IRAN BEATING WAR DRUMS!

Iranian “Red Crescent” to Send Ships to Gaza   

Some believe the war drums are beating because they’re in fear of U.N. sanctions.  (Not likely.)

Many believe it is a distraction …. (Iran leaders may attack by proxie [Hamas] out of fear that Israel may strike their nuclear installations any day.)

Either way, war (Armageddon) could begin easily, as early as this week!   It’s probably 180 to 200 weeks off, but that’s just a guess . . . . .

They know there’s a legitimate, legal blockade, yet the Iranian Red Crescent has announced it intends to send two aid ships to Hamas-controlled Gaza this week, one (said to be) carrying aid and one taking volunteers to the territory.[1]  The announcement came less than a week after Israel’s campaign to prevent an illegal flotilla from reaching Gaza. Nine activists – all Turks or of Turkish descent – were killed after self-described human rights activists aboard a Turkish ship in the convoy attacked Israeli military personnel.[2]

Why would they send more ships?

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council is expected to vote on a new round of sanctions against Iran this week in light of the Islamic Republic’s continued failure to comply with previous UN resolutions regarding its nuclear program.[3]

On Sunday (June 6), at the same time they announced a military exercise in the Persian Gulf, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s elite military corps, said they were ready to provide a naval escort to any additional aid ships wishing to reach Gaza if given orders to do so by the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.[4]

Hamas, which has been designated a terrorist organization by the European Union, the United States, Israel, Canada and Australia.[5]

Hamas continues to smuggle weapons into Gaza and uses building supplies delivered there, to construct fortified bunkers.[6]   Hezbullah, continues to smuggle thousands of missles into Lebanon (home of Helen Thomas’ parents).   Russia is said to have been importing weapons of war into Lebanon – – – weapons of war that had to be unloaded from the submarines by military personnel in HazMat suits!

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated:

Israel simply cannot permit the free flow of weapons and war materials to Hamas from the sea….Israel cannot permit Iran to establish a Mediterranean port a few dozen kilometers from Tel Aviv and from Jerusalem…The international community cannot afford an Iranian port in the Mediterranean…right next to Israel, right next to Europe.”[7]

Because of Hamas’ ongoing efforts to smuggle Iranian rockets and other weaponry into the Gaza Strip, as well as the continuing conflict between the Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Israel has enforced a naval blockade on the coastal territory since Hamas overthrew the Fatah-led forces of the Palestinian Authority in a bloody coup there in 2007.[8]

Iran has provided Hamas with a large proportion of its rocket arsenal as well as other weapons.[9] Since Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza from December 2008-January 2009, Iran has supplied Hamas with advanced weaponry, including dozens of Iranian-produced 122mm Grad rockets which have significantly increased the range of Hamas’ rocket arsenal.[10]

In January 2002, the Israeli Navy interdicted the Karine A, a ship carrying Iranian weapons destined for Gaza. The boat was carrying 50 tons of advanced weaponry including Katyusha rockets, rifles, mortar shells, mines and a variety of anti-tank missiles, which had been loaded in Iranian waters.[11]

Since Hamas’ electoral victory in 2006, Iran has transferred several hundred million dollars annually to Hamas.[12] The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have trained about 950 Hamas terrorists in rocket and bomb construction, tactical warfare, weapons operation and sniper tactics.[13]

Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism and provides funding, material support, training and intelligence services to Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations.[14]

For years, Iran has defied the international community by continuing to enrich uranium, resulting in concerns that the country is secretly developing nuclear weapons. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, said Monday (June 7) that Iran was a “special case” for the nuclear watchdog.

Iran is already in violation of four previous UN Security Council resolutions relating to its nuclear program: UNSC Resolutions 1696, 1737, 1747 and 1803.[16]


Footnotes:

[1] “Iran Red Crescent to send two aid ships to Gaza,” Agence France Presse, June 7, 2010, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iEWKLpKjRKdQtCat_2tmvahx_Uaw

[2] Black, Ian; MacAskill, Ewen; Booth, Robert, “Gaza flotilla attack: Turks killed by Israeli soldiers given heroes’ funeral,” The Guardian (UK), June 4, 2010, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/03/gaza-flotilla-attack-turkey-funeral

[3] Jahn, George, “IAEA chief: Iran ‘s nuclear program special case,” Associated Press, June 7, 2010, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jbZ3_puZo1SfevtuYm3xqjJqdmKQD9G6E5CO0

[4] “Iran Red Crescent to send two aid ships to Gaza,” Agence France Presse, June 7, 2010, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iEWKLpKjRKdQtCat_2tmvahx_Uaw

[5] “Council Decision,” Council of the European Union, Dec. 21, 2005; “Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs),” U.S. Department of State Web site, Oct. 11, 2005, http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/fs/37191.htm; Wilson, Scott, “Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections, Complicating Peace Efforts in Mideast,” The Washington Post , Jan. 27, 2006, accessed Jan. 18, 2006,
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/26/AR2006012600372.html; Public Security and Emergency Preparedness Canada, National Security, Listed entities, accessed Jan. 18, 2007, http://www.psepc.gc.ca/prg/ns/le/cle-en.asp#hhi18; “Listing of Terrorist Organisations,” Australian Government Web site, May 24, 2007, http://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/agd/www/nationalsecurity.nsf/AllDocs/95FB057CA3DECF30CA256FAB001F7FBD?OpenDocument

[6] “MFA Spokesman on Gaza flotilla,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 24, 2010, http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/HumanitarianAid/Palestinians/MFA_Spokesman_Gaza_flotilla_24-May-2010.htm

[7] “Statement by PM Netanyahu,” Prime Minister’s Office, June 2, 2010,

[8] “The Gaza flotilla and the maritime blockade of Gaza – Legal background,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 31, 2010,

[9] Cohen, Yoram and Matthew Levitt, “Hamas Arms Smuggling: Egypt’s Challenge,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Policy Watch #34, Mar. 2, 2009,

[10] Cohen, Yoram and Matthew Levitt, “Hamas Arms Smuggling: Egypt’s Challenge,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Policy Watch #34, Mar. 2, 2009,

[11] “Seizing of the Palestinian weapons ship Karine A,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 4, 2002,

[12] “Iranian Support of Hamas,” Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, Jan. 12, 2009, p. 20,

[13] “Senior Hamas operative figure tells London Sunday Times’ Gaza Strip correspondent about Iranian and Syria military aid, detailing the training received by hundreds of Hamas terrorist operatives and describing the transmission to Hamas of Iranian technical know-how for the manufacture of rockets and IED,” The Intelligence and Terrorist Information Center, Mar. 17, 2008,
Colvin, Marie, “Hamas wages Iran’s proxy war on Israel,” The Times, Mar. 9, 2008,

[14] “State Sponsors of Terrorism,” U.S. Department of State, Apr. 30, 2009,

[15] Jahn, George, “IAEA chief: Iran ‘s nuclear program special case,” Associated Press, June 7, 2010,

[16] “Security Council Tightens Restrictions On Iran’s Proliferation-Sensitive Nuclear Activities, Increases Vigilance Over Iranian Banks, Has States Inspect Cargo,” Web site of the UN, March 3, 2008; “Resolution 1747 (2007),” Web site of the UN, Match 24, 2007; “Security Council Imposes Sanctions On Iran For Failure To Halt Uranium Enrichment, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 1737 (2006),” Web site of the UN, Dec. 23, 2006; “Resolution 1696 (2006),” Web site of the UN, July 21, 2006.

About josiahe

Watching closely, working to understand all I may, in this "Age of Information", even from my limited view, I can see much of what's going on ..... and I oft see it's going to impact all of us which is why I share it. My focus is to expose evil, and to serve my Lord and savior Jesus in whatever way He shows me. If one waits long enough, better writers will come along and comment; it's just that I have so little patience with the evil that lurks among us and I've wasted so much time and now, there is so little left! WELCOME!
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