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Default Defense officials warn of impending Iranian missile strike on northern Israel

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MISSILES SAID SENT FROM LEBANON TO SYRIA FOR USE IN ATTACK


Defense officials warn of impending Iranian missile strike on northern Israel
TV reports say Tehran looking to retaliate for Israeli raids in Syria without causing all-out war, likely with rockets at IDF bases rather than civilian targets

By JUDAH ARI GROSS
6 May 2018, 9:08 pm 34

Iran is planning to retaliate for recent deadly airstrikes in Syria attributed to the Jewish state by having its proxies fire missiles at military targets in northern Israel sometime in the near future, defense officials warned on Sunday.

Tehran vowed revenge after the T-4 army base in Syria was struck in an air raid on April 9, killing at least seven members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. The strike was widely attributed to Israel, though Jerusalem refused to comment on it. (T-4 was the base from which Israel said Iran launched an attack drone into Israel in February.) Late last month, a second strike, allegedly conducted by Israel, against an Iranian-controlled base in northern Syria was said to have killed more than two dozen Iranian soldiers.

On Sunday, all of Israel’s nightly news broadcasts reported that the Israeli military and intelligence services had identified preliminary efforts by Iran in Syria to carry out its reprisal, using its IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the Hezbollah terrorist group and local Shiite militias to launch a barrage of precision-guided missiles, likely at Israeli military targets in the north.

“Israel has recently identified with certainty Iranian preparations to fire at the north,” Channel 10 said. “We are not on the eve of war with Iran… but Iran is very determined to carry out an attack” to avenge the T-4 strike and the deaths of its military personnel, it said.

Israel Radio said the Iranian planning for an attack was at “an advanced stage.”

The understanding in the defense services is that Iran is looking to conduct its retaliation in such a way as to avoid full-fledged war with Israel, and will therefore likely not target civilian locations, according to the reports, which did not attribute the information to any specific source.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on May 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / JIM HOLLANDER)
No special instructions were given to residents of northern Israel. Indeed, the heads of local councils in the north have reportedly been told to tell citizens not to take any specific precautions and to go about their daily lives as usual.

Israel was working to prevent or counter such an attack, but was also preparing for the possibility that the Iranians “succeed in hitting a base in the north with missiles,” Channel 10 reported. The Israel Defense Forces was threatening to hit all Iranian targets in Syria if Tehran launched an attack on Israeli territory, the TV report said.

Seeking Russian pressure on Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to present the information in Tehran’s preparations to strike Israel to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting Wednesday in Moscow, the reports said.

Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu said that while Israel is not interested in a military escalation with Iran, if there has to be a fight, he would prefer it be now, rather than later.

“We are determined to block the Iranian entrenchment, even at the cost of confrontation,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. “We don’t want an escalation, but we are prepared for every scenario. We don’t want confrontation, but if there needs to be one, it is better now than later.”

The prime minister also suggested Iran could directly launch a strike on Israeli territory.

A satellite image showing the results of an alleged Israeli airstrike on a reported Iranian base outside the northern Syrian city of Hama the day before, on April 30, 2018. (ImageSat International ISI)
“In recent months, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards transferred to Syria advanced weaponry in order to attack us both on the battlefield and the home front, including weaponized UAVs, ground-to-ground missiles and Iranian anti-aircraft batteries that would threaten air force jets,” he said.

Sunday night’s warning about Iran’s plans to attack, as disseminated on the TV news broadcasts, appeared to constitute an attempt by Israel to show the Iranians that it was aware of their plans and was prepared to respond if they went through with the reprisal.

A Hadashot TV report said the warning was aimed both to deter Iran and to make it plain to the Iranians that Israel knows what they are planning, and that it will not be fooled if the missiles themselves are fired by Syrian militiamen.

A mainstay of Iran’s defense strategy is the use of proxies to conduct its bidding across the Middle East — the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Shiite militias in Syria and Iraq, as well as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. This is seen as an effort to limit Iranian casualties and keep any fighting limited to outside the Islamic Republic.

Last month, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel was prepared to strike the Iranian homeland. “If they attack Tel Aviv, we will strike Tehran,” he said.

The unnamed defense officials on Sunday did not specify when the Iranian attack was expected to take place. The Channel 10 report said Iran’s preparations had been going on for weeks, but had been disrupted in recent days because of several strikes on targets in Syria, including on missile stocks in the Hama area, attributed to Israel. “But the Iranians have not given up,” the report said.

It added that missiles had been brought from Lebanon to Syria for use in the intended attack against Israel. “The idea is to use heavy Iranian missiles, including the Fateh-110” — under the command and with the advisory work of Hezbollah but “without an IRGC presence,” Channel 10 said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech on files obtained by Israel he says proves Iran lied about its nuclear program, at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, on April 30, 2018. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)
Iran has been taking a number of heavy blows of late, including Israel’s seizure of its nuclear weapons archives from under its nose in Tehran, Channel 10 noted, and is determined to strike back but not for confrontation to escalate into war.

Last month, a member of the coalition supporting Iran’s ally, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, told The New York Times that the reprisal would likely not come before the Lebanese parliamentary elections, which began on Sunday.

Further stoking tensions, this week US President Donald Trump is expected to determine the fate of the Iran nuclear accord, which he has repeatedly threatened to leave. On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that if America abandoned the Iran deal, it could lead to a war.

Earlier on Sunday evening, Israel’s security cabinet held a three-and-a-half-hour session to discuss recent developments in the region, including the tensions with Iran in Syria and the upcoming decision by Trump regarding the nuclear deal. Channel 10 said this meeting was not a routine meeting, but it was prevented by Israel’s military censorship from explaining why.

Sunday’s warning was not the first intimation by Israeli defense officials of a potentially imminent retaliatory attack by Iran. Shortly before Israel’s Independence Day, the military prepared for the possibility of a direct attack from the IRGC’s air force.

The Times of Israel learned at the time that Israel’s defense establishment believed the Iranian revenge attack would likely be carried out with surface-to-surface missiles or armed drones. Others have speculated that an Iranian retaliation could come in the form of a cyber attack.

A map of Syria, provided to Israeli media, shows the approximate locations of five bases that Israel believes to be controlled by Iran.
In an apparent effort at deterrence, the IDF last month provided Israeli media with a map showing five Iranian-controlled bases in Syria that would likely constitute potential targets for an Israeli response, should Iran carry out any kind of attack. Satellite photographs of bases were also provided.

Those were Damascus International Airport, through which Iranian transport planes bring in weapons and military gear; the Sayqal air base; the T-4 air base; an airfield near Aleppo; and a base in Deir Ezzor, which was recaptured from the Islamic State terror group by the regime last year.

Israeli intelligence believes the sites are used by Iran for its missions in Syria, as well as to transport weapons to its proxies in the region, including Hezbollah.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards al-Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani (YouTube screenshot)
Israel believes Iran’s retaliatory effort is being led by Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the IRGC’s Quds Force, which operates around the world, with assistance from the head of the IRGC air corps, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh; the head of its surface-to-surface missile program; Col. Mahmoud Bakri Katrem Abadi; and the head of its air defense operations, Ali Akhbar Tzeidoun.

The head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Air Force Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh. (Fars news)
Soleimani has repeatedly warned Israel, and threatened to “wipe out the Zionist entity” in February over the assassination of a Hezbollah leader, which has been attributed to the Mossad and America’s CIA.

Iran has access to a variety of surface-to-surface missiles, from short-range Fajr-5 rockets to medium-range Fateh 110 missiles, which have a range of approximately 300 kilometers (190 miles), to long-range Shehab ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets over 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) away.

To counter those threats, Israel has a multi-tiered missile defense system consisting of the Iron Dome for short-range rockets and mortar shells, the David’s Sling for medium-range missiles, and the Arrow for long-range ballistic missiles.

Israel sees Iran, which has vowed to destroy the Jewish state, as its main enemy in the region. Israeli officials have repeatedly stated that Israel will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria, marking it as a “red line” that it will fight militarily if necessary.


34 Comments


Rebecca Webster
I am praying for G-d to send the archangel Micheal and his angels to help. I have personal knowledge of some of angelic activities in the past when the world was ready to erupt in war. Sometimes G-d stops war by supernatural power. I don't know what HIS will is for this but I can tell you one thing. G-d is more powerful than ALL THE ARMIES & MISSILES IN THE WORLD. Russia is dependent economically on oil and natural gas. This in itself is a mistake. They are supporting Iran because they want a pipeline to go through it. Russia should develop a diversified economy instead of siding with bullies and developing missile systems nobody can afford. But I can tell you one thing. It is a GRAVE mistake to mess with Isreal. Even if Russia helps Iran. This is not because of anybody or any other nation or kingdom on earth. It is because of G-d and HIS SON JESUS!!!!!! And never discount the power of Michael. I have seen him intervene in history before. Pray G-d sends him this time
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Vladimir Goldstern · Attorney at Law / Owner at Immigration Law
Iranians have to liberate themselves from the tyranny of the Khomeini regime, get rid of Messianic fantasies and start living for themselves.
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Alexsandr Moshinsky
But, to know real reason for iranian actions,- Russians would like to test Israely-American defence ability.
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Alexsandr Moshinsky
Is it possible to redirect iranian missles to Ramalla... or , in the rash of fighting, drop ( by "mistake") our rockets on palestinian targets...?
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Saif Ali Shaikh · Perfectionist at "NoT yeT woRkiNg !! iM stiLl stUdYinG"
Insallah Soon You (Isralie's) will be wipe out
With all respect to your arrogance and Inhumane act. Patience is the best option for better sweetness.
I wish I could help them (IRGC).
Long live Iran
Long live Palestine...😚
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Karl Baumgarten · Works at Retired
You guys seem to want war. Israel will oblige you. It won't go well for you or your people. Why not try peace before you are all speaking Israeli?
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Mair Hyman · Works at Self-employed
I also wish you could help. The more of you morons get culled, the better.
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Remo Sanchez
Neek hallak, inbred Islamonazi savage.

You Islamonazis are truly retarded beyond hope (hint, stop inbreeding). Since you seem determined to see other Koranimals get the beating they deserve, Israel will once again kick Koranimal ass.

Until then, keep going to your terrorist recruitment and indoctrination centre, and face Saudi Barbaria with your foul behind in the air while you wet dream about 72 male virgin ruminants and your pedophile, psychopath and warmonger Mo-HAM/BACON-MAD.

Qus umak, parasitic retard.
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David Moradzade
One bullet , forget missiles from Iran into Iseael, and Israel would wipe out all military bases in Syria, and attack nuclear sites in Iran using airbases in Saudi Arabia, maybe even reimbursed by the Saudis back to Israel.
Remember the proverb...enemy of my enemy is my friend.
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טריזיה מקמילן · Beersheba, Israel
Muslims! Ts ts ts ts!
They can't get terms like hate and revenge etc out of their otherwise empty heads.
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Saif Ali Shaikh · Perfectionist at "NoT yeT woRkiNg !! iM stiLl stUdYinG"
You know why "the God" has given more intelligency and Richness to Jews as compared to others because this World is just ment for you. THIS IS YOUR HEAVEN ...
We are Legends, we born for Jihad(STRUGGLE).
WE HAVE HEAVEN AFTER RESURRECTION...
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Mair Hyman · Works at Self-employed
Saif Ali Shaikh. That you for that explanation of Jewish intelligence.

As for your trip to heaven, would you like to go First Class or Economy?
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Kadosh Kadosh
Saif Ali Shaikh you will wake up at your resurrection in the lake of fire as a gift from Israel. God protect Israel forever.
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David Moradzade
Iran better stop pouring the money into these terrorist countries and feed his own people, people of Iran are fed up with these mullahs and soon will overthrow them.
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David Moradzade
Iran and the world would soon find out if Israel possesses nuclear bombs.
Go ahead Iran, make my day.

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Gabriel Davidovics · Partner & Co-Founder at SKOPUS, CHILE
No, it will be with conventional weapons, by both sides.
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Mike Mengel · Works at Amazon Web Services
Israel is a fake state made by the poms and the French because they hated the Jews as much as Nazzi Germany did. They just had a different solution which was sending Jews off the Europe to the Middle East. Making them someone else’s problem! Funny that the Jewish controlled media has brainwashed the not-so-intelligent western people who just applause for a child murderur state such as Israel and call those who defend their homes “terrorists”!
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Cynthia Morris · Westport, Connecticut
Dropping the "e" at the end of Mengele doesn't conceal your ideological roots Doc.
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Larry Kates
You sound like you are on drugs--just raving and shouting your delusional thoughts. Poor baby.
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Mike Horton · The Ravensbourne School
An aquaintance of mine said they are not towelheads... they are sheet heads
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Jonathan Karmi · Hebrew to English translator at Freelance
Israel should continue relentlessly attacking Iranian missile repositories in Syria. Cheaper to destroy them on the ground than shoot them out of the sky.
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Remo Sanchez
It seems the genocidal towelheads want a good ass-kicking. If that’s so, the IDF will be more than happy to oblige.

The towelheads keep demonstrating that those who subscribe to the Islamonazi ideology and psychotic death cult are congenitally retarded.

Never again, Koranimals.
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Will Day · CSUC Chico
When Israel citizen area are targeted by Hamas.
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Will Day · CSUC Chico
Israel needs to launch all out, if needed. The UN is full of anti semitic crap. When Israels civilian area targeted by Israel, and the knowlege that Hamas uses innocent to stay in a home that show a rocket fired from. Israeli computer track location down to the very point is was shot from. and now civilians have been hit. They are shields to be used by the Hamas propaganda machine. This has happened every time since 2014. The schools should be closed because Hamas uses the schools conceling weapon below the schools. I am wondering why ABC is talking Hamas propaganda. Hamas and their acts of wa...See More
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