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FRATTINI…SI VERGOGNI LEI..   Leave a comment


FRATTINI…SI VERGOGNI   LEI..

Ma ci faccia il piacere!!!

e si ricordi che semiti ..sono anche i Palestinesi !! 

“La trasmissione di Santoro è l’esempio di quello

che una televisione democratica non dovrebbe mai fare”

ha detto il ministro degli Esteri durante la celebrazione della giornata della memoria

nella sala del Cenacolo della Camera dei Deputati.“L’antisemitismo che oggi si registra in molti Paesi e anche in Italia

fa parte del linguaggio corrente dei mezzi di informazione e di alcuni attori politici,

che forse per pura e semplice ignoranza usano parole e toni

che sconfinano nell’antisemitismo”.

 RAINEWS 24- 27 Gennaio 2009

Napolitano: “Non confondere le critiche a Israele con la sua negazione”

Nelle celebrazioni al Quirinale della Giornata della memoria,

il presidente della Repubblica, Giorgio Napolitano,

ha fatto riferimento alle “settimane drammatiche vissute con angoscia”

degli scontri a Gaza

ed ha invitato a distinguere sempre con una “chiara e netta distinzione”

le critiche, legittime, a chi governa Israele

e “la negazione, esplicita o subdola, delle ragioni storiche dello Stato di Israele,

del suo diritto all’esistenza e alla sicurezza, del suo carattere democratico”,

che non devono essere messe in discussione.

 15:54
Fnsi: “Incredibile accusa di Frattini a Santoro”

“Ogni critica all’informazione è legittima.

Ma non un’affermazione come quella che oggi il ministro Frattini ha fatto sulla trasmissione ‘Annozero’, incredibilmente accusata di ‘antisemitismo’:

una dichiarazione che suona offensiva e insultante, anche per chi non abbia apprezzato il programma.

Doppiamente grave in un giorno come questo”.

Lo afferma, in una nota, la Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana.
15:43 Santoro a Frattini: “Sbigottiti da accuse di antisemitismo” (2)  

“Egregio Ministro, iscrivendoci tra gli esempi di antisemitismo dei media,

ha tuttavia dimenticato – sottolineano Santoro e i gironalisti di ‘Annozero’ –

di essere un pubblico ufficiale che di fronte ad un reato

(e l’antisemitismo per il nostro codice lo è),

ha il dovere di denunciarlo alla magistratura.

Ci auguriamo che lei si limiti semplicemente a chiederci scusa,

senza rinunciare a pronunciare nei nostri confronti le critiche più severe.

Altrimenti saremo costretti a chiedere di essere processati,

consegnando al giudice le sue parole per ottenere un giudizio imparziale”.

 15:41 Santoro a Frattini: “Sbigottiti da accuse di antisemitismo” (1)

“Egregio Ministro Frattini, lei ha oggi affermato che ‘l’antisemitismo umilia la persona umana’.

Accusare ingiustamente un giornalista e il suo gruppo di lavoro di antisemitismo

rappresenta, di conseguenza, una insopportabile offesa per la dignità personale e per quella professionale”.

Inizia così la replica di Michele Santoro e della redazione di ‘Annozero’

alle affermazioni del ministro degli Esteri.********************************************************************

Una prima “riflessione” parafrasando le parole di Frattini..

“nel linguaggio corrente dei mezzi d’informazione

e di molti attuali “politici attori” al Governo..

chi ha il coraggio di criticare  i comportamenti di Israele è un anti-semita”

Pubblicato 28 gennaio 2009 da sorriso47 in Attualità

La perdita della forma umana (Guy Benyovitz).Se la legga Ministro Frattini   Leave a comment


 

 (l’articolo di un israeliano. 17/11/2004)
Jewdo-nazis , said ISAIA LEIBOVITZ ,

that is what the Israeli army would become while staying in occupied territories.

Gudeo-nazisti, ha detto ISAIA Leibovitz ; 

è ciò che l’esercito israeliano sarebbe diventato mantenendosi nei territori occupati.

And that’s what really happens, slowly but surely.

E questo è ciò che realmente accade, lentamente ma inesorabilmente.

What is the exact point in which a person loses the human form?

Qual è il punto esatto in cui una persona perde la forma umana?

Where is the point in which a society should declare a full stop for reassessment ,

because its direction is leading to abyss of no return.

Dove si trova il punto in cui una società deve dichiarare uno stop per la riflessione,

perché la sua direzione stà andando verso l’ abisso o verso un punto di non ritorno.

Good morning Israel, this point has already came and vanished.

Buongiorno Israele, questo punto è già venuto e svanì.

The regime which treat harshly another race ..ate our inner organs ,

and all that remains is rot and stench

and that stench is strongly felt

through stories like the one that is published this weekend in “7 days” appendix of” Yediot Acharonot “,

about the new trend of our soldiers to have their pictures taken together

with parts of corpses of Palestinians .

Il regime che tratta duramente un’altra razza ..è come se mangiasse i propri  organi interni,

e tutto ciò che rimane è muffa e cattivi odori..

ed il fetore è fortemente sentito attraverso le storie..

come quella che viene pubblicato questo fine settimana a “7 giorni” appendice di “Yediot Acharonot”,

circa la nuova tendenza dei nostri soldati di farsi scattare le foto ..

insieme a parti di cadaveri di palestinesi.

Terrorists ? Terroristi?

Maybe , but not necessarily. Forse, ma non necessariamente.

One soldier talks about a popular corpse which was called ” chafi” because he was innocent.{chaf- not guilty in Hebrew}

Un soldato fa dei pettegolezzi su un cadavere comune  che è stato chiamato “chafi” perché era innocente. (Chaf-non colpevole in ebraico) 

I hereby ask to apologize officially before the late Isaiah leibovitz,

a man who told the truth right in our face,- and we did not want to listen.

Chiedo scusa ufficialmente  prima di tutto a  Isaia Leibovitz,

un uomo che ci  ha detto la verità in faccia… e  che non vogliamo ascoltare.

 “Jewdo-nazis he said, that’s what will become of your army in a couple of years,

and that’s what is happening, Mr Leibovitz , slowly but surely.

Jewdo-nazisti “ ha detto, “che cosa ne sarà del vostro esercito in un paio di anni “..

e questo è ciò che sta accadendo, signor Leibovitz, lentamente ma inesorabilmente.

First you do verification of death to a 12 years old girl,

and then they take pictures with parts of bodies .I wonder what will come next.  

In primo luogo fate  verifica della morte di una ragazza di 12 anni

e poi  si scattano delle  foto con parti di cadaveri.

Mi chiedo che cosa sarà il prossimo.

You read the responses to this affair, and you are astonished.Leggi le risposte a questa vicenda, e rimani  stupito.

” you have no right to judge these soldiers, they are performing a holy duty.”

“Non hai diritto di giudicare questi soldati, che sono l’esecuzione di un dovere sacro”

wrote one of the readers.

ha scritto uno dei lettori.

” It was always acceptable” writes another.

“E ‘stato sempre accettato” scrive un altro.

So here are some news for you, dears.

Così qui ci sono alcune notizie per voi, cari.

These nice soldiers are the person who will stand behind you in line at the supermarket,

and if you will upset him he may decide to shoot you, because your life means shit to him.

Questi graziosi  soldati sono quelle persone dietro di voi in linea al supermercato,

e se voi vi turbate con lui..lui può decidere di farvi fuori.. perché la vostra vita per  lui significa merda.

that’s what he learned in the IDF.

questo è quello che ha imparato in IDF.

And maybe not? E, magari, no?

Maybe they will be the ones that will return to normal life,

and one day 2 or 20 years from now, the sounds and sights will return.

Puòessere che  saranno di quelli che ritornerano alla vita normale,

e un giorno.. 2 o 20 anni da adesso, i suoni e  le curiosità ritorneranno.

And all the shrinks in the world would not be able to mend what 3 years of stupidity had wronged.

E tutti gli strizzacervelli  del mondo non potrebbero essere  in grado di riparare quello che 3  anni di stupidità hanno dannegiato.

Ask the members of “Breaking the Silence” .

Chiedete ai membri del “Breaking the Silence”.

They will tell you some stories that will make you hide the circumcision mark in your pants and feel ashamed.

Essi vi diranno alcune storie che vi faranno nascondere la circoncisione nei vostri pantaloni e vergognarci.

Are you still proud to be Jews? Sei ancora orgoglioso di essere ebreo?

And this is not the question of ” what will say abroad?It is our business ,all of us .

If a low rank officer would have thrown to jail a soldier who molested a corpse, the massage would have come through.

If you would have told your friend who came back for an “after” and told how his unit took pictures with a corpse:

“you ugly beast, get your self a shrink” the massage would have come through.

If the leaders of politics and the army would have dedicated 1% of the budget arguments time to discuss the moral image of the soldiers something might have changed.

E questa non è la questione del “che cosa diranno all’estero?

Sono affari nostri, di ognuno di noi.

Se un ufficiale di basso rango avrebbe gettato in prigione un soldato che ha molestato un cadavere, il messaggio sarebbe arrivato.

Se si fosse detto al tuo amico che è tornato per una “licenza” e ha raccontato che nella sua unità hanno scattato  delle foto con un cadavere:

“sei una  brutta bestia,  vai da uno psichiatra.” il massaggio avrebbe attraversato.

Se i leader della politica e l’esercito avressero dedicato l’1% del budget-tempo argomenti 

per discutere l’immagine morale dei soldati .. qualcosa potrebbe essere cambiato.


So, with your permission, let everybody do what they want.

Così, con il vostro permesso, lasciate che ognuno faccia ciò che vuole.

The soldiers will take pictures with corpses,

making it clear for those who have not yet made up their minds that there is no difference between us and the worst of our enemies:

and we shall continue to believe that we have an army of angels who glorify the” purity of the weapon”.

I soldati scatteranno foto con i cadaveri, rendendo chiaro per coloro che non hanno ancora maturato la loro mente.. 

che non vi è alcuna differenza tra noi e il peggiore dei nostri nemici;

 e noi continueremo a credere che abbiamo un esercito di angeli che glorifica la “purezza delle armi”.

And lo and behold, no Jewdo-nazis , Mr. Leibovitz, not at all.  

Ecco, Sig. Leibovitz,  non Giudeo-nazista ,niente affatto!!!.

Su Gaza, bombe al fosforo bianco   Leave a comment


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Su Gaza, bombe al fosforo bianco – 23/01/09di Simcha Leventhal * 

Ho servito come artigliere nella divisione M109 dell’esercito israeliano

dal 2000 al 2003 e sono stato addestrato

a utilizzare le armi che Israele sta usando a Gaza.

So per certo che le morti di civili palestinesi

non sono una sfortunata disgrazia ma una conseguenza calcolata.

 Le bombe che l’esercito israeliano ha usato a Gaza uccidono chiunque si trovi in un raggio di 50 metri dall’esplosione e feriscono con ogni probabilità chiunque si trovi a 200 metri.  

Consapevoli dell’impatto di queste armi, le gerarchie militari impediscono il loro uso, anche in combattimento, a meno di 350 metri di distanza dai propri soldati (250 metri, se questi soldati si trovano in veicoli corazzati).

Testimonianze e fotografie da Gaza non lasciano spazio a dubbi: l’esercito israeliano ha usato in questa operazione bombe al fosforo bianco, che facevano parte dell’arsenale quando anche io servivo nell’esercito.  

Il diritto internazionale proibisce il loro uso in aree urbane densamente popolate a causa delle violente bruciature che provocano:

la bomba esplode alcune decine di metri prima di toccare il suolo, in modo da aumentarne gli effetti, e manda 116 schegge infiammate di fosforo in un’area di più di 250 metri.  

Durante il nostro addestramento, i comandanti ci hanno detto di non chiamare queste armi «fosforo bianco», ma «fumo esplosivo» perché il diritto internazionale ne vietava l’uso.

Dall’inizio dell’incursione, ho guardato le notizie con rabbia e sgomento.  Sono sconvolto dal fatto che soldati del mio paese sparino artiglieria pesante su una città densamente popolata, e che usino munizioni al fosforo bianco.

Forse i nostri grandi scrittori non sanno come funzionano queste armi, ma sicuramente lo sanno le nostre gerarchie militari.

1300 palestinesi sono morti dall’inizio dell’attacco e più di 5000 sono rimasti feriti. Secondo le stime più ottimiste, più della metà dei palestinesi uccisi erano civili presi tra il fuoco incrociato, e centinaia di loro erano bambini.

I nostri dirigenti, consapevoli delle conseguenze della strategia di guerra da loro adottata, sostengono cinicamente che ognuna di quelle morti è stata un disgraziato incidente.

Voglio essere chiaro: non c’è stato alcun incidente.  

Coloro che decidono di usare artiglieria pesante e fosforo bianco in una delle aree urbane più densamente popolate del mondo sanno perfettamente, come anche io sapevo, che molte persone innocenti sono destinate a morire.

Poiché conoscevano in anticipo i prevedibili risultati della loro strategia di guerra, le morti civili a Gaza di questo mese non possono essere definite onestamente un disgraziato incidente.Questo mese, ho assistito all’ulteriore erosione della statura morale del mio esercito e della mia società.  Una condotta morale richiede che non solo si annunci la propria volontà di non colpire i civili, ma che si adotti una strategia di combattimento conseguente.

Usare artiglieria pesante e fosforo bianco in un’area urbana densamente popolata e sostenere poi che i civili sono stati uccisi per errore è oltraggioso e immorale. 

* L’autore è un veterano dei corpi di artiglieria dell’esercito israeliano e membro fondatore di Breaking the Silence

L’Imperativo Geostrategico della “Grande Israele”   Leave a comment


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“The process of national revival of the Jewish people is irreversible and has its internal logic. 

“Il processo di rinascita nazionale del popolo ebraico è irreversibile e ha la sua logica interna.

We shall have no peace as long as the whole territory of the Country of Israel will not return under Jewish control.

Noi non avremo pace finché tutto il territorio del Paese di Israele non ritorni sotto il controllo ebraico. This might sound too hard, but such is the logic of history.

Questo può sembrare troppo difficile, ma questa è la logica della storia.

The war on the Holy Land has been already fought for four thousand years and the end cannot be seen. La guerra in Terra Santa è già stata combattuta per quattromila  anni e il finale non è ancora visibile

. A stable peace will come only then, when Israel will return to itself all its historical lands, and will thus control both the Suez and the Ormudz channel.

Una pace stabile sarà solo allora, quando Israele tornerà a sé tutte le sue storiche terre, e quindi sia il controllo di Suez e il canale Ormudz.

The state will find at last its geostrategic completeness.

Lo stato troverà finalmente la sua completezza geostrategica.

We must remember that Iraqi oil fields too are located on the Jewish land.

Dobbiamo ricordare che i campi petroliferi iracheni si trovano anche sul terreno del popolo ebraico. This may seem utopia to many now – but an even greater utopia seemed a hundred years ago the revival of the Jewish state…If you want it, this will not not be a fairy tale”

Questo può sembrare un’utopia per molti oggi -, ma ancor più utopia sembrava un centinaio di anni fa, la rinascita dello Stato ebraico … Se  lo vorrete, questo non sarà una favola ”

Rabbi Avrom Shmulevic of the Bead Artzein (“For the Homeland”) Movement. –

Rabbi Avrom Shmulevic del Bead Artzein (“For the Homeland”) Movement.

SOURCE: London Times, 5 May 2006, titled, Truth in Mapping

FONTE: London Times, 5 maggio 2006, dal titolo, in verità Mapping  

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“Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.”

“I Villaggi ebraici sono stati costruiti nel luogo di villaggi arabi.Lei non conoscerà mai  i nomi di questi villaggi arabi, e non le dò la colpa perché nei  manuali di geografia non esistono più. Non solo nei i libri non esistono, i villaggi arabi non ci  sono comunque. Nahlal è sorto nel luogo di Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat nel posto di Jibta; kibbutz Sarid nel posto di Huneifis e Kefar Yehushua al posto di Tal al-Shuman. Non vi è un solo luogo  costruito in questo paese che non sia di  un ex popolazione araba “.
 

 David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978, p. 99    

“We must expel Arabs and take their places.”
 David Ben Gurion, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985.

“Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves … politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves…

The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.”
— David Ben Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky’s Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan’s “Zionism and the Palestinians pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech
“We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out!”
— Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.
“Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.”
— Benyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, former Prime Minister of Israel, speaking to students at Bar Ilan University, from the Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989.
“It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands.”
— Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.
“Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Palestinian) hilltops as they can to enlarge the (Jewish) settlements because everything we take now will stay ours…Everything we don’t grab will go to them.”
— Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of the Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, Nov. 15, 1998.
“Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.”
— Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 25 March, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online
 

Pubblicato 24 gennaio 2009 da sorriso47 in Attualità, giornalisti, Popoli e politiche, Scuola

Unusually Large U.S. Weapons Shipment to Israel   Leave a comment


Unusually Large U.S. Weapons Shipment to Israel: Are the US and Israel Planning a Broader Middle East War?A very large delivery of  US weaponry to Israel consisting of 3,000 tons of “ammunition” is scheduled to sail to Israel. The size and nature of the shipments are described as “unusual”: “Shipping 3,000-odd tons of ammunition in one go is a lot,” one broker said, on condition of anonymity. “This (kind of request) is pretty rare and we haven’t seen much of it quoted in the market over the years,” he added.“Shipping brokers in London who have specialized in moving arms for the British and U.S. military in the past said such ship charters to Israel were rare. (Reuters, Jan 10, 2009) The Pentagon has entrusted a Greek merchant shipping company to deliver the weapons to Israel:  “The U.S. is seeking to hire a merchant ship to deliver hundreds of tons of arms to Israel from Greece later this month, tender documents seen by Reuters show.The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) said the ship was to carry 325 standard 20-foot containers of what is listed as “ammunition” on two separate journeys from the Greek port of Astakos to the Israeli port of Ashdod in mid-to-late January. A “hazardous material” designation on the manifest mentions explosive substances and detonators, but no other details were given.(Ibid) It is worth noting that a similar unusually large shipment of  US ordinance to Israel was scheduled in early December:  “Tender documents indicate that the German ship hired by the US in early December also carried a massive cargo of weapons that weighed over 2.6 million kg [2600 tons] and filled up to 989 standard 20-foot containers to Ashdod from North Carolina.” (Press TV, 10 Jan 2009)Are These Large Shipments of Ordinance Connected to the Invasion of Gaza?The request by the Pentagon to transport ordinance in a commercial vessel, according to Reuters, was made on December 31, 4 days after the commencement of the aerial bombings of Gaza by F16 Fighter jets. Analysts have hastily concluded, without evidence, that the 2 shipments of “ammunition” were intended to supply Israel’s armed forces in support of its military invasion of Gaza.“A senior military analyst in London who declined to be named said that, because of the timing, the shipments could be “irregular” and linked to the Gaza offensive.” (Reuters, January 10, 2009)These reports are mistaken. Delivery of ordinance always precedes the onslaught of a military operation. The ordinance required under “Operation Cast Lead” was decided upon in June 2008. Further to Tel Aviv’s request under the US military aid program to Israel, the U.S. Congress approved in September 2008 the transfer of 1,000 bunker-buster high precision GPS-guided Small Diameter Guided Bomb Units 39 (GBU-39).

The GBU 39 smart bombs produced by Boeing were delivered to Israel in November. They were used in the initial air raids on Gaza: “…The Israel Air Force has used the new lightweight GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb acquired from the USA, in the recent attacks in Gaza. The [Jerusalem] Post mentioned the new weapons ordered last September having arrived last month [November], and already put to action with the IAF fighters. These weapons could have been deployed by the Boeing/IAF F-15Is, since sofar SDB is cleared for use only with this type of aircraft.It is highly unlikely that the bulk of the weaponry included in these two large shipments, scheduled to arrive in Israel in late January, is intended to be used in Israel’s military operation in Gaza. The GBU-39 is lightweight (130 kg). The entire shipment of GBU 39s (1000 units) would be of the order of a modest 130 tons. In other words, the specifications of the GBU 39 do not match the description of the “unusually large” and  “heavy” shipment of ordinance. 

Escalation ScenarioThe shipment ordered on December 31 is of the order of 3000 tons, an unusually large and heavy cargo of “ammunition” pointing to the transfer of heavy weaponry to Israel. According to US military statements, the ordinance is for stockpiling, to be used “at short notice” in the eventuality of a conflict: “This previously scheduled shipment is routine and not in support of the current situation in Gaza. …The U.S. military pre-positions stockpiles in some countries in case it needs supplies at short notice.” (Reuters, 10 Jan 2009, emphasis added)Whatever the nature of these large weapons shipments, they are intended for use in a future military operation in the Middle East. Since the launching of the Theater Iran Near Term Operation Operation (TIRANNT) in May 2003, an escalation scenario involving military action directed against Iran and Syria has been envisaged. TIRANNT was followed by a series of military plans pertaining to Iran. Numerous official statements and US military documents have pointed to an expanded Middle East war.What these shipments suggest is that the “escalation scenario” not only prevails, but has reached a more active stage in the process of US-Israeli military planning. Whether these weapons will be used or not is not known. The central question, in this regard, is whether the Gaza invasion is part of a broader military adventure directed against Lebanon, Syria and Iran, in which heavier weaponry including US made bunker buster bombs will be used. History of US Weapons Shipments to Israel The stockpiling of US made bunker buster bombs by Israel has been ongoing since 2005:  “The United States will sell Israel nearly 5,000 smart bombs in one of the largest weapons deals between the allies in years.Among the bombs the [Israeli] air force will get are 500 one-ton bunker busters that can penetrate two-meter-thick cement walls; 2,500 regular one-ton bombs; 1,000 half-ton bombs; and 500 quarter-ton bombs. The bombs Israel is acquiring include airborne versions, guidance units, training bombs and detonators. They are guided by an existing Israeli satellite used by the military.The sale will augment existing Israeli supplies of smart bombs. The Pentagon told Congress that the bombs are meant to maintain Israel’s qualitative advantage [against Iran], and advance U.S. strategic and tactical interests.” (Jewish Virtual Library: September 21-22, 2004, Haaretz / Jerusalem Post.)The actual shipments of US made bunker buster bombs started in 2005. The US approved in April 2005, the delivery of:  some 5,000  “smart air launched weapons” including some 500 BLU 109 ‘bunker-buster bombs.  The (uranium coated) munitions are said to be more than ‘adequate to address the full range of Iranian targets, with the possible exception of the buried facility at Natanz, which may require the [more powerful] BLU-113 bunker buster [a variant of the GBU 28]'” (See Michel Chossudovsky, Planned US-Israeli Nuclear Attack on Iran, Global Research, May 1, 2005)The BLU-109 is smaller than the GBU 28. “It  is a 2,000lbs warhead that can be used in combination with a GPS guidance kit […], and can penetrate up to 15 feet of fortified concrete.” (See F16.net)In 2006 at the height of the Lebanon War in August 2006, a major shipment of the 2.2 ton GBU 28 bombs, according to the New York Times, was dispatched to Israel. The GBU 28 is produced by Raytheon. It was used against Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War, has the the capability of penetrating some 20 feet of reinforced concrete. (Haaretz, 9 Nov 2008)  In contrast to the GBU 39 smart bombs (130 kg) used against Gaza, each GBU-28 weighs a hefty 2.2 tons.  “The Guided Bomb Unit-28 (GBU-28) is a special weapon developed for penetrating hardened Iraqi command centers located deep underground. The GBU-28 is a 5,000-pound laser-guided conventional munition that uses a 4,400-pound penetrating warhead.” Federation of American Scientists(For a visual depiction see  “Bob Sherman, How the GBU-28 works”, USA Today on-line.).   GBU-28Video of GBU 28 on UTubeThe recent unusually large shipments of weaponry to Israel are part of the 2004 agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv, financed by US military aid to Israel. As mentioned above, there is a history of delivery of bunker buster bombs (including the GBU 28), going back to 2005. While the nature and composition of these recent weapons shipments to Israel are not known, one suspects that they include the heavier version of the bunker buster bombs including the GBU-28. In this regard, it is worth noting that last Summer, Israel requested the Pentagon to deliver GBU-28 bunker buster bombs. The stated purpose was to use them in the eventuality of a military operation directed against Iran. In September 2008, according to US and Israeli press reports quoting Pentagon officials, Tel Aviv’s request was turned down. According to the reports, Washington categorically refused to deliver the shipment of GBU 28 bunker buster bombs, to be used to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. “Instead” Washington accepted to deliver the lightweight GBU-39 for use against Gaza. The U.S. had “rejected an Israeli request for military equipment and support that would improve Israel’s ability to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.”The Americans viewed [Israel’s] request, which was transmitted (and rejected) at the highest level, as a sign that Israel is in the advanced stages of preparations to attack Iran. They therefore warned Israel against attacking, saying such a strike would undermine American interests. They also demanded that Israel give them prior notice if it nevertheless decided to strike Iran. In early September, Haaretz reported that the request had included GBU-28 “bunker-buster” bombs.In mid-September, the U.S. agreed instead to sell Israel 1000 GBU-39 “bunker buster” bombs which Israeli military experts said “could provide a powerful new weapon” in Gaza, AP reported.So: when Israel requested weapons that the U.S. expected would be used for bombing Iran, the U.S. said no, and added explicitly that it did not want to see an Israeli attack on Iran. And there was no Israeli attack on Iran. (Defense Update.com, December 2008)Media DisinformationThe official statements and press reports are bogus. Israel and the US have always acted in close coordination. Washington does not “demand that Israel give them prior notice” of a military operation:The report in Haaretz suggests that the Bush Administration was adamant and did not want the Israelis to attack Iran. In fact, the reports suggested that the US would shoot down Israeli planes, if they tried to attack Iran:“Air-space authorization: An attack on Iran would apparently require passage through Iraqi air space. For this to occur, an air corridor would be needed that Israeli fighter jets could cross without being targeted by American planes or anti-aircraft missiles. The Americans also turned down this request. According to one account, to avoid the issue, the Americans told the Israelis to ask Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for permission, along the lines of “If you want, coordinate with him.” (Haaretz Nov 9, 2008) This Israeli report is misleading. Israel is America’s ally. Military operations are closely coordinated. Israel does not act without Washington’s approval and the US does not shoot down the planes of its closest ally.   The Nature and Composition of  the Recent US Weapons Shipments to IsraelThese unusually large shipments of ordinance would normally require Congressional approval.  To our knowledge, there is no public record of approval of the unusually large shipments of heavy “ammunition” to Israel. The nature and composition of the shipments are not known. Was Israel’s request for the delivery of the 2.2 ton GBU 28 accepted by Washington, bypassing the US Congress? Are GBU 28 bombs, each of which weighs 2.2 tons part of the 3000 ton shipments to Israel. Are tactical bunker buster mini-nuclear bombs included in Israel’s arsenal? These are questions to be raised in the US Congress.  The two shipments of “ammunition” are slated to arrive in Israel, respectively no later than the 25th and 31st of January. Secretary Robert Gates who remains at the helm of the Department of Defense ensures continuity in the military agenda.  Preparing for a Confrontation with Iran: Beefing Up Israel’s Missile Defense SystemIn early January, the Pentagon dispatched some 100 military personnel to Israel from US European Command (EUCOM) to assist Israel in setting up a new sophisticated X-band early warning radar system. This project is part of the military aid package to Israel approved by the Pentagon in September 2008:“The Israeli government requested the system to help defend against a potential missile attack from Iran. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates signed off on the deployment order in mid-September. ….  Once fully operational, the system will be capable of tracking and identifying small objects at long distance and at very high altitude, including space, according to U.S. Missile Defense Agency officials. It also will integrate Israel’s missile defenses with the U.S. global missile detection network.“This will enable the Israelis to track medium- and long-range ballistic missiles multiple times better than their current radar allows them to,” Morrell said. “It will … more than double the range of Israel’s missile defense radars and increase its available engagement time.”This, he said, will greatly enhance Israel’s defensive capabilities. “There is a growing ballistic missile threat in the region, particularly from Iran,” Morrell said. “And no one in the region should feel more nervous about that threat than the Israelis. And they clearly do, and they have asked for our assistance.” (Defense Talk.com, January 6, 2009, emphasis added.)The new X-band radar system ‘permits an intercept soon after launch over enemy instead of friendly territory” (Sen. Joseph Azzolina, Protecting Israel from Iran’s missiles, Bayshore News, December 26, 2008). The X-band radar would “integrate Israel’s missile defenses with the U.S. global missile detection network, which includes satellites, Aegis ships on the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf and Red Sea, and land-based Patriot radars and interceptors.” (Ibid) What this means is that Washington calls the shots. The US rather than Israel would control the Air Defense system:  ”This is and will remain a U.S. radar system,’ Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said. ‘So this is not something we are giving or selling to the Israelis and it is something that will likely require U.S. personnel on-site to operate.'” (Quoted in Israel National News, January 9, 2009, emphasis added).

In other words, the US military controls Israel’s Air Defense system, which is integrated into the US global missile defense system. Under these circumstances, Israel cannot launch a war against Iran without the consent of the US High Command. The large shipments of US ordinance, slated to arrive in Israel after the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States and Commander in Chief are part of the broader program of US-Israeli military cooperation in relation to Iran. The reinforcement of Israel’s missile defenses combined with the large shipments of US weapons are part of an escalation scenario, which could lead the World under an Obama Administration into a broader Middle East war. New Cold War?There has been a military build on both sides. Iran has responded to the Israeli-US initiative, by beefing up it own missile defense system with the support of Russia. According to reports (December 21), Moscow and Tehran have been holding talks on the supply by Russia of “medium-range air defense systems – specifically, S-300 surface-to-air missile systems” (Asian Times, January 9, 2009 

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