be immediately discounted, there are several other situations that make some sense:
1) It’s possible this sort of missile transport is element of an internal military drill or to test numerous areas for the potential deployment of projectiles.
The drill, however, would not incorporate check firings. Such testing is virtually always performed at a military foundation and typically requires one missile fired from a single spot. Any these exam is challenging to maintain underneath wraps.
Previously this thirty day period, the IDF did test hearth a prolonged-assortment ballistic missile, considered to be a Jericho III, at the place’s Palmachim Air & Room examination center. Israel’s Ministry of Defense confirmed the exam was productive, indicating the goal of the launch was the screening of a new sophisticated propulsion system.
Jericho III’s are believed to be guided by radar and reportedly give Israel nuclear strike features within the entire Center East, Africa, Europe, Asia and practically all elements of North The usa, as properly as in significant areas of South The usa and North Oceania.
2) Any missile placement could be associated to the unstable scenario in Syria, such as fears of a foreseeable future NATO army campaign there that could have ramifications for Israel, these as firing of missiles into the Jewish state by Syria or Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Just yesterday, in an unprecedented shift in opposition to a fellow Arab nation, the Arab League authorized economic sanctions on Syria to stress Damascus to conclude its suppression of an eight-month-previous uprising towards Assad’s routine.
Arab League diplomats, talking final week to the Connected Press on condition of anonymity, stated that if Syria does not adhere to its demands for quick reform, the business will function to unify Syrian opposition groups into a coalition equivalent to that of Libya’s Nationwide Transitional Council.
A following stage, the diplomats explained, would be to identify the opposition as the sole representative of the Syrian folks in a move that would symbolically isolate the Assad’s regime.
The moves mimic the diplomatic initiatives taken to isolate Muammar Gadhafi’s regime prior to the NATO marketing campaign in Libya.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
warned in an job interview with a U.K. newspaper earlier this month that foreign intervention in Syria would trigger an “earthquake” across the region and develop another Afghanistan, whilst straight threatening the Jewish state.
Assad reportedly created comparable feedback in a meeting in early Oct with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmad Davutoglu.
He was quoted stating, “If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than 6 hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights
to fireplace them at Tel Aviv.”
Assad also reportedly warned that “all these gatherings will occur in a few hours, but in the second a few hrs, Iran will attack the U.S.